Itching to compete

Discussion in 'Kickboxing' started by Jaydub, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. Jaydub

    Jaydub Valued Member

    Last week I volunteered at a local fight card and observed a few Kickboxing fights, both Amateur and Professional. I have about three years of full-contact Karate under my belt. With more focus on cardio and flexibility, as well as familiarizing myself with ISKA rules, I'm confident that I would be able to at least hold my own in the Amateur Novice category. I have no intention of changing up my martial art, or even adding more than a couple drop-in Kickboxing classes to my training routine.

    I'm 100% confident that I could bring myself to the level of fitness required. I'm a goal-driven individual, so the goal of competing would give me motivation. The only issue is age. I'm 36 years old. There does not appear to be an age cap on the BC Athletic Commission website. Just a minimum age of 16 years old.

    I have no delusions about turning Pro, or even really competing beyond the Novice level. I just want a goal to strive for, and the experience. Do you think that this could be a realistic option for me?
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  2. aikiMac

    aikiMac boxing is fun Moderator Supporter

    If I was 36 instead of 46, I would be competing in the "masters division" in November, in boxing, after 2 years of training. ("Masters" = age 35 and up)
    Go for it! :D
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  3. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool the merc with the mouth

    What's the difference between the full contact karate you train, and the kickboxing you were watching?

    Different targets?
    Different rules?
    Different gloves?
  4. Rataca100

    Rataca100 Banned Banned


    (i have to meme, come on. :p)
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  5. Jaydub

    Jaydub Valued Member

    The main difference is punches to the head are not authorized in Knockdown Full-Contact Karate rules. Gloves are not used, and pads are not used at higher levels.

    There is quite a bit of crossover between Full-Contact and Kickboxing. All other areas, including legs, are fair game (Besides the obvious: groin, joints, back, etc). We condition our body, legs, and shins to take hits. Knee strikes are also heavily utilized used in our style.

    Obviously, the most logical thing to do would be to join a Kickboxing gym. Between family and work commitments, I don't have time for that. I have good conditioning, good power, decent technique, and decent strategy. I know that my training doesn't all directly translate over, but I feel that there's enough overlap for me to be able to hold my own in an Amateur Novice fight.
  6. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool the merc with the mouth

    If your training kyokusin etc then obviously wearing gloves, hitting to the head, and not leaving your head open are major things you should work on, a TBI is no joke, so definitely work on those things, and spar to those rules (at least 10x the amount of rounds the comp is) before you fight under those rules.
    a famous Kyo guy who entered kickboxing is Andy hug, heres some good breakdowns.

    Andy's Gloves: The Night that Andy Hug Became a Kickboxer | FIGHTLAND

    Karate's Holy Trinity: Lyoto Machida, Semmy Schilt, and Andy Hug | FIGHTLAND
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  7. Jaydub

    Jaydub Valued Member

    My style of Karate in Seienjuku, which is very similar to Kyokushin.

    The great thing about my Dojo is that most people there come from other backgrounds, and practice other styles as well. My instructor encourages cross-training, and we are actively helping a member prepare for a Kickboxing (Sanshou, perhaps?) Tournament. Classes these days are generally focused on sparring and conditioning. With great support like that, I would not be going in completely unprepared.

    Loud and clear on the TBI warning. In my jurisdiction, Novice Kickboxers wear mandatory head protection.

    Thanks for the links. I love Vice Fightland. I will check them out when I get home.
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  8. Pretty In Pink

    Pretty In Pink Valued Member

    Do it. Make the promoter aware that you'd like to fight someone of similar age and experience.

    Film it and let us know how you get on ^^
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  9. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool the merc with the mouth

    Sounds like you have the mindset, brains and the gym /dojo to do this safely, good luck!!
  10. Jaydub

    Jaydub Valued Member

    Thanks. I'm going to speak with my instructor tonight to see how he feels about it.
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  11. axelb

    axelb Master of Office Chair Fu

    if you have a team member prepping for sanshou, then it seems a good opportunity to get involved with their training.
    getting punches hard I the face can take some getting used to if it isn't in practise. it would be beneficial to get some sparring in with that ruleset; even check out boxing clubs if the kickboxing doesnt fit your schedule.

    also get the kit that you'll be wearing so you're used to sparring with headgear/padding, it can feel restrictive when you are used to sparring without.
  12. Jaydub

    Jaydub Valued Member

    My instructor advised me not to compete in Kickboxing without some actual training in Kickboxing.

    It makes perfect sense, and I will of course heed his advice. Looking back, it was a pretty silly idea to begin with.

    I'll try to make some time for Kickboxing in the future.
  13. Mushroom

    Mushroom Goes well with everything Moderator Supporter

    My friend who runs a LungYing School in Australia, has been having her students compete in Kyokushin rules and now into some Kickboxing. Obviously sparring under their rulesets. And also bringing in some kickboxers to spar with.

    Keep us updated and film what you could. :)

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