The Development of Kickboxing
If there’s a martial that evolved from other various martial arts and is garnering raves for its many purposes, kickboxing would be that specific sport. This martial art is a fusion of various other fighting styles such as boxing, muay thai and karate. It is entirely made up of a series of kicking and punching moves and considered a hybrid martial art because of the adaptation of styles and elements from traditional martial arts. Japanese and American kickboxing originated in the 1960s and 1970s. Modern kickboxing is governed by various sporting authorities such as World Association of Kickboxing Organisations, International Sport Karate Association, and World Sport Kickboxing Federation.
A typical practitioner, apart from kicking and punching, will learn kick blocks, sparring, shadow boxing and even wood breaking. A kickboxing match has a number of rules. Punches and higher kicks are the only moves allowed in American kickboxing. In other versions of the martial art, knee strikes, grappling and low kicks were accepted. However, they all use a similar scoring system. A total knockout, a submission (quitting by the opponent) or a technical knockout will draw out the winner of the bout. Three judges will decide the winner based on scores if the match did not produce a knockout.
Kickboxing consists of different techniques. Attacks consists of punching, kicking and combination knee and elbow strikes. Punches include jabs, hook, cross, uppercut, backfist, cross-counter, overhand, short-straight punch, flying punch and bolo punch. Kicks include front kick, sidekick, semi-circular kick, roundhouse kick, and variations like hook kick, crescent kick, sweeping kick, back kick and axe kick. Japanese kickboxing has a few variations of elbow and knee strikes such as rising knee strike, side knee snap strike, rising knee strike, and hooking knee strike. There are three main defensive positions and guarding styles varies among fighters as they learn and adapt while in combat. Parrying or blocking, slipping, bobbing, covering up and clinching are some of these varying defensive moves.
Why is it good for you?
Kickboxing is not only viewed as a contact sport, it’s also a popular in the general fitness area. It greatly helps in stress reduction while providing strength training with series of movements that target different muscle groups. Your coordination, reflexes and posture are improved as it requires for you to learn how to speed your punching and kicking while practicing the exact movements. Constant training may improve your stamina as well. Your strength and cardio levels are raised while toxins from your body are eliminated from your body through sweating. If it’s good for the body, it is just as good for the mind since learning this martial art will help boost your confidence and aid your mental health as well. People from all walks of like are benefitting so much from this sport as it greatly affects both their physical and mental condition.