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History of Kickboxing

Kickboxing started in the US during the 1970's when American karate practitioners became frustrated with strict controls on martial arts competitions that didn't allow full contact kicks and punches. Many questions were raised when the sport began about the high risk of injury. As a result, safety rules were improved and protective clothing was added. As this is a relatively new sport there are no long-term traditions. The sport has undergone changes and been refined during the last two decades. Competitors use sparring, kicks, punches, kick blocks, shadow boxing, and wood breaking that is learned and applied under professional instruction.Many laymen are under the impression that modern day kickboxing originated in Thailand, Japan or elsewhere in the Far East, in fact, the real origins of the sport are revealed by the real name by which is was known, full contact karate. During the mid-seventies various American tournament karate practitioners became frustrated with the limitations of the then rather primitive competitive scoring system. They wanted to find a system within which they could apply kicks and punches to the knockout. Full contact karate was born. Early bouts were fought on open matted areas just as ordinary karate matches were. Later events were staged in regular size boxing rings. These early tournaments produced kickboxing's first stars, Joe Lewis, Bill Wallace, Benny Urquidez and Jeff Smith. Later the Americans really wanted to test their mettle and sent teams of kickboxers to Japan ,from this point kickboxing developed in to a true international sport.From this time onwards the popularity of Kickboxing Spread across the World.

Early Kickboxing Legends Joe Lewis and Bill Wallace

History of Kickboxing in India : Grandmaster Solomon Isaac first Introduced Full Contact Karate [as it was called in those days] to India in the late sixties and early seventies , He trained thousands of students both civil and in the armed forces all over India.He organised the first Full Contact karate tournament in 1985 where participants engaged in No holds barred style of competition.Later in the next few events to minimise the risk of injury during competition new protective gear was introduced which comprised of : 1.Headguards – to protect the face and head from punches and kicks 2.Gum shields – to minimise the risk of breaking teeth during competition 3.Kickboxing Gloves – to minimise the effect of punches while fighting in the ring 4.Compulsory groin protectors 5.Shin guards and kick boots – to minimise the effect of Kicks during bouts. Kickboxing events in Nasik and Maharashtra Over the years , Kickboxing has grown in Popularity in India.In 1994 Grandmaster Solomon Isaacs son Daniel represented India in the WAKO Kickboxing Mini Olympics held in Crimea in the Ukraine [old state of Russia now Independent] and Daniel Isaac created Kickboxing History by winning Indias first Gold medal in World level Kickboxing.In 1994 Daniel had won the WKC World Kickboxing Title at a World Title Promotion event held n Nasik Maharashtra India.All the above events were conducted under the sanctions of the Federation of Oriental Martial Martial Arts[Govt Regd] Today Daniel Isaac has taken over the reigns from his father in organising and Promoting Kickboxing events in India.In January 2004 Daniel organised the 1st WKL[World Kickboxing League , USA] Asaon Open Kickboxing Cup which was sanctioned by the World Kickboxing League USA and was covered nationally and Internationally on 11th Jan 2004 on Zee News Network.[CD copy of telecast available] Many International Fighters [from India , Nepal , UAE and Iran ]participated at the Asian Open event Daniel Isaac has also conducted Kickboxing training for the soldiers of the 116 TA Battalion [Indian Army , Devlali] In 2003 Daniel Isaac was appointed as the Chaif National Delegate in India for the World Kickboxing League Inc headquarters in Miami United States of America.This appointment was given by the CEO of the WKL Mr Rafael Lopez. Later Daniel also organised another International Kickboxing event in Nasik called “Clash of the Champions” , Mayor of the city of Nasik Mr Dashrath Patil was the Chief Guest of the Opening ceremony and Mr Vandan Potnis was chief Guest of the World Title Fights – both Guest were presented Special Honours from the Team Coaches of Iran and UAE. In march 2004 Daniel Isaac was invited to England where he was presented the authority as Goldenbelt Kickboxing President for 6 South Asian Countries by Goldenbelt World President Mr Alby Bimpson.Later during his visit he was also presented with the National President certificate for India under the World Freestyle Karate and Kickboxing Organisation England from WFKKO World President Mr Cris Janson Piers.Daniel Isaac also trained in advanced Thai Kickboxing under World famous thai Master , Master Sken from Stockport England. Basic Requirements for Kickboxing Competition : Kickboxing requires a Kickboxing Ring which is very similar to a boxing Ring which must be constructed atleast 4 feet of the ground surrounded by nylon ropes on all 4 sides of the stage supported by 4 Iron poles. Competitors can begin training when they are atleast 5 years of age , they can start competing soon after basic training and can continue competing until Age 35. Events of Kickboxing are the same as International Kickboxing such as : 1.Full Contact Kickboxing 2.Low Kick 3.Sem Contact 4.Light Continous 5.Semi Grappling 6.San Da 7.Pro Taekwondo 8.San Shou 9.Freestyle Fighting [Grappling / Striking / continous – ending with KO / TKO or Submissions] 10.Music Kata. 11.Muay Thai [Thai Style of Kickboxing] Kickboxing is very different to Karate , Kung fu , Taekwondo or Judo , Kickboxing is the Sport of the new Millenium and gives a realistic style of training to modern Self Defence.Kickboxing is an excellend Salf defence System of training for Ladies , Gents , boys and girls of all ages. The All India Kickboxing Council consists of the best Kickboxing fighters , Officials , Coaches and Managers in India and South Asia.The AIKC already has members from almost all states of the Indian Sub-continent.

Grandmaster Solomon Isaac in 1970

Aims and Objectives of the All India Kickboxing Council 1.To Propagate real Self Defence , Sportsmanship , kickboxing training to India. 2.To replace the existing State of Martial Arts / Sports Politics , Red Tapism and injustice with a Council dedicated to the welfare of Indian Martial Artists / Kickboxers / Sportspersons. 3.To Propagate the Indian Martial Art of “Ishudo” which is the original India style of Freestyle Self Defence and Kickboxing. 4. To Organise district , state , zonal ,National , International , Intercontinental and World level Kickboxing Competitions in India. 5.To train and present excellent fighters to local Indian Sponsors so that Indian Fighters may have opportunities to participate in events held in foreign countries. 6.To prepare a disciplined team of Kickboxers / Martial Artists who would serve our country faithfully once employed in the Armed Forces. 7.To spread self defence awareness among women and children through advertisements / publicity in national Press / Media 8.To arrange Free training camps for underprivalged students / ladies / girls / handicapped / aged persons if they are recommended through a Govt recognised Charitable Institution. 9.To offer a bare minimum training fee for those students who cannot afford Professional Kickboxing Training. 10.To start Kickboxing training centres all over the Country in Schools , Colleges and Private Institutions on a non profit basis.

Daniel Isaac training WKL Asian Kickboxing Champion Alan Fenandes