Kickboxing In Vancouver

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If you’re looking to start kickboxing in Vancouver, here’s everything you need to know to help you get started!

This total beginner’s guide to kickboxing will showcase some of the techniques you’ll be learning at your local Vancouver kickboxing gym. 🤓

Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

With so much to do, it’s difficult to settle on just one thing.  However, we know that consistency is one of the key factors to sticking to a workout regime.

A fun, safe activity that’s done in a convenient location with a bunch of like minded people is one of the best ways to stick to your workouts.

Having super fun workouts is the secret to staying consistent with your exercise program.

Keeping things fun and interesting will make you look forward to your workouts instead of dreading them. And kickboxing in Vancouver is a great way to keep things fun, invigorating and fresh.

Kickboxing in Vancouver might be the best way for you to get fit and stay in shape.

Doing the same workout week after week gets boring pretty quick. But by throwing in some kicks and punches, you may start to see some immediate results and feel energized about your workouts.

Kickboxing can transform your workouts and help you build toned muscle and help increase your endurance. Those two things, everyone wants from their workouts. And you can still get a great workout without the physical contact of full on sparring.

Now, let’s explore how Kickboxing is a safe, fun and effective way to burn fat and to build toned muscle.


Kickboxing Basics – A Quick Introduction For The Total Newbie 🤓

There are some of the basic Kickboxing techniques that every new student to Kickboxing starts with.

I’ve done a complete breakdown of some of these techniques; so, you’ll feel confident and competent in your first Kickboxing class!

Let’s get started!! 😃

Kickboxing is basically made up of 2 parts:

1. Punching.

Let’s be honest… Punching stuff is just plain fun! 😃

It’s a great stress reliever and it feels amazing. Punches are done in fast combinations as we punch specialized equipment like focus mitts, Thai Pads and heavy bags.

Throwing quick Jabs and powerful right hooks is a great way to engage your triceps, pectorals, deltoids and abs. And doing high volume combination punches will get your heart racing and your lungs burning. It’s an amazing fat burning workout!

2. Kicking.

There’s two types of kicks. Straight kicks- like foot jabs and side kicks. And then there’s angular kicks like hook kicks and roundhouse kicks.

Your leg muscles will immediately get toned and defined as soon as you throw powerful, fast paced kicks.


The Basic Punches In Kickboxing

Let’s take a deeper look at some basis punches!

The Jab

The Jab is the first punch that every Kickboxing beginner should learn.  And in sparring, the Jab is the most critical punch.  With the Jab, you are not just trying to punch your partner in the nose.  You’re using your Jab, to set up your additional punches.  You are also using your Jab to establish and maintain the proper distance.

details on how to throw the perfect Jab

When you’re throwing your Jab, make sure you’re always protecting your neck.  So this means keeping your chin down and your right hand up.

Also, when you’re throwing your Jab, it’s critical that your left fist goes straight out and comes straight back like a laser beam.

Furthermore, you want to focus on keeping your elbow in as much as you can when you’re throwing your Jab.  Doing this will make your Jab more difficult to see.  Check out the images below.

always start with your elbow in when initiating your Jab

Keep your elbow in for your Jab

When you’re throwing your Jab, you want to keep your elbow in as much as you can.  It’ll feel awkward at first, but with practice, it’ll be second nature to you. 😊


The Straight Right

Let’s take a look at the Straight Right Hand. Sometimes it’s called a Cross.

It’s when your right fist goes straight to your partner’s face.  The punch is powered by the rotation of your shoulders and hips.

When you’re throwing your Straight Right Hand, make sure you have your chin down, your left hand up.  And you’re turning your right foot so you can turn your hip for maximum power.

Details for throwing the perfect Straight Right Hand

In addition, you need to make sure you keep your elbow in when you’re throwing your Straight Right Hand.  A quick tip: try practicing your Straight Right Hand against a wall.  This way, you have to keep your elbow in as you’re punching; otherwise, your elbow will run into the wall.

keep your elbow in when you're throwing your straight right hand

Also, keep in mind that you always want to stay in balance as you throw your Straight Right Hand.

Here’s footage of me holding focus mitts for my student, Ian Popoff.  Notice how he keeps his elbow in and how he’s always in balance as he throws the straight right punch.



Perfecting your form for throwing Hooks is a critical components in your Kickboxing basics. Hooks are punches thrown to the side of your partner’s head.  Hooks can also be thrown to your partner’s ribs.

As always, you want to protect your jaw.  So when you’re throwing your Hook, make sure that your chin is down.  Not only is your jaw protected by your shoulder, it’s protected by your other hand as well.  For example, if I’m throwing a Left Hook, my left shoulder protects the left side of my jaw; plus, my right hand protects the right side of my jaw.

As well, don’t forget to keep your elbow in so your ribs are protected.  Your partner is looking to counter punch you in the ribs with his left hook so make sure your right elbow is covered tight against your torso.

In order to produce maximum force for your Hooks, make sure your elbow is up to the same height as your fist.  Meaning, if you’re throwing a Right Hook, your right elbow should be up as well.

these are a bunch of quick tips on how to throw the left hook properly

In addition to having your elbow up to maximize power for your Hooks, it’s critical for you to turn your heel. You’re turning your heels so you can follow through with your hips and your shoulders to power your hook.  For example, if you’re throwing a right hook, be sure to turn your right heel.

a list of details on how to execute the right hook with perfect form


Think of the Uppercut like a Hook except instead of the punch being horizontal it’s now vertical.

You want to turn your shoulders so that your shoulders are almost vertical.  Meaning, if you’re throwing a Left Uppercut, drop your left shoulder so you’ll have more power with the punch.

In addition, keep in mind that you need to protect against potential counter attacks from your partner. So keep your right hand up!

These are the details you need to keep in mind when you're practicing the left uppercut

It should be noted that forearm should also be vertical for your Uppercuts.  You’ll have great power and stability for your punch this way.

Here’s a right Uppercut thrown as a part of a combination.

In addition to this, turn your heel so that you’re generating power through your hip for your Uppercuts.

This list of details will help you throw the right uppercut properly

The Basic Kicks In Kickboxing

Now, let’s take a look at some of the kicks that you’ll be learning if you start kickboxing. 😃

The Foot Jab

In terms of Kickboxing basics, the Foot Jab is a foundational Kick.  The Foot Jab is simple and easy to learn.  And it illustrates specific underlying principles for Kicking.

For all Kicks, you want to have your hands up and your elbows in.  The Foot Jab is no different. You want to make your Foot Jab nearly invisible to your opponent.

You want to make sure that you’re protected against potential counter attacks from your opponent.

study these details on the left foot jab to perfect your form

When you’re throwing your Foot Jab, keep in mind that you want to fully extend your kicking leg so that you maximize your distance and your reach.

It should also be noted that you want to lean back slightly at the moment of impact to help extend your Foot Jab even more.

Here's some quick tips to get the most power out of your right foot jab.

Especially important in maximizing the power of your Foot Jab is in the chambering and the lifting up of your knee.  By lifting up your knee, you’ll have more power to stomp through your target.

Along with lifting up your knee, you want to ensure that your shin stays vertical throughout the path of your Kick.  As a beginner in Kickboxing, one of the best ways to train this is up against a wall.

Moreover, the Foot Jab is a great way to set up other attacks like your Hook Kick.


The Hook Kick (Roundhouse Kick)

The Hook Kick, also know as the Roundhouse Kick, is a Kickboxing Basics cornerstone technique.  It’s one of the first Kicks anyone should learn.

Think of the Hook Kick like a baseball bat that swings at your partners head.

To their torso.

Or to their leg.

Be sure to turn your left foot so that you’re generating power with your hip for your right kick.

Certainly, power is maximized when you’re leaning back so you can extend your kicking leg as much as possible.

3 essential tips for generating more power with proper form for your right hook kick.

Undoubtedly, you always want to ensure that you’re safe from your partner’s counter attacks.  Thus, you want to keep your left hand up with you’re kicking with your right leg.  And alternately, you want to keep your right hand up when you’re kicking with your left leg.

These are some details that will help you generate more power precision with your left hook kick

Subsequently, all these details for the Hook Kick fall smoothy into place with some practice.  Here’s some footage of me kicking the heavy bag with my right Hook Kick. Note how I’m turning my left foot, keeping my left hand up and leaning back as I extend my leg for the kick.


The Side Kick

The Side Kick is a fun Kick to learn, train and practice.  It’s the Kick that you would use if you ever need to knock down a door 🤣

A fundamental detail when it comes to Kickboxing basics is that you want to kick the floor as you’re kicking your target.  Basically, you want to have your feet as far apart as possible at the moment of impact for your all of your Kicks.  This concept is illuminated clearly when you’re practicing the Side Kick.

proper side kick form, kick the floor

Without a doubt, chambering your knee is critical for developing maximum power for your Side Kick. You want to lift your knee up to your chest so you can stomp your foot into your target.

Ready to start kickboxing in Vancouver?

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For $77, you get:

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How To Train Kickboxing In Vancouver

Okay, that all sounds great…but…how do I start training Kickboxing?

Well, as we all know, Vancouver is an incredibly expensive city; and finding ways to stay fit while managing your budget can be tough.

However, you can start kickboxing right away without spending any money at all.  Because you can train kickboxing all alone in your own home with our kickboxing at-home workout solo drills.

Kickboxing Solo Drills (Shadowboxing)

You can do you some shadowboxing drills and work on your punches.

And, you can isolate just your lower body and work on your kicks.

Plus, you can combine your punches and kicks together and shadowbox your kickboxing combinations.

Along with getting a fun workout, the best part of doing these kickboxing solo drills is that you can do them any where with zero equipment! 🤓


Kickboxing Heavy Bag Training

Also, if training kickboxing in Vancouver and you’re lucky enough to have access to a heavy bag; then, it’s one of the most perfect pieces of equipment to help you perfect your kickboxing form!

You can punch out all of your stress!

And work on some cool Boxing combinations.

As well, you can practice your knee strikes.

Plus, you can focus on your kicks.

And, work on your kicking and punching combos.

Remember, it’s KICKBOXING; meaning, it’s a martial art that combines both your punches and your kicks! 😉


Ready to start kickboxing in Vancouver?

We’re the leading martial arts and fitness gym in Downtown Vancouver and we offer every new student a $77 Introductory Month!

For $77, you get:

  • A free 30 min private with a kickboxing instructor 🤓
  • A brand new pair of boxing gloves and hand wraps 🥊
  • And an unlimited month of kickboxing classes❗️

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Kickboxing Partner Training

Ultimately, kickboxing is best done with a training partner. However, safety needs to be the primary concern. This is where equipment comes in. Here’s some typical pieces of equipment you can use when training kickboxing.

Focus Mitts

Focus mitts are a great way to work on your stamina and focus on the accuracy of your punches and kicks.

As well, the person holding the focus mitts can feed you punches so you can practice your defensive moves.

Notice how as Jason holds focus mitts for me, he’s also forcing me to defend his straight right hand which I counter attack with my left hook to the body.

I’m a huge believer that focus mitt training should simulate actual sparring while, simultaneously, maintaining a high degree of safety.

Here, my focus mitt feeder, Jason, throws a jab at me which I defend by slipping my head to the right; and then, I follow up with a right uppercut, left hook counter attack.


Kicking Shield

The kicking shield provides a fun, safe way to practice your kicks with power.

The best part of training with a kicking shield is that you can practice your kicks with a training partner who can encourage you and help you correct your form! 🤓


Focus Mitt And Shield

In addition, you can also add a focus mitt to your kicking shield drills so you can practice some cool kicking and punching combinations.

Here, I’m throwing punches to the focus mitt while kicking the kicking shield.

Also, I can add a foot jab to the combination!


Ready to start kickboxing in Vancouver?

We’re the leading martial arts and fitness gym in Downtown Vancouver and we offer every new student a $77 Introductory Month!

For $77, you get:

  • A free 30 min private with a kickboxing instructor 🤓
  • A brand new pair of boxing gloves and hand wraps 🥊
  • And an unlimited month of kickboxing classes❗️

Click HERE to get started right away! 😃


Thai Pads

Think of thai pads as a cross between the focus mitts and the kicking shield.  You can kick with a bit more power and you simultaneously work your punches and kicks together.

And, of course, you can use the thai pads to just practice your kicks.


Thai Pads With Shin Guards

By having the pad holder wear shin guards as well, you can now create a scenario which looks and feels like you’re sparring.

Because he’s wearing shin guards, Jason can safely feed me a right kick which I defend; and then, counter attack with a left punch/left kick combination.

Alternatively, Jason can give me a left kick which a block with my right shin leading into a right punch/right kick counter attack.

Kickboxing is a super fun and engaging way to stay in shape and meet new people! 😃

If you’ve never trained Kickboxing before, you should definitely give it a try! 🤓

Ready to start kickboxing in Vancouver?

We’re the leading martial arts and fitness gym in Downtown Vancouver.  Conveniently located on Granville @ Hastings.

PLUS, we offer every new kickboxing student a $77 Introductory Month!

For $77, you get:

  • A free 30 min private with an instructor 🤓
  • A brand new pair of boxing gloves and hand wraps 🥊
  • And an unlimited month of kickboxing classes❗️

Click HERE to get started right away! 😃


Ritchie Yip

Ritchie Yip

Ritchie Yip is the Head Instructor for InFighting Training Centers located in Downtown Vancouver and Brentwood Burnaby. InFighting Training Centers offers programs in Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Bootcamp Conditioning Classes and Personal Training