History Of Kickboxing

Kickboxing is a competitive combat style quite close to boxing, in that it utilizes all weapons and legs to hit. This may be done either as a fighting activity of full contact, or for general health. Although the word applies to different types of fighting sports, Japanese and American kickboxing are commonly synonymous with this phrase. The concept was coined by boxing promoter Osamu Noguchi of Japanase. Visit Absolute Martial Arts.

The Kickboxing Kickboxing History is a subset of karate, boxing, taekwondo and other fighting types and has been developed to clash with them. Both kickboxing forms were established initially in Japan. Different developments were still taking place in the US, though, and martial artists from both Japan and the US began traveling, establishing a similar kickboxing style.

Initial Japanese Creation Kickboxing was influenced by Muay Thai, a fighting sport that emerged in Thailand as a special style of martial art. It was established as a fighting style by Osamu Noguchi, a Japanese boxing promoter, who rejected Muay Thai. He decided to introduce the fighting style he had invented to the Japanese citizens in Thailand so he took three Muay Thai fighters to play against Japanese karate fighters in 1966. The Japanese won 2-1. Noguchi and Kenji Kurosaki extensively practiced fighting style and created a mixed martial art known as kickboxing. At first, to differentiate it from the Muay Thai form, the tossing and butting were permitted. They were eliminated however later.

A few years later the first kickboxing association, the Kickboxing Association, was founded in Japan. Kickboxing went on tv and was very common in Japan. Tadashi Sawamura was a hugely successful kickboxer back then. Kickboxing started to lose its prominence after he quit, and stopped airing on TV. He hadn’t been on television before the launch of K-1 in 1993. In 1993, under kickboxing rules (no elbow or neck wrestling) Kazuyoshi Ishii who was the founder of Seidokan karate produced K-1. Kickboxing has now begun to recover its reputation and has become successful once again. Eventually it started to gain awareness all across North America and Europe.

In 1978, Jan Plas, a Dutch kickboxer, and a few Muay Thai revolutionaries traveling to North America and Europe, founded Mejiro jym in the Netherlands. He had learned from the popular Kenji Kurosaki kick boxing in Japan. Moreover, he was also the one who created the Dutch Kickboxing Association (NKBB) in 1978, which became the Netherlands ‘ first kickboxing organisation.