Kickboxing is a stand-up combat sport based on kicking and punching.
It was originally developed from Karate, Indochinese kickboxing and Western boxing, but has evolved into its own unique discipline.
While kickboxing is most famous as a combat sport, it’s also excellent for self-defense and general fitness.
Kickboxing is a hybrid martial art that was formed by combining elements of various traditional styles into a new, distinct style. This approach first started becoming popular in the 1970s and, more recently, has contributed to the emergence of mixed martial arts (MMA) by merging with ground fighting techniques.
The term “kickboxing” itself was introduced in the 1960s as a Japanese anglicism by Japanese boxing promoter Osamu Noguchi. He used the term to describe a hybrid martial art (combining Indochinese kickboxing and karate) which he had introduced in 1958. In truth, though, there’s far more to kickboxing than just ‘kicks’ and ‘boxing’!
Kickboxing has many different styles, each with their own techniques and philosophies. At Safaa’s Gym, techniques are based on the K-1 style (1) of kickboxing. Some of the other styles include:
• Japanese style
• The Indochinese family of kickboxing such as:
Khmer: Pradal Serey
Thai: Muay Thai & Muay Boran
Laotian: Muay Lao
Chinese kickboxing Sanda (also known as Sanshou)
Indian style Musti yuddha (also known as Muki boxing)
• French style Savate (also known as boxe française, French boxing, French kickboxing or French footfighting)
• And, just like American pizza, there is also American kickboxing!
As with all sports, different countries and styles have their own perspective on kickboxing. Some styles allow for low-kicks, elbows, knees, clinches (grabbing hold of your opponent) and takedowns (forcing your opponent to the ground). Other styles, however, do not allow for such moves.
(1) K-1 is a Japanese martial-arts entertainment planning and promotion company, dominated the sport of kickboxing since 1990s. K-1 with its fighting rules become more style than promoter