Following these kickboxing tips for beginners will be a fundamental platform for building your kickboxing skills. It will ensure that your kickboxing workouts are a safe and fun segue for the more seriously aspiring fighter or recreational health enthusiast.
- Get the right kickboxing training equipment. Necessary gear differs from person to person, depending on their goals in kickboxing. However, it is always important to have boxing shorts or any loose, comfortable clothing to workout in. For sparring, protective gear-such as groin protectors, gloves, shin guards, headgear, and wrist wraps-is integral. Basic training equipment includes focus mitts and heavy bags.
- Learn and master the fighting stance. All movements should end and begin with the fighting stance. Depending on if you are right or left handed, make sure your hands and feet are in the correct position. If you’re right handed, you’ll stand with your left leg and shoulder forward and right/arm hand back (Reverse this if you are left-handed). Make sure your hands are balled up in string fists protecting your face at all times.
- Always perform stretches and warm-ups. Serious injuries could occur if you’re too impatient to warm up and loosen your muscles. Also, don’t just focus on your legs and arms. Remember that the best of kickboxing fighters will utilize their entire body and especially their core to perform and strike.
- Engage your core muscles. Add power to all of your techniques by focusing on engaging your core muscles/abdominal muscles in your training. Do this consistently and you’ll have a strong core and a source of explosive strikes.
- Never keep your head still. Don’t ever be a sitting target and remember that a moving one is hard to strike. Consistently changing the pace and direction of your footwork and stances help you do this.
- Always keep chin down and tucked. To help you develop this skill, place a ping pong under your chin and hold it place while doing some shadow boxing. You can also use a regular tennis ball.
- Always stay relaxed and fluid. It’s common for beginners to tense up during training but this will reduce the ease and flexibility of your movement. It will also reduce your stamina. You can help this along by remembering to regulate your breathing flow (such as exhaling powerful breaths during strikes).