Kickboxing: What Is It, History, Health Benefits, and Why Do It 83

all about kickboxing

This is a guest post by Prabhat – an avid lover of technology, who likes to blog about fitness
and how technology can help us in maintaining health and fitness. He is  an active contributor to Health Listed. Apart from blogging, his hobbies are photography and cooking. 

Are you ready to have a full body workout that kicks some serious butt? Combining the sharpness of martial arts with the agility of boxing and the fitness regimen of a full cardio workout, kickboxing is a complete package sport.

What is Kickboxing?

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 Combodia, Lethwei from Burma, Yaw Yan from Phillipines, Loatian 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 of 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).

Why Boxing is The Best Fitness Routine [Infographic]

Besides being a wonderful sport, boxing is now taken up as a fitness routine by a lot of people. Some of the top Victoria’s secret models incorporate boxing into their workout routines.

The following infographic by Health Listed lists down top 10 reasons how  boxing helps you and your body. According to it, boxing works as a very good stress buster as it does not let you think about
anything else then fighting while you are on it.

 

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 History of Kickboxing

One of the earliest origins of kickboxing can be traced back to the Indochinese martial arts form Muay Boran which developed into the modern Muay Thai. However, it was during the 1950s that Japanese karateka Tatsuo Yamada first established an outline of a new sport that combined Karate and Muay Thai as a competition level sport.

Eventually, competitions between Karate and Muay Thai, which allowed rule modifications, led to proper kickboxing events being held in Osaka.

In 1970, kickboxing reached America and slowly spread into parts of Europe. After a period of high, kickboxing vanished from popular notice.

Interestingly, media popularity of the K-1 series produced in 1993 by Kazuyoshi Ishii brought the sport back to limelight and “Glove Karate” eventually became the fastest growing armature sport in Japan.

Full contact karate was officially separated from kickboxing with the formation of the Professional Karate Association (PKA) in 1974 and the World Kickboxing Association (WKA) in 1976. They were the first organised body of martial arts on a global scale to sanction fights, create ranking systems, and institute a development program. The rules of kickboxing vary largely depending on their origin and adaptation. There are full contact rules, semi contact rules and international or freestyle rules that define how you are supposed to strike your opponent.

Boxing vs. Kickboxing

Boxing vs. Kickboxing

Though they belong to a relatively same category, boxing and kickboxing have shared advantages and disadvantages.

The basic one stems out if both are practiced as sports. Sports come with a set of rules but when fighting in the street, rules get tossed out. None of these sports allow to bite, gouge or hit the groin – all of which are common mechanisms of offense during a street fight. The shared advantage of both sports is that the players spend a lot of time taking a good beating which means they don’t panic when that happens in real time.

Kickboxing advantages

Kickboxing allows the use of hands, feet, elbows and knees as striking weapons increasing the range of offense and defense mechanisms.

Boxing advantages

Boxing is considered as a very good fitness routine. Boxing focuses only on punches and sometimes a single good punch is enough to seal the deal. Boxers may tend to be slightly faster than kick boxers because they practice lightning fast reaction times to jaw splitting punches.

No one sport is better than the other as it depends on the practitioner’s execution abilities. When fighting in the street, you may come across styles you’ve never seen and your ability and mastery of your own art will determine the winner or the loser in the fight.

Health Benefits of Kickboxing

health benefits of kickboxing

Kickboxing provides the combined benefits of martial arts and a killer workout. It improves flexibility, keeps you focused and builds you for both competition level fights and street self-defense.

  • Kickboxing for the body

Kickboxing is one of the most intense workouts out there. From cardio conditioning to strength building, a half hour kickboxing workout a day can work every muscle and bone in your body.

  • Kickboxing for the mind

Like any other form of martial arts, kickboxing helps coordinate your mind and body making it ready for offense and defense.

It combines the speed and techniques of karate with the agility and power of boxing, making it one of the most followed martial art forms. It can convert your body into the effective fighting machine that your mind imagines it to be giving you strength, flexibility and confidence to take on those physically taller or stronger than you.

  • Kickboxing for the soul

Meditation is an important part of any martial art as it improves focus and reaction time which can give you an edge over your opponent when sparring or in a real fight.

Once you are in an advanced stage, you can even reach a heightened state of awareness of your surroundings, cutting out the noise from the background and being able to capture the smallest details.

Some facts around kickboxing:

If it wasn’t for the medium of television, kickboxing wouldn’t have reached the mass popularity that it enjoys today. And if it weren’t for the movies and Jean Claude Van Damme, it wouldn’t have made its mark in folklore.

The movie ‘Kickboxer’ starring Jean Damme from 1989 is among the top 10 best Hollywood action movies of all time.

So is Bloodsport (1988) which epitomized the ‘blind fold’ fight between Chong Li and Damme which has been copied in numerous movies thereafter.

After that the Bloodfist series and movies like Never Back Down continue to popularize the sport among viewers inspiring the next generation of fighters to make this a sport of choice.

Now that you know everything important about kickboxing, what’s your experience with it? Or if you haven’t given it a try, are you going to?

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The Five Elements of Flawless Customer Experience 11

The Five Elements of Flawless Customer Experience

Providing a flawless customer experience is the ultimate goal for any business.

There’s a lot that goes into creating a customer experience that keeps your clients coming back for more. In fact, there’s so much involved that it can almost seem overwhelming.

However, providing a flawless customer experience becomes much easier when you approach the task through these five distinct elements:

Time
Understanding
Ownership of Emotions
The Unexpected
Follow-Through

Time

When it comes to your customers’ satisfaction, time is essential. Think of how a great experience at a new restaurant quickly sours if you’re left waiting for your food to arrive. Think of how your excitement over a great department store sale turns into frustration as you stand in line for what seems like hours.

Time is your most valuable resource and it is up to you to make sure you’re using your customers’ time wisely.

This is why restaurants have comfortable waiting areas with drinks and appetizers, or why airports have lounges with restaurants, shops, and even bars.

If your customers are being forced to wait for a service, make them feel as if their time spent is not wasted. The more positive drivers you offer customers, the less likely they are to grow dissatisfied with their experience.

Think of how you can implement this in your own business. Are there places where you can help fill customers’ time? Are there places where technology can be used to cut down on the time it takes to complete a task? Remember, it’s the customers’ time that should be valued, not your own.

Understanding

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You must understand what your customers want, when they want it, and how.

While this may seem daunting, getting a better understanding of your customers doesn’t take millions of dollars, complex data analytics, and a degree in psychology. Instead, all it takes is a simple look. Watch their process, engage with them, ask them questions, and listen to them.  

How are customers interacting with your product? What’s the first thing they do when they enter your store? What’s the last thing they do before they leave? How long are they spending in each department? Do you notice anything that hampers their experience?

Take a look at your competitors. How are your potential customers interacting with them? What does this business offer that you don’t or vice versa? What is your, as Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen says, “job to be done?” What are your customers hiring your product or service to accomplish? Understand why your users are turning to your products.

Ownership of Emotions

Many companies have already taken hold of their customers’ emotions, though cynically. Subliminal advertising is a key example. However, the ownership of emotions does not have to be cynical. When used correctly, it can be the “holy grail” for companies.

Owning emotions begins with the aforementioned ability to understand. When you truly understand a customer’s choices and then act to make the experience better, you’re building a relationship of trust. That trust is the foundation of emotional ownership.

One way to build this trust is to reduce the “emotional” noise that surrounds your customers. Let them know that, even on their worst day, your business or product is there for them and that it will be a constant in their lives.

Think of restaurants and the long wait times you have to endure when they’re busy. Think of how angry—or “hangry”—you feel as you stand around, waiting for your table, and listening to your stomach growl. However, think of how some restaurants are able to reduce that emotional noise by serving you finger foods and drinks as you wait.

Also, seek to understand what emotionally motivates your customers.

Why should they be motivated to visit your store or use your product? To feel confident? Free? Unique? Secure? Successful? Research shows that all human beings are motivated by one of those factors.

The Unexpected

Experiences become stronger and more memorable when they’re accompanied by an element of surprise. Surprise can be addictive, which will only keep your customers coming back for more.

Think about mailing your customers or clients small packages with gifts and swag. Everyone loves to get mail and everyone loves free stuff, especially when it’s least expected.

A surprise doesn’t have to be a huge flash mob (though it could be!). Hand out snacks at your store. Is it a cold day? Give your customers hot chocolate or warm punch. Is it a client’s birthday? Send a card! Even a small note of thanks for a customer’s business is a nice little surprise.

The most important thing to remember: simply be sincere and don’t become predictable. Chocolates on hotel pillows were once a great surprise for guests. However, now that their wow-factor has faded, hotels are continuously trying to get back to the “unexpected.”

Follow-Through

You’ve made promises and established goals. The only thing that’s left is to follow through on them. This starts with creating your mission statement, one that you, your employees, and your customers can commit to it. This will define your customer experience.

Your mission statement must promise to impact yourself/your business, the community, or the world. It may commit to impacting one, or all three. However, whatever it promises, you must follow through on. Your customers’ trust, and thus their experience, depends on it.

More about these five elements can be discovered in Unforgettable: Designing Customer Experiences that Stick, to be published in 2018.

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Kyle H. David has made a career in technology and entrepreneurship for nearly 20 years. In 2001, he formed The Kyle David Group, now KDG. Over the past 16 years, KDG has grown at a rapid pace, attracting clients ranging from the United States Senate to major financial institutions, international nonprofits, and Division I universities.