What can be confusing about kickboxing is there is no one set of rules. For those who are going to enter into this sport, they need to determine what the specific rules are for the type of kickboxing events or competitions that they are entering into.
American Kickboxing – Full Contact
Here there are full contact rules applied. This form of kickboxing is a mix of western boxing techniques and traditional kickboxing:
- Attire: The attire to be worn is trousers designed for kickboxing. The males participating are bare-chested.
- Protective Gear: consists of moth guard. For the hands, it is hand wraps underneath 10-ounce boxing gloves. A groin guard is worn along with shin pads. Kick boots are also classed as protective gear. Most importantly for those classed as amateurs or under the age of 16, they must wear a helmet.
For The Females
The Attire for the females is a little different such as:
- Sports bras and chest protection must be worn along with the rest of the attire set out in the rules for the males.
The Rules for Full Contact
There are rules regarding specific areas where a kickboxer can deliver a kick in the full-contact version such as:
- Punches and kicks above the waist
- There can be no use of elbows and knees
- Participants are not allowed to clinch or grapple
- Sweeps are technically legal but the specific rules are determined by the referee.
The attire remains the same but the big difference here is the competition is based on earning points. These are determined by the delivery of how fast manoeuvres are delivered and the type of manoeuvres. Aside from these two types of competitions, there are several others that each come with their own set of rules such as:
- International or sometimes called freestyle kickboxing
- Muay Thai
As well as several others.