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.
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. 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 grades level) then progressing onto intermediate (green to blue grade level) before progressing onto advanced (red and black grade level). 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. The highest rank to be achieved in Kickboxing is 8th Dan.
MOVING UP THE RANKS.
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.
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.
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
The name speaks for itself; this form of competition is performed in a ring and primarily has similar rules to boxing. The main difference is that opponent may also use his legs to defend and attack. The competition is finished when a fighter is knocked out or TKO. If the competition ends after the three two minute rounds then the fighter who has scored on his opponent effectively and proficiently will be deemed to be the winner, in the event of a tied result the fighter whom was judged to be technically better will be given the decision.
The competitors wear loose fitting clothing, a pair of kicking pants and V-neck
tops are very popular. Club t-shirts are permitted too.