Refers to the sport of combining technique and style of boxing with kicking. Kickboxing is a standing sport and does not allow continuation of the fight once a combatant has reached the ground, although certain styles of Muay Thai make exceptions to this rule.
As the most popular self-defense method in America and many other countries, kickboxing training has been praised for its defensive qualities, but other traits not to be neglected include its value for personal fitness and athletic competition. Kickboxing is one of the most accessible, affordable, and intuitive means to get yourself living better and safer. Utilizing both the hands and the feet, this martial arts offers protection that will always be with you, even when you forget to pack a Taser or pepper spray. Getting training for kickboxing will also give your body a well-developed and thorough workout that makes you stronger, helps with coordination, and improves your cardiovascular stamina. In fact, many children with minor developmental coordination problems find that, after a few months of kickboxing, they’ve trained themselves out of those little disabilities entirely.
Besides keeping your body fit, kickboxing has other benefits. According to a study by the ACE, you can burn anywhere from 350 to 450 calories an hour with kickboxing!
Kickboxing also reduces and relieves stress. Its rigorous workout, controlled punching and kicking movements carried out with the discipline and skills required for martial arts, can do wonders for feelings of frustration and anger. Practicing kickboxing moves can also help to improve balance, flexibility, coordination, and endurance.
So get out there and jab, punch, and kick your way to fitness.
Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD, R
Reviewed: November 2008