Kickboxing originated in Japan in the 1960s as a hybrid combat sport that combined elements of karate and Muay Thai, a martial art from Thailand.
The sport was developed to create a more dynamic and engaging fighting style that incorporated both punches and kicks. Osamu Noguchi, a karate master, played a significant role in popularizing and formalizing kickboxing as a competitive sport. Kickboxing gained international recognition in the 1970s and 1980s through televised matches and international tournaments.
Over time, different variations of kickboxing emerged, such as American Kickboxing and Dutch Kickboxing, each with its own rule sets and stylistic differences. Today, kickboxing is practiced and enjoyed worldwide, both as a competitive sport and a fitness activity, offering a thrilling combination of striking techniques from various martial arts disciplines.