THE HISTORY OF PUNCH EQUIPMENT®
Full time very hardcore muay thai and boxing gym with pro shop established by Khru Bruce Townhill Coogee Beach Australia. Membership swelled to 100 plus (everyone brought along their girlfriends!)
Gym named “Blackbelt Pro" as Khru Bruce Townhill wanted to professionally train the many black belts being produced elsewhere in Sydney at that time who could not defend themselves or anyone else due to their lack of Muay Thai skills.
Moved to 5000 sq ft current location in Randwick. Sydney Australia.
Pro shop becomes discount retail force in Sydney-named “Punch Factory Outlet” after the punch brand name AAA GRADE PUNCH EQUIPMENT® became a major seller above the other brands carried in the shop.
First professional pad course was devised and certified. Membership grew quickly to fill 45 Punchfit® boxing, kickboxing and muay thai classes in operation per week, allowing for constant research and development of improved equipment and skill applications to the Fitness Industry.
Bruce Townhill (chief instructor) awarded a Khru Certificate by the authentic Muay Thai Association Bangkok.
“Tested on Humans®” slogan was invented and incorporated into the Gym and Equipment due to the large fighter base testing the Punch gear on a daily basis.
Membership base grew to unprecedented numbers due to The Blackbelt Pro Licence system and professional padwork techniques allowing many instructors to present a quality controlled, safe and effective training system for men women and children.
Major re-fit of gym as Blackbelt Pro P/L becomes the official test centre for Punch Equipment® which is now exporting the AAA Punch product around the world.
With 35 belted champions from approx 200 ring fighters Blackbelt Pro Gym produces its first undefeated Super heavy weight World Champion.
Punchtex® superior durability material is brand named after being tested for several years and found to be the most durable material ever used.
International and local movie celebrities begin to call the now famous Blackbelt Pro Gym ”home” along with hundreds of locals and travellers from around the world.
Khru Bruce Townhill is awarded a Master Khru (AjARN) certificate from the World Muay Thai Council Thailand.
World First-Blackbelt Pro Pty Ltd finalises 10 years of testing the Punchtex™® material with Punch Equipment® announcing in it's 2006 International catalogue the world’s first Ltd lifetime time warranty on boxing equipment.
Released Punchfit® DVD – Now a best seller within the Fitness Industry! Punchfit® DVD Vol 1
Punchfit® Pad Training 150 levels in Boxing, Kickboxing and Muay Thai class formats released.
The PUNCH EQUIPMENT® warehouse is completed in Sydney.
Blackbelt Pro® Gym and Punch Equipment®
celebrate 20 years!
Punch® Equipment moves it's Head Office to Burleigh Heads, Queensland.
Punch® Equipment launches Social Media integration successfully.
Punch® Equipment successfully updates the website to include an online payment section to reduce phone orders.
PUNCHTV® launched on-line for continuing education and training support videos being launched.