5 Best Kabaddi Academies in India

Kabaddi, as the data confirms is the 2nd most popular sport in the country after cricket. With India bringing home Gold Medals from international events like Asian Games, Asian Championships, and World Cups, the sport has evolved from a popular rural sport to prime time content on TV channels & OTT platforms.

 

With the rise of homegrown heroes like Anup Kumar, Rakesh Kumar, Manjeet Chillar, and their contemporaries Pardeep Narwal, Pawan Sehrawat, and Naveen Kumar kabaddi has become the most sought after game in India B & C. Bharat plays Kabaddi from Jammu to Kanyakumari and Gujarat to Nagaland which truly makes Kabaddi “Bharat Ka Khel”

We are overwhelmed with the inquiries we get on Kabaddi Adda social media platforms about Kabaddi academies. We have a dedicated academy page here on the Kabaddi Adda website where we have listed academies from across India. Here we will try to bring out the information about 5 of my favorite academies (if you feel we missed any Kabaddi academy, please share your feedback in the comments and we will reach out to you). 


1. Khokhar Kabaddi Academy

There can’t be a better place than this when a Dronacharya Awardee coach himself trains you. Yes as the name suggests the academy is owned by Dronacharya Awardee Rambir Singh Khokhar. We have seen him training the likes of Ajay Thakur, Pardeep Narwal, and Surender Nada. After retirement from SAI where he produced one great player after another, he is back to what he does best, coaching. There is not a single day when he doesn't visit the academy, giving his valuable skill tips to the young players. In one of the many conversations we have had, he shared about his confidence in churning out skilled and fit players who will play for India one day. He is assisted by 2 full-time coaches in the academy.

Khikhar Kabaddi Academy

The academy is nestled in the middle of beautiful farmland in Anoop Sports village, Sonipat, Haryana. The academy has a residential facility, a newly built and fully furnished hostel with all the amenities and delicious food. 

The facilities in the academy include:
Indoor hall with 2 sets of mats 
Gym 
4 Mud grounds outdoor
Running track 
Swimming pool
Hostel
Doctor on call

Practice timing:
Morning: 06:00 to 08:00AM
Evening: 03:00 to 06:00PM

Fees:
Admission fee: 5000 (One time)
Hostel fee: 7000 (Monthly)
Training fee 3000 (Monthly)

Address:
Anoop Sports Village, Near sector 23, Garhi Brahmanan, Sonipat, Haryana


Sonipat is easily reachable from all parts of the country by Rail or road, the nearest airport is New Delhi. Academy is easily accessible from any place in Sonipat. Sharing autos ply from Railway station, bus stand and other parts of the city. You can find Khokhar Academy/Anoop Sports Village on Google Maps.


2. Chaudhari Ram Swarup Kabaddi Academy

Retired from armed forces, a family completely dedicated to the sport of Kabaddi. Subedar Vijay Singh with his 2 younger brothers run this academy in Adampur Dadhi, Charkhi Dadri. Charkhi Dadri a sleepy little town in the southwest part of Haryana. In the past 3 years, this academy has produced promising young skillful players which includes the likes of Nitesh Kumar, Amit Sheoran, Ashish Kumar, Surender Gill and Sumeet Kumar. The academy is in Adampur Dadhi, 13 km from Charkhi Dadri on Charkhi Dadri – Narnaul highway.  

Ch. Ram Swaroop Kabaddi Academy

Subedar Vijay Singh who himself was a defender, spends time honing the defense skills of the young players and the number of defenders coming out from this academy is commendable. Past few years we have seen players from this academy playing in State & National tournaments and Nitesh Kumar also made a debut to the Indian team which won Gold Medal in South Asian Games 2020, Kathmandu.   

The facilities in the academy include:
Mat 
Open gym 
4 Mud grounds outdoor
Running track 
Hostel
Doctor on call

Practice timing:
Morning: 05:15 to 07:00AM
Evening: 05:00 to 07:15PM

Fees:
Hostel fee: 4000
No extra training fee

Address:
Adampur Dadhi, Charkhi Dadri, Haryana.


Charkhi Dadri is easily reachable from all parts of the country by Rail or road, the nearest airport is New Delhi. Academy is easily accessible from Charkhi Dadri. Buses are at regular intervals from the Charkhi Dadri bus stand. Coming from Charkhi Dadri the academy is on the left-hand side of the highway. You can find the academy on Google Maps.


3. Shivneri Kabaddi Krida Sankul

Rajendra Rajale, a famous face among amateur young Kabaddi players, known for his Kabaddi tutorial classes, Seekh Panga on Kabaddi Adda Youtube channel. Rajendra Rajale with Satish Wadyar runs Shivneri Kabaddi Krida Sankul in Pune suburbs. Rajendra Rajale and Satish Wadyar both were working with Indian armed forces took voluntary retirement and Rajale’s love for Kabaddi was so immense that he went for NIS training, completed and started this academy.

Shivneri Kabaddi Krida Sankul

Rajale loves to experiment with raiding and defense skills and curates a custom training plan for each player which suits them the best. The academy is located inside the campus of the Silver fitness club, Chinchwad, a Pune suburb. 

Players from the academy often participate in State and National tournaments in Maharashtra and outside Maharashtra. With hills nearby cross country training is part of a monthly training program curated by Rajale.

The facilities in the academy include:
Indoor hall with mat
Gym 
3 Mud grounds outdoor
Running track 
Swimming pool
Sauna
Yoga hall
Recreational games facility 
Hostel
Doctor on call

Practice timing:
Morning: 06:00 to 08:30AM
Evening: 06:00 to 08:00PM

Fees:
Hostel fee: 6000 (Monthly)
Training fee: 1000 (Monthly)

Address:
Jadhav Wadi, Chikhli, Chinchwad, Pune, Maharashtra.

Pune is easily reachable from all parts of the country by Rail or road, the nearest airport is Pune. Academy is easily accessible from Pune railway station. Buses are at regular intervals from Swargate and Shivaji Nagar bus stands up to Chinchwad bus stand. One can hire autos or app-based taxi services for last-minute connectivity. You can find the academy on Google Maps


4. Jagadeesh Kumble Academy 

Kasaragod a coastal town in Gods own country, Kerala. Jagadeesh Kumble the only Kabaddi Asian Games Gold Medalist from Kerala. An ex-army man and a skilled raider of his time. Jagadeesh Kumble is also famous among amateur players for his skill series tutorials – Seekh Panga on Kabaddi Adda Youtube channel. Jagadeesh Kumble Kabaddi Academy is located in Kasaragod.

When it comes to sport Kerala is famous for its football clubs but the story in Kasargod district is unique. During my conversations with Jagadeesh Kumble he shared that there were over 200 Kabaddi clubs in Kasargod district. 

Jagadeesh Kumble Academy

Under the able guidance of Jagadeesh Kumble we have seen the likes of Sagar B Krishna, Adarsh T, Rajnish coming out with brilliant skills on display. Jagadeesh Kumble often conducts workshops for senior players. Currently, with the limited infrastructure, most of the players are from in and around Kasargod, and a few nearby states (who stay in a nearby lodge arranged by Jagadeesh Kumble at a discounted price).      

The facilities in the academy include:
Indoor hall with mat
Lodge facility can be arranged 
Doctor on call

Practice timing:
Morning: 05:30 to 08:00AM
Evening: 04:00 to 07:00PM

Fees:
Admission fee: 1000 (One time)
Hostel fee: 5000 (Monthly)
Training fee: 1000 (Monthly)

Address:
Bindu Auditorium, Aswini Nagar, Kasaragod, Kerala

Kasaragod the west coast of India is easily reachable from all parts of the country by Rail or road, the nearest airport is Mangalore. Academy is easily accessible and one can hire an auto from Kasargod bus stand and railway station to reach academy. You can find the academy on Google Maps.


5. Midline Academy

Raigarh district of Maharashtra is famous for Kabaddi. During Kabaddi season 100+ tournaments happen in Raigarh district over the weekends. Though there were many clubs in the district there was a lack of academy where players can learn professional Kabaddi. Aniket Mhatre an MBA in sports management, a fitness enthusiast, and a Kabaddi player himself saw an opportunity and started Midline academy 2 years back in Karjat.

Midline Kabaddi Academy

The initial few months saw footfall from Karjat and nearby villages but soon started getting enquiries from all over Maharashtra and other states. Currently, he runs 2 batches each in the morning and evening sessions and also rented a house for a hostel. Inter Midline tournament has become a regular event of the academy where the amateur players get a chance to display their skills.    

The facilities in the academy include:
Indoor hall with mat
Gym 
Mud ground
Running track 
Hostel
Doctor on call

Practice timing:
Morning: 06:15 to 08:30AM
Evening: 05:30 to 09:00PM

Fees:
Admission fee: 1000
Hostel fee: 6000 (Monthly)
Training fee: 1000 (Monthly)

Address:
Police ground, Karjat, Raigarh, Maharashtra.

Karjat is easily reachable from all parts of the country by Rail or road, the nearest airport is Mumbai. Academy is easily accessible from the Karjat bus stand and railway station. One can hire an auto to reach the academy from the railway station or bus stand. You can find the academy on Google Maps.