Kickboxing is the Sport and Martial Art whereby students may combine fighting techniques from other arts i.e. Boxing, Thaiboxing, Karate and Kung Fu in order to compete to a very high level in a Ring against an opponent. Kickboxing is also a method of Self-Defence as well as being superb for keep fit and is practised by Sports people of all kinds to enhance their fitness.
Kickboxing exists today because in the 1970's, westerners who practised Martial Arts wanted to test their fighting ability against their counterparts in the East, mainly Japan. Therefore, a system of rules was drawn up acceptable to both parties, enabling them to compete against each other to see who could win out in a series of matches between the two "worlds". One of the first Champions was an American named Benny "The Jet" Urquidez from Los Angeles via Mexico. He managed to beat the best that Japan could throw at him resulting in him becoming a legend in the Sport of Kickboxing and later going into Films.
In today's Kickboxing Martial Art classes, you will find people from all walks of life and all ages training in a relaxed atmosphere. You will see students doing "Padwork" in pairs, Skipping, "Shadow fighting", Exercising, Sparring with others and generally working on techniques towards their next level or Belt.
Would be students that wish to participate in Kickboxing without fighting are welcome at many clubs as there is a great demand for kickboxing's fitness benefits. Kickboxing training is way up the list of very demanding fitness pursuits and has an immense benefit on cardiovascular and flexibility areas. Along with this comes muscle toning and potential weight loss combined with a great sense of fun.
Prospective students will find many different clubs and classes. Some teach kickboxing as a Martial Art, some as a competitive Sport and some as a fitness class, for instance Kixercise, Kickboxercise.
By Paul Cook
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