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What are the main styles of Kickboxing competition?



LSK Martial Arts & Fitness are the number one provider of Kickboxing, Karate, Boxing and Fitness classes in Northamptonshire and Leicestershire.


We also provide our members with competition opportunities, and amongst our students and instructors includes current and former British, European and World Champions.​


The primary competition disciplines and styles of Kickboxing / Sport Karate are: 

Light Contact This competition is held on a matted area. The objective of this type of competition is that you hit your opponent with as many techniques as possible with control.


The more complex and difficult the scoring technique the higher the score (See Semi Contact Scoring). If you hit your opponent without control you are penalised or even disqualified depending on the severity of the offence.


The winner is judged by the person whom has scored and landed more techniques. In the event of a tied result the fighter whom was judged to be technically better will be given the decision after the 3 two minute rounds.

Semi Contact By far the most popular discipline, this form of competition is run over three by two-minute rounds on a matted area.


The objective of this competition is to penetrate your opponent’s defences and deliver an effective and controlled technique with your hands of legs.


The scoring system is as follows:

Punch 1pt Kick head 2pts Kick body 1pt Jumping kick, body 2pt, head 3pt Sweep 1pt

Each time a fighter scores the match is stopped and the three judges score the technique, if two or three judges are in full agreement then a score is given.


The objective for the fighter is to score as many points on his opponent as possible. The winner of the contest is the fighter with the highest score.


In the event of a tie, time is extended by one minute. If the competition is still tied, it will then be decided by sudden death, the first fighter to score.


If you're interested in competing in Light Contact Kickboxing or Points Fighting, you can join us by checking out our class timetable, booking online, or get in touch with any enquiries.


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