Modern day Kickboxing is an eclectic mix of all styles of martial and combat sports, Integrity Kickboxing for instance is heavily influenced by Western Boxing, Taekwondo and Muay Thai. However it’s roots go back to Asia way back in the 6th century with fighting systems such as Kalaripayattu, Lethwei and Pradal Serey, these systems would have been taught to the soldiers in each Asian country. Muay Thai is possibly the most renowned and influential style of kickboxing, sometimes referred to as ‘The art of eight limbs’ (Two hands, two feet, two knees and two elbows) Some of the older styles even used the head to add to the fighters ability to strike.

Modern day Kickboxing training began to take shape in the 1960s and 1970s, as martial artists began to experiment with new techniques and strategies. The earliest kickboxing competitions were held in Japan, and the sport quickly spread to other parts of Asia, Europe, and the United States. The American Martial Artists were frustrated with the strict rules that governed their individual arts, and Fighters such as Joe Lewis(bottom right), Bill Wallace (centre) and Benny Urquidez (bottom left) led the way in revolutioning the traditional martial arts that they had been taught.


Today, Kickboxing training typically includes a combination of cardio, strength, and agility exercises, as well as techniques for striking and kicking. The training also includes techniques for self-defense, including strikes, kicks, and blocks. The sport of kickboxing is designed to help practitioners improve their physical fitness, balance, and coordination.

The benefits of kickboxing training are not limited to physical fitness and self-defence. The discipline and focus developed through training can also improve mental health and self-confidence. The practice of kickboxing also promotes respect, self-control, and perseverance.

For those interested in learning kickboxing, we offer kickboxing classes and kickboxing lessons across Dorset at several locations. The classes are typically divided into different levels, from beginners to advanced, and are taught by certified instructors who are trained to teach the proper techniques and safety measures.

In addition to traditional kickboxing classes, there are also specialized classes for children, adults. Children’s classes are designed to help children develop discipline, focus, and self-confidence, while adult classes are geared towards self-defence and physical fitness, as well as stress relief. Older members are also encouraged to take part in our classes, in fact back in the 00’s we had a Gentleman in his  late 70’s grade to Black belt.

Kickboxing is a sport that is enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. The kickboxing training is designed to be challenging, but also safe and fun. Whether you’re looking to improve your physical fitness, learn self-defence, or just have fun, kickboxing is a great choice. With the right training and discipline, anyone can become a skilled practitioner of kickboxing.

In addition to physical fitness and self-defense, kickboxing classes also offer a social aspect. It’s a great way to meet new people and make friends. Kickboxing classes can also be a great way to relieve stress and improve mental health.

In conclusion, kickboxing is a martial art with a rich history that has evolved over centuries. It’s a unique blend of self-defence and sport that is enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. The training of kickboxing is designed to improve physical fitness, balance, and coordination, as well as mental health, self-confidence, and self-control. So, if you’re looking for a new challenge, consider joining one of our kickboxing classes or lessons near you. With the right training and discipline, you can become a skilled practitioner of this modern martial art.

Malcolm Jones