History of Kickboxing

Kickboxing is a martial art type from Japan involving kicking and punching that developed through adoption of western boxing, Muay Thai and karate techniques. It was first started in japan in 1960’s but spread in United States of America by 1974. People referred kickboxing as an improved version of martial art. In 19th century, it was used in physical fitness, recreation and self-defense. In 1920’s Japan formed the first kickboxing organization referred to as Kickboxing Association and this led to formation of many movements around the world that practiced kickboxing.

in 1970’s when kick boxing was started as a sport in United States of America, learning was difficult. Different fighters were the ones emerging from other fighting backgrounds such as karate hence they experienced difficulties in learning kickboxing. This is because it required a lot of energy in comparison to other fighting techniques. The kick boxers conditioned, trained and fought western boxing and this led to great improvement of the sport. Fighters were involved in full contact sparring including receiving of body punches mostly thus enabling their body and mind to be in a position of enduring all types of challenges.

However, despite much developments of kickboxing in USA and formation of PKA, Germany started an organization in 1975 to rival the popular PKA that mainly operated in USA. The organization commonly known as WAKO (world all style karate organization) was formed by Georges Bruckner and it developed to be a leading kickboxing federation. Mike Anderson led to the formation of Professional Kickboxing Organization but did not last for long because of his retirement.

Due to legal problems, PKA was brought down and this made the executives of the organization to create a new body in 1986 referred to as ISKA (International Sport Kickboxing Association). The ESPN television network broadcasted the main title bouts and this contributed to recognition and improvement of the ISKA. However, WAKO existed in Europe and WKA operated mainly in Asia. ISKA appointed the European directors including Olivier Muller, Mohamed Hosseini and Jerome Canabate and by the year 1991, the organization world control was between Muller and Sawyer. Their responsibility was securing of the international Television coverage that played a role of bringing together the separate organization. They were also responsible for grading and sanctioning of kickboxing matches. Thai-boxing was however the main sport in Asia and its control was from the Thai government. Despite the many sanctioning bodies that sanctioned Muay- Thai, the World Muay Thai council mainly known as WMTC, remained the best sanctioning body of Thai boxing.

International Sport Kickboxing Association was headed by Olivier Muller from 1996 to 1998. He put a lot of impact in the organization management within the two years and this resulted to the shooting of the organization to a kickboxing business that operated worldwide. The International Sport Kickboxing Association joined with the World Kickboxing Network but due to various minor conflicts and professional envies, the two organizations separated. The World Kickboxing Network had resulted as a sub-organization of the International Sport Kickboxing Association with the aim of attracting wide market. The splitting of the two organizations was brought by the Americans since they saw the World Kickboxing Network as a threat to the development of the ISKA.

The World Kickboxing organization leadership involved a young team that was stricter after Olivier Muller moved the organization. In other earlier organizations, the amount that was from the sanctioning was being used mainly by the leaders of organization but the World Kickboxing network under the management of young team used the amount collected in boosting and promoting small fighters and events that were not established much.

in the 21st century, the World Kickboxing Network has become the best federation in kickboxing. The organization is non-profit making but due to good leadership and management by the young generation, many fighters have been boosted greatly. The splitting of the international Sport Kickboxing Association and the World Kickboxing Network brought a bright future for kickboxing instead of much expected fall. However, ISKA also exists but the WKN leads in kickboxing because of good management involved. The WKN federation brings together more than hundred countries around the world hence becomes the world-leading governing body of kickboxing sports. Kickboxing has attained a worldwide recognition in various sectors such as sporting and entertainment.

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