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Excel Martial Arts is a gym located in Knoxfield, Melbourne and was founded in 2014 by owner Ando Williamson. 

Kru Ando is a 2nd degree black singlet in Muay Thai and has also trained in Go Ju Kai Karate, Philippine Combative system, self defence systems, knife defence systems, MMA, and holds a blue belt in Brazilian Jui Jitsu. Kru Ando is also a professional fighter, fighting all over Australian and currently active in all of his training disciplines. 

Excel has a close affiliation with Sitsonpeenong Muay Thai gym in Bangkok where we visit yearly to hone our skills and keep up to date with new and exciting things in world of Muay Thai training.

We offer classes in: 

  • Muay Thai
  • Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)
  • Kids Karate
  • Kids Muay Thai
  • Strength and Conditioning Class 


We also cater for sporting clubs and organisations who wish to do group training at our facilities. Another fantastic service we offer is one on one personal training, so if you’re not keen on group training or want specialised and focused training you have the opportunity to do a private session with Kru Ando and still be apart of our wonderful system. 

For those that are looking at excelling and pushing yourself further we offer a fight team class, where our fighters train 5 nights a week and compete all over Australia in events on a regular basis.

Our kids Karate and kids Muay Thai classes range from the ages 5-13 and in these classes the children not only learn a martial art, but they learn discipline, self defence, respect and honour and get fit while doing it!

Excel Martial Arts is a family friendly gym which caters for all stages of life, from children all the way up to seniors. Our classes are combined classes for men and women. Our family friendly gym also holds family nights and days where you can come to the gym and watch fights on the big screen or Friday night footy. On these nights we grab a bite to eat and have the opportunity to get to know each other outside of the classes, talk about life and everything in between. We like to think of our gym as a place that people can feel comfortable in and call a second home.

Excel Martial Arts’ sloganis ‘strive to excel, an ethos that we believe in and practice in every aspect of our lives. We believe that if you strive to excel you can achieve anything you want in life. Not only do we want to train people in martial arts, we want to grow and nurture martial artists. We want to change the world one martial artist at a time. 

Excel Martial Arts follows a student creed: 

  1. Strive to excel
  2. Never give up
  3. Stand your ground
  4. Be loyal and respectful
  5. Be Humble