Kick Boxing

KICKBOXING INTRODUCTION

Many laymen are under the impression that modern day kick boxing 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 kick boxing'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 under the banner of the WKA (World Kickboxing Association). From this point kickboxing developed in to a true international sport.

KICKBOXING HISTORY

During the early seventies the American martial arts world was shaken to its foundations by the demands made on it by a fresh young new generation of practitioners.

Fighters started looking for a competitive format in which they could use their skills to the full effect, full power punches and kicks in bouts fought to the knockout. The development of specialised protective equipment speeded up the evolution of this new sport, which became known as kickboxing.

Between 1970 and 1973 a handful of kickboxing promotions were staged across the USA. In the early days the rules were never clear, one of the first tournaments had no weight divisions and all the competitors fought off until one was left.

A very young Benny Urquidez reached the final. Weighing in at 10 stones Urquidez faced the 14 stones Dana Goodson. Urquidez won the tournament by pinning Goodson to the floor for more than 10 seconds, which was part of the rules.

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