Developing Leg Control in Kickboxing With David Breed
The latest installment in the Warrior Collective series features David Breed, a 6th dan black belt, former kickboxing World Champion, and head instructor of Evade Black Belt School. In this video, David showcases slow kicking drills that will enable the development of greater control with kicks executed from the knee as opposed to the hip.
Regardless of discipline, the study of martial arts is about self-control, focus, and precision. The kicking drill helps develop patience and teaches the student that perseverance leads to improved movement and control. Having more control over your feet will massively improve your kicking strikes when you begin to add speed and power.
The History of Kickboxing
The term "kickboxing" can be used in two ways:
- As a reference to styles of martial arts that self-identify as kickboxing.
- In a wider sense, to include all stand-up combat sports that allow both punching and kicking. This includes savate, muay Thai, Indian boxing, and certain styles of karate.
In the 1950s, a Japanese karateka named Tatsuo Yamada established a new sport that combined karate and muay Thai. This new sport was the first iteration of the modern competitive form of kickboxing.
When competitions featuring this hybrid of martial arts began in the 1960s, several rule modifications took place. By the middle of the decade, the first official kickboxing events were being held in Osaka.
The 1970s and 1980s expanded the sport beyond Japan to North America and Europe. It was during this time that many of the prominent governing bodies were formed, and the modern form of kickboxing we know today began to grow around the world.
Focus and Patience
As you follow these drills, the body will do what you ask of it and your strength will improve. In addition, kicking repetitions will increase your endurance. Through disciplined practice, the kicks will become less energy demanding and easier to throw. For dexterity and balance, it is always recommended to practice both sides.
Overall, these principles apply to all areas of martial arts practice. Form and skill improve with focus and passion. Most importantly - enjoy your practice. Keep your mind focused on what drives you to train, and you'll be amazed at what you can achieve.
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