Important Sparring Tips for the new Kickboxer Part 2 – Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy

Ready to unleash your inner Martial Artist?  Interested in learning valuable self-defense while getting a great workout?  Then Kickboxing is for you!  Try 2 FREE WEEKS with the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy.  Call today for your complimentary intro class appointment.  561-926-1846    www.brkka.com

If you are a beginner, someone just thinking about Kickboxing or someone who has been Kickboxing for some time, there are some tips that hold true at all levels. We’ve provided the first three tips on our last blog entry:  1.  Keep your hands up!; 2. Keep your chin down; 3.  BREATHE!

Here are three additional tips to remember as you spar…

Tip 1:  MAKE SURE YOUR HANDS ARE POSITIONED PROPERLY WHEN STRIKING:   Your fists should be clenched tightly… no loose thumbs or fingers that might get jammed or caught.  Keep your thumbs tight against the underside of your fist – NEVER tuck them inside your clenched fist.

Tip 2:  THROW PUNCHES WITH SPEED AND TECHNIQUE – RELAX:  If every punch is a power shot, you’ll exhaust quickly.  Go for speed and technique – find the opening.  Relax and conserve your energy for the right moment.

Tip 3:  MIX IT UP – USE COMBINATIONS:  If you continuously use one punch or kick, then your moves will be anticipated by your sparing partner and you will be ineffective.  Use several punches and combine them with kicks.  Mix up your combinations and try not to become predictable.

More tips to come tomorrow…. come try a Kickboxing Class and learn more today!

Ready to unleash your inner Martial Artist?  Interested in learning valuable self-defense while getting a great workout?  Then Kickboxing is for you!  Try 2 FREE WEEKS with the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy.  Call today for your complimentary intro class appointment.  561-926-1846    http://www.brkka.com

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Important Sparring Tips for the new Kickboxer – Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy

Ready to unleash your inner Martial Artist?  Interested in learning valuable self-defense while getting a great workout?  Then Kickboxing is for you!  Try 2 FREE WEEKS with the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy.  Call today for your complimentary intro class appointment.  561-926-1846    www.brkka.com

If you are a beginner, someone just thinking about Kickboxing or someone who has been Kickboxing for some time, there are some tips that hold true at all levels. Here are a few tips that even the most seasoned sparer should be reminded of on a frequent basis…

Tip 1:  KEEP THOSE HANDS UP!   In Kickboxing terms, we mean you should make your hands into tight fists and  hold them at the upper-chest/lower chin level – not straight up in the air as if you’re being robbed.  This is called “guard” and simply stated, it is a position to keep your face protected from incoming blows.  Your hands are right there to protect your face.

Tip 2:  KEEP YOUR CHIN DOWN:  If you tuck your chin into your chest and keep your hands in guard, you are much less likely to suffer from someone throwing a head shot.    Being hit in the chin/jaw is no fun and can lead to a fairly quick knock-out.

Tip 3:  BREATHE:  Now this sounds much easier than it is.  When we spar, especially at first, we get nervous and tend to hold our breath as we move and through combinations.  We also hold our breath in anticipation of being hit.  When this happens, we are tense and certainly not relaxed.  We expend a tremendous amount of energy and are not properly replacing oxygen to our brains and muscles.  It is exhausting and can lead to a quick end of a sparring match.  Try to relax…. breathe.  Stay calm, focused and use as little energy as possible until you really need it.  With very few exceptions, sparring is a safe activity and you will be wearing protective gear to assure all your vital body parts are well covered and padded.

More tips to come tomorrow…. come try a Kickboxing Class and learn more today!

Ready to unleash your inner Martial Artist?  Interested in learning valuable self-defense while getting a great workout?  Then Kickboxing is for you!  Try 2 FREE WEEKS with the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy.  Call today for your complimentary intro class appointment.  561-926-1846    http://www.brkka.com

Learn Valuable Self-Defense with Kickboxing at the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy

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Kickboxing is a great way to get in shape, improve flexibility and get great cardio, but is also has benefits for those who want to learn self-defense.  Kickboxing teaches you proper form and helps you learn the physical “basics” of how to stand, how to block and move and how to fight.  You are prepared if a dangerous situation presents itself and you will be trained to react quickly through practice and repetition.  You will learn balance, and how to use an opponent’s movement to both fight and defend effectively.

You will learn to kick and punch and how to apply it during an attack, as well as how to block when someone is kicking and punching toward you.

Kickboxing is a combination of boxing and kicking.  There is no ground fighting elements in kickboxing, unless you choose to train in a MMA (mixed martial arts) environment, where all elements of standing and groundwork are covered.

Kickboxing increases strength and endurance while building core muscles and muscles in your arms, shoulders and legs.  All good things when you must defend yourself.

If you’re studying kickboxing for self-defense, it is best to find a martial arts studio that facilitates sparring with other students and the instructor.  This is the only way to get a real feel for what you learn and how it can be executed in a real-life attack situation.  You learn to anticipate your opponent’s moves and protect yourself accordingly.

Try 2 FREE WEEKS at the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy – no obligation.  Call today for your complimentary intro class appointment.  561-926-1846    www.BRKKA.com

The Fourth of 5 Phone Tips – Questions to Ask when Calling about a Kickboxing Class in Boca Raton

It’s time to start your journey in the Martial Arts!  Learn valuable self-defense and personal safety while you exercise and get a great cardio workout.  Come try 2 FREE WEEKS at the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy.  Call today for your complimentary intro class.  561-926-1846   www.BRKKA.com

We all have limited time and resources and trying to fit in exercise can be a challenge.  If you know what you want and simply need to find the right location, then the next step is typically to pick up the phone and start calling.  We have provided a few phone tips to help expedite this process and get you the “short list” of locations to personally visit when looking for Kickboxing.

Tip #1 was about pricing.  What to ask to get the full picture of monthly costs or total contract costs.  Tip #2 was to find out the schedule of the martial arts studio or gym you are interested in.  Make sure their classes fit your schedule and they are also part of the monthly fee and not an additional cost.  Tip #3 was to ask about contract details.  A contract commitment can provide some significant savings, but you must be comfortable with the terms and know all the details.

Tip #4:  Ask what type of activities you are committing to, if any, in addition to the hour-long kickboxing classes.  This applies mainly to martial arts studios, as kickboxing classes at most gyms are just another type of cardio class.  There are rarely rank advancement of competition opportunities from a gym’s kickboxing program.

If your kickboxing goal is to learn real self-defense in addition to getting a good workout, then you most likely will end up training at a Martial Arts studio.  They will teach you proper form for punching, kicking, blocking and other valuable skills when it comes to self-defense.

Many kickboxing classes are only one part of total MMA program (mixed martial arts).  If you are training in a studio that teaches karate, for example, kickboxing is a large part of that program that ties into the self-defense elements for the practice of karate.  In a program that offers MMA, you will get a broad training of many different styles of martial arts that could include karate, judo, jiu-jitsu, and more.  These are all valuable skills.  If a real-life situation ever did occur, you never know in advance what type of attack you will face or where it will occur – standing up, on the ground, etc.  A variety of skills and training will cover a much larger ground.

If you are part of  Martial Arts studio or dojo, ask upfront what type of training commitments you will be asked to make in the future.  Some studios insist on sparring classes (team fight matches where protective gear is worn) multiple times a week after a certain rank is achieved.  This will include the purchase of protective gear that can be quite expensive in some school.  Ask about the timing and the cost.

Many schools charge for belt testing which is qualifying for a new rank after a certain amount of time has passed and skills are mastered.  Ask how often this typically occurs and the costs associated with belt testing.

Some schools insist on competition participation – outside tournaments that occur locally and inter-state.  This also is a time commitment and additional cost.

It’s good to know the entire picture before you become invested both in time and money.  The more details you know, the better you’ll decision will be.

It’s time to start your journey in the Martial Arts!  Learn valuable self-defense and personal safety while you exercise and get a great cardio workout.  Come try 2 FREE WEEKS at the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy.  Call today for your complimentary intro class.  561-926-1846   www.BRKKA.com