The Difference With Kickboxing
Kickboxing is a very popular sport. It is based on kicks and punches. Nowadays, people have embraced it for varied reasons. These range from sport where they can earn from it, defense from a physical attack and for fun among other reasons. Kickboxing is very different from martial arts. Martial art is bolder. It involves more than just kicks and punches. It is more of joint locks, making an opponent fall among other techniques. Here is a discussion explaining how different kick boxing is from other forms of martial arts.
Kickboxing is of a more recent origin in comparison with other forms of martial arts. It is a result of combining old forms of fighting. People often debate as to when it came to existence with different people claiming ownership. In the 1950’s, people agreed on its rules and the sport gained recognition as an official sport. Therefore, the sure thing is that it’s a sport that came to existence much later. In comparison, Martial arts is more traditional it existed even in the 18th century or even before. The different forms of martial arts can be traced from Japan, China, Thailand, and Korea among other nations.
Kick boxing after some time lost its professionalism as a sport. This is because of contrasting ideas about what kickboxing entails. Different bodies have come up with different rules. As a result, a number of sports have emerged from it. Japanese Kickboxing is one such example. As a result, professionals contend on agreed rules. In contrast, martial arts and its different forms are very popular and even people compete internationally. They have defined origins, like Aikido, Hapkido and Kung Fu which is popular among the Chinese. Consequently, some even agree on the rules at family levels.
Kick boxing involves punching and kicking as stated earlier. The rules employed are those agreed upon. Even though it is also varied, there are techniques that one uses to practice it. Kick boxing is different martial arts in that it does not only use techniques but also styles of fighting. A case in point is the martial art Kung Fu. This involves employs styles like Eagle Claw, Wing Chun, and Hung Gar among others. Another form of martial art is Karate which employs styles like Shoton Wado Ryu, Goju Ryu and Shito Ryu.
Kick boxing came to being as a result of combination of different forms of techniques. In the earlier days, it borrowed from Japanese Karate. However, the Asian foot techniques were incorporated and later combined with Western Boxing. This is different from martial art and its various forms. Forms of martial Arts exist on their own and are not a result of combining different techniques. The forms exist because of differences in their own characteristics. They are varied because they have different origins, differences in fighting techniques, and varied ways of confronting the opponents.
Kick boxing is based on physical boxing. Though it has different rules, rarely does it borrow its techniques from weapons. In contrast, some of the martial techniques borrow the styles from weapons. In other instances, short weapons are used. An example of such is Karate which employs techniques such as knife –hands. Jiu Jitsu is another form of martial art involving defeat of an armed and armored opponent. At times, it also uses short weapons.
Kick boxing can be summed up as just a sport that is based on punching and kicking. As a result it is normally played for fun. As a result, there are rarely any themes as people compete based on stated and agreed on terms. In contrast martial arts usually has themes and can be drawn from nature and animals. For instance Kung Fu borrows its themes from Chinese Philosophies, legends and religion, whereas Hapkido draws its themes from philosophy.
From the above discussion, kick boxing is different from other forms of martial arts. Most of these variations are as a result of time difference when the two came to being, while others are due to techniques used by the two styles. While kick boxing is a sport, martial arts existed since time immemorial. The techniques are passed from one generation to the other, hence it exceeds its relevance as just a sport.