Kickboxing is a somewhat broad term applied to various competitions and activities. In the 1950s, a Japanese Karateka combined karate and Muay Thai, creating what is today known as kickboxing. It gained popularity in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, making its way to North America. Soon, professional governing bodies were created to regulate the sport and competition.
Today, kickboxing is considered a hybrid martial art form. Various rules apply depending on where you are in the world, since there is no current international governing body but many national ones.
According to experts, kickboxing is based on 7 key principles, including distancing, defense, feinting, timing, power, endurance, and sparring. These skills take considerable time and practice to master.