Aerobic kickboxing is sometimes confused with its realistic counterparts like: Aikido, Judo, JuJitsu (or Jiu-Jitsu), Karate, Kendo, Kickboxing, Kung Fu, T’ai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, or the more inane arts like Wrestling and Sumo Wrestling (both of which have combat applications in the right circumstances).
Aerobic kickboxing is actually more like: aqua aerobics or a dance workout than it is about true kickboxing. The drills in aerobic kickboxing are meant to be low impact and meant to be a good workout for the general enthusiast. True kickboxing is also aerobic, but the exercise can be high impact, and could be called, “slimnastics” because it’s steps above its aerobic kickboxing counterpart. The warm up is very essential in real kickboxing as this will keep you away from injuring yourself. The workout is also more intense, and therefore gives you greater results in shorter amount of time.
Which style of kickboxing is right for you? Aerobic kickboxing or true kickboxing?
To be honest, it depends on what level of fitness you are in. Both aerobic kickboxing and true kickboxing can be very intense and the right teacher can help you out quite a bit. You must know where your limits are, and not work too hard. The right aerobic kickboxing teacher and true kickboxing teacher should be certified by a reputable company of fitness and should know the movements down pat before trying to teach you.
In my humble opinion, I think true kickboxing will do you better in the long run because not only will you sweat and lose weight, you will gain realistic self defense while having fun. Aerobic kickboxing, while fun, is only weight loss and fun. I would not bring it to the street for self defense purposes. When you look for an aerobic kickboxing or true kickboxing school or class, keep this article in mind. It will help you select what’s right for you.