A recent interest I have discovered is kickboxing. I started kickboxing at S.M.A Karate here in Kingston approximately 3 months ago. I began kickboxing because I decided as a teenage girl it would be best if I knew some basic self-defense, and I thought it would be a good workout. I kick box for one hour every week, although most people go several times a week and it is obviously more beneficial to go more.
Kickboxing is a form of martial arts based on combinations of the kicking of karate and the punching of boxing. It is practiced for self-defense, fitness and as a contact sport. Kickboxing has been practiced since the 19th century, but kickboxing was not created until the 1950’s.
There are several different versions of kickboxing. The kind I participate in is more cardio kickboxing, which includes kickboxing techniques like jabs and roundhouse kicks, but is performed to music and is focused slightly more on the fitness aspect. Different types of kickboxing include Cardio Kickboxing, American Kickboxing, Aerobic Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Lethwei and several others.
There are many benefits of kickboxing; I am focusing mostly on women’s kickboxing benefits. Firstly, kickboxing reduces stress and increases your confidence, as you can punch out your stress and improve your self-defense ability. Also, kickboxing is a very intense workout that burns calories, and works your entire body, unlike running on a treadmill so your coordination, stamina, posture and energy will all increase.
I am tempted to do kickboxing as a competitive sport, but that would lie in the far future. I’ve found that after my classes I’ve been incredibly sore and tired, but my confidence, self defense skills and general fitness levels have already increased. I strongly encourage that any person who is interested in self-defense, an intense workout or participating in a fun sport enrolls in a kickboxing class and try it out.