What is Kickboxing?

Kickboxing is martial art from Japan. In kickboxing the hands as well as the feet can be used to kick and jab. The fights are done in a ring and both competitors wear gloves and, although dependent on which kickboxing union, shin protection. Kickboxing in Japan is mainly derived from karate styles and Thai Boxing, also known as Muay Thai. The jabs are mainly from boxing, while the kicks originate from Karate and Taekwondo.

Gradings in kickboxing

Kickboxing has 5 different division in the Netherlands. You start in the J-division and end in the A-division. The divisions between those are the N-division, C-division and B-division. The J-division is for young fighters, and the N-division is for new fighters. After you win 3 matches in the N-division you move up to the C-division. You move from C to B after winning 6 matches and from B to A after winning 8 matches.

Kickboxing in the Netherlands

Kickboxing in the Netherlands has massively grown in popularity with the rise of big stars like Badr Hari and Rico Verhoeven. A large chunk of the country is thus tuning in to the large kickboxing events. Badr Hari’s former trainer, Thom Harinck, introduced kickboxing in the Netherlands. Together with his partner Jan Plas he trained the biggest Dutch kickboxers, including Peter Aerts, Imro van Hetten and Badr Hari.

Example kickboxing class

There are a lot of different ways to go about organising a kickboxing class. This can be technical, cardio but it can also include sparring. The video is an example of a class given by K1 legend Sem Schilt:

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