Kickboxing is a way of self-defense, fitness, or contact sports. It is a group of stand-up combat sports involving kicking and punching. Originating from a combination of karate and boxing,
Taekwondo, Muay Thai, and Savate also have some influence. Kickboxing is practiced for a variety of reasons. Many mixed martial artists take kickboxing as their striking base for its effectiveness. Beyond competitions, it is suitable for overall fitness, self-defense, and weight loss. Cardio kickboxing is a non-competitive, aerobic fitness exercise that incorporates kickboxing techniques and movements. It is a cardiovascular-focused exercise inspired by the kickboxing sport with less impact and no sparring.