What is Kickboxing?
Kick Boxing, as we know it, is the westernised sport side of Martial Arts, which immerged around about the 1960's from full contact Martial Arts such as Karate, TaeKwondo and Kung Fu, rather like modern boxing immerged from bare knuckle fighting. By Putting padding on hands and feet, and introducing certain rules, the fighting could be made to last longer, therefore allowing it to become more exciting for spectators to watch by allowing the Martial Arts sparring to be shown in a more fluid way. Kick Boxing is an exciting new platform for most kicking and striking Martial Arts to enjoy competition with each other across the different styles.
At Odyssey we practice American Style Kickboxing similar to Muay Thai and some others except with the outlaw of knee and elbow attacks. The emphasis as with most is on conditioning and fitness. The separation from most Gym style programs is that there is a belt progression and skill set progression as far as Blackbelt levels and beyond. This makes is a true Martial Arts style of training. The 1st and 2nd Degree blackbelts in this discipline could easily compete and the professional and international level should that be the goal.
What Is Different about This Program?
There are so many things around today called "Kick Boxing" but really aren't. Many programs at the Local Gym, community Center and some Fad facilites popping up around the city say "Kick Boxing" but again they just aren't. It is a wonderful marketting idea to grab onto those that want to get fit quickly and learn possibly some self defense and it is diffuclt to tell from the outside looking in. Let me help. If you ask yourself the following questions or ask of any facility these will tell you if you are truly training a Kick Boxing Style or if it is simply a disguised Cardio workout. All of these should be Yes to know you are in the right place.
-Is there a progression of skills? How is this shown and how does the student know?
-Are all of the Instructors certified by a Recognized International Kickboxing Body or Panel?
-Do you limit contact and enusre all trainers show respect and safety to each other?
-Can I Earn a Recognized Blackbelt in this Program?
-Does the Instructor/Instructors have World Level Training and Competition experience?
-Do the instructors know how to work around Injury or different things in a body regardless of Age/Fitness level?
-Will I learn how to Protect myself and others while on this journey and training here?
-Do you prhibit the use of Knees,Elbows and kicks to the knees and shins?
If the answers to any of these questions are no or you feel hesitation and all you see are "Stations" or a bunch of bags hanging around where you clearly self direct and just punch and kick them, you got it. Not True Kick Boxing.
I hope you find the Right place, if you have read this then you already have. - Mr Lissa
Kickboxers Train on the Folloing days in the Rotation:
A- Skills and Drills
E- Kickboxing Specific Drills