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<ul><li> Kick Boxing<br />By <br />Kapualani Jacunski<br /></li> <li> The history of Kick Boxing<br />Kick boxings original roots are from Asia over 2,000 years ago<br />Modern day kick boxing came from a bunch of American Karate experts who, in around 1970, started to arrange tournaments that allowed full contact kicks and punches, not allowed in karate. <br /></li> <li> 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 in the United States today.<br /></li> <li> Techniques <br />Punching<br />Jab - straight punch from the front hand, to either the head or the body, often used in conjunction with the cross<br />Cross - Straight punch<br />Hook - rounded punch to either the head or body in an arching motion,<br />Uppercut - rising punch striking to the chin.<br />Backfist - strikes to the head, raising the arm and bending the arm at the elbow and then straightening the arm quickly to strike to the side of the head with the rear of the knuckles, common in light contact.<br />Flying-punch the combatant hops on the front foot, kicking back with the rear foot and simultaneously extending the rear hand as a punch, in the form of "superman" flying through the sky.<br />Overhand- a semi-circular and vertical punch thrown with the rear hand. It is usually when the opponent bobbing or slipping. <br /></li> <li> Continued<br />Kicking<br />Front Kick - Striking face or chest on with the heel of the foot<br />Side Kick - Striking with the side or heel of the foot with leg parallel to the ground, can be performed to either the head or body<br />Roundhouse Kick or circle kick - Striking with the front of the foot or the lower shin to the head or the body in a chopping motion<br />There are a large number of special or variant kicking techniques, including spinning kicks, jumping kicks, and other variants such as<br />Axe Kick normally travel downward, striking with the side or base heel.<br />Back Kick is delivered with the base heel of the foot.<br />Sweeping One foot or both feet of an opponent may be swept depending upon their position, balance and strength.<br /></li> <li> Continued.<br />Knee and elbow strikes<br />Straight Knee Thrust This knee strike is delivered with the back or reverse foot against an opponents stomach, groin, hip or spine an opponent forward by the neck, shoulder or arm<br />Rising Knee Strike can be delivered with the front or back foot. It makes an explosive snap upwards to strike an opponents face, chin, throat or chest.<br />Hooking Knee Strike can be delivered with the front or back foot. It makes a half circle spin and strikes the sides of an opponent<br />Side Knee Snap Strike is a highly-deceptive knee technique used in close-range fighting. The knee is lifted o the toes or lifted up, and is snapped to left and right, striking an opponents sensitive knee joints, insides of thighs, groin<br />Elbow - to strike with the elbow on either the head, or body.<br /></li> <li> Different types of kick boxing<br />Lethwei<br />is a raw form of kickboxing from Burma. Exceedingly brutal in its early forms, the modern competition style of Lethwei is more controlled and similar to Thai boxing in its rules. Full Contact Martial Arts describes the style as allowing attacks with all limbs, elbow and knee strikes, and even headbutts. No protective gear is worn by fighters and Lethwei is viewed by many as a more pure style of kickboxing than some of the more regulated forms.<br />MuayThai<br />Also called Thai kickboxing, Muay Thai is believed to have originated up to 2,000 years ago in Thailand. Muay Thai Online states that this more open style allows strikes not only with the fists and feet but also elbow and knee strikes.<br /></li> <li> Continued.<br />Sanda, or San Shou, is a style of kickboxing that stems from the ancient Chinese Wushu fighting style. The style was developed by the Chinese military, and in competition form certain strikes are forbidden and protective gear is worn.<br />Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), popularly known as cage fighting or ultimate fighting is a full contact combat sport that allows a wide variety of fighting techniques and skills, from a mixture of other combat sports, to be used in competitions.<br /></li> <li> Defensive Moves <br />Slip - Slipping rotates the body slightly so that an incoming punch passes harmlessly next to the head.<br />Bob and weave- bobbing moves the head laterally and beneath an incoming punch. <br />Parry/Block - Parrying or blocking uses the boxer's hands as defensive tools to deflect incoming attacks<br />The Cover-Up - Covering up is the last opportunity to avoid an incoming strike to an unprotected face or body. <br /></li> <li> The are also individual rile sets in Japan, the U.S. and Internationaly<br /></li> <li> Cardio Vascular Kickboxing<br />Currently, one popular form of kickboxing is known as aerobic or cardiovascular (cardio) kickboxing, which combines elements of boxing, martial arts, and aerobics to provide overall physical conditioning and toning. Unlike other types of kickboxing, cardio kickboxing does not involve physical contact between competitors it's a cardiovascular workout that's done because of its many benefits to the body.<br /></li> <li> There is no single international governing body. International governing bodies include World Association of Kickboxing Organizations, World Kickboxing Association, International Sport Karate Association,International Kickboxing Federation, World Kickboxing Federation, World Kickboxing Network, among others. <br /></li> <li> Consequently there is no single kickboxing world championship, and champion titles are issued by individual promotions, such as K-1, It's Showtime, Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, among others<br /></li> </ul>


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