How Do I Teach Kickboxing?

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Kickboxing was a very popular sport in the 1980s. Learn how to teach kickboxing with help from a world champion martial artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Karl Romain of Edgewater Kung Fu and Sifuromain.com, and we're going to be teaching you how to teach a kickboxing class. Kickboxing was a very popular sport in the 80s. In the 90s it was made famous as a fitness craze by Billy Blanks. Today we'll be breaking down how to teach a kickboxing class. Remember people don't plan to fail, they fail to plan so we're going to give you the plan for a great class. The first thing that you're going to need is great music. So make sure you have the proper equipment to not only have great music but also the proper equipment for the class as well and the equipment that you'll need for what we're going to teach you today is focus mitts and of course, boxing gloves. So let's get started. So the first part of class is the warm up and we're going to start today with jumping jack. Are you ready? And go, after we get our warm up going, we'll also do some conditioning. So the next part will be push ups. When you're doing push ups, don't forget it's not just about your arms, it's also about your core so you want to squeeze the core nice and tight. And now we're going to do some crunches. We're going to demonstrate the various types of core training that we do in class and this is important especially for your kicking. So Veronica is going to get on her back, she's going to bring her legs up, she's going to place her hands on her forehead, this way you don't pull on the neck. She's going to squeeze her stomach, push her back to the floor, she's going to bring her elbows and her knees together. You'll feel the whole ab working as you do this. The next variation is going to be side to side followed by side, side, middle. The next exercise, is a variation of the bicycle. We're going to do a one legged bicycle. Ready and begin, squeeze the core, bring the knee in, try to touch the elbow with every repetition and the last phase will be the bicycle. Go, touching every time, pointing the toe, stretching it out. Now that we've covered the warm up phase, we're going to go into our basics phase. So what we're going to do here is work on our stance first. we're going to have our hands up. We're going to practice footwork drills with our partner so as I step back she steps forward. If I step forward she goes back. If I go this way she's going to follow me and if I go that way she's going to follow me. The other thing that we're going to do is work on our punching combinations. So we're going to start with one which is a jab, a two is a jab cross or a three, jab, cross, hook or four, jab, hook, cross, hook, cross. Okay now we're going to add our kicks to it. Okay so first we work our front kick, good and again and roundhouse and one more or sidekick. And, good. Okay the other element to the class that we want to add is defensive skills. The first defensive skill that we're going to work is the slip. So as I extend my jab out she's going to move her head out of the way, slightly parry with the other hand. Now we're going to work the duck, I extend my hand out again. She ducks underneath and comes right back up, really important to keep your chin tucked as you duck, keep your eyes open, okay? Now we're going to work the bob and weave. As I throw the hook over her head, she's going to slip underneath making like a U type shape to the side and going the other way and one more, sway and another one this way coming underneath. Now what we're going to do is put all of our drills together, so this is called building the drill. We've worked all the basics, now we're going to put them together in combination. So we'll start with a defensive skill like slipping, okay, a little more, good so now this time we're going to slip and go combination number three, okay. This time we're going to slip combination three followed by a roundhouse kick. And, good, now that we've got her all worked out, she's warmed up, she's sweating, her heart is racing, we're at the cool down portion of class. Now we're in the cool down phase. For cool down it's really important to stretch. So what we're going to do is we're going to start with the first stretch which is horse stance stretch. She's going to bend her knees and grab her feet, pushing out on her knees with her elbow and then she's going to stretch up from there and she's going to hold. We do a ten count both down and up okay, and then the next stretch that we're going to do is grab right foot right ankle, chest to knee and then go the other way, good. And any variation of stretching that you want to do for your cool down is important. I'm Karl Romain and this is our video on kickboxing. Look for me again on Sifuromain.com.

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