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Kickboxing – Best Combat Sport

Kickboxing is a combination of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching which is developed from karate, Muay Thai and Western boxing. It is practiced for self-defense, general fitness, or as a contact sport.

It is a broad term that can be used both in a wide and narrow sense, the earliest forms of the sport included the various Indochinese martial arts especially muay boran, which developed into modern muay thai. In 1950 a Japanese karateka named Tatsuo Yamada first established an outline of a new sport that combined karate and muay thai.

By the 1970s and 1980s the sport had expanded beyond Japan and had reached North America and Europe. It was during this time that many of the most prominent governing bodies were formed. In Japan the sport was widely popular and was regularly broadcast on television before going into a dark period during the 1980s.In North America the sport had unclear rules so kickboxing and full contact karate were essentially the same sport. In Europe the sport found marginal success but did not thrive until the 1990s.

Kickboxing has a number of different rule sets. American kickboxing or American full contact karate restricts to strikes using punches and higher kicks while some other arts allow low kicks and even knee strikes, elbows, and grappling maneuvers though all the forms use identical scoring system. A winner is declared during the bout if there is a submission (fighter quits or fighter's corner throws in the towel), knockout (KO), or referee stoppage (technical knockout, or TKO).

There is no uniform international governing bodies and no single world championship. Championship titles are issued by individual promotions like K-1, Glory, SUPERKOMBAT, Lumpinee Boxing Stadium. Kickboxing has contributed to the emergence of mixed martial arts via further hybridization with ground fighting techniques from Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Folk wrestling