LONDON KICKBOXING

Kickboxing, self defence & fitness

FAQs

Do I need to be fit before I start and how old do I need to be?
You will get fit through regular training. As long as you don’t suffer from a medical condition that prevents you from exercising, you may start at anytime. Children's starting age is at the instructor's discretion. Adults can start at any age.

How many times a week do I need to train?
Some people simply train once a week. Most students train twice a week. We have classes in several locations and you may attend as many as you wish.

Are the instructors Insured and qualified?
All London Kickboxing instructors have progressed through our kickboxing grading system to black belt and have completed our Instructor Training Program.

What equipment will I need?
Your Kickboxing club t-shirt will be provided to you, when you join the club. You should start wearing protective equipment as soon as possible as it will also enhance your training. Only recommended equipment is to be used in class. For further details contact your instructor.

Do I have to spar?
Sparring is optional, “Light Continuous” and practised under strict supervision. Students are allowed to spar when the instructor feels they have sufficient technical knowledge and are mentally ready to start.

What are your classes fees?
London Kickboxing fees are extremely reasonable. We work on a monthly club membership basis which makes for an easy and smoth running of the club.

Kickboxing development

When kickboxing first became pupular as a combat sport in the US and Europe, in the early seventies, the fighters of that time had to learn through a process of trial and error. The fighters all came from ranks of traditional karate or other traditional martial arts, and when they fought in professional full contact bouts certain shortcomings and defects became apparent. They discovered that they were not as fit or conditioned as they had thought and they struggled to fight the required number of rounds in the professional ring. They also discovered to their dismay that their punches were not as effective as they had expected.

To develop kickboxing and to improve the sport, kickboxers turned to the training, conditioning and fighting techniques of western professional boxing. Boxers sparred for countless rounds in preparation for their bouts. Their sparring was virtually full contact and they took hundreds of punches to the body and the head during sparring. This toughened, conditioned and tempered their bodies and strengthened their minds and will. They became mentally and physically prepared to do battle every time they entered the ring. They also developed their punching power by hitting the heavy bag and the pads on a regular basis.

Some of the kickboxers of that time started training at boxing gyms and learned the secrets of the fight game, sparring with boxers and being trained under boxing coaches. Boxing training techniques and strategies were then incorporated into and adopted by the sport of kickboxing. Kickboxers began to improve tremendously and their techniques became more powerful as they became much fitter and better conditioned than ever before. The kickboxing bouts became more action packed and exciting. The dynamic modern version of kickboxing had arrived on the international sport circuit and expanded and spread all over the world.