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Kickboxing Styles

Arts labelled as kickboxing include:

  • Adithada (Indian kickboxing)  A form of kickboxing that uses knee, elbow and forehead strikes.
  • Lethwei (Burmese kickboxing)  Traditional Burmese martial arts of which has now grown into a popular kickboxing event with strong emphasis on knee, elbow strikes and headbutt. Any part of the body may be used to strike and be struck. It is also known as Bando kickboxing.
  • Pradal Serey (Khmer "Cambodian" kickboxing)  Possible predecessor of Muay Thai with an emphasis on elbow techniques.
  • Gwon-gyokdo (Korean kickboxing) that is a mix between Muay Thai and Tae Kwon Do. This art is also known as 'Kyuk Too Ki' in some parts of Korea.
  • Muay Thai (Thai boxing)  Traditional Thai martial art of which has now grown into a popular kickboxing event with strong emphasis on knee and elbow strikes.
  • Muay Boran (Ancient Boxing)  Predecessor of Muay Thai, allows the use of headbutts.
  • Japanese kickboxing  Similar to Muay Thai, but different point system is taken. The first fighting style to adopt the name of "Kickboxing".
  • American kickboxing  Not allowed to kick below the waist.
  • Savate (French kickboxing)  Allows the use of shoes.
  • Sanshou/Sanda (Chinese kickboxing)  The applicable component of wushu/kung fu of which takedowns and throws are legal in competition as well as all other sorts of striking (use of arms and legs).
  • Shoot boxing  A Japanese form of kickboxing which allows throwing and submission while standing, similar to Sanshou.
  • Yaw-Yan (Filipino kickboxing)  Sayaw ng Kamatayan (Dance of Death) is the proper name for Yaw-Yan, a Filipino martial art developed by Napoleon Fernandez. The art resembles Muay Thai in a sense, but differs in the hip torquing motion as well as downward-cutting of its kicks.

There are many additional derivatives of these forms, as well as combined styles which have been used in specific competitions (e.g. K-1).

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 In other combat sports

Kickboxing is popular in mixed martial arts and professional wrestling competition.