Kickboxing is a martial art form that combines the kicking techniques of karate and punching techniques of boxing. The new style of fighting first became popular in America in the 1960s and '70s. Competitors originally fought under Western Karate Association rules, but later renamed the sport kickboxing. Actor/kickboxer Jean-Claude Van Damme brought the sport to the big screen and it has been largely male-dominated.
A GREAT EXERCISE
In an aerobics class, you learn a few basic steps. In a kickboxing class, you're learning exact skills of boxing and kickboxing. The skill level goes higher and higher with each class. You don't have to spar (hit eachother) if you don't feel comfortable. While you're getting in shape, you're also learning self-defense.
HOW TO GET STARTED
Many karate schools teach kickboxing. Some have co-ed classes; others have classes designed specifically for women. Some health clubs offer aerobic kickboxing classes. These classes usually incorporate kickboxing moves into an aerobic dance routine.
* EQUIPMENT: *
Athletic shoes give linear and lateral support with absorbing soles.
Workout clothing, including sports bra.
Boxing gloves may be provided but it's best to have your own.
Mouthpiece (upper teeth only)
SMART WOMAN CONTACT: The International Kickboxing Federation, 9385 Old State Highway, P.O. Box 1205, Newcastle, CA 95658 (888) IKF-KICK or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org