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Kick Boxing


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    Kick Boxing

    Kick boxing is a generic term for a martial art and a martial artist who engages or practices in this form of boxing which includes kicks. Typically, kick boxing, the sport as fought in competitions usually does not allow elbow or knee strikes, head butting locking or throwing. Although there are many forms of kick boxing, technically including Sanda Chinese Kick Boxing, Shoot Boxing, a Japanese form, Yaw Yan a Pilipino form, Muay Thai the Thai version, Pradal Serey, the Khmer version and Lethwer the Burmese version.

    It is American kickboxing and Japanese kickboxing for which the sport is most well known. Many different martial stylists include kickboxing into their training regime as a method of sparring and they may also compete in official kickboxing tournaments. It is thought that the term ‘kickboxing’ was coined in Japan where the Kyokushimkai karate fighters from Oyama Dojo invited Thai boxing experts to Japan to compete in the late 50’s/early 60’s. It is from that time that the sport found popular recognition through the tournaments televised, such as the K1 in Japan.

    The first kickboxing association was founded in 1966. Competitions usually take the format of between 3-12 three minute rounds with a minute rest in between, fights are won either by a straight knockout (KO), technical knockout (TKO), if one of the fighters quit or the fighter’s corner throw in the towel or by a point decision scored by a team of three judges. Punches and kicks are awarded points equally, differing from Thai boxing where kicks to the body and head are highly scored, regardless of them being clean strikes or not. The most common techniques range from classic boxing techniques such as the cross hook jab, under cut and upper cut and popular kicking techniques include roundhouse kick, front kick and side kick. Sweeps are often allowed as are jumping and spinning kicks and axe kicks.

    One technique which when employed correctly is devastatingly effective and unique to kickboxing, is the spinning back fist where a boxer will violently rotate his body in a 180 degree turn, allowing his fisted right or left arm to flail out utilizing the centrifugal force and placing the fist on target to the opponent’s jaw or body. As well as being spectacular to watch, this technique can often result in a knockout and decisive victory.

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    Kick Boxing - Chris Crudelli Martial IQ Forums

    Author of this article Chris Crudelli is a Graduate of London University’s SOAS & Beijing Shi Fan University. He is also a Kung Fu & Taiji Master, Author & TV Host best known for his self-penned BBC TV series 'Mind Body Kick Ass Moves' broadcast in over 180 countries worldwide.

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