When it comes to stand up fighting sports, there are plenty to choose from, and everyone favors their respective sport. I’m not much different, and hopefully the next few lines will explain why I chose to favor Kickboxing.
First of all, Kickboxing itself has different variety, even some pretty crappy varieties (Cardio kickboxing anyone). Plus the term itself is pretty abused, with even the steroid fuelled (intellectually challenged) gym instructors becoming so called Kickboxing trainers in our lovely city.
Kickboxing is a hybrid sport, a mix of techniques from other popular sports, hence, there is not belt promotion system, at least it’s not commonly followed. The style that we follow and which was made popular by the notorious Dutch fighters, is called simply, “Dutch Kickboxing”.
Kickboxing, takes the upper body attacks from the only pure punching sport, Boxing. And also mimics the footwork to a certain extent. Except for the stance is way more front on, since we need to worry about the damn kicks too.
The kicking techniques are borrowed from Taekwondo, Karate and Muay Thai. When you have the combination of the best kicking sports at your disposal, your arsenal of trickery becomes huge.
Now, when I talk about the superiority of “Dutch” Kickboxing, I mean more than just the punches and kicks. It’s the footwork and the combination of various techniques that makes a difference.
For example, when fighting a boxer, a kickboxer can start using his kicks. When fighting a Muay Thai guy, he can use brutal boxing and Kicks combo, like a jab cross followed by a sweet roundhouse kick. And I can go on and on. Now for me the most important advantage is that the Kickboxer’s stance is very similar to that of a wrestler (square, front on stance). That combined with the quick footwork (footwork is quick in karate too but the stance is all wrong, and in Muay Thai, the movement is too slow to mimic wrestling), is the perfect foil for MMA and transitioning to the ground. It is my opinion that other striking arts have some hole in them which prevents them from being the best company to grappling and as we know, without grappling or striking skill, the fighter is incomplete.
Hopefully, I’ve put my point across. If not, you know where to find me.