The Many Styles of Kickboxing

Different Kickboxing Styles

Kickboxing has a very long history, with roots reaching as far back as 2,000 years ago, depending on how loosely you want to define it. Early forms of what people today would probably recognize as American kickboxing originated in Thailand, as part of the self defense based Muay Thai discipline. This evolved over time from a form of unarmed self defense into a sport, leading to a hybrid of Muay Thai and Karate that was introduced as “kickboxing” in Japan in 1958 by boxing promoter Osamu Noguchi, who is credited with coining the term.

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Martial Arts and HITT Training

Can Martial Arts be Used as a Form of HIIT Training?

High Intensity Interval Training (or as it is more commonly abbreviated, HIIT), is a form of exercise that has been around for decades, but recent years have seen this effective training method gain in both popularity and wider recognition as something much more credible than just a fitness fad.

While there are already several variations of HIIT workouts or programs out there which have been developed to achieve results that are specifically beneficial for certain sports and the athletes who play them, we thought it would be interesting to … Read the rest

Important Notice

Sparring 101 Workshop Cancelled

We would like to inform all of our members, that unfortunately this weekend’s Sparring 101 Workshop is cancelled. We apologize to those of you that had planned on participating, but due to circumstances beyond our control we will not be able to go through with the Workshop tomorrow. If you had already paid, we will be more then happy to take care of you at the front desk, and make sure you are fully reimbursed. So, just to be clear the January 13th workshop is cancelled, but stay tuned to the website for a new date. … Read the rest

What’s the Difference Between Muay Thai and Kickboxing?

kickboxing-classes-MississaugaWhat’s the Difference Between Muay Thai and Kickboxing?

Two of the most popular striking martial arts are Muay Thai and kickboxing, and to the average person these two disciplines often seem very similar. After all, there are examples of highly-successful MMA fighters representing both kickboxing and Muay Thai alike as the striking portion of their training, and many of the techniques taught in Muay Thai and kickboxing share a lot in common. However, there are also a lot of key differences between Muay Thai and kickboxing that should also be considered when you are comparing the two. To help you … Read the rest

How to Use Focus Pads

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How to Use Focus Pads

This is a video showing how to properly use focus pads (focus mitts) for boxing or Muay Thai for the beginner student, as illustrated by Muay Thai coach, Kru Joey de Los Reyes and Boxing coach, Sean Fulgencio.  Here are some pros, cons and tips, and there is small training video at the bottom of this post.

Focus Pads Pros and Cons

Focus pads are a great training tool for sharpening the tools for any martial arts involving strikes.   Here are some pros and cons of using focus pads.


  1. You can work accuracy, timing,
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What Is the Best Martial Arts Workout?

What Is the Best Martial Arts Workout?

Muay Thai MississaugaWhat is the best martial arts workout?  All martial arts have something to offer, with regards to fitness, and the  benefits of training in martial arts are multi-layered. Not only is it an enjoyable activity, it also teaches you skills that you may one day have to put to use. In addition to this, though, martial arts is excellent exercise. There’s a reason why the most fit athletes in the world must compete in rounds that last just a few short minutes – martial arts and fighting make for an exhausting, full-body workout.… Read the rest