What Is Korean Kickboxing?
What is Korean Kickboxing? Kun Gek Do-also known as Gwon-gyokdo-is the martial art of Korean Kickboxing. In some parts of Korea, Korean Kickboxing is known as Kyuk Too Ki, but this is more of a rule-set than the actually martial arts style.
Two martial art styles that are commonplace in use in Korea are Muay Thai and Tae Kwon Doe. Each art has its own set of rules in its respective sport, so competition directly between Muay Thai and Tae Kwon Doe fighters was impossible. Kyuk Too Ki is the ruleset that came about from the aspirations of these two arts to compete. Once there was a ruleset in place that allowed moves of both fighting styles a new type of fighting was tailormade for this set of rules. That is how Korean Kickboxing got its start and began to develop its own style.
Korean Kickboxing uses the basic Tae Kwon Doe kicking style, but also adds in leg blocks and Muay Thai style striking with the knees and elbows. The less efficient part of Muay Thai, mobility, is disposed of and the art adopts a majority of Tae Kwon Doe footwork. Korean Kickboxing's footwork is made mostly of Tae Kwon Doe slides and quick steps. To dodge a punch in Korean Kickboxing, you use the moves of Western Boxing and slip the punch bobbing or weaving out of the way of harm. Also like Western Boxing, Korean Kickboxing does not use open-handed striking or blocking techniques. This is a good idea because a full-powered blow can break or dislocate the fingers of your hand.