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A BRIEF HISTORY & THE RULES OF KICKBOXING

 

The true roots of kickboxing dates back over 2000 years ago in far East Asia where they practiced Muay Thai kickboxing as a form of self defence.  Kickboxing was introduced in the early seventies as as a variation to the full contact karate tournaments taking place.

Kickboxing is often stereotyped as one of the roughest sports by the majority of people, however this could not be further from the truth.  It is a disciplined sport of various levels, mostly with full protective gear and stringent rules.  

Blackdragon Blitzers and Little dragons are taught all the disciplines required for their gradings and fighting skills, but we STRESS ONLY TO THE LEVEL THAT THE INDIVIDUAL STUDENT WISHES TO ATTAIN.  There are many students out there men, women and kids who come to get fit, toned and enjoy the confidence of self defence in a friendly, respectful atmosphere.

There are four main categories within competition kickboxing as follows:

 POINTS FIGHTING

Semi Points :-  Opponents wear full protective gear(head guard, mouth guard, gloves, shin guards, feet pads, groin guards men & women and breast guard for women. New rules soon to include elbow guards)  The opponents fight on mats not in a ring.  They are allowed to make controlled  light contact, pulling punches and kicks above the waist to show their speed and expertise in what they have learnt.  Each area of the body scores a different point for kicks and punches. The fight is stopped after each point scored and is controlled by one referee and two judges.

 

 

Full Contact Points:-  Full protective gear is worn.  The same points system is used, everything is the same except the punches and kicks are not pulled therefore more contact is made.

Light Continuous:-  This speaks for itself.  It can be fought either on mats or in a boxing ring.  Again the punches and kicks should be controlled. The fight is not stopped until the end of the allotted round time. It is controlled by the main referee to make sure all the rules are abided by. There can be two to four judges who give their opinion on who has fought the best and won the most points.  This is sometimes counted with use of a clicker for points scored.

Full Contact:-  Full contact is normally in a boxing ring. Protective gear should still be worn but depending on the rules of the association and the fighters head guards are optional. The same rules apply as for light continuous BUT the punches and kicks are FULL CONTACT.  There is a chief referee in the ring with the boxers as in normal boxing and the judges score the10-8 rules as in boxing.

With all of the competition levels fighters must have their own insurance, fight in their weight and experience category. Respect must be shown at all times. Medical staff are available if necessary. It must also be pointed out that injuries in semi points and light continuous are normally minor and infrequent, whereas full contact points and full contact sustain more injuries.  But to put this into perspective, there are nowhere near as many injuries as on the football or rugby pitch.


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