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Sport Karate and Kickboxing Skills Part 1
  This article will look at the basic stance and jab, as used in the modern sport of Kickboxing. However, it is beneficial to consider the development of Kickboxing briefly, prior to commenting on its basic principals. Kickboxing as we understand it today, was pioneered in the early 1960s. Many of the early bouts, were known as Full Contact Karate, to avoid legal implications. In the 70's, points fighting and sport Karate was starting to peak, whereby many of the techniques used in todays competition were developed and refined.

Kickboxing today, is a highly skilled contest between trained athletes. The modern form of the sport, has various rules and formats, namely:

"Light Continuous,  Full Contact, Points and more recently Kick Jitsu"

Basics of Kickboxing  
There are 2 basic forms of Kickboxing, Light Contact and Full contact. Light contact is typically in the style of points fighting or light continuous kickboxing. This article will consider mainly the light continuous format of Kickboxing. To summarise, this is where Kicks are allowed only above waist height and striking contact is restricted in power but continuous in nature.
Target Areas
To score in a kickboxing match, whether its in a points or continuous bout. The punches and kicks must strike the target area and impact appropriately (light contact) with the correct part of the glove or foot pad as denoted in the competitions rules. Likewise, the target areas for scoring can vary between competitions. However, these are typically the front and sides of the head and the body above the belt.

Similarly, the type of strike allowed, will vary under the rules of the different associations you are fighting within. The WKA have previously noted that the following rules are legal and illegal strikes for Semi-Contact Techniques.

Please note that any such rules described on this website are not to be taken as current and that the reader should obtain a set of rules direct from the respective organisation.

Permitted Techniques
Illegal Techniques
Jab and reverse punch
Inside hand
Spinning backfist
Ridge hand
Knife hand
Front kick
Elbow strike
Side kick
Spinning back kick
Pushing with arms
Roundhouse kick
Low kick
Hook kick
Knee butts
Crescent kick
Head butts
Axe kick
Using thighs
Spinning sweep
The rules can seem a bit daunting at first, but they are there for safety. An exciting Kickboxing match, has two competitiors who can quickly flow with blocks and strikes within the rules of the contest.
Basics of Kickboxing  
A good kickboxer, must be able to move quickly as well as hit accurately. It is vital to keep out of the reach of an opponents strike. Kickboxers have various strengths and weaknesses, such as a tall kickboxer will have a long reach, but he may have a larger scoring area as his body may be very long. Kickboxers soon develop tactics for handling all types of opponents. A good kickboxer will have learned how to use his own strengths and weaknesses to exploit his opponents weaknesses.
"Stances are the position from which all attacking and defensive moves begin. It combines balance, defence and readiness. A good basic stance is essential." (Boxing Skills 1997)
The basic front stance is similar to a boxers foot position and is used for mobility. The feet are approximately shoulder width in distance forward and back. The lead foot should be turned slightly inwards. The rear foot is placed parallel to the front foot. The knees are bent and weight is evenly distributed to both legs in a balanced stance. Some experienced fighters, prefer to have the heel on the rear leg raised, to allow quick movement.
Kickboxing Stance
Bring your fists up to shoulder height and relax your elbows so that they rest at the side of your ribs. Rest the rear fist, across your chest on the same side. Place the lead fist in front of the same side chest, about two fists width distance from your body (far enough out to attack with a quick jab, but close enough to be drawn in for defence). Point your fists at the opponent.
"Head and chin must be kept slightly down, with eyes fixed on the opponent."

Different styles of martial arts have different types of fighting stance. Notably, Wing Chun, has a very high narrow fighting stance. The stance which the author uses, is similar to Tate Seishan Dachi in Karate (a variation on the fundamental Kickbboxing stance which is mentioned above).

 Wing Chun Kung Fu
Tate Seishan Dachi
However, as you gain experience, you will adopt your own style of standing. Likewise, the way you shift between stances will develop. Such adaptations on stances are often used to create illusions of increased distance between you and your opponent or to allow for quick changes in tempo when fighting.
Fighting Techniques...
A fundamental tool of boxing and all styles of kickboxing is the jab. Knowing how to jab and when to use takes skill and timing. The jab is an offensive and defensive weapon. It can be used to:

set up a combination,
spoil your opponents attack.
keep your opponent at a distance

The jab can be a powerful punch if the whole body is behind it. Likewise, it can be the key to setting up a powerful combination.
From the basic stance, straighten your left arm and turn your hips and shoulders into the strike. Your fist should twist, so the palm is facing down when the arm is extended.Your hand should be completely clenched just before impact. Upon impact, immediately relax and pull it back to the guard position, recover to your starting position as quickly as possible. The faster you return, the quicker you are able to defend, if your opponent trys to counter. Likewise, your coach can explain how to generate impact through this mechanism.
"Think of a cobra ready to strike, it darts in and out returning to its chambered position (defensive posture) ready to strike again."
Jab Tips:
Changing the angles of the jab, this will frustrate a counterpuncher by not giving him a target.

Practise a few rounds with only the jab. Snap it out in single, double and triple jabs. Mix in feints and timing. Move in both directions and jab to the body and head areas. This will hepl to develop speed, stamina and coordination.

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