What is Kickboxing?
Kickboxing is a full-contact Martial Art that uses elements of both kicking and boxing, drawing on a mixture of different fighting styles. While gloves are worn on the hands, kicks are practiced with bare feet – and the hands and feet are the only parts of the body that participants are allowed to fight with.
Practiced throughout the world, Kickboxing is a common self-defence and fitness sport. Though there are different variants of the sport, Kickboxing in Europe was in fact born in the US. In the 1970’s, the American style of Kickboxing, which mixed karate with boxing (some people even refer to it as karate boxing) came over to Germany, and from there it began to flourish in Europe.
Why should I go to Kickboxing classes?
Kickboxing classes provide the perfect form of exercise for anyone looking to improve not only their physical strength, but also their general levels of fitness. The benefits of participating in Kickboxing classes include:
- Improves muscle tone
- Improves co-ordination and balance
- All-in-one exercise routine (cardio, strength and helps burn body fat)
- Build up confidence and self-esteem
- Relieves stress and improves mental health
- Classes are fun, and you’ll get to meet like-minded people
What will I learn from Kickboxing classes?
You’ll learn self-defence techniques utilising all of your body. For example, there are standard kicking techniques – such as front or roundhouse kicks, as well as sweeping to force opponents to fall. You’ll also master punches, blocks, as well as holding down your opponent, all of which utilises your arms and upper body. Some Kickboxing classes may involve some 1-1 sparring while others offer fitness exercises using punch bags. No matter what you do, you’ll benefit from the high intensity cardio workout that Kickboxing classes offer.
What are the Kickboxing grades?
The different colour Kickboxing belts represent different levels of progression, going from a white belt which is a beginner through to a more advanced black belt. There’s a tendency for different schools to use slightly different variations, but broadly speaking in the UK the Kickboxing belt progression is:
Black belts split into Dan ranks, which go from 1st Dan up to 3rd Dan. It can take several years to progress from a novice to a black belt.
Who can take up Kickboxing classes?
No matter what your background, age, gender or fitness levels, you’ll be welcome along to your local Kickboxing club.
Lessons for children can start from as young as 5 or 6 years old, and there is no upper age limit. You don’t need to have any prior experience either – most Kickboxing clubs will accept people who have never tried the sport. Kickboxing is also popular with those who want to get into something completely different. So even if you’ve not been use to much exercise, or even if you find that you, or your son or daughter, re lacking in confidence, then you’ll find much to enjoy at your local Kickboxing club.