"YOU ARE ONE PUNCH AWAY FROM CHANGING
THE TIDE OF THE FIGHT"
– John Wayne Parr
Read about kickboxing, karate, functional training and lots more….
By AYUSHI SHARMA
- What is kickboxing?
Kickboxing borrows most of its moves from different forms of martial arts. It is a skillful combination of punches, kicks and knee strikes. It is also believed to be one of the most intense workouts. Karate gives its techniques and speed and, boxing gives its power and agility to kickboxing.
- What is self defence?
Self – defence is the justified act of using force against someone if you are under attack. Nowadays, it is recommended for both girls and boys so that they are skilled enough to defend themselves at the time of crisis.
- What is martial arts?
Martial arts originated from Japan, China and Korea. It is a combination of various sports like Judo, Karate and Kendo. It is included under several departments such as self – defence, sports competitions, health and fitness as well as spiritual and mental development.
- What is karate?
Karate is an armed martial art. It focuses completely on using the body’s power and strength to make an impact. The most common tools used to practice strikes are wood and padded surfaces. It is a sport that helps students to set goals and measure their progress in the form of different belts.
- What is functional training?
Functional training is a type of a workout that does not rely on machines. These exercises don’t necessarily focus on a single body part but a group of joints and muscles together at a single time. The best part is that they can be done at home and at a fitness center or a gym. So, if you are out of town and don’t access to the gym facility, you can continue your workout performing these exercises.
“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times”
- What is the right age for children to learn kickboxing?
According to For Kids Plus (source), the right age for children to start kickboxing can be as low as 5 years. However, there is no assigned age to learn anything. People take up kickboxing classes and karate classes even in their 80’s. The intensity or the level increases gradually increases with age. For children at the age of 5-6, the fitness coach generally conducts simple physical development exercises.
Children are encouraged to start their kickboxing classes as early as possible in order to get a better command and quickly grasp the moves and techniques. According to the kickboxing guide (source), children below the age of 16 are not recommended to train more than twice a week. Also, it is recommended for children of the age 5 to 15 to only practice non- contact form of kickboxing. All in all, it is quite beneficial for children to practice any sport which does no harm and also leads to the holistic growth of the mind and the body.
- What are the benefits of kickboxing?
1. Increase in activity
In a fast growing virtual world like ours, it has become a major tasks for parents to find ways to reduce the screen time of children. Be it education or entertainment, online media has the attention of children.
2. Build confidence
Learning any new skill and practicing it under fellow mates creates an invisible pressure to perform and ultimately builds confidence on its completion.
3. Build goals
Building goals is crucial for self – improvement. A guide or a trainer always sets goals for his/her students, which is an ultimate trigger for progress. In karate, the goal completion is rewarded with different color belts. However, kickboxing does not follow the belt system for goal completion.
4. Respect and obedience
Kickboxing can be termed as a derivative of martial arts. Martial arts teaches its students the value of respect and right attitude before moving onto its technical aspects. Respect toward the instructor and other students of the class, plays a major role in the grading system of kickboxing.
5. Team Work and conflict resolution
There are several points in the training during which students are expected to work as a team to complete the tasks. It helps the students give up any grudges and other hard feelings to get results together for the team. Students also learn to imbibe peacefulness and non – violence to resolve conflicts and, build strong bonds of friendship.
This is an important part of the curriculum where students are taught special moves of defence. All students agree to use them only when it becomes absolutely necessary.
7.Physical and mental development
Courage, confidence, self- control, strategy building and perseverance are some of the mental skills built by kickboxing. It develops athletic skills which include flexibility, balance and quick response to moves.