About Us

History of the Gym

At The Ironfist Gym, we cater for everyone, from beginners through to advanced practitioners of Muay Thai, boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Those starting their martial arts journey with us will feel at home in our friendly and encouraging environment, united by a passion for martial arts.


Daniel “Ironfist” Bell— head instructor at the gym –began training Muay Thai in 1991 under Kru Malcolm Anderson. Having been deeply embedded in the Australian Muay Thai scene for decades, Daniel has had the privilege of training and learning from so many pioneers of Australian Muay Thai.

Daniel has competed in all Muay Thai weight divisions, from middleweight to super heavyweight, and has mentored many fighters under the Ironfist banner to the pinnacle of the sport; Ironfist is proud to have produced several professional world champions, alongside countless state and national champions.




The Ironfist Gym opened in 2001 on Daniel’s parents’ acreage in Rochedale. His father, Allan Bell, was an ever-present figure in Daniel’s martial arts life, spending years training together in their concrete carport, before the building of the new 300-square metre gym.

“The carport beside the truck shed was where we would come together and work on the things we had learnt through our weeks training. The one sand filled bag was not for the feint hearted,” Dan recalls.

The construction of this first gym was expanded on with two more extensions to accommodate for a growing client base and reputation. From the very class in 2001, everyone at Ironfist had found a home. Most in the community came to improve on their fitness while learning the valuable skills of Muay Thai. Some were more interested in competition, and the reputation of our fighters saw the Ironfist name quickly evolve into one of national reputation.

“We produced so many champions in the old gym.”

Certainly, it was a home away from home for many, including fighters such as Michael ‘Tomahawk’ Thompson, Jimmy Urwin, Ben Johnston, Andy Smith, Matt Sedan and Joel Gadishkie. Our fighters competed all around Australia as well as overseas, cementing Ironfist as one of the country’s strongest gyms.




After some time out working at the port of Brisbane, Daniel and his wife Lianne decided to open The Ironfist Gym in its current location in Mansfield. With Daniel having gone to Mansfield High School and fought many times at the local tavern, the decision to move here always felt like the right one to make. With 2021 marking 30 years of experience in Muay Thai, Daniel has certainly earned himself the pedigree of being one of Australia’s forefront Muay Thai coaches.


“For me, l get a deep feeling of satisfaction seeing people do well, and overcome the challenges that we all get in life from time to time. The wellbeing of all our members is equally as important to me as their successes. Whatever you are looking for— a challenge, fitness, connection or competition –you are welcome at my gym.”








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