Kickboxing vs Boxing – What’s the difference?

Kickboxing vs Boxing

Boxing and kickboxing are two combat sports that have a lot in common. Both involve punching and quite similar movement and tempo, so you’d expect them to be alike. However, there are some key differences between the two that make each one unique. In this article, we’ll compare boxing vs kickboxing so you can decide which one is right for you!

What Is Boxing?

Boxing is a sport and combat discipline in which two people compete against each other in a ring with padded gloves on their hands to score points for blows to the head. It has been an Olympic sport since 1904, and was part of the ancient Games.

The boxer must utilize several skills to be successful in this sport: speed, agility, flexibility, accuracy and power. Boxing requires fighters to develop an effective defense system that includes blocking punches thrown by opponents while landing punches of their own. The objective is for one fighter to incapacitate his/her opponent by knocking him/her down or out before getting knocked down themselves by the other fighter’s punches.

What Is Boxing
What Is Boxing

After learning how boxers train for their fight—whether it’s running sprints or working on balance—you may want some tips on how they prepare mentally as well!

Boxers are required to learn how to box in order to compete. They must be able to throw punches accurately and quickly, while at the same time avoiding their opponent’s punches. Boxers must also have a strong defense system in place, one that includes blocking their opponent’s punches while landing their own.

Is boxing a martial art?

Boxing is a martial art, and boxers are athletes. The sport requires the same level of discipline and training that other martial arts demand. A boxer must master both offensive moves (punching) and defensive moves (dodging).

Boxers train in the gym to build muscle strength and endurance, as well as speed, agility, reflexes and coordination. Boxers also practice in a ring to learn how to coordinate their movements with those of their opponent while maintaining balance on one foot or while moving around the ring to avoid being hit with punches or kicks

boxing a martial art
boxing a martial art

 

What Is Kickboxing?

Kickboxing is a combat sport that uses stand up striking and kicking techniques. Kickboxing is considered to be a hybrid martial art that incorporates elements from boxing, Muay Thai, Karate and Tae Kwon Do. It is also known as kickboxing or kyokushin in Japan. While there are many similarities between boxing and kickboxing, there are also several differences between the two sports.

Kickboxing
Kickboxing

Kickboxing vs Boxing – Key Differences:

One of the most noticeable differences between these two sports is their protective gear. In boxing, fighters wear head guards that cover only their ears while wearing gloves with open fingers so they can grasp an opponent’s head or body during clinch situations (when they clinch each other). In kickboxing however, both fighters wear head guards and have shin pads on their shins which protect them from getting kicked by their opponents’ shins during sparring sessions or real competitions.

Another difference between these two sports involves scoring methods used by judges in order to determine winners after each match ends; whereas no decision has been reached yet under regular circumstances due to one fighter winning via knockout (KO) then losing consciousness thereby making him unable to continue fighting further into round three before being disqualified due to rule violations. In boxing, a KO result is when one fighter hits his opponent so hard that he or she cannot continue fighting and is thus disqualified from the match; in kickboxing however, fighters have to be knocked down three times by their opponents before being disqualified.

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Is kickboxing a martial art?

In case you’re wondering, yes—kickboxing is a martial art. In fact, it’s a full contact sport that originated from the ancient combat arts of Muay Thai and Western Boxing.

The difference between kickboxing and boxing? As one might guess from their names, kickboxers use their legs to strike their opponents while boxers use only their hands (and sometimes feet). Since kickboxing uses both hands and feet to generate power (and control), it’s considered more dynamic than boxing; however, due to its striking nature it can be less technical than some other martial arts like taekwondo or karate.

kickboxing a martial art
kickboxing a martial art

Rules

While kickboxing rules are simpler and more straightforward, boxing rules are much more complex. For example, in boxing, you can score from a variety of punches and kicks (jabs, crosses, hooks), but only as long as they connect with certain parts of the body (head or torso). In contrast to this system of scoring is that used in kickboxing: all strikes landed on any part of the body count toward your score. This means that it’s easier to win a match in kickboxing than it is in boxing—since you only need to land one effective strike whereas your opponent has to land multiple effective strikes on your head or torso before they can win.

kickboxing rules
kickboxing rules

In addition to these differences between how scores are tallied up over time (more so than just rounds), there are also differences between when fighting ends between these two sports: while rounds stop once all fighters have had enough time outside their designated corners; fights continue until one fighter has been knocked out cold by knockout punches or kicks that have landed on their head or torso.

How boxing is scored?

Scoring in boxing is pretty simple. The judges score the fight on a scale of 10-point must system. This means that each round is scored out of 10 points, with the winner being awarded with 10 points and the loser receiving 9 or less. In case of a draw, which happens when both fighters have received equal amount of points at the end of the round, then it will be scored as “even” (10-10).

The most effective way to score a point is to land a punch on your opponent that knocks them off balance or makes them fall down flat on their backside. As long as this happens during the action part of your fifteen seconds (3 rounds), you’ll get credit for landing an effective blow and will receive 1 point from each judge (3 total). You can also get a point for hitting them on their shoulders or back of their head if they are defending themselves with these parts while attacking you. If you’re able to hit them in any other body part too while they aren’t blocking with it than you’ll be awarded up to 2 points per judge (6 total) depending upon how well landed was this hit by both fighters’ standards! If there are no knockdowns but one fighter lands more strikes than another then he gets more points based upon his dominance over his opponent throughout entire fight; however if both fighters manage to land equal amount of effective hits then it will be scored as “even” (10-10).

boxing score
boxing score

The most effective way to score a point is to land a punch on your opponent that knocks them off balance or makes them fall down flat on their backside. As long as this happens during the action part of your fifteen seconds (3 rounds), you’ll get credit for landing an effective blow and will receive 1 point from each judge (3 total). You can also get a point for hitting them on their shoulders or back of their head if they are defending themselves with these parts while attacking you. If you’re able to hit them in any other body part too while they aren’t blocking with it than you’ll get bonus points. But be warned, punching someone in the face while they are blocking with their gloves is considered a foul and will cost you points!

How kickboxing is scored?

The scoring system is similar to that of boxing. However, there are a few differences. The first being that judges can award up to 10 points per round instead of just 9.

The other difference between kickboxing and boxing is that in kickboxing, you must win by decision or knockout (KO). You cannot win by disqualification, technical decision or points decision as you do in boxing. This means that if one fighter knocks out their opponent before the end of the round then they will automatically win regardless of how many rounds have been completed.

kickboxing men
kickboxing men

If both fighters are still standing at the end of 5 minutes then there will be 2 more 3 minute rounds where each fighter gets a chance to knock out their opponent or gain enough points from punches and kicks thrown during this time period so they end up with more points than their opponent when it comes down to judging who should be declared winner based on those criteria mentioned above regarding illegal techniques used by either fighter like headbutting, biting eye-gouging low blows etcetera.”

Is Boxing Harder Than Kickboxing?

You might think kickboxing is easier than boxing, but if you’ve trained in both sports and know the intricacies of both arts, you’ll see that isn’t true. Here’s why:

Boxing Harder
Boxing Harder

Boxing is more complex than kickboxing because there are more techniques to learn and master. In addition to punching and blocking punches with gloves on your fists, boxers also have to learn how to duck under jabs (which can be thrown from any angle) or punches coming from one direction in order to get out of harm’s way quickly. The complexity doesn’t end there though; boxers have several ways they can win a fight including knocking their opponent out cold by hitting them hard enough on their head (as long as it happens within 15 seconds), forcing them into submission by making them give up or fall down multiple times over the course of two rounds (known as being “knocked down”), winning by judges’ decision after all 12 rounds are complete if neither competitor has enough points deducted off his scorecard at that point due solely due to bad technique (such as not forming an adequate guard around oneself) … The list goes on!

Conclusion

So, which is harder? Well, it really depends on what you’re looking for. If you want something that’s more like a martial art and will help you learn new techniques and moves, then kickboxing may be the better choice. But if you’re just interested in getting out there and punching people in the face without any fancy footwork or fancy techniques, then boxing might be better suited for your needs!

Dmitry Bilchenko

Dmitry Bilchenko

I'm a martial artist and fitness enthusiast.

I love learning about the latest fitness trends, nutrition, and training methods. I also enjoy sharing my knowledge with others who are just starting out on their fitness journeys.

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