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Kickboxing

Kickboxing is a generic martial arts term that refers to a modern combative sport rooted in karate, Western boxing and muay Thai. Although practical as a means of self-defense, kickboxing has gained wide acceptance as a fitness method and a competitive contact sport.

Kickboxing was born when Japanese boxing promoter Osamu Noguchi and martial artist Tatsuo Yamada took an interest in muay Thai fighting. Frustrated that traditional karate didn’t allow contact on strikes, the duo developed what they first called “karate boxing” and staged “karate vs. muay Thai” fights, in which practitioners of each art squared off against each other. The popularity of these matches grew, and by the early 1960s, the combination of karate’s hand strikes with muay Thai’s emphasis on kicking and no-holds-barred aggression yielded the new sport of kickboxing. Osamu Noguchi and Tatsuo Yamada’s entrepreneurial spirit and creative blending of two distinct arts doubtlessly sewed the seeds for the emergence of today’s mixed martial arts.

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  1. Benny “The Jet” Urquidez: Exclusive Video Interview With the Kickboxing and Full-Contact Karate Legend

    Benny “The Jet” Urquidez: Exclusive Video Interview With the Kickboxing and Full-Contact Karate Legend

    Benny “The Jet” Urquidez will be featured on the upcoming April/May 2014 issue of Black Belt magazine! To get you primed for his appearance, Urquidez talks on camera about his busy life as a martial arts instructor.
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  2. Joe Lewis: Fix the 40 Most Common Kickboxing Training Mistakes

    Joe Lewis: Fix the 40 Most Common Kickboxing Training Mistakes

    The late, great Joe Lewis shows you how to remedy not 10 … not 20 … but *40* mistakes that might be handicapping your progress as a kickboxer!
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  3. Learn 3 Grappling Techniques From UFC Star Chael Sonnen

    Learn 3 Grappling Techniques From UFC Star Chael Sonnen

    Chael Sonnen isn’t your typical politician. For one, he actually answered our questions. But more important, the All-American wrestler from Oregon taught us some of the best tricks from his playbook.

    Despite his reputation as one of the UFC’s loudest stars, he doesn’t have a bad word to say about
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  4. Knockout and Concussion Statistics for Violent Encounters

    Knockout and Concussion Statistics for Violent Encounters

    Editor’s Note: Because it’s impossible to defend yourself when you’re unconscious, knockouts play a critical role in any fight, whether it takes place in the ring or on the street. In our September issue, we explored the physiological effects of a knockout and why head trauma is such a controversial
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  5. Bill “Superfoot” Wallace on Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren, Bob Wall and Jean-Claude Van Damme

    Bill “Superfoot” Wallace on Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren, Bob Wall and Jean-Claude Van Damme

    It was 1 o’clock, and I was sitting at Jun Chong’s taekwondo school in Los Angeles getting ready to work out. In walked Dolph Lundgren, 6 feet 5 inches tall and built like a brick [outhouse].

    He said, “You’re Bill Wallace, right?”

    I said, “Yeah, and you’re Dolph Lundgren.”

    I stood up and
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  6. Gokor Chivichyan: Uchi Mata Technique in Grappling

    Gokor Chivichyan: Uchi Mata Technique in Grappling

    If you don’t know Gokor, you’re not really into grappling. Disagree all you want, but you can’t dispute the fact that Gokor Chivichyan is the go-to guy for submissions, especially leg locks. He was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame in 1997 as Judo Instructor of the Year,
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  7. Antonio Graceffo Travels to Thailand (Part 1)

    Antonio Graceffo Travels to Thailand (Part 1)

    Antonio Graceffo takes you to the other side of the world in this video supplement for his Destinations column, appearing monthly in Black Belt magazine. In Part 1 of his trip to Thailand, he discusses martial arts training and the variety of styles available to partake in, including muay Thai,
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  8. Gokor Chivichyan MMA Grappling School Opening

    Gokor Chivichyan MMA Grappling School Opening

    Tucked away in a nondescript industrial section of a Los Angeles suburb lies a dojo that’s gaining a reputation as one of the premier mixed-martial arts schools in California. Running the show are Black Belt Hall of Fame members Gokor Chivichyan and “Judo” Gene LeBell. The state-of-the-art 12,000-square-foot gym in
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  9. Kickboxer Cung Le Interview at MMA Expo

    Kickboxer Cung Le Interview at MMA Expo

    Marika Taylor interviews Cung Le (featured in the motion picture Pandorum) above the showroom floor at the International Mixed Martial Arts Expo, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center!


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  10. Master Toddy: “The Cobra” Technique (Part 3)

    Master Toddy: “The Cobra” Technique (Part 3)

    Famed muay Thai instructor and character-at-large Master Toddy, who’s trained MMA fighters Felice Herrig, Maurice Smith, Gina Carano, Marvin Eastman, Lisa King and many others, talks about training his fighters using a technique called “The Cobra.” In this third installment, he and Black Belt Executive Editor Robert Young discuss some
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