Farley’s Kickboxing Academy in Soquel, California, is a rare fitness facility with state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment, and an internationally recognized martial arts school rolled into one. A community of serious athletes and weekend warriors alike, Farley’s gym has every amenity to enhance your abilities and help you achieve your ultimate training goals!
Francis Farley, owner, is a local Santa Cruz icon has opened up his personal gym to the public, so he can share his knowledge and experiences of the sport of kickboxing and martial arts. Francis Farley has had an incredible career in Kickboxing. His story begins as a young boy with a brother that has just returned from a tour in Vietnam and suggests Karate as an outlet for his shy and slightly timid younger brother. A passion for martial art athletes in Northern California.
As a young man Francis was challenged to try Kickboxing a colleague, which turned out to be the start to something much larger. With his passion for Martial Arts and fitness Francis became the Middle Weight California State Amateur Kickboxing Champion and soon after decided to turn Pro. He amazingly began an incredible professional career winning the North Middleweight American Title in June of 1989 and the ISKA World Championship in May of 1993. He held the World Championship Title for 5 years, with a final professional record of 27-2, 17 KO’s. Francis’ had reputation of having power and savvy in the ring but most importantly he was a gentlemen’s fighter, always fighting with respect for the sport and his competitors. Due in part to this many of his fights can still be seen today on ESPN2.
Upon his departure from the limelight of the World Championship Stage his passion still lived on. So came his decision to create a place where his passion for the sport and all around fitness could go on. This is also an an arena where he is able to share the skills he has acquired with others. So he has created Farley’s Kickboxing Academy in hopes that others will share the same passion and commitment for life and sports at his gym. Come workout with the Champ!