Kickboxing is a combat sport that is a hybridization of karate and boxing. Kickboxing involves both kicking and punching. Kickboxing originated in Japan in the late 1960s, and competitions have been held in Japan since then. While kickboxing originated in the 1970s in America and has gained a lot of popularity since then. The increased popularity of kickboxing led to the evolution of kickboxing and it led to the origin of mixed martial arts, which was a hybridization of ground fighting techniques from Brazilian jiu-jitsu and folk wrestling.
Kickboxing has numerous styles and varieties. There is not one particular variety of kickboxing. Different cultures across the world practice a particular type of kickboxing. Here are some popular types of kickboxing practiced across the world:
- Muay Thai: It developed in Thailand in the 16th century. It is known as “The art of eight limbs” as eight points of contact are used to fight with the opponent.
- Japanese kickboxing: As mentioned earlier, kickboxing originated in Japan in the late 1960s and it was the first time that the sport was termed kickboxing.
- Sanshou: It is a form of Chinese kickboxing and is also known as Sanda. This form of kickboxing permits throws and wrestling, but not grappling and submission.
- Savate: This type of kickboxing is also called French kickboxing. Savate means an old boot or shoe, so in savate, the competitors perform kickboxing wearing shoes and are permitted to strike with the feet only.
- Adithada: It is a form of Indian kickboxing which permits strikes from hands, elbows, knees, feet, and forehead. Incorporating grappling techniques and a focus on pressure points is also important.