There’s An Injury Epidemic At American Kickboxing Academy

Dec 2016

The American Kickboxing Academy of San Jose has been the training center for a myriad of UFC fighters including Daniel Cormier, Cain Velasquez, Josh Koscheck and many more. It’s not much different than any other world famous MMA training center. But, there is one glaring and alarming difference – the fighters from and at this gym continue being plagued by injuries throughout their fighting careers. Sure, all gyms have fighters who are injury prone but the American Kickboxing Academy has truly taken the cake on this one.
Almost all of the noteworthy fighters from this gym have dealt with multiple injury problems throughout their UFC fighting careers. The big question is: Why? In order to answer that you would really need to look at how exactly the gym trains it’s fighters. This would apply to the specific styles and techniques they teach, how exactly they teach them, and, most importantly, how hard they push the fighters in general. If there’s anything wrong or off about any of those it could easily be the root the very serious injury problem. Unfortunately, we won’t know what the issue is likely ever. There’s no precedent for monitoring a particular gyms training methods to ensure safety – it’s completely unregulated. Maybe, we need to make a change in that before we can start changing individual gym’s training practices.

Kickboxing May Slowly Be Working It’s Way Into The Olympics

Nov 2016

Many years ago, the sport of kickboxing was looking like it could be the next big wave of combat training in the world. Then mixed martial arts came along and quickly extinguished that possibility. However, kickboxing now has another great opportunity to propel itself into the ether. It has just been announced that the sport will be included in the 2017 World Games in Poland next summer.
What are the World Games and why are they significant? The World Games are the biggest international multi-sport event other than the Olympics and allow only events/sports that are not currently a part of the Olympics. This is significant because this puts kickboxing back on the world stage for the first time in a long time and could, potentially, help push kickboxing to a level of international popularity that will get it included in the Olympics down the road.
The kickboxing portion of the 2017 World Games will include seven different weight classes for men and five for women. Several notable countries, including the United States, are expected to participate assuming they end up qualifying for the event. The style will be used is K-1 – by far the most globally popular of all kickboxing forms/styles. The 2017 World Games will take place in July 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland.

The Best Kickboxers In The UFC

Oct 2016

Kickboxing has become one of the most common and effective moves to knock out opponents in UFC. In modern UFC, you need to be diverse when it comes to fighting moves in order to be the best. Fighters who use their eight limbs have found tremendous success in this sport. This article highlights the best kickboxers in the UFC. The ones that use slashing elbows, whipping kicks and crushing knees to the most damaging effect to win fights. It is also important to note that this is not an all-time list. It is subject to change as time goes by. It highlights the current UFC roster of fighters who finish their fights or who disorient their opponents using kickboxing techniques like standing elbows to break an opponent’s nose and using a knee to crash off an opponent.
1. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Amazingly enough, the list is topped by a lady who has been undisputable during her time in the UFC. Joanna was a kickboxing champion in Poland even before she decided to make a full-time transition to the UFC. As much as she was a kickboxing champion, she really struggled to make ends meet. Life took a complete turnaround when she signed to the UFC. Her first two fights were very successful. Her first major title was the win against her female counterpart Carla Esparza. She has gone ahead to defend the title for the third time with a win against Gadelha in a fight that was held in Las Vegas on July 8th. What makes her the best is the fact that most of her strikes are very well calculated. She has a variety of moves including strong kicks, elbow attacks and knee kicks. Her fights are usually bloody.
2. Jose Aldo
A Brazilian from the favela is the best fighter to ever be a success in the UFC below 170 pounds. This guy was unbeaten for nine years, a total of 18 fights in the featherweight category. What gives him an edge over his opponents is the fact that he is very athletic, powerful and fast. In addition to that, he boasts a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt. He holds the record of the best or one of the best kickboxers in the history of UFC and an all-time great of pound-for-pound.
3. Carlos Condit
Though Condit does not have that much background in kickboxing, what he does in the cage is amazing. A champion of WEC and UFC welterweight has done damage to most of his opponents. What makes him so famous is his techniques when it comes to striking an opponent. He has specialized mostly in kicking more than any other form of attack and he has managed to destroy very many opponents. Do not forget the fact that he uses his other four limbs during fights; the knees and the elbows. He knocked Thiago Alaves with a strong standing elbow and ended up winning the fight.
4. Rafael Dos Anjos.
He is the current world lightweight champion. He has a variety of kickboxing skills. He joined UFC in 2009. Rafael’s body and leg kicks are very lethal. One of his opponents, Diaz was almost unable to walk after being on the receiving end of these hits on the legs.
5. Cris “Cyborg” Justino
When you hear these names you should think of a beast. The most respected and feared female fighter in the world. She has been fighting since 2006. Her main strategy, which wins her most of her fights, is pushing the opponent to the wall and then starts punching them, hitting them with her knees and strong elbow punches. She does not really have to knock out an opponent using her kickboxing techniques, but they help her in making her opponents wilt before she pulls the killer move.
6. Edson Barboza
His striking is among the most lethal when it comes to mixed martial arts. Barboza made history by making the wheel kick a fad technique in mixed martial arts. What makes this guy standout is his kicks. His legs are feared and respected all over. Two of his fights in UFC have been ended by his spectacular kicks. Even if he does not knock out his opponent using his legs, just be assured that they will do serious damage to the opponent in the course of the fight. As much as he has had some ups and downs in the light weight category in the UFC, his offensive abilities cannot be doubted at all.
7. Matt Brown
His career has had a few mishaps in the recent past but you do not want to be caught by this beast in close quarters. His attacks are aggressive and totally brutal. He is in the welter weight category in the UFC. The best part of his attack is his clinch work. The moment he gets the chance to trap an opponent against the fence, he does damage using standing elbows and knees to the body and head. In most cases, he does not use his kickboxing skills to win fights. He uses these techniques to bring down and disorient an opponent in the course of the fight. Currently, Brown is out of form but all his fans believe that he will be back very soon. All in all, his great kickboxing skills cannot be assumed.
8. Thiago Santos
This Brazilian might not be as popular as the rest of the fighters in the list but his kickboxing skills put him in this list. His main way of attacking opponents is by making use of his kicks. Ronny Markes and Steve Bosse have been victims of these strong kicks. His hands are also a force to reckon. As he attacks his opponents using the kicks, he adds a few punches to make the move more effective. These two features therefore make him one of the best kickboxers in UFC.
As mentioned earlier, this list is subject to change. But currently, the fighters mentioned in this list are the best when it comes to kickboxing in relation to UFC. New people are being recruited as time goes by, so you never know how the list might be in the next two months. Fights are becoming more competitive and many fighters are opting to use kickboxing techniques.

GLORY Kickboxing Is Now Partly Owned By Yao Ming’s Firm

Sep 2016

This week, former NBA star Yao Ming’s private equity firm became a strategic partner with Glory Kickboxing leaving Ming’s firm with a “significant stake in the company.” This occurs at a great time for Glory as they are planning a global expansion of their events as well as holding more events overall.
This could also mean we will now see both Glory and UFC in New York as MMA has finally been legalized in the state. Yao has always been a huge fan of kickboxing stating “To me, the sport of kickboxing is a synonym for courage, grit and the will to succeed,” he continued “As kickboxing is gaining worldwide popularity among the younger generation, Yao Capital is pleased to partner with GLORY, the world’s number one league in this field. Today, we join forces to promote the sport of kickboxing and encourage more young people to be involved in this sport to become the hero in their own life.”
Kickboxing fans should keep an eye out for Glory events taking place near them in the coming year as Glory now has eighteen separate events planned over the next twelve to eighteen months. Glory officials did not respond immediately to requests for comment on the story.

Kickboxing: The Double Edged Sword

Aug 2016

It is a well-known factor that martial arts and combat sports can have a positive effect on the physical and health aspects of your body. One great way of doing this is through kickboxing. Kickboxing is a form of martial arts that works with the combination of punching and kicking movements. It originated from a combination of other disciplines which mainly include, Muay Thai, Taekwondo, karate and Western boxing. The sport offers the participants a high-impact training strategy. It incorporates aerobic exercise and resistance training skills for a strong fit physique. This practice includes all muscle groups of the body, especially the shoulders, arms, core and legs. The evidence of the effectiveness of kickboxing in producing affective, cognitive and behavioral benefits has come from a number of studies.

This sport has many health and self-defense advantages which are discussed below;
Better aerobic fitness
This is achieved through cardio kickboxing. This differs from the self-defense focused one in that the participant’s goal is an amazing aerobic outcome. Periodic cardio training results in an efficient heart and lungs. If it is done regularly it also prolongs your life and fights off diseases due to the fact that it gets rid of dangerous visceral fat and converts it into energy. Apart from this, the people involved are empowered and their esteem increases from the kickboxing workouts.
Self-defense skills
A sizable number of participants of kickboxing count self-protection as their main goal. Furthermore, kickboxing classes that use speed bags, punching bags and live opponents result in gained muscle stamina and improved toning in the legs, arms and core. This helps the participant to acquire great precision and reaction time that is needed when fighting a person. This helps them to be able to face an aggressor in case they are attacked. Hand-eye coordination is also an essential skill that is learnt and which becomes very useful while fighting.
Improves confidence and self esteem
After achieving the physical and mental fitness associated with kickboxing, your confidence levels will incredibly go up. The increased focus and concentration will help you in carrying out your daily activities. In addition, the learnt from kickboxing can give you a self-confidence boost. It Will make you know that when situation arises, you will know the correct self-defense skills and you will be ready and confident to use them. Self-discipline is also passed through kickboxing and this enables a person to know when and where to use his technique. Consequently, these lessons are known to develop a person’s inner strength and determination significant.
Improves agility, stamina and coordination
Kickboxing is a physical activity that puts your body to full workout. Your core is put into an active state through the activities that are performed which include kicks and punches. This helps you to develop a better posture and increased body balance. These movements further lead to increased flexibility to growths in strength and endurance. Due to this, it will help to fight the loss of agility that may be caused due to aging or inactivity. The ability to react fast to instructions and the situations makes the participant to rapidly improve their coordination and reflexes. This leaves you in a better shape physically.
Enhanced energy and focus
Dissimilar to other types of exercises that many people do while thinking of other things, kickboxing demands the parties involved to pay full attention. As a result, many people report feeling more focused during workouts. This workout helps in endurance. Kick boxers also note increased energy levels but reduced stress levels throughout the day. Unlike other types of cardiovascular exercises, a kick boxer uses their whole body during the workout. This helps in burning calories and if combined with the right diet results in weight loss.
Soaks in stress
In the modern day there are very many frustrations. These may leave you with a lot of stress which might impact your behavior. These factors may lead you to becoming short tempered, depressed, irritated, or even causing distraction. Kickboxing will help you to release this pressure. The practice of hitting a punching bag is also a great medium of taking out frustrations that might have built up due to stress. This will allow you to be refreshed by these sessions. This in turn will increase the release of endorphins or commonly known as happy hormones. This helps with anger management issues as the endorphins relieve the pain or any kind of depression that is in the body.