KICKBOXING

Kickboxing is a group of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching, historically developed from karate, Muay Thai, Taekwon-Do and Western boxing. Kickboxing is practiced for self-defence, general fitness, or as a contact sport.

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THE HISTORY OF KICKBOXING.

Japanese kickboxing originated in the 1960s, with competitions being held since then. American kickboxing originated in the 1970s and was brought to prominence in September 1974, when the Professional Karate Association (PKA) held the first World Championships. Historically, kickboxing can be considered a hybrid martial art formed from the combination of elements of various traditional styles. This approach became increasingly popular since the 1970s, and since the 1990s, kickboxing has contributed to the emergence of mixed martial arts via further hybridisation with ground fighting techniques from Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Folk wrestling.

There are many different styles of kickboxing due to it's vast mixed background. Our Kickboxing class is purely practiced for the means of combat sport and is based on a Taekwon-Do style with western boxing incorporated too. The classes are focused on developing skill levels through the ranks of; beginner, intermediate and advanced.

 

When first starting, the student will begin at novice level (white-yellow belt ranks) then progressing onto intermediate (green to blue belt ranks) before progressing onto advanced (red and black belt ranks). Once reaching Black Belt, the practitioner no longer obtains a new belt colour, but their grade is represented in Dans (number ranks) usually portrayed in roman numeric format on the end of the belt. The highest rank that can be achieved in combat sport style of Kickboxing is an 8th Dan Black Belt.

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MOVING UP THE RANKS.

KEY BENEFITS

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Psychological

It is considered to be calming and relaxing.  It requires a high degree of concentration and focus to be able to deliver the multiple movements, punches and kicks. Focus is often on helping body and spirit feel centred and connected to each other.

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PHYSICAL

If practiced regularly it will provide a cardiovascular workout.  It will help develop, muscle tone, strength, flexibility balance and concentration, it is considered to be an effective total body workout. 

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LIFESTYLE

It can be practiced alone or with others. Group introduction is widely available. It is accessible to people of wildly ranging ages and fitness levels.  Equipment in the initial stages is minimal and equipment is primarily inexpensive

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SEMI CONTACT

By far the most popular discipline in terms of amateur kickboxing, this form of competition is run on a matted area. The objective of this event is to penetrate your opponent’s defences and deliver an effective and controlled technique with your hands or legs in the form of kicks, punches and sweeps. When a point is scored, the match is paused temporarily for the judges to record the score quickly before the action begins again.

Although this style is very "stop, start", it's still is a very fast paced form of competition and exciting to watch once you understand the rules and tactics involved.

CLOTHING

The competitors usually wear club t-shirts or comfortable loose fitting clothing with a pair of kicking pants or shorts (except in full contact where males are topless and females usually wear a sports bra).

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