During the training I had in Kickboxing, the highest belt I earned was the Orange Belt before the martial art program was cut from Lindamood’s Tae Kwon Do Academy, now known as Lindamood’s Martial Art Center, due to the decline of interest in the martial art style, the 5th style that I have learned.
Kickboxing originated from Thailand, as it originally is known as Muay Thai Kickboxing. The Muay Thai style was developed in the middle of the 16th century, before the Japanese verison was established in 1958.
The Japanese style was introduced by Japanese boxing promoter, Osamu Noguchi and Karate practitioner Tatsuo Yamada. It was not fully developed until the 1960’s. The Japanese version is a stand-up combat martial art style, which is based on kicking and punching. It is considered a hybrid martial art, because it combines Karate and Muay Thai.
The American version did not develop until the 1970’s. The Japanese martial art version declined in the 1980’s, but the American style emerged as a well-popular sport during this time and well into the 1990’s. The differences between the Japanese and American versions are the rules of contact and the protective gear worn. Also, the American style allows strikes using punches and kicks above the waist; the Japanese style allows punches and kicks above the waist, and sweeps done below the ankle.
An interesting fact I learned: In the 1990’s, Mixed Martial Arts emerged from the combination of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing.
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