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Kickboxing

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Kickboxing refers to the sport of using martial-arts-style kicks and boxing-style punches to defeat an opponent in a similar way to that of standard boxing. It is a standing sport and does not allow continuation of the fight once a combatant has reached the ground.

Kickboxing has been confused with Muay Thai (Thai Boxing). What differentiates the two sports, is that Thai Boxing allows for kicks below the belt and knee / elbow strikes. There are many variants of kickboxing including Japanese kickboxing, American kickboxing, Indian, Burmese boxing, as well as French savate. The term kickboxing is disputed and has become more associated with the Japanese and American variants.  Osamu Oguchi, the the Japanese boxer, promoted a variant of Muay Thai and Karate. Thanks to Oguchi, in the 1950s, the term ‘kickboxing’ was born. 

This martial arts is often practiced for self-defence, general fitness, or as a full-contact sport. Typically, male boxers are:

  • bare-chested
  • wearing shorts
  • mouth-guard
  • hand-wraps
  • 10-oz. boxing gloves
  • groin-guard
  • shin-pads
  • kick-boots
  • optional protective helmet (usually for those under 16).

Similarly, female boxers will the same protective gear, as well as a tank top and chest protection gear. In European kickboxing the kicks to the thigh are allowed using special low-kick rules. This style allows the use of boxing shorts instead of long trousers.

Amateur rules allow less experienced athletes to use light or semi-contact rules so that they can score points with successful strikes past the opponent’s guard. Additionally in this rule set, the use of force is regulated. The equipment is similar to full-contact matches, but with an additional head gear. These semi-contact athletes usually dress in a t-shirt in comparison to the bare-chested full-contact participants.

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