In 1964 the Japanese took over Muay Thai (Thai boxing) and created their own way of fighting, today it is known as "kickboxing" and it is divided into three categories:

Semi contact – the fight is not in the ring. After one of the fighter scores (hits his competitor) time is stopped and the referee adds points. Lightcontact – also not in the ring, the fight takes one 3 min. round. It is considered a mainly technical fight where a fighter can be disqualified for hitting too hard. A KO would lead to an advantage of the defeated one. Full contact – the fight is in the ring, it is 3 rounds with a 2 min. pause in between. All contact must be done technically with sufficient intensity. Except for knees and elbows, all techniques are allowed.

Kickbox with lowkick – the same rules applies as with full contact and adding one of the Muay Thai tecniques – a kick with the shin above the rival's knee from the inner our outer side.

Amongst group classes you may also come to train by yourself for so called „self training“ – when there is no group lessons you can use the Martial Arts hall with its equipment for your individual training (boxing bags, speed ball, boxing ball, ring etc.)

Lessons of Thaiboxing and kickboxing are divided to A - advanced, B - intermediate C - beginners

Kickbox light

Kickboxing is often confused with Muay Thai, also known as Thai Boxing. The two sports are similar. However, in Thai Boxing kicks below the belt are allowed, as are strikes with knees and elbows.
Light Contact kickboxing should be executed as its name implies, with well-controlled techniques. In light contact competitors fight continuously until the central referee commands the fighters to STOP or BREAK. They use the same techniques from full contact, but these techniques must be well controlled when they land on legal targets. Equal emphasis must be placed on both punching and kicking techniques. Light contact has been created as an intermediate stage between semi and full contact kickboxing. It is carried out with running time.

What Is Kickboxing?
Although the true roots of kickboxing date back to Asia 2,000 years ago, modern competitive kickboxing actually started in the 1970s, when American karate experts arranged competitions that allowed full-contact kicks and punches that had been banned in karate. 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. The forms differ in the techniques used and the amount of physical contact that is allowed between the competitors.

Why Kickboxing?
Besides keeping your body fit, kickboxing has many other benefits. According to a study by the ACE, you can burn anywhere from 350 to 450 calories an hour with kickboxing!
Kickboxing also reduces and relieves stress. Its a rigorous workout with controlled punching and kicking movements are carried out with the discipline and skills required for martial arts that can do wonders for feelings of frustration and anger. Practicing kickboxing moves can also help to improve balance, flexibility, coordination, and endurance.

Kickboxing is also a great way to get a total body workout while learning simple self-defense moves. Kickboxing fans say the sport helps them to feel more empowered and confident.
So get out there and jab, punch, and kick your way to fitness.

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