Kickboxing With Disabilities

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Benefits for People With Disabilities

While kickboxing with disabilities may seem counter-intuitive, it is actually very beneficial for individuals with disabilities to perform kickboxing moves. People with disabilities often lack confidence in themselves. By performing a kickboxing routine, these individuals will begin to feel good about themselves. As disabled people learn the moves of a kickboxing routine, they are able to improve on what they have learned. They realize their potential when they achieve results.

People with disabilities can gain all the cardiovascular benefits of aerobic activity by performing kickboxing routines at a moderate intensity. Kickboxing can provide long term benefits for handicapped individuals by promoting heart health. In addition, this type of workout can add muscle tone which will give individuals with disabilities more strength. This will allow these individuals to perform more physical activities and everyday tasks.

Inactivity can lead to an increased risk of strokes and coronary artery disease. Other risk factors associated with a lack of exercise include obesity, a rise in bad cholesterol levels, and an increased risk of developing diabetes. Because individuals who are handicapped often are inactive, they have an increased risk of developing these problems. A kickboxing routine can help these individuals lead healthier lives.


People with disabilities who use a wheel chair can use their upper body to get the benefits of cardiovascular exercise and improve their self esteem. Kickboxing moves for the upper body include punching combinations that include jabs, crosses, hooks, and uppercuts.

  • Jabs are basic punching moves. To do this move correctly punch straight ahead. This move is often combined with other crosses.
  • Crosses begin on one side of the body and end at the other side.
  • Hooks are rounded moves that are performed at an arch.
  • Uppercuts start at the the middle of the body and are directed upwards towards an opponents face.

People who can walk but have limitations on their mobility can perform kickboxing moves at a slower pace. These individuals can add kicks to their workouts. The most common kicks are the front kick, the back kick, the side kick, and the roundhouse kick. Kicks do not have to be performed at high intensity and can be kept low if needed. Jumping during a kickboxing routine should be avoided if this move is too strenuous.

  • The Front Kick should be delivered with the heel of the foot instead of the toe.
  • The Back Kick is perfromed by lifting the leg at the knee and kicking in back of you. Individuals should look back when they kick.
  • The Side Kick is delivered with the side of the foot.
  • The Roundhouse Kick should be delivered with the side of the foot that comes out in a circular motion.

When kickboxing with disabilities, individuals should make sure that they are performing the moves correctly to avoid injuring themselves. It may be helpful to work with a professional to learn how to correctly do the moves. A medical professional can offer additional recommendations since they know your disability.