Be it strength, coordination, confidence or an intense cardio workout, there’s nothing better than kickboxing. Over the years, this form of physical exercise has gained immense popularity and kickboxing classes these days focus on several things from cardio conditioning, self-defence to martial arts. But before you raise your fist for the fists time for combat, you need to train yourself by joining classes.
This form of physical regime can be described in many ways but predominantly it’s a blend of karate and boxing. Though one can hurt their opponent using only hands and feet, it prohibits attaching the opponent in their groin, legs and hands.
Some of the things which you need to do are:
Set a goal: Before joining any class, you need to ascertain an end goal for yourself. Why do you want to join such training? Is it for overall conditioning or for enhancing your cardiovascular health? Are you interested in real world finding or do you want to participate in non-combative training? These are the questions which you need to answer yourself and decide which way you want to go. If learning combat skill is your sole motive, you might be better of scheduling a one-on-one session with an instructor.
Find the right class and instructor: Once you decide what kind of class you want to participate in, you need to find the right institute and instructor. Read the reviews and if possible attend a demo class before signing up. You also need to decide what kind of instructor you are comfortable with.
Be honest with your physical condition: If your fitness levels are not up to the mark, its best to consult a doctor before joining any kind of training. Kickboxing is a physically challenging and you might do more damage to your body if you are not used to it. You need, to be honest with yourself about the limit of your body.
Get geared up: When joining a fitness institute, it’s highly imperative to acquire the necessary gear. While some institutes will provide them to you, the others will ask you to purchase the gear. Make sure that you wear clothes that are neither too tight nor loose. But refrain from wearing those old baggy sweatshirts.
Start slowly: Don’t expect to start kicking and punching in your first training session. Like all martial arts, you have to medicate at first and then start slowly progressing things. After you are fully ready to take it up a notch, then you can start enhancing your combative skills.
Be it any physical training, it is highly important to remember that it’s just a practice session; not a tournament that you have to take extremely seriously. But dedication is crucial because if you are not, no matter how expert a trainer is, they can’t help you in any way.
By Dylan Flint.