Monday, June 15, 2015

Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Full Contact/American Kickboxing

There are many styles of kickboxing out there. There's Muay Thai, the science of 8 limbs, where fighters used punches, kicks, elbows and knees. There is American or Full Contact Rules kickboxing, which evolved out of tournament karate. All kicks are above the waist, shin and foot pads are worn, no holding and foot sweeps allowed. There is international rules kick boxing. For a long time there was low kick rules. It was the full contact rules with low kicks, no clinch techniques like Muay Thai. Which is harder? All of them, because you can be good in one but not the others. Back in the 80s and 90s, many kickboxers fought in more than one style of kickboxing, so they could stay busy. K-1/Glory rules are real popular now. This format is a cross between the styles of kickboxing where you can see techniques from Muay Thai, Karate, Kickboxing, etc. There is minimal clinching, knees but no elbows. It is faced pace and has a high knockout ratio making it exciting for fight fans.

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