Kickboxing is a combat sport that combines punches, knees, head-butts, and kicks to disarm an opponent or attacker. Although practical as a mean of self-defense, kickboxing is also very popular as a fitness method and a competitive contact sport. Modern competitive kickboxing actually started in the 1970s, when American karate experts arranged competitions that allowed full-contact kicks and punches that had been banned in karate.
As a combat sport, kickboxing requires from participants a lot of commitment and equal dedication for being in their best physical shape in order to succeed while at the same time avoiding injuries. Kids are recommended to join kickboxing as early as at the age of 5. The benefits of kickboxing classes for kids include strength, bravery, discipline, goal orientation and excellent coordination. The key to kickboxing is speed and agility, the child must strike before the competitor can react and respond. Kickboxing also requires commitment and dedication and a high level of athletic prowess. Through agility-focused drills children develop awareness of his or her body while improving balance, control and coordination.

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