Martial arts has been practiced throughout history. As civilizations interacted, different martial arts evolved. Competitions grew in each style and discipline. Kickboxing is now the most popular combative sport globally. There are two groupings of the sport of kickboxing – disciplines that compete in the ring, and those that compete on a tatami mat.

The ring disciplines are called full contact (FC); low kick (LK); and K1 rules (K1). Each discipline has different scoring areas but each bout is contested over 3 rounds of 2 minutes. The tatami disciplines are called point sparring (PF); kicklight (KL); light contact (LC); and forms and weapons, which are routines choreographed to music. The tatami sparring divisions are similar to martial arts sports in which contact levels are considered “light touch” in which the priority is scoring points with control.
At the Ontario Winter Games there will be competitions in both the ring and the tatami mat. Top junior athletes from across Ontario will compete in each of the kickboxing disciplines, making the kickboxing component of the 2020 OWG exciting for all to see.

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