Rules of Kickboxing
Kickboxing is a combat sport that is roughly 2,000 years old, with the more modern version emerging in the U.S. during the 1970s. Renowned martial artists and movie stars such as Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee, and Jean-Claude Van Damme gave kickboxing an even greater platform, which led to a surge in kickboxing students.
How to Kickbox
The sport of kickboxing may come off as similar to boxing, karate, and especially Muay Thai. And while kickboxing does borrow elements from these disciplines, it primarily focuses on the four points of striking (hands and legs) as opposed to Muay Thai’s eight points (hands, legs, elbows, and knees). Additionally Muay Thai uses a clinch, while kickboxing does not.
Like any combat sport, it could take years of sparring, training, and amateur tournaments to prep your body for professional fighting. Kickboxing requires a fighter to not only dish out , but take a great deal of pain. Equipment includes boxing gloves, mouth guards, groin guards, and foot wraps.
Rules of Kickboxing
- Kickboxing is a one-versus-one matchup that takes place over the course of three minute rounds. Depending on the type of match (for example, a title match is usually 12 rounds), the amount of rounds will differ.
- To ensure a fair fight, fighters can only take on matches within their respective weight class.
- Kickboxing takes place in a ring similar to regular boxing -- a raised padded canvas measuring about 20 to 24 feet squared with four ropes and four turnbuckles holding in the fighters.
- Fighters must obey the referee’s commands at all times. Failure to do so can result in a warning, loss of points, or even disqualification.
- There are four ways to win a match: By knocking out your opponent, a technical knockout when the referee declares the opposing fighter is unfit to continue, or by points. The fourth and most rare way is by doctor stoppage, or when a fighter is bloodied/damaged to the point where it’s determined they cannot continue the fight.
- Strikes with anything other than the fits or legs with result in a severe loss of points or even disqualification.
- If the point totals match at the end of a fight, it will result in a draw.
Similar to Muay Thai, kickboxers are smart to train their fast-twitch muscles to draw more explosiveness and power from their strikes. Bulk training will actually go against your advantage because these massive muscles typically move slower and provide no benefit in the ring.
Written by: Devin Pickell