North London Kickboxing
1-2-1 and kickboxing classes
Our kickboxing style combines the techniques and skills of boxing with explosive martial arts kicks delivered above the waist (kicks below the waist are taught at Intermediate stage).
Our training strengthens and tones the whole body whilst increasing aerobic fitness, anaerobic fitness, muscular endurance, flexibility, agility and balance together with LinkArts kickboxing motor skills.
We teach techniques to give students good balance and agility in order to equip students with the ability to perform multiple kicks. In the first grade students are taught the basic front and reverse punches, front and roundhouse kicks and then these are later put together in very simple combinations. Later in the curriculum hook and uppercut punches are taught together with hook kicks, back kicks and spinning kicks etc. The following are also taught where required:
Our Teaching Philosophy
We focus on students grasping the foundations of LinkArts; this means focusing on the basic punches and kicks as set out in the 1st grade of the curriculum. This is a very important facet of the curriculum so a lot of time and effort is dedicated to this area; students are able to build upon this stage once they understand the principles.
The curriculum and the exercises are design to provide students with a multiple of benefits. If exercises and techniques are performed as instructed the maximum fitness and health benefit can be achieved. The format of each class is divided into six sections:
We start with gentle movements in order to allow synovial fluids to lubricate the relevant joints.
We replicate the movements that will be performed in the main class with aerobic exercises at a rate of about 50% of the maximum heart rate.
We perform a gentle stretch of all the main muscle groups to be used in the main session. We are careful not to go into the development stretch mode as this could over stretch the muscle which could lead to injury when performing explosive kicking techniques in the main section etc.
In this section we split the class in sections depending on the area that students need to practice; we concentrate on form and techniques etc. Some students are also taken through safe and correct way to use punch bags delivering punches and kicks etc. Other students who are preparing for their grading are able to repetitiously practice their part of the curriculum.
15 minutes of each lesson is dedicated to high intensity interval fitness. We have designed exercises to develop and strengthen the relevant muscles and tendons for kickboxing. Students are taken through a rigorous series of aerobic and anaerobic exercises where all the fitness components are utilised (aerobic, muscular endurance, agility, balance, core stability etc). We have various formats that we use in this section for example sometimes we use the Tabata protocol to really test students fitness ability where they work at 70%-80% of their maximum heart rate. We use plyometric exercises to get the muscles, joints and tendons etc get used to explosives actions when kicking and punching. We target the chest, deltoids, the core area, quadriceps & hamstrings to make sure these areas are ready for stringent and robust training. This area of the training is functional; the exercises are designed so that members who are only interested in fitness can also benefit from the exercises. .
This section is where students improve their flexibility, particular those that are used in kickboxing. Each stretch is held for 10-15 seconds before moving to the next muscle group.
How fit do I need to be to start LinkArts kickboxing?
No special fitness is needed; we cater for beginners, Intermediate and advanced levels. You will develop your fitness from the different forms of exercises, kicks and punches.
How quickly will I get to black belt?
This depends on the student’s ability to learn and understand the techniques and the frequency of training. The average time is 3 years with hard training and dedication.
How many times a week do I need to train?
The recommended training frequency is 2/3 times each week. Some students train once weekly, which means grading and fitness takes longer.
What equipments do I need to start?
No equipments are needed at first, when you have taken your first grade then you can start getting your equipments.
What kind of clothes do I need to wear?
Loose fitting clothes should be worn initially. Once you have decided that you will continue long term you will be required to purchase your uniform.
Is grading compulsory?
No, you can perform the basic punches, kicks, self defence techniques and exercises and achieve a high standard of general fitness.
Is Sparring compulsory?
No, sparring is optional; however you can perform simulated sparring without making contact.
Is Sparring full contact?
The sparring is light continuous with protective equipments (gloves, groin guard, breast protector, shin guard, gum shield etc).
Is there a joining fee?
No, joining is free.
Am I too old to start kickboxing?
Anyone from the age of 14 can start LinkArts kickboxing regardless of your fitness level.
What kind of insurance liability will I have?
All instructors are qualified and insured. Your 1st grading package includes your personal training insurance.
What is the duration of each class?
Each class last a minimum of 60 minutes.
Health & Safety
CRB: All instructors have been checked and cleared to teach children and provide fitness services to the public.
Insurance: All instructors are insured under WAKO GB.
Equipments: We ensure that all participants in free sparring and pre-arranged sparring sessions wear the appropriate equipments. All sparring sessions are supervised by instructors and students are reminded to use light contact.
First Aid: There is always at least one qualified first aider available at all times.