Kickboxing - a great form of exercise
Kickboxing is a
sport and martial art in which opponents are allowed to hit each other with
fists and feet, hitting above the hip. Kickboxing was made for beating Muay
Thai by Japanese boxing promoter Osamu Noguchi in 1950. Kickboxing
is also a method of Self-Defence as well as being superb for keep fit and is
practiced by people to enhance their fitness.
Forms of kickboxing:
- Thai boxing/kickboxing: Strong
emphasis on knee and elbow strikes
- French kickboxing: Allows
the use of shoes
- Chinese Kickboxing: Takedowns
and throws are legal
- Burmese Kickboxing: Any
part of the body may be used to strike and be struck
- Japanese kickboxing: Similar
to Muay Thai, but different point system is taken
- American Kickboxing: Most
of the time padding and in some cases body armour is used
- Shoot boxing: A Japanese
form of kickboxing which allows throwing and submission while standing
similar to San Shou
Origin: Although the true
roots of kickboxing date back to Asia 2,000 years ago, modern competitive
kickboxing actually started in the 1970s, when American karate experts arranged
competitions that allowed full-contact kicks and punches that had been banned
Cardiovascular kickboxing: Popular form of
kickboxing is known as aerobic or cardiovascular
which combines elements of boxing, martial arts, and aerobics to provide
overall physical conditioning and toning. Cardio kickboxing does not involve
physical contact between competitors - it's a cardiovascular workout that's
done because of its many benefits to the body.
You can burn anywhere from 350
to 450 calories an hour with kickboxing!
Kickboxing also reduces and
Can do wonders for feelings of
frustration and anger.
Kickboxing moves can also help
to improve balance, flexibility, coordination, and endurance.
The kicks and punches you
strike loosen your nerves up.
This exercise is obviously
heart-pumping, you tend to increase your heart rate performance and breathing
It promotes alertness,
endurance, flexibility and harmony among your body parts and senses.
The art of kickboxing also
gives you the chance to train and develop core muscles like triceps and biceps.
Keep wrist straight
Use two largest knuckles for striking.
Do not telegraph punches.
Always look where your punches are going. (
broad view, not by telegraphing with your eyes)
Use your body weight to increase power.
Remain semi-relaxed while in guard position
- tense at end of punch return to semi- relaxed position.
For more punching power, line shoulders up
by pivoting with feet and turning waist - use thighs.
Hit as hard as possible (not necessarily
with every punch but with most of them)
The Front Kick: From
fighting position - raise knee to target - extend straight into target with a
snap - return to starting position.
Crescent Kick: The
Crescent kick is one of the most commonly used kicks in the sport. It's
the kind of kick that can be thrown from a couple of angles, the 45 degree and
90. The 45 degree kick will allow you to have more speed but will reduce your
power. While on the other hand, the 90 degree kick will give you greater power,
but will slightly put you in an awkward position for punching.
Side Kick: The
sidekick is most effective when is thrown directly to your side. The Side Kick
is not only great for breaking boards, but it does a great job on your
Spinning Back Kick: The
Spinning Back kick is certainly one of the most powerful kicks in the sport of
Kick Boxing. This kick requires excellent timing and technique.
Training For The Spinning
Back Kick: From fighting position - As you begin your spin - simultaneously
raise your rear leg to back kick position - back should only be temporarily
turn to your opponent - as soon as back is to opponent the kick should be
extended - during your spin keep knee pointing down - striking with the heel of
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