What is Kickboxing?
Kickboxing is one of the youngest martial arts systems and one of the fastest growing.
Kickboxing has been in existence since the early 60s.
It's conception came about because of the desire of Martial Artists to test their skills against each other in a safe and controlled environment, in the safe way and manner that Judo evolved from Jujitsu.
It requires a high level of fitness both mentally and physically and is a dynamic and effective Martial Art.
It incorporates kicking, punching, sweeping and throwing.
Kickboxing has been particularly successful over the last number of years in Great Britain and has produced a number of World/European Champions in their respective weight divisions.
Playing the game!
In Kickboxing there are three main disciplines and All competitors must wear the appropriate safety equipment.
MALE: Head Guard, Mouth Guard, Shin Guard, Boots, Gloves and Groin Guard.
FEMALE: Head Guard, Mouth Guard, Chest Guard, Shin Guard, Boots, and Gloves.
One referee and three judges score the competition.
The competitors wear loose fitting clothing, a pair of kicking pants and V neck tops are very popular for point fighting,, however T shirts are permitted in some circumstances and are more popular amongst Light Contact Fighting - they must be a club T shirt.
PRIMARY DISCIPLINES AND STYLES OF KICKBOXING
The name speaks for itself; this form of competition is performed in a ring and primarily has similar rules to boxing.
The main difference is that opponent may also use his legs to defend and attack. The competition is finished when a fighter is knocked out or TKO. If the competition ends after the three two minute rounds then the fighter who has scored on his opponent effectively and proficiently will be deemed to be the winner, in the event of a tied result the fighter whom was judged to be technically better will be given the decision
This competition is held on a matted area. The objective of this type of competition is that you hit your opponent with as many techniques as possible with control.
The more complex and difficult the scoring technique the higher the score (See Point Fighting Scoring).
If you hit your opponent without control you are penalised or even disqualified depending on the severity of the offence. The winner is judged by the person whom has scored and landed more techniques. In the event of a tied result the fighter whom was judged to be technically better will be given the decision after the 3 two minute rounds.
By far the most popular discipline, this form of competition is run over three by two-minute rounds on a matted area. The objective of this competition is to penetrate your opponent’s defences and deliver an effective and controlled technique with your hands of legs.
The scoring system is as follows:
PUNCH = 1pt
HEAD KICK = 2pts
BODY KICK = 1pt
JUMPING BODY KICK = 2pt
JUMPING HEAD KICK = 3pt
SWEEP = 1pt
Each time a fighter scores the match is stopped and the three judges score the technique, if two or three judges are in full agreement then a score is given. The objective for the fighter is to score as many points on his opponent as possible. The winner of the contest is the fighter with the highest score. In the event of a tie, time is extended by one minute. If the competition is still tied, it will then be decided by sudden death, the first fighter to score.