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Elite Kickboxing

Kickboxing at Elite Martial Arts Redcliffe is based on a  group of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching, historically developed from Karate and mixed with boxing. Kickboxing is practiced for self-defence, general fitness, recreation, fun, or as an exciting contact sport.

Equipment You’ll Need for Kickboxing:

To participate in Kickboxing or Muay Thai at Elite Martial Arts, you’ll need the following equipment:

  • Head Guard,
  • Gum Shield,
  • Groin Box,
  • Shin and step pads,
  • Elbow pads
  • Sparring gloves

Common Kick Boxing Terms

The term “kickboxing” can be used in a narrow and in a wide sense.

  • The narrow use is restricted to the styles that self-identify as kickboxing, i.e. Japanese kickboxing (with its spin-off styles or rules such as K-1), Dutch kickboxing, and American kickboxing.
  • In the wider sense, it includes all stand-up combat sports that allow both punching and kicking, including Muay Thai, Savate, and certain styles of karate (especially full-contact Knockdown Karate, Kudo & Combudo).

The term kickboxing (キックボクシング) itself was introduced in the 1960s as a Japenese Anglicism, by Japanese boxing promoter Osamu Noguchi for a hybrid martial art combining Muay Thai and karate which he had introduced in 1958. The term was later also adopted by the American variant. Since there has been a lot of cross-fertilization between these styles, with many practitioners training or competing under the rules of more than one style, the history of the individual styles cannot be seen in isolation from one another.

Kickboxing promotions

Some of the top kickboxing promotions in the world are:

  • ISKA (Sports Karate)
  • ISKA Ring Sports and the largest active professional Group
  • (ISKA) Glory
  • K1
  • Kulun – Fight Series
  • IFMA
  • WAKO

Amateur Kickboxing Rule Sets

Muay Thai

Muay Thai, or Thai boxing, rules usually sees bouts contested over 5, 3-minute rounds and male fighters bare-chested wearing shorts and protective gear including: mouth-guard, hand-wraps, shin-wraps, 10 oz (280 g). boxing gloves, groin-guard and sometimes prajioudarm bands. The female Thai boxers will wear a sports bra and chest protection in addition to the male clothing/protective gear. Muay Thai is unique in that it is the only style of kickboxing that allows elbows, knees, clinch fighting, , throws, sweeps and low kicks. strikes were allowed until the 1980s in international Muay Thai and are still permitted in Thailand itself (though the boxers wear cups to lessen the impact). Kicking to mid-body and head are scored highly generating a large number of points on judges’ scorecards. Moreover, kicking is still judged highly even if the kick was blocked. In contrast, punching is worth fewer points.


  • Fighters are allowed to strike their opponent with punches, kicks, including kicks below the waist, elbows and knees.
  • Clinch fighting, throws and sweeps are allowed.
  • Bouts are generally 5, 3-minute rounds with 2 minutes rest in between, but 3 round fights and 1 min are also used. B Class can contest over 3-5×2 min rounds.  C & Novice Class fighters contest over 3 x 90 secs or 3 x2 mins depending on age and physical ability.  Each round has a 1-minute rest in between rounds.