Kickboxing is a set of stand-up combat sports focused on kicking and punching that originated as a fusion of karate and boxing in the early 20th century. In addition to self-defense and overall health, kickboxing is also practised as a contact sport.
Kickboxing in the United States began in the 1970s and gained widespread attention in September 1974, when the Professional Karate Association (PKA) staged the inaugural World Championships in the discipline. Kickboxing has always been seen as a hybrid martial art, created by combining aspects of different traditional forms. However, this has recently changed.