Kickboxing classes in Barcelona
At El Club de la lucha Barcelona we offer kickboxing classes at our gym located in Barcelona for students of all levels.
We have a wide range of schedules for our kickboxing classes with morning, afternoon and evening sessions every day of the week.
Our gym is close to the center of Barcelona and has all the necessary material to guarantee that our kickboxing classes meet the expectations of the most demanding students.
We invite you to come and try a free kickboxing class to see our facilities and meet our instructors. After the test class we will be happy to assist you and resolve any questions you may have.
Our kickboxing classes are divided into three main blocks:
The warm-up lasts about 10 minutes and the goal is to get the body in the right tone to start practicing the techniques that will be taught in the central part of the class.
The warm-up exercises are designed to also help us improve technical aspects while breaking a sweat.
The most common warm-up exercises in our classes are the following:
- Jump rope, which helps to improve our coordination and footwork.
- Shadow, which helps us work on hitting and dodging combinations.
- Fencing, which helps to improve our speed and reflexes, while allowing us to work on technical aspects such as footwork, defense and feints.
- Balance and coordination games.
Technique and drills
The main part of the kickboxing class is dedicated to improving the different striking techniques, guard and defense, footwork, timing and other aspects of vital importance during the development of a fight.
The main blocks that we work on are the following:
Distance and footwork
In our kickboxing classes we pay special attention to distance control and footwork, which are two key elements in knowing how to enter or leave the hitting zone, generate angles and create advantages over the opponent.
A good footwork, which allows executing the strategic decisions that are taken throughout the fight, is essential to be able to control well the distances with respect to the opponent.
A good fighter must have a good knowledge of the distances (long, medium and short) and know how to handle each of them. A good understanding of distances will allow you to measure your opponent and make decisions in a fraction of a second. On the contrary, a bad calculation of the distances will make our blows not efficient and that we put ourselves at risk of being countered.
Long distance is the range in which the opponent can be reached with kicks in which the legs are fully extended; the medium distance would be the one in which punches can be thrown with the arms fully or partially extended: the short distance is the one that allows us to reach the opponent with uppercuts and hooks, or enter the clinch.
Defense is another of the fundamental aspects that is worked on in our kickboxing classes, since without good defensive skills we will not be able to face opponents of a good level.
The following are some of the most common defensive maneuvers in kickboxing:
- Parry (deflection): A deflection allows us to redirect a blow thrown by our opponent with our hands. A good deflection can break our opponent’s guard and leave him in a clearly disadvantaged position to launch a counterattack.
- Blocks: Blocks allow us to establish a physical barrier between us and the blow thrown by the opponent in a way that we practically eliminate the impact and damage. Blocks can be performed with the arms, gloves, or legs. A correctly executed block allows us to counterattack, although not at the same speed that could be done with a good dodge.
- Dodge: Dodge is the defensive technique that takes the most time to internalize, but they are probably the most effective, since if they are executed well they allow us to launch a counterattack at high speed. It is important that the dodges keep us at striking distance with respect to our opponent in order to counterattack effectively.
- Roll with the blow: It is a technique used to reduce the impact of a blow thrown by the opponent. To do this we have to move away from the fist in the same direction in which the blow is directed.
- Side step: A side step allows us to get away from the blow thrown by our opponent, so that we reduce its impact or avoid it completely. This defensive technique can also put us in a good position to launch a counterattack.
A good kickboxer is a good strategist during a fight. Part of a good strategy are feints, which allow us to deceive our adversary by pretending that we are going to launch a certain blow and then launch a different blow to the one we have feigned.
A feint launched with conviction and force provokes a defensive reaction in our opponent and generates an opening in his guard that we can take advantage of to launch a blow or a combination of blows.
Feints can also cause us to psychologically destabilize our adversary, launching constant threats that continually generate doubts and have him constantly worried about what the next blow he is going to receive.
No technique, be it offensive or defensive, will be successful if the timing is not adequate. Timing requires adequate speed, a good sense of distance, and a good position to strike at the most opportune moment. A powerful hit executed with good timing can be definitive, since it is very possible that the opponent does not see it coming and is not prepared to receive it.
That is why timing is another aspect that we pay special attention to in our classes, either through specific exercises, or during sparring rounds.
Technique and strength
Clearly hitting hard and hard is an advantage, but kickboxing is not a sport that focuses solely on physical superiority. With equal technique and intelligence, strength can tip the balance, but technique is essential to be competitive in any fight and a fighter with greater technique will always have an advantage in a dispute.
On the other hand, a good technique is synonymous with a better punch, since both things go hand in hand. A well-matched blow with good hip rotation and putting the whole body behind the technique will have much more power than one executed with simple brute force.
Likewise, position and balance are also essential to launch a blow at full strength and speed. The body must be on combat guard, relaxed and in a natural posture.
Cardio and endurance
Cardio is a fundamental aspect in any kickboxing fight, since with fatigue come unforced errors that can cost us defeat.
It is true that mental strength helps to survive fatigue, but it cannot be the only resource to turn to to end the fighting. When both virtues are combined we have a winning formula.
Fatigue has very negative consequences during the course of a fight: self-confidence is lost, blows are telegraphed and lose power, we are slow, we lower our guard, we lose reflexes, we move less, we have a heavy posture with our feet planted. on the ground … Ultimately, we become much more vulnerable and it is very likely that we will end up losing the fight.
However, when our physical condition is optimal we will have speed, power and rhythm; displacements and reflections will be good; We will have the confidence to launch feints and combinations; etc.
That is why it is highly recommended to complement kickboxing training with training to improve physical condition, such as participating in our crossfight classes, or going out for a regular run.
And obviously, in our kickboxing classes we could not miss learning and practicing the different types of blow that are allowed in a kickboxing match, as well as the multitude of combinations that can be carried out.
The strokes allowed in kickboxing are:
- Grips: jab, straight, uppercut, crochet, volley, superman, twist, etc.
- Kicks: low kicks, middle kicks, high kicks, front kicks, spin kicks, etc.
Hitting techniques and combinations are customary to practice in the following ways:
- Bag work: it is an ideal exercise to work in combinations of blows at full power, as well as to improve strength and cardio.
- Pad work: it is an exercise in which combinations of blows are worked, while our partner throws blows at us that allow us to work on reflexes and defense.
- Work with attack shield: this tool allows us to practice the kicks that are directed to the body at full power.
- I work with paddle pads: They are a great tool for improving hitting precision and for hitting work from long distances.
Sparring occupies the final part of our kickboxing classes and is an essential part of training.
Rounds of sparring are the time to put into practice the offensive and defensive techniques learned during training. Accumulating hours of sparring is the best way to gain combat experience and to internalize more abstract concepts such as distance management or timing.
It is important to agree with your partner the intensity at which you want to spar. We recommend that most sparings be light intensity so that both partners can learn and focus on the more technical aspects, although occasionally it is also advisable to have high intensity sparings that simulate combat-like conditions.
INTRODUCTION TO KICKBOXING
Kickboxing is a combat sport derived from kyokushinkai karate. It was founded in Japan by Tatsuo Yamada, a Kyokushinkai Karate fighter, who wanted to develop a new fighting style that combined techniques from kyokushinkai, muay thai and boxing.
In kickboxing punches, knees and kicks are allowed. The big difference with Muay Thai is that striking with the elbows is not allowed, nor is it allowed to clinch for more than 5 seconds.
Kickboxing is a very technical fighting style that requires perseverance and continuity to improve.
Kickboxing is a sport that combines cardiovascular capacity, endurance, strength, and strategy. It is a very complete discipline, since not only the arms and legs are used, as it may seem a priori, but it is also important to strengthen the core muscles to generate power behind those blows.
As with most combat sports, attending kickboxing classes will help improve fitness and performance, which always leads to improved self-esteem and self-confidence. In addition, kickboxing is a good self-defense tool, a factor that also contributes to improving self-esteem.
Helps to tone the whole body and eliminate body fat
Kickboxing is a very complete muscular and cardiovascular training, since it activates most of the muscle groups and requires a wide variety of movements in which the whole body participates.
In addition, it is an intense workout that forces the heart to stay in good shape. An increase in heart rate will help all parts of the body to be well oxygenated, helping them to function at optimal levels.
The result is the burning of a large amount of calories in each workout and the toning of the muscles in the arms, legs, buttocks, shoulders, torso, abdomen, etc.
Improves our coordination
Kickboxing is a sport that requires balance and coordination, so it helps to improve control of our own body and better coordination of our movements.
A kickboxing class is a high intensity physical workout that requires a high level of concentration.
This means that during training we have to clear our mind to concentrate 100% on what we are doing. As day-to-day worries are left behind, we make our minds feel less bogged down with negative thoughts and problems.
In addition, at the end of the training we will feel more relaxed and positive thanks to the large amount of endorphins released during the class.
For all these reasons we can guarantee that attending kickboxing classes is a great way to reduce stress.
Provides an alternative to gym workouts
Solitary routines in a muscle room at a gym can be quite boring and unmotivating. On the other hand, a kickboxing class is a very dynamic training, which is carried out with different partners, and in which a great variety of exercises are practiced, which makes the workouts much more enjoyable and motivating.
Keeps the body hydrated
The thirst after a kickboxing workout makes our body demand more water than usual. Increasing your water intake helps keep your skin supple and cells in good working order.
Teach self defense
Many people choose to join kickboxing classes to improve their fitness, but also to improve their self defense skills.
An experienced kickboxing student will have a variety of self defense tools if they are ever in a situation where they have to defend themselves against an assailant.
On the other hand, being able to protect yourself is empowering and contributes to improving our self-esteem.
Helps to develop a better posture
Many people perform sedentary jobs that involve spending many hours sitting in the same posture.
Attending kickboxing classes helps our body regain a more natural position and a healthier posture, while allowing us to avoid the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle and low physical activity.