Kickboxing meaning

kĭk'bŏk'sĭng
A martial art in which competitors wear boxing gloves and throw punches as in boxing and kick with their bare feet as in karate.
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A martial art incorporating the techniques of karate and boxing.
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(martial arts) A hybrid martial art derived from Muay Thai, karate and boxing during the 1960s to 1970s; more generally, any stand-up combat sport that combines kicks and punches.

The Japanese kickboxing gym, recently opened in the Thai capital, had been a great success (Black Belt Magazine, March 1973, p. 13)

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Origin of kickboxing

  • A 1960s compound of kicking + boxing. Possibly coined as a Japanese anglicism (和製英語), キックボクシング kikkubokushingu by Osamu Noguchi.
    From Wiktionary