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Kickboxing Days

When used in the narrow sense, kickboxing is used to describe styles that “Self-identify” as kickboxing, example- American kickboxing and its Japanese counterpart, like the shoot boxing and K1 with their own set of techniques and rules. However from a broader perspective, it includes all the standup sports that include kicking, punching and striking as self-defending moves and attacks.

Hence kickboxing, as a term was first used in the 1960’s when Osamu Noguchi, a Japanese coach and promoter first used it to define a hybrid martial art that combined karate and Muay Thai. Even in their American counterparts the same name was used to describe the stand up combat sports characterized by the same moves, however there always were subtle and prominent differences in techniques and rules because the adaptations and combination were not always uniform and the sources varied.

Even the French form of boxing called Savate has been hybridized to give rise to French kickboxing. The French term used for it is “Boxe pieds-poings” which translates to using ones feet and fists for boxing. Any form of boxing and full contact karate can fall under the umbrella of “kickboxing”.

The martial arts that are included in the family of kickboxing may include the Indian and the Chinese families of kickboxing, like the Khmer pradal serey which is very similar to Muay Thai which emphasizes on elbow techniques. Muay Thai, which emphasizes on knee and elbow strikes. Muay Lao, the Laotian boxing, very similar to Muay Thai.

Yaw-yan, which is a Pilipino martial art also known as Sayaw ng Kamatayan. Indian muki boxing or mushti yudhha, it is a form of ancient martial art from India that uses forehead, elbow and knee strikes. There are many contemporary, competition-oriented martial arts that have developed as hybrids of the oriental ones parallel to American and Japanese kickboxing like sanda and shoot boxing.