Kickboxing:

INTRODUCING CARDIO KICKBOXING:

Its not what you think for sure!
For most the word kickboxing means learning to fight, getting in the ring, going home with knocks, bruises etc – Not Anymore. Our Cardio Kickboxing run by SAMA is an all new system designed for anyone wanting to improve fitness, self esteem and confidence.

A TYPICAL LESSON:

We start with stretching, star jumps and skipping.
Kickboxing is all done to 2 minute rounds with energising dance music being played to aid training. It’s then onto the Punch bags working with your partner to learn various punches – learn how to punch correctly & safely. Next it’s on to the Kick Shields again working with your partner learning the various Kicks and how to use them in self defence. The Middle part of the lesson works on footwork and timing, this can be done with or without your partner and is commonly known as “Shadow”. The Final part of the lesson is the fitness training “Stamina”, Gradually aimed to slowly improve your fitness over time.

SAMA is a friendly family based club. Our aim is to encourage anyone with any fitness level to try out our system and work at their own pace.
Our attitude is that it’s better to be in the class doing something rather than at home doing nothing.

Some of our members took up kickboxing a year ago after doing little exercise in the past.  One year on they are now all green belts, have lost weight and their fitness and confidence has improved greatly.

EGO IS NOT THE NAME OF THE GAME:

Our professional Instructors are here to welcome you into the world of SAMA. 
We want to encourage and work with you to find the best way forward to improve your fitness at your own level. During training if you need to stop and rest – then stop and rest.

How to Start:

Please feel free to come along anytime – even just to sit and watch to see what our Kickboxing has to offer.

What to Wear:

Something like T shirt and joggers or similar will be just fine. Bring a bottle of water and a towel if you want to.

Fuel and Hydration:

Students should eat before training, preferably several hours beforehand. High intensity training without fuel will cause the body to burn muscle before it burns fat to create missing energy. Students should bring a bottle of water to hydrate throughout training along with a towel. Students should also eat within 2 hours of completing their training to help replenish the body.  After exercise the body processes foods and allocates them to the needed areas quicker and this will stave off morning-after muscle fatigue.

Equipment:

Wraps are provided as part of the uniform and everyone should be using wraps to protect their knuckles, wrist and thumb joints. Training with wraps is a good way to learn new techniques as they ensure correct hand position i.e. it hurts a bit when you get it wrong.

Once confident with a technique a student can choose to use boxing or lighter bag gloves. Boxing gloves enable more power to be delivered with a greater margin of error with less chance of injury. Some students may prefer sparring mitts or open hand gloves.
Similarly, foot protectors are an option to consider for high grades when working for extended periods on kick shields or sparring.

Syllabus and Progression:

SAMA has applied a structured approach to kickboxing and uses a belt grading system similar to Karate to ensure students learn techniques progressively and with adequate practice before attempting a grading.
Grading occur every few months (2-3 months for early belts) and follow a similar format to classes with all eligible students performing their grading concurrently. As the grading progresses each grade drops out until only the highest grade remains. There is a strong emphasis on endurance, and stamina sessions for higher grades will last for long periods.

Middle / Intermediate Grade Students:

Intermediate students are expected to have greater dexterity when skipping displaying a range of skills, and to skip vigorously. This will develop naturally over time.
Students should be more agile, delivering good power and technique with increased mobility between strikes. The syllabus will include more complex punch and kick combinations and involve advanced kicks that will test stability, control and accuracy.

When sparring, students should be exploring contact and concentrating on the relevant technique for the distance to their opponent. Note that contact sparring is entirely optional and not a requirement.
Students should now be learning to breathe properly whilst training and at some point should find and be able to recognise their endurance limit for future reference.

High / Advanced Grade Students

Fitness and stamina play a key role towards becoming a viable kickboxer and this should be reflected in the student effort and attitude to training. Most punch and kick transitions and combinations have been explored but it is now up to the student to mould these into their own style.

Training will involve ‘chasing-the-bag’ on both mitts and kickshield with the student treating each session as a training bout. Students are encouraged to train to their limit and with a variety of opponents to identify their weaknesses and improve their overall fight potential.
For those students pursuing competitive full-contact kickboxing, students can prepare by sparring in class with head and mouth guards with the ultimate goal of competing at tournaments that are held regularly throughout the year.