Kickboxing & K1

K1 has risen in popularity over the past 20 years due to the exciting heavyweight bouts that have graced arenas throughout Japan. Derived from the sports of Kickboxing, K1 also takes aspects of other disciplines such as Karate, Muay Thai and Taekwondo. The rules are similar to those of kickboxing with the main difference being that knees are allowed in K1.

Kickboxing requires strength, flexibility, speed and coordination. Phoenix MMA Kickboxing classes empower members to attain all these attributes through rigorous training, learning various striking techniques and improving fitness levels. We regularly hold Interclubs so should you wish, you can test yourself in sparring matches against members from other local clubs.

Equipment: Before coming along to a class, it’s recommended you purchase a pair of 16oz gloves, hand wraps and shin guards. A vest top or t-shirt and shorts should be worn.










History of Kickboxing & K1

Japanese style kickboxing evolved into K1 in 1993, it combines the stand-up techniques from multiple disciplines to form what we see today. The idea was that Karate and Kickboxing were beginning to closely resemble each other, so Kazuyoshi Ishii wanted to create unified rules, hold it in a regular sized boxing ring and allow competitors to fight it out and decide who was the strongest martial artist in a night.

K1 consists of high kicks, low kicks, knees, punches and defensive footwork and head movements to avoid the returning blows. Competitions in K1 continue to thrill crowds and can be seen held in venues all over the globe.