How To Kickbox
Kickboxing is not something you can learn professionally completely by yourself. However, for exercise and fitness purposes you can successfully teach yourself proper form and technique, and even develop routines into cardio-kickboxing training for fat loss and improved heart rate.
- Making a fist: Hold your hand with palm facing out, fingers all aligned and pointing up, and thumb out to the side. Close your fingertips down to the first knuckle, then bend at the base knuckle forming the beginning of your fist. Place your thumb over those closed fingers, never inside the fist.
- Basic fighting stance: If you were standing on a clock, your front foot would be at about 11 o'clock and your back foot would be at about 5 o'clock, thus a slight angle between them. Your front foot should face front and your weight should be evenly distributed over both legs. Make two fists and raise them to about shoulder height, with elbows bent. Your upper body is slightly pivoted at the hip to face front. Keep your knees soft and slightly bent.
- Font and back kicks: From fighting stance, or a front kick you raise your rear leg up, bent knee, and extend forward, pointing the toe. For a back kick you would bend the leg you will kick with, raising the foot off the floor and leaning slightly forward. Then extend to the back while glancing over your shoulder at the intended target.
- Front hand punch: From fighting stance, with fists up, extend the forward-most arm pivoting fist so fingers are parallel to the floor. As you extend, weight is distributed between your two legs, and as you pull back from the punch you may shift slightly forward. This punch is a relatively small, fast movement.
- Back hand punch: Like the front hand punch, the back hand punch starts from the fighting stance. With the fist that is farther back, start to extend forward, at should level, pivoting the fist so the fingers are parallel to the floor. Simultaneously, pivot your hips toward the punch allowing your weight to shift slightly and your shoulder to put more force into the punch. When you draw back from the punch, return to the original fighting stance.
- Uppercut punch: With either fist, from fighting stance, draw the elbow slightly back while keeping close to the body, then punch in an upward curve motion, as if aiming for underneath the chin of someone standing in front of you. Simultaneously pivot your hip to allow for full range on the punch. This can also be aiming at ribs or other body areas.
- Hook punch: From fighting stance, take either fist and you are basically punching in a curved arc about eye level with your forearm moving to become parallel to the floor. Weight is evenly distributed, then shifts slightly to allow for the full range and increased power on the punch. The elbow stays bent, follow the punch through, then return to the fighting stance.
Combining these basic moves will help you become comfortable kickboxing in general. Books, DVDs, and classes can be sought for further in-depth instruction and improvement on form and technique.