kick·​box·​ing | \ ˈkik-ˌbäk-siŋ How to pronounce kickboxing (audio) \

Definition of kickboxing

: boxing in which boxers are permitted to kick with bare feet as in karate

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Other Words from kickboxing

kickbox \ ˈkik-​ˌbäks How to pronounce kickbox (audio) \ intransitive verb
kickboxer \ ˈkik-​ˌbäk-​sər How to pronounce kickboxer (audio) \ noun

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Photo: Rebecca Greenfield for The Wall Street Journal BollyX was founded in Cambridge, Mass., in 2013, melding moves from popular fitness workouts, like high-intensity interval training and kickboxing, with the choreography of Bollywood dance. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "His Gym Class Turns Into a Bollywood Musical," 9 Feb. 2019 And a nimble Suki Waterhouse displayed undeniable kickboxing abilities. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Gabrielle Union-Wade, Hailey Bieber, and More," 3 Feb. 2019 Created by Joel Freeman and Jericho McMatthews, Core De Force is an at-home cardio program that incorporates boxing, kickboxing, and Muay Thai combinations, bodyweight moves, and other boosts of cardio. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "Everything You Need to Know About 10 Popular at-Home Workout Programs," 13 Jan. 2019 The five-time Emmy nominee also dipped his toe into the professional kickboxing world and produced a documentary, Idris Elba: Fighter, following his journey. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just 26 Unbelievably Hot Photos of Idris Elba Being a Daddy," 6 Nov. 2018 Heart-pumping examples include indoor cycling, kickboxing, HIIT classes, dance cardio, treadmill classes, rowing classes, and more. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "How Often Should You Work Out? The Perfect Weekly Workout Routine," 1 Jan. 2019 Memorial Fitness Centers Classes like yoga, strengthening classes, kickboxing and cardio are offered at Memorial Fitness Centers,, in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines. Julie Landry Laviolette, miamiherald, "Do a dance. Play in the pool. Here’s how to keep fit as you age. | Miami Herald," 26 Mar. 2018 Garbiel’s diner has photos from his days competing in tournaments, and Bourdain noticed the pictures, and correctly guessed Garbiel’s fighting style (muay thai, a form of kickboxing), Garbiel said. John Hilliard,, "In Provincetown, where Anthony Bourdain got his start, shock over his death," 8 June 2018 Kick It by Eliza This kickboxing and dance fusion class was founded by former dancer Eliza Shirazi in Boston, and women who do her 50-minute circuits call themselves The Fempire. Kristin Canning, Glamour, "Yes, You Need a #FitFam," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of kickboxing

1971, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of kickboxing was in 1971

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English Language Learners Definition of kickboxing

: a form of boxing in which fighters are allowed to kick each other with their bare feet

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