Our guide to kickboxing classes


Exercise can be boring – maybe it’s time to break out of your usual routine and take up a new sport to keep the excitement fresh? Kickboxing is an exhilarating sport that combines an intense cardio workout with practical self defence techniques. If you take a kickboxing course, you can spar with fellow course members and learn different ways of protecting yourself that will never get old. Who knows, one day you may even become a world champion.


What is kickboxing?

Kickboxing is a form of martial art that has mostly been derived from karate, Muay Thai and boxing. There is no single governing body for kickboxing so rules and definitions of the sport can change, however it is defined as a stand up combat sport that is based around two main features, kicking and punching. In some forms of kickboxing participants can also use elbows, knees and throws to beat their opponent. Winning is very similar to boxing in that the participant can win either by way of knockout or judges’ decision.  


Surprisingly modern

Kickboxing is a surprisingly new sport. While it’s a broad term and its history is hard to trace, modern kickboxing has only been an official sport since the 1960s, when competitions in Japan were held for the first time. American kickboxing soon followed, where training and competitions became popular in the 1970s. Kickboxing has even contributed to the emergence of other competitive martial arts such as mixed martial arts (MMA). However, even though it wasn’t considered a part of kickboxing until the 1960s, kickboxing most likely came from Muay Boran, a form of fighting that came from the ancient empire of Siam.


What will I learn?

A kickboxing course will teach you all the techniques you will need to compete in your first fight, but if you don’t want to fight competitively then don’t let this put you off. Many people take up kickboxing because it‘s great cardio training and a fantastic way to keep fit and lose weight. You will learn kicking techniques that are mostly taken from karate, punching techniques that are taken from boxing and close range techniques such as knees and elbows that are taken from Muay Thai. This will coincide with footwork and blocking techniques so you will be able to dodge all those kicks and punches. This will be done through guided technique explanations, punching punch bags and pads, and sparring with others on the course. Combined with an intensive fitness regime, this is great for your health and cardio levels. Kickboxing courses are intense, so taking a fitness course before you go will help you to do some initial preparation.


Learn from your own living room

If you feel more comfortable learning kickboxing from your own living room then you could take one of the online kickboxing courses that we have. If you are doing kickboxing for fitness then this could be for you, you will still learn the same techniques and fitness regimes as a normal course, but without the sparring and contact that comes with kickboxing. This is a great way to keep fit and stay healthy. However if your ambition is to fight competitively then you would be best going to a course where your tutor can give you constructive criticism.


What’s the difference between the different types of kickboxing?

  • Muay Thai: Muay Thai is a kickboxing event that has a strong emphasis on knees and elbows, it is known as the ‘science of the eight limbs’. It was developed from Muay Boran which was a particularly brutal sport and with Muay Thai came stricter rules.
  • Savate: Savate is French kickboxing. Savate is the only kicking style where competitors are allowed to wear shoes while fighting; this makes kicks even more brutal and powerful. Despite this, Savate has a very low injury rate.
  • Japanese kickboxing: Japanese kickboxing was the first ever fighting style to adopt the name kickboxing. It is very similar to Muay Thai with very similar rules, however a different point system is used.
  • American kickboxing: American kickboxing is also very similar to Japanese kickboxing and Muay Thai and helped to make the sport popular around the Western world. The one rule that is different in American kickboxing is that competitors are not allowed to kick their opponents below the waist. In other kickboxing            sports, shin kicks are a common tactic.
  • Cardio kickboxing: This form of kickboxing is completely contact free. This style is for those who want to learn a great sport but do not want to fight. It is great for cardio and physical improvement, and exercises are often done to music.

There are still plenty more types of kickboxing all over the world, at first you don’t need to worry about what course you do. The rules and techniques of kickboxing courses are easily transferable, so you can transfer to your style of kickboxing after some initial learning.

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