Kickboxing is non – traditional even though it’s often taught by instructors who have come from a traditional background. This could be Kung Fu, Karate or Taekwondo!
Kickboxing is quite new in respect to Kung Fu and Karate, fighters produced from this discipline are:- Bill Wallace, Benny Urquidez, Don Johnson and then from my era Alfie Lewis and Kevin Brewerton to name a few. These fighters/champions have put their kickboxing style on the map and with it their training methods. Their accomplishments are still spoken about and mimicked today!
It’s practised in three totally different ways:-
1. Semi Contact.
3. Full Contact.
They are separated by the level of contact whilst training or competing. They all have knock out ability but this is put more into training practise with full contact practitioners, who predominantly train like a Boxer. Continuous Kickboxing is quite skill full and is based on points but again it’s not without power!
Semi Contact is very fast, effective in delivery and is often regarded as stop – start or points fighting. This type of fighting I regard as distant fighting the speed of movement and rapid rate of punching and kicking techniques makes it very easy for a top class fighter to cover distance and strike an opponent, opposed to Kung Fu which is very close quarter.
There’s something for everyone, if you’re quick and very agile then your strengths would be best served training in Semi contact kickboxing/Freestyle karate, Continuous or Kung Fu. If you’re slower and reasonably strong then Full contact might be your thing! Timing and good fitness can be your allie but in all versions of Kickboxing there’s no compromise for good technique, good technique comes from having a good coach/Instructor! Once the basic criteria is met then the choice is yours!