What is called Kickboxing today came out of Full Contact Karate competitions in the sixties. Competitors included such fighters as Bill Wallace, Joe Lewis and Chuck Lidel. Each had different backgrounds in Karate and boxing, as well as other martial arts. New fighting styles, techniques and strategies developed out of the need for a comprehensive form of fighting that was effective in the ring.
Kickboxing is a Western fighting method practiced worldwide with the kickboxer using both hands and feet, as in Karate. Because it is a realistic, practical method of fighting, it has grown into a popular sport. Kickboxing is similar to Full Contact Karate, as the goal of Kickboxing is to knock out the opponent. Also in Kickboxing, strikes are delivered full force.
Kickboxing combines elements from Karate and Thai Boxing; both the strategy and techniques from kicking and boxing. It mixes foot techniques from Karate and fist techniques from boxing. There are four different types of combat competitions: Semi-Contact, Light-Contact, Full-Contact and Low-Kick. Musical Forms are the fifth style of Kickboxing competition. All these systems are the same worldwide and follow precise rules and regulations.
To minimize the risk of injury during Kickboxing competitions, competitors must wear protection for the feet and head, as well as shin guards, safety gloves, mouth guards, groin guards for men and chest protection for women. Kickboxing competitors use sparring, kicks, punches, kick blocks, shadow boxing, and wood breaking that is learned and applied under professional instruction.
While Kickboxing was first developed as a martial art for tournament fighting, it has more recently become very popular; especially with women, because the Kickboxing workout is excellent for developing body toning and burning fat while also helping students gain confidence in self defense
Being a member of the recognised NGB (National Governing Body) for the sport of kickboxing in Ireland (KBI) we take advantage of many benefits some of which include:
- Reputation and recognition on a national and international level
- Access to national championships and a chance to represent Ireland on a global scale
- Access to WAKO, European & World Championships
- Access to the Sport Accord World Combat Games
- National Squad training camps in individual disciplines,
- Full-contact, Light-contact, Points-fighting & Forms
- Access to National coaches
- Recognition by both the Sports Council and the Irish Martial Arts Commission (IMAC)
- Official Garda Vetting by IMAC (the only recognised by the Sports Council and Irish Government and required legally by the new National Vetting Bureau Bill)
- Access to Child protection courses & code of Ethics For Young People in Sport in association with IMAC
- Access to level 1, 2, & 3 coaching courses for instructors
- Sports Council Level 1, 2 & 3 Coach Tutor Programme
- Access to NCTC Limerick
- Benefit from Irish Sports Council funding
- Access to equipment for events scoreboards, mats rings etc
- Access to qualifies and experienced officilas for your competition or event.
- Comprehensive insurance cover for instructors, students and venues including public indemnity and member to member cover.