The Difference Between Karate and Kickboxing

by Brandon Berte

Though there are various martial arts disciplines, it isn’t unusual to hear people use their names interchangeably. However, when you really get to know the difference between each, you’ll come to realize that they aren’t quite so similar after all! To broaden your knowledge about the sport, today we’re covering the difference between karate? and kickboxing:?

The difference between karate and kickboxingKarate ?is most commonly referred to as a form of martial arts that occurs while standing. The top techniques focused on in this discipline are punching, kicking, blocks and take-­downs. But don’t let the “kicking” aspect fool you into thinking that karate is the same as kickboxing ­- in karate, kicking is generally used as a strategy to keep opponents away during a fight, while it may serve many purposes in kickboxing.

At Tiger Schulmann’s, our karate classes (especially those for kids) place a huge emphasis on coordination and body awareness. Additionally, we focus on improving our students’ strength so that they are prepared to defend themselves in the event that they are approached.

Kickboxing, ?on the other hand, is a sport that is often viewed as combining various techniques from other martial arts forms into one. For example, at Tiger Schulmann’s, our kickboxing classes include an element of Muay Thai. And though kickboxing also focuses on techniques such as blocking and take­-downs the way karate does, it also covers striking with hands, feet, elbows and knees. Here at Tiger Schulmann’s, we call this a “hybrid martial art,” while karate is a discipline of its own.

Despite their differences, one thing that ties karate and kickboxing together ­- especially at Tiger Schulmann’s ­- is their ability to help individuals improve their confidence and overall health.

To get started in a karate or kickboxing class at one of our 48 locations, head down to a school near you or contact us at (800) 528­-4437 for more information. Also, don’t forget to connect with us on social media! We’re LIVE on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube, and update our pages regularly with the latest Tiger Schulmann’s news and MMA tips!