The fighting art of Kickboxing is not to be confused with Thai Boxing although many of the techniques are the same. Historically Kick-Boxing is full contact Karate. However unlike Karate the style is based upon movement, evasion and fighting combinations, not power blocks and single killer blows.

In competition there are rules and regulations that must be abided by, the McAllister system however does include Karate strikes to nerve centres and the additional use of elbows and knees as seen in Thai Boxing: techniques not allowed in the ring.


Origins of Kick-Boxing

Many laymen are under the impression that modem day Kick-Boxing originated in Thailand, Japan or elsewhere in the far East.

However, during the mid 70's, various American Tournament karate practitioners became frustrated with the limitations of the then rather primitive competition scoring systems. They wanted to find a system with which they could apply kicks and punches to the knockout. Full Contact Karate was born.

Early bouts were fought on open matted areas, just as ordinary Karate matches were. Later events were staged in regular sized boxing rings. The first major American Full Contact Body was the Professional Karate Association, which launched the careers of fighters such as Joe Lewis, Bill Wallace, Benny Urquidez and Jeff Smith. The P.K.A. pioneered a rules system in which hand techniques to the upper body and head were scored. Kicks that struck areas BELOW the waist were considered fouls. Fighters had to execute a mandatory number of kicks in each round or face a points deducting penalty. Later the influx of information from the Mauy Thai exponents of Thailand led to the introduction of Leg Kicks, bouts in which kicks BELOW the waist were considered legitimate techniques.

The second of the major American Kick-Boxing Bodies, The World Kick-Boxing Association, pioneered this system, and went on to become the most prestigious organisation in the world.

Modern Kick-Boxing is a combination of Western hand techniques and kicks from the arsenal of traditional Karate, Tae-Kwon-Do and Mauy Thai. Other Kick-Boxing styles, such as full-blooded Muay Thai, in which the fighters employ knees and elbows as legitimate techniques, and Japanese Shoot Boxing, in which the exponents employ grappling techniques, co-exist alongside the more common WKA competition.

In Europe, the term "Kick-Boxing" is employed to describe virtually any Martial Arts competition event, and does not imply that such events are full-contact or in the ring. In France, the sport is known as Boxe Americain. With events such as our own bringing Kick-Boxing to a whole new audience.





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