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      13.11.2011 22:57

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      Get out there and get kicking!

      I LOVE KICKBOXING!

      This sport is my passion, I've been training for 2 1/2 years, on a break at the minute as I'm to be a father soon.

      This sport is an ideal striking base for MMA, which I moved in to after Kickboxing. If you find a decent instructor, which there are plenty of all over the world, this sport is an ideal one to compete with, to learn self defence with and to get fit with. There is a world of fast paced, high adrenaline, cardio mind-blowers to be had in this sport. Sparring is by far my favourite. Take all the charge of the stresses of everyday life and take them out in training, get fit, get tough. With many variations of kick boxing now around most will teach "Thai Boxing" a western version of Muay Thai. This is and ideal building block for self defence as it incorporates effective and deadly striking with body control such as clinching. The only disadvantage about this sport I can think of is the off chance of being hurt. If your worried about this tell the instructor when you go try it out, they'll be more than happy to place you with someone they can trust. The safety gear can go from dirt cheap to ridiculously expensive. It's just about knowing what you need. Do you NEED the comfort fit, compression shorts, reinforced groin guard? No. You need the £5.00 version from Amazon.

      With the boom in popularity of UFC, Strikeforce, Pride all the MMA stuff. There are hundreds of places popping up teaching martial arts, kick boxing however is in my opinion one of the best. So if your looking for a good place to start a martial art hobby, looking to gain confidence, get fit or just have some fine. Kickboxing is definitely the place to be.

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      22.01.2009 22:49
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      A good way to get fitter, suitable for people of all ages and abilities, give it a go.

      I write this as a 21 year old guy who has only just started doing kickboxing to give others an insight into what it involves and to try to encourage anybody who is doubtful over joining a club. My knowledge on the sport may not be great, but it just might help somebody in a similar position to me!

      I have been going now for about two months and when my friend asked me if I wanted to go with him I was very apprehensive as I had never done anything like this before, and felt that being 21 was way too old to start a sport like this compared to others.

      The first night was free anyway, just to see if I liked it, and I am so glad I went. I am only really doing it to try and get fitter, which it is working, however you can do it fo belts and gradings etc if you want to take it up as more of a sport than a hobby.

      A typical lesson for me lasts for around 90 minutes, the first 30 are usually a warm up, strectching all muscles and cardio vascular work, the next 60 involve learning and practising different techniques and a warm down. So far I have learnt many new types of punches and some kicks, also I feel that I am definatly getting fitter.

      I havent sparred yet as there isnt really anybody of a similar size or ability to myself, so you may find that if you are joining quite late and on your own, this may be a similar case for you. This isnt too much of a problem though as a lot of the time is spent on the bags or pads, so it doesnt really matter who you are with. There is such a variation in people in the group that I am with, we have young children who have been going for years to an older lady who has just started! there really isnt any age limit.

      I really do wish that I had started this, or some other martial arts a lot earlier in my life as by now I would be a lot fitter and be able to defend myself better in situations. My advice for anybody looking at doing this for a hobby to get fitter would be to go for it, usually you will find the first week is free so you have absolutly nothing to lose! My instructer has equipment that I borrow, but now I have bought my owns gloves and wraps, costing only £15, and the lessons are only £4 a night.

      Overall I think that for the money you cant go far wrong. It depends on why you decide to do it as to how much pleasure you will get from it, but im sure that doing the gradings woul be even more fun than just doing it as a hobby to get fitter like I am currently.

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        19.01.2009 19:37
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        A great workout.

        I first started kickboxing when I was about 7, it was my Dad that got me into it, he's a black belt at karate & wanted me to learn self defence. I still do it now 12 years on & I'm now a qualified instructor so it proves that girls can be just as good as guys! To become an instructor you need to have reached Black Belt or preferably be a 1st Dan. You will need to be monitored for the first month or so to see if you are capable of controlling the class & keeping the students interested & of course you will need to have an up to date CRB check if you are going to be teaching kids.

        The style I take part in & teach is called Kempo Ryu & is a lesser known style than something like Muay Thai that is known all over the world.

        Kempo Ryu was founded by Phil Cawood who is a 6th Dan black belt. He has trained for over 20 years & developed Kempo Ryu as he thought that martial arts systems needed updating in order to be used with any practical situations & therefore came up with Kempo Ryu. It's very similar to Kenpo Karate. Phil studied Wado Ryu, Shotokan, Muay Thai & Kung fu but along coming across Kenpo Ryu he managed to blend all these styles together to come up with Kempo Ryu Kickboxing.

        It sounds complicated but it really isn't, it's a form of practical self defence that can be used in all sorts of situations. I have my 3 monthly grading with Phil Cawood & he's an excellent teacher & has founded a brilliant system that has taken off all over the country.

        The majority of people that I teach are kids aged 7-16 which I love doing, I also teach adults once every 2 weeks. There are classes for both adults & kids twice a week every week & are an hour long. Adult classes immediately follow the kids classes & as can be expected are a lot more physical & can get very rough. For sparring you will need all of the basics; Boxing gloves, both for your sparring partners protection but mainly for your own, you will need shin guards for blocking kicks, foot pads which protect the feet when kicking, a groin guard (for girls too) & a gum guard.

        The grading system is very easy to follow;

        Yellow tip
        Yellow belt
        Yellow belt, orange tip
        Orange belt
        Orange belt, purple tip
        Purple belt
        Purple belt, blue tip
        Blue belt
        Blue belt, green tip
        Green belt
        Green belt, brown tip
        Brown belt
        Brown bet, black tip
        Brown belt 2 black tips
        Brown belt 3 black tips
        Black belt
        Black belt, 1st Dan
        Black belt 2nd Dan
        & so on.

        The tips on the belt are simply just a piece of coloured tape wrapped round each end of the belt, they indicate that you are one grading away from becoming the next belt.

        Gradings take place every three months & last about an hour. You simply demonstrate sets that you have learnt in the previous 3 months & by your next lesson you will know if you've passed then you will be presented either with your new belt or with your next tip.

        The sets mentioned are as followed & are learnt in order of belts & become more advanced each belt you gain.

        Block set
        Punch set
        Kick set
        Elbow set
        Coordination set

        You learn the coordination set by the time you reach Green Tip & for some people it does take a while to master. From here on you then learn techniques in order of colour belts starting with orange. I.e. orange technique, purple technique, blue technique & so on.

        It all sounds complicated but it isn't, this isn't introduced until you have been attending classes for at least 3 months & have learned the basics.

        Classes are compiled of 4 main tasks during each lesson, each lasts approximately 15 minutes which fills up the hour. They consist of;

        A warm up
        Pad work
        Sparring
        Set & Technique work

        This is a brilliant way of keeping fit, whether you want to lose weight, tone up or simply stay in shape. The lessons are fun & easy to follow & help will be given to beginners. You will pick it up quickly both by watching & of course by doing it yourself.

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          15.08.2008 20:46
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          High level of cardio workout, good self defence technique

          I've been kickboxing for about a year and a half now and in that time I've lost over a stone, got down to what my doctor describes as my ideal body weight, radically changed my physical conditioning, started learning a fantastic form of self defence, all while loving every minute of it.

          I went to my first session, along with 3 other friends, with the intention of just learning to get fit. Alot of things crossed my mind, would I be able to keep up after doing little to no excercise for years, why am I paying to be punched in the face, can I actually fight? The first session felt very hard with me struggling to keep up for most of the lesson. I did feel a little self consious when I was practicing the kicks at first, with the fact i had no other training making it look almost like i was just throwing my leg out compared to the more experienced members of the class, but it soon got better. It's amazing what a a couple of months training can do if you stick at it. At the end of the session I felt exhausted, beaten, but good to have got through it, and believe me no session has ever felt as hard as the first one did. It's funny how your outlook changes once you realise a punch in the face doesnt actually do that much damage or even hurt that much usually.

          Over the time I've trained my health has improved dramatically, I have more energy and really feel like I've learned something worth while. I encourage anyone who tries it to stick with it if they dont like the first couple of weeks, it'll get better trust me.

          The fighting style itself is a mixture between traditional boxing hand strikes, and modified muay thai kicks (kickboxing itself was developed by a Muay Thai master who wanted to make a style to counter MT), although there are some elements of other martial arts. There is no knee or elbow strikes, and there is no grappling. Hand strikes consist of the usual hooks and jabs to more complex strikes such as the spinning back fist (banned in boxing). Kicks come in a wide variety, coming from all angles and directions, some of the more flashy jumping and spinning kicks can take awhile to master (there's still some I have trouble with but they will be learned) and expend alot of energy, but the more you practice the easier it gets.

          Training's usually completed with the following equipment-

          Boxing gloves - usually standard 14oz or 16oz gloves for your training partners protection.

          Hand Wraps - to be wrapped around the hands and wrists before putting on boxing gloves, mainly to help protect the wrists and knuckles from damage.

          Gumshield - a important piece of equipment to protect your teeth.

          Shin/instep protectors - cover the shins and top of feet to help prevent damage when kicking or taking a kick.

          Groin guard - does exactly what its called, pretty important if your going to be doing full contact sparring.

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            25.09.2002 05:59
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            in my personal opinion muay thai, kickboxing aswell as tai have the same concepts, granted muay thai is lowlevel kickboxing with elbows and knees and same applies to thai but without elbows i think all three are perfect for selfdefence, and martial to be honest id like to see u in a ring with a proper kickboxer and see how long u last, because obviously youv the type of guy who enjoys saying he does a martial art without knowing a thing about it.

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              06.07.2002 05:31
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              I'm not sure how many people are aware of this fact but a martial art is only a martial art if it is utilised by an army or a police force. Other wise it is a fighting art. I started my training two years ago in American Kickboxing, a so-called fighting art before changing clubs and turning to Korean Kickboxing, Han-Kuk-Mu-Do, used by the Korean army and therefore a martial art. In truth I notice very little difference except that I have a slightly changed syllabus incorporating a student creed we have to learn, more self-defence and we are taught some rudimentary Korean such as numbers and basic commands. However, the club I now attend is not massively traditional so this is not strictly tested merely mentioned in our handbook. A bow at the end of the class is mandatory though. As this opinion is designed to help anyone interested in martial arts make up their mind I will attempt to give you as much information as I can about the art before I give my own opinions. Kickboxing: the more popular American version originated from a variety of sources but primarily came from full contact Karate:the name by which it was first known. Karate tournaments up until this point had operated on a points system and a competitor could be disqualified for using excessive contact. Realising this approach had not gained the sport the media attention boxing had a distinct branch appeared where mats were exchanged for the ring and point scoring was changed for continuous fighting with rules more similar to the boxing ring. Open hand techniques made way for boxing gloves. This meant a change in training for martial artists, involving less traditional forms and more cardiovascular intensity and conditioning. As more people, still interested in the tradition of the martial arts but wanting a more competitive edge, began to notice the sport and it was rechristened Kickboxing. After venturing to Thailand only to be soundly beaten by the devastating M
              uay Thai boxers with their arsenal of elbows and knees the Kick boxers also incorporated the pad work and developed the art further using the lessons they had brought back with them. Today's fight rules are boxing rules with above waist kicks except in certain competitions where leg kicking is also permitted. If a fight is being conducted under Thai rules elbows to the legs and body are also permitted in the UK. In Thailand knees and elbows are also permitted to the head. When I started my training I chose a club that, unknown to me was not affiliated to any martial arts organisation effectively rendering my belts unrecognisable. Unfortunately this meant that when I began training at my new club I had to begin at white belt. However after a slow start I am about to grade for my third belt and thoroughly enjoying my training. I only say this as a cautionary note to anyone looking to join a martial arts club. If you decide you want to go to a club where you will be graded for belts please ask them what organisation they are affiliated to. I now receive an internationally recognised certificate to go with each belt. Although it could be construed as a setback it has in fact given me an opportunity to improve my techniques and my sparring ability and next month I will be assistant coaching at the new children's class. I don't agree with people who say that one art is better than another as every art has its strengths and weaknesses and the man himself, Bruce Lee advocated taking what works from each art to combine them into the best system for you. For example, on the ground I would not last five minutes against a Jui Jitsu fighter but in the standing position I could probably out kick them. So what will you gain by choosing kickboxing? Well first and foremost you will gain a lot of new friends I have friends I started off kickboxing with who I now also socialise with on a regular basis. Your flexibility will incre
              ase (Being almost able to achieve front splits my aim is to master side splits by the end of the year) as will your cardiovascular fitness. The sense of achievement you feel when you are presented with a new belt is indescribable. Sometimes I think I get more of a kick out of it than I do from my exam results. Most of all you will have fun. I regularly make a fool out of myself usually from floor level following an attempt at a new kick. My friend's favourite story for the new comers is the first time I ever tried a roundhouse kick (very powerful, you pivot on one leg and use the shin and instep of the other to hit your opponent) only to overbalance, landing face first against the office window next to me. As I recall the school owner looked most surprised at my goldfish expression squashed against the glass. Or it could be the time I didn't duck quickly enough during speed drills only to be hit on the side of the head by a rogue focus mitt and land on my a** on my instructors feet. I pay £38 per month for my training but that entitles me to train as often as I like and also train in Tae Kwon Do with the same club should I so desire. You will generally begin learning the basic kicks and punches, later learning to combine them into cohesive attacks. At some point you will be introduced to sparring (controlled fighting wearing protective equipment) and decide whether this is for you or not. If you are interested in this please look at my op about sparring equipment (Plug Plug lol). Some people are some aren?'t. I am hoping to enter a couple of competitions in the future but it isn?t my long-term aim as I hope to end up teaching. Not everyone will end up as passionate about it as I am (and I am slightly obsessive) but I think that if you do decide to go for it you will not regret it. I hope this that either way this has helped in making your opinion. Happy Hunting

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                06.09.2001 06:19

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                Kickboxing is a sport which is generally believed to have originated in the USA. It is a ring sport like boxing for example. An original Kickboxer will train in different punches and punch combinations, different kicks and kick combinations. There are many different clubs, rules and styles of training. Often in kickboxing you will learn to use the elbows and knees, this is due to a mixing with Muay Thai. In the UK kickboxing and Muay Thai are very similar, the difference coming usually in training methods as Muay Thai emphasizes on the Martial Art aspect and less on the sparing. Every Kickboxing class trains differently and potential students should really seek a teacher with some success or at least real fighting experience who knows how to train you successfully. Kickboxing is something you either like or you dont. Promotes Fitness, Stamina and Endurance, Injuries and also provides a moderate advantage in self-defense.

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                20.08.2001 01:28
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                • "costs a bit for lessons and gloves"

                Kickboxing is a great sport and is far more fun than any other combat sports like boxing, sport karate, sumo or judo. It's so simple to get into kickboxing as well. Once you have practiced a fair bit in a gym being tought properly, you can go home put on some boxing gloves take your brother out into the garden and batter away at each other for half an hour. I believe it's far more fun than boxing to mess around with because in boxing you end up getting your head bashed in as there are only really 2 place you can aim for, Head and Body. Whereas in kickboxing you can punch to the body and head but also kick to the body, head and legs which means there are 5 areas to attack. Muay Tai Tai Boxing is kind of the Tai version of kickboxing but is far more violent allowing elbows, flying knees and shin kicks. The training is far harder as Muay Tai is a martial art that is taught as a sport (Tai Boxing). Tai boxing is not really something to take up if you want a bit of fun sparring with friends in the ring, but is far better to learn if you want to mix it with self defence. I really reccommend Kickboxing to anyone who wants to have a bit of fun, and it even offers a limited defence value as well, because if you are used to taking blows and know how to kick and punch it will help, but you must remember only slightly.

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                  I used to be a black belt in karate when I was only fourteen, but on problem I had was that I was always embarrased to use what I learnt in karate lessons in everyday life because it looked a bit stupid. That is why I took up kickboxing. Kickboxing teaches you how to defend yourself properly and is in a similar style to that of a streetfight where you can use your elbows and knees. It also looks good which is a great relief and means you can actually use it in a real life situation and not worry about how much of an idiot you look. I think that kickboxing is probably the most enjoyable martial art around. There is a huge amount of variety involved which prevents any boredom due to repetition, and there is also much more sparring than most other martial arts. In my opinion this is what makes it the best self defense class to attend, because through sparring you are almost acting out and practising a real fight. This way you are able to sharpen up your reactions and learn where you are vunerable and ways to prevent vunerability. Kickboxing is also a very aggressive martial art and concentrates on attack just as much as defense. Other martial arts such as Shotokan Karate tend to focus mainly on defense, which is all good and well, but your never going to scare off a drunk attacker simply by blocking his punches are you? If you are thinking about attending a self defense class then I would highly recommend kickboxing. Its not expensive at around £4 a class and is great fun. It will also improve your social life by allowing you to meet many new people and perhaps make some good friends.

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                    15.06.2001 03:38

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                    I took up the sport (It is not really a martial art) a year ago and I don't think I have ever done anything better in terms of sporting activity. It requires physical stamina, strength, flexibility, control and power. Even if you don't have these to start with, you will soon pick them up and just continue to get better and better. It really is addictive. I used to get very heated at times, but as soon as I was able to release my agression on a bag, I don't think I have ever been more relaxed! Honstly, for all those of you out there thinking that it is an agressive sport where you get injured and beaten up, its so not like that. I have yet to pick up an injury, and I have even done a bout of full contact, fighting with both males and females. Basically, you can choose where you want to go with it. Semi contact, points, full contact, light continuos, or no fighting at all. For those not interested in competing, the fitness gains are immense alone. You have just got to try it before you can dismis it - you will become addicted!!

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                    25.04.2001 03:49
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                    Kickboxing is a modern martial sport that combines the hand techniques of western boxing with the kicks of the asian martial arts. There are various styles of kickboxing like Freestyle,American and my favourite muay thai which originated from thailand.This martial art offers great physical fitness and excellent body conditioning. Muay thai or thai boxing is renowned for its simplicity and practicality with moves like roundhouse kicks,elbow strikes, knee thrusts and basic boxing-style punches.Although muay thai is primarily practiced as a ring sport in thailand it has numerous self-defence purposes. I have found kickboxing one of the easyest martial arts to learn,although this might not be for everyone,i suggest you try it and see. A good traditional gym is hard to find, one of the best I have come across has got to be K STAR gym in birmingham. Or try reading martial arts magazines like 'martial arts illustrated' or 'combat' you should be able to find a gym near you. A film to see has got to be kickboxer starring jean claude van dam who is a standard kickboxer.The bad guy in the film Tom Po shows just how good this style can be.

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                      12.01.2001 18:45
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                      Kickboxing is probably the BEST sport i have ever done. The style of kickboxing that i do (Korean Kcickboxing as used by the korean millitary) is a mixture of most of the martial art around. It is closesly related to tai kwondo, karate, judo, boxing, and tae bo. Kickboxing can be a violent sport depending oon which route you would like to take, you can choose to go up throught the belts or you can choose to do sparing and tournaments which is the more violent of the two depending on what competition it is. I am doing both at the moment and it can be difficult at times. There is a range of bealts from white up to black as normally and depending on what club depends how the bealts work.(i.e. white, oragne, yellow... etc). It is one of the best ways to learn to look after yourself, obtaining disapling and self control. You can kickbox for just £2 a session but if you would like to take the sport furtherthe prices can rise, for instance my licence is £20, a grading costs £20, my suit was £32, my sparing gear was £76. Total := £148 but this price does include sparing gear which is not needed to kickbox just to spar and do competitions.

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                      Kickboxing refers to sport-fighting using kicks and punches and sometimes throws and bows representing a certain martial art or can be practiced for general fitness, or as a full-contact sport. In the full contact version of the sport the male boxers are bare chested, barefoot and wear boxing trunks. The female boxers sometimes wear a tank top and shorts. Kickboxing is sometimes practiced as an independent style, but in many cases kickboxing is just an event and set of rules of by which martial artists of other styles may compete openly. Typically kickboxing in many competitions is a standing fight sport and does not allow continuation of the fight once the fight has reached the ground, however some styles may still train in this component for example; sanshou especially in the military and police and so must be adapted for kickboxing tournaments as well as many Japanese martial arts. Kickboxing can be attributed to K series of fighting styles. There are different rules for different kinds of kick-boxing. One can start at any age, but until 18 years old, a helmet is strongly recommended.