Are you looking for a total-body workout that totally kicks butt? How about a way to increase your stamina, flexibility, and strength while listening to your favorite dance mixes?
If this sounds good to you, keep reading to find out what you need to know before you take the kickboxing challenge.
Although the true roots of kickboxing date back to Asia 2,000 years ago, modern competitive kickboxing actually started in the 1970s, when American karate experts arranged competitions that allowed full-contact kicks and punches that had been banned in karate.
Because of health and safety concerns, padding and protective clothing and safety rules were introduced into the sport over the years, which led to the various forms of competitive kickboxing practiced around the world. The forms differ in the techniques used and the amount of physical contact that is allowed between the competitors.
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 also can help to improve balance, flexibility, coordination, and endurance.
Kickboxing is also a great way to get a total-body workout while learning simple self-defense moves. Kickboxing fans say the sport helps them to feel more empowered and confident.
In HORDE MMA we practice Kickboxing as a integral part of our MMA training so we incorporate the full range of techniques available, punches, kicks, knee & elbow strikes, sweeps, clinch and throws. With us you can practice Kickboxing for self-defense, general fitness, or as a contact sport.