Kickboxing is a stand-up combat sport that is a mix of Karate, Muay Thai and Western Boxing. It combines powerful kicks from Karate and agile handwork from boxing and is practiced as for fitness, self-defense and also as a contact sport.
Also, kickboxing is essentially a term that is used to describe a number of sports that include a mix of kicking and punching. Pardel Serey from Cambodia, Lethwei from Burma, Yaw-Yan from Philippines, Laotian Muay Lao, Indian Mushti Yudha, French Savate and the immensely popular Muay Thai are all forms of kickboxing.
Deciding which one to take up will depend on:
- your personal goals (Do you want to specialize in a particular type of self-defense or want to add a kick to your workout?),
- finding the right instructor (instructors most likely specialize in 2-3 forms so you need to find one near your home or office who specializes in the sport),
- and being honest about how much you can handle (it is one of the toughest workout regimens out there with advanced exercises that can take the wind out of you if you aren’t prepared).