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An overview of Kickboxing

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 more or less identical punching techniques which includes jab, cross, hook, uppercut, short straight punch and others while the standard kicking techniques includes front kick, side kick, semi-circular kick and a large number of special or variant kicking techniques including spinning kicks, jumping kicks and whole lot of other variations. There are three main defensive positions (guards or styles) used in kickboxing. Within each style, there is considerable variation among fighters, as some fighters may have their guard higher for more head protection while others have their guard lower to provide better protection against body punches. Many fighters vary their defensive style throughout a bout in order to adapt to the situation of the moment, choosing the position best suited to protect them.

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