Whether you’re searching for self defense techniques, a great work out or are interested in becoming a competitive fighter, boxing and kickboxing classes in Buffalo at WNY Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness are a great way to get in shape while learning the rules and techniques of these two popular sports.
The sport of boxing originated when two individuals engaged in a fight using only their fists. While hand to hand combat has been witnessed throughout time, it is believed that the Greeks were the first to formalize the sport during the Olympic Games in 688 BC. The sport increased in popularity during the Roman era when boxers began to wear leather bands around their fists for protection. After the fall of Rome, boxing lost some of its gusto, but was revived in the 18th century when boxer James Figg held the title for over 20 years.
As the sport progressed, bouts became more organized, and rules and regulations started to come into play. Hitting below the belt was banned and matches were decided based on a point system. Bouts were held in a ring with spectators all around—much like today’s fights.
Kickboxing’s true roots date back over 2,000 years to Asia, but modern, competitive kickboxing became popular in the 1950s when a famous Japanese boxer joined forces with a martial arts expert to develop a remedy for the non-contact rules of traditional karate. They each took the key aspects of their traditional sport and combined them to create kickboxing.
Kickboxing is quite literally what its name describes. It involves punches often used in the sport of boxing combined with kicks used in martial arts such as karate. Kickboxing seamlessly blends to popular sports into one discipline.
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