In professional boxing, the male boxers wear only boxing trunks without any vest or shoes and the femaleboxers wear tank tops and the boxing shorts. In kickboxing sports, the players usually adapt freestyleboxing but in some cases, it is practised as an event with some rules within which the boxers should compete. In the competitions, kickboxing is practised as a standing sport and the fight is halted if the boxersdrop on the ground. But in Sanshou kickboxing, practised in the police and the military, the boxers are trained to fight even if they are lying on the ground. Kickboxing can be practised starting from any age but for ages below 18, the boxers are advised to use boxing gears like wearing boxing helmets. Here is a list of our 5 wackiest kick boxing styles.
The American Style Kickboxing
The American Style Kickboxing rules apply to both American Kickboxing and Australian Full Contact Karate. In American style of kickboxing, the boxers are permitted to strike each other with their fists and feet but only on the upper body above the hip. Usage of elbows and knees is not allowed in American Style of kickboxing but the shin is allowed sometimes. The fights are commonly 3 to 12 rounds and they last about 2 -3 minutes each. American Kickboxing is very famous among the young generation.
The European Style KickBoxing
The European style kickboxing have been originally formed by merging the Muay Thai and Japanese kickboxing. The boxers get to fight five rounds, each being 3 minutes. Striking with the elbow and the knee are forbidden and the boxers can strike in all parts of the body except the groin. Some amount of neck-wrestling is allowed but throws and head-butts are forbidden.
Japanese kickboxing closely resembles Muay Thai kickboxing only with a few differences. There are five rounds with each one being three minutes. The players are allowed to strike using their elbows and knees. Kicking in the lower half of the body is allowed other than the crotch. Neck-wrestling is allowed but head butts and throws have been banned since 1966 to increase boxer’s safety.
Lethwei (Burmese boxing)
Traditional Burmese martial arts have now grown into a popular kickboxing event with strong emphasis on knee and elbow strikes, and head butt. Any part of the body may be used to strike and be struck. It is also known as Bando kickboxing.
Also called Sayaw ng Kamatayan or “Dance of Death” is a Filipino martial art developed by Napoleon Fernandez. It is a form of kickboxing and resembles Muay Thai but differs in the hip-torquing motion as well as the downward-cutting nature of its kicks; Yaw-yan also differs from Muay Thai because its practitioners can deliver their attacks from long range (http://www.wackyowl.com/).