Kickboxing is a group of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching, historically developed from Muay Thai ,karate mixed with boxing.Kickboxing is practiced for self-defence, general fitness, or as a contact sport.
There is no single international governing body. International governing bodies include International Combat Organization, World Association of Kickboxing Organizations, World Kickboxing Association, International Sport Karate Association, International Kickboxing Federation, World Kickboxing Network, among others. Consequently, there is no single kickboxing world championship, and champion titles are issued by individual promotions, such as K-1, Glory and Kunlun Fight among others. Bouts organised under different governing bodies apply different rules, such as allowing the use of knees or clinching, etc.