No matter where you go to train kickboxing you should be prepared before you even set foot on the mat. There are a few basic things you need to be aware of and adept at in order to ensure that you’re first training session goes smoothly. Nothing is worse than jumping into a new experience head first and coming out with a negative opinion about it all because you were unprepared from the start.
Many people tense up and forget to breathe when they train, specifically, when they are striking. This is one of the worst things you can do. You lose power and you tire quickly when you don’t use the proper breathing techniques during training. So, in order to make sure endurance remains at it’s peak and you are punching & kicking your absolute hardest, breathe in the following manner: immediately before you strike take a quick but full breathe in – then, as you strike breathe out – fully expelling all air through your mouth – which should be very audible as a way to check that you are doing it correctly.
Don’t overextend yourself – literally
One mistake a lot of people make while training is a painful one – hyper-extending their joints. Another name for this is locking out your arms and/or legs as you strike. What this really means is that if you are kicking, don’t let your leg become fully straightened at any point during the kick. Your leg should always maintain a slight bend in the knee. The same goes for punching and your elbows – never fully straighten out your arm. You could severely injure yourself instantly OR you could accrue small amounts of damage over time that will make simple things like getting out of bed excruciatingly painful later in life.
Put your ALL into every strike
Engage your whole body throughout the entire training session. Not only will this ensure you get a great workout but it will also ensure that you are striking with maximum force.
Don’t fail the fighting stance
“In order to build a house you first need need to build a strong foundation” says the old adage. This holds true in kickboxing as well. Before you start getting intense with your striking you first must master the proper fighting stance. This will allow you to maximize the benefit of your training as well as ensure you don’t unnecessarily injure yourself while training.
Achieve balance… with balance
Without the right amount of balance kicking properly might become a dubious proposition. And, unfortunately, the whole “kicking during kickboxing” thing is a large part of your training in KICKboxing. So, if you don’t have good balance naturally, you will have to work at it. One way you can do this is by standing on one foot for extended periods during your free time. This will help you get used to the sensation of being on one foot which is exactly what you’ll be while throwing a kick of any sort.