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Kickboxing - An Introduction to the Martial Art

Reasons for training

When you train it is not only for self-defence, but also as a form of exercise. The training burns off calories while you learn and have fun. The GBMAA (Great British Martial Arts Association) and other corporations for kickboxing, run many competitions, the competitors fight others in their own category (more info below), to win trophies.

Who can learn?

It doesn't matter how fit or healthy you are, you can still learn kickboxing. If you want to start learning to get fit, it is a great idea as each class involves exercises and fitness. Don't worry about being flexible because the stretching in each class will allow you to progressively get more flexible.

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Grades - Getting to the Top

In kickboxing there are 9 grades to go through before you get to black belt:

 White - The first grade. The first grading you take part in will consist of a run through of your fitness and the basic moves/techniques.

 Red - The second grade. You run through the first grade, and there is a small addition of techniques to run through.

Yellow - The third grade. This is where it starts to get a bit tougher. Again, you run through the previous grades, and add some more techniques to run through. You then have some fighting to do: you have two 90 second rounds of continuous.

Orange - The fourth grade. You run through the previous grades (including the fighting) then add some more techniques to run through and finally add some more fighting: three 90 second rounds of continuous.

Green - The fifth grade. You run through the previous grades (including the fighting) then add some more techniques to run through and finally add some more fighting: four 90 second rounds of continuous.

Blue - The sixth grade. You run through the previous grades (including the fighting) then add some more techniques to run through and finally add some more fighting: five 90 second rounds of continuous.

Purple - The seventh grade. You run through the previous grades (including the fighting) then add some more techniques to run through and finally add some more fighting: two 2 minute rounds of continuous.

Brown - The eighth grade. You run through the previous grades (including the fighting) then add some more techniques to run through and finally add some more fighting: three 2 minute rounds of continuous.

Black - The ninth grade. You run through the previous grades (including the fighting) then add some more techniques to run through and finally add some more fighting: four 2 minute rounds of continuous. After you receive your black belt, there are still further grades to complete, you run through the black belt grade a total of 5 times- the fifth is the best and means you can now teach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Competitions

Competitions take place all around England. Some you will be matched up against someone your own ability and only fight them for two 90 second rounds. Some, such as the British Martial Arts Premiership, have knockout stages until a final. You have the chance to win trophies, and in major competitions in places such as the USA, you can fight for world championships and money prizes. You will not be able to fight in the bigger competitions outside novice categories until you have learnt how to spar properly and have the full kit and equipment (see below).

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Equipment and Kit

When you start training at a class, all you will need is sensible clothing (e.g. jogging bottoms and T-shirt), you will get very hot when training, and a drink bottle, ideally water because it keeps you going.

As you start training more, and if you decide that you want to start fighting in competitions and stay long term, you will need to buy pads and equipment and the kit. This includes:

> Headguard

Hand Pads

Footpads

Gumshield

Groin Guard

Uniform

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I have been training for 3 years at Bexhill Predators, and am now a purple belt. I have won one trophy for winning a novice competition in Watford. After training 2 nights a week for 3 years I am now much fitter and a lot more flexible. If you would like more information on Bexhill Predators, run by chief instructor Edward Lofts, visit the site by clicking the link above.

 

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