Our Dutch Kickboxing sessions are, without a doubt, an all body workout using the whole body as a weapon.
The sessions are fantastic for coordination, conditioning, focus and stress release. And it goes without saying, you get a serious calorie burn!
Dutch Kickboxing originates from a variation of the Thai boxing art, Muay Thai. In the Netherlands, Kyokushin Karate (an art that stands very square and has a focus on kicks with the shins like Muay Thai except you can only punch to the body not the head) and boxing were popular.
Both the arts are ethusiastic about hard and aggressive sparring. Kickboxing as it was in Europe at the time had tons of Shotokan karate, Taekwondo and Savate fights. When Kyokushin fights entered the sport they adjusted to the rules by introducing boxing to their training. However, some fighters sought opportunities in Thailand because of the prestigious Lumpine and Rajadamnern stadiums. Fighters like Ramon Dekkers.
After competing in Thailand and learning the way the Thais fought, the Dutch Style became a staple in the art and was also dubbed Muay Mat by the Thais. Eventually, when the combination of Kyokushin, boxing, and Muay Thai came back to Europe, it transformed into Dutch Kickboxing as many Dutch fighters who competed in Muay Thai went back into the European Kickboxing scene.
An aggressive art with heavy hands and strong kicks, Dutch kickboxing is one of the top fighting arts, plus it's a fantastic all body workout.