Thankfully the first rule of Fight Klub is not the same as its book/film nearly namesake – because word of mouth has seen the drum and bass-themed fitness class grow from one London gym to nearly 500 across the country.

The high intensity classes run across south London and combine boxing, kickboxing and Thai boxing techniques on free-standing bags with a nightclub atmosphere.

Creator and trainer Troy Dureh told us: “It is focussed on fun and it is more of a drill-based class where we do short sequences or combos or strikes in time to the music.

“We mix in a bit of interval training and conditioning. The main thing really is it is a fun sort of activity.

“The main difference between what we do and what other concepts and classes have is our classes are very atmospheric.

“The name Fight Klub means a few different things: you’ve got the boxing/martial arts element but then also the clubbing element.

“We try to create a nightclub atmosphere within the class, not just through ambient lighting and stuff like that but getting people to be very vocal in the class.”

Troy first hit upon the concept in 2003 while working at health club Gymbox and it took years of hard graft to build up his budding franchise, including spending nearly every weekend of 2011 on the road with a DJ and another friend.

But now he’s hit the big time with 480 classes in the UK and more in five other countries. Fight Klub’s social media has had more than 20 million views so far this year and 250,000 people have been in contact to find out where their nearest class is.

A certain amount of Fight Klub’s fans are ex-ravers and drum and bass and jungle music has become its calling card.

Troy said: “Definitely the drum and bass is what has changed things. Our top tier instructors, our master trainers who perform at our events, they MC over the music while they are teaching.”

Instructors frequently MC over the music while record labels and DJs are queuing up to get involved in the classes. Fight Klub hosts regular live events, at venues including IndigO2 and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, often with stars from the world of drum and bass performing.

Troy described Fight Klub’s members as like a family and said the classes are very social.

He said: “Everyone is really welcoming. We get so many comments about that – not only is it the best atmosphere but they have met so many new people. We have had marriages, we have had babies and all types of stuff through our sessions.”

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Where’s your nearest class?

Nisha D’Cruz at The Weybridge Club: Wednesdays 7.30pm to 8.30pm

Hanworth Air Park Leisure Centre, Feltham: Mondays 8.30pm to 9.30pm and Wednesdays 11am to noon.

David Lloyd Hampton: Mondays 7.15pm to 8.15pm; Wednesdays 11.30am to noon, 6pm to 6.45pm; Fridays 10.35am to 11.20am and Saturdays 11.30am to noon.

Dan Carlos at Grey Court School, Richmond: Thursdays 7pm to 9pm.

La Retraite Girls’ School, Clapham: Tuesdays 7pm to 8pm and 8pm to 9pm.

The New Horizon Centre, Mitcham: Tuesdays 10am to 11am; Thursdays 6.45pm to 7.45pm; Saturdays 9.15am to 10.15am.

Croydon High Sports Club: Tuesdays 8pm to 9pm, Thursdays 7pm to 8pm.

Forest Hill School Sports Centre from September.

Newstead Wood School, Orpington: Mondays 6pm to 7pm and 8pm to 9pm; Wednesdays 6pm to 7pm, 8pm to 9pm; Sundays 10.30am to 11.30am.

Joe Panton at C2K Community Centre, Abbey Wood: Mondays 7.15pm to 8.15pm; Saturdays 11am to noon.

Sue Wells at Nemesis Gym, Erith: Mondays 8.30pm to 9.30pm; Wednesdays 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

Cyclopark, Gravesend: Mondays 10am to 11am, 8pm to 9pm; Tuesdays 8pm to 9pm; Thursdays 8pm to 9pm; Fridays 10am to 11am.