DBBC 1.01 Introduction

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Introduction to  the Author, Kickboxing and the Programme.

About The Course Author.

Marc Edwards was first introduced into kickboxing in his mid teens under the guidance of Rick Rosser. They formed a very successful club in South Wales (UK), K500 Kickboxing.  Excelling with technique and showing development at a rapid pace, he was awarded First Degree (Dan) Black Belt in 1999 from Tom Hibbert MBE, President of WAKO GB. Marc Currently holds a 4th Degree (Dan) Black Belt In kickboxing and a First Dan Black Belt in Judo.

His studies in Martial Arts continued through his late teens, 20’s and now in his 30s, including Aikido, Kung Fu, Muay Thai, Ju-Jitsu, Wing Chun and JKD. He maintains to this day that Kickboxing is his favourite to train, teach and all round utilise due to it’s effectiveness.

Marc has fought over 20 fights, fought Champions, won some, lost some, drawn some but learned from them all.

He has expertise in Strength and Conditioning, Human Movement Patterns, Biomechanics, Weight Management & Nutrition, he has been a Personal Trainer for over a decade, teaches Personal Trainers in the UK and even the British Military have been taught by him.

Now a successful trainer & movement specialist with Private Clients all over the UK. He is currently the Coaching Director of WAKO GB and author of their Coaching Course and responsible for delivering it to WAKO Instructors Nationwide.


Acknowledgements from the Author.

Special Thanks to Miranda Nolan, without her support (and skills participating in the videos with me), this course may never have been written.

Thanks to Jason Baney for the Video Editing and big thanks to John Hardy. The initial platform that this course was hosted by, FASTER Health and Fitness (The Faster Black Belt Course)

I would also like to thank Rick Rosser. For my introduction to this Martial Sport and the fundamental idea of a Grading Syllabus that we (at the time) co wrote for K500.  This  was the basis for my rewritten, expanded, extensive course you are about to undertake today.


Introduction to Kickboxing. *

Modern Kickboxing, an American Child. Born in the mid 70s out of an ever growing frustration from the fighters on the Karate tournament circuit.

If the 70s had a motto, ‘Do your own thing’ would have been it. This social attitude crossed over into the martial arts.

America has always been a ‘hub’ of cultures, and when a hunger for new Martial Arts’ experiences evolved, this led to people sampling (Simultaneously) Japanese, Korean and Chinese Martial Arts, there was Dojo’s, Kwoons, Dojangs and training centres popping up all over the United States. Inevitably,  there was going to be comparisons.

It’s said that Americans are iconoclasts by nature, which is apparent when you see the likes of Korean leg techniques being infused with Okinawan & Japanese hand techniques and added with the fluidity of Chinese Arts, all in search of the ‘Ultimate Style’. There were many systems formed from these hybrids, some good, some not so good.

One of the better known ‘bastard systems/styles’ was Full Contact Karate. At the time it was formed, this sparked some controversy. There was little or no etiquette, no discipline or mystique that the Oriental Arts displayed. Fighters entered a ring, wore boxing gloves and just ‘went for it’. These early pioneers couldn’t have guessed what would happen next.  There was out cry, a simmering anger of traditionalists boiled over at this ‘problem child’ that gave no respect to it’s parents. Even the very name ‘Full Contact Karate’ was attacked (with fair point given that there was combat between ropes and was hardly Karate). Submitting to this outcry, this new innovation coined the term ‘Kick Boxing’.

The confusion and controversy wasn’t just from the outside. When these ‘kick boxers’ entered the ring they realised to their shock, that their stamina was below average for continually fighting over several rounds. Reason being that the ‘deadly’ techniques that they had been practicing for years prior were negated when boxing gloves were on the hands. Suddenly ‘one-punch kills’ were relegated to several punch hits to keep someone at bay.

Even the much practiced kicks were called into question when an opponent attacked with a flurry of haymakers at your head, as were the blocks. Traditional methods of blocking were suspect when blows were coming from various angles, at various velocities and with full speed & power.

The rounds weren’t pretty and graceful. They were fast, furious, untidy, exhausting brawls where good martial artists were reduced in stature by the sheer exertion of the contest. Couldn’t go back though.

Kickboxers at this point imported another style, this time, a Western one, Boxing (Western Boxing). Enviable of the way boxers would, over 10-15 rounds, maintain their composure, stamina & teachique. It was felt that to succeed, kickboxers should adopt some of these secrets.

Over 35 years have passed since these baby steps into kickboxing were taken by it’s pioneers. Today, it is recognised world wide as a sport of martial arts, a Martial Sport. Linked with the past but making it’s own future.

We have seen over the recent years evolutions on mass of Martial Arts. Traditional styles have survived and are even stronger. For example Karateka (very traditional) utilising hooks, spin hook kicks (Korean and Northern Chinese), Spinning Sweeps (Chinese) and takedowns (Japanese).

Right up to modern day MMA. The Mixed Martial Art fighter had a great stand up game utilised from Kick Boxing. Using things like the Jab, Cross, Hook & Uppercut punches, Forecful front kicks (Snapping and Pushing) and roundhouse kicks.

Playing the game

In Kickboxing there are three main disciplines and All competitors must wear the appropriate safety equipment. Male: Head Guard, Mouth Guard, Shin Guard, Boots, Gloves and Groin Guard. Female: Head Guard, Mouth Guard, Chest Guard, Shin Guard, Boots, and Gloves (These can bee seen in Lesson DBBC 1.03 – Protective Equipment.) One referee and three judges score the competition.

The primary disciplines of Kickboxing:

Full Contact
The name speaks for itself; this form of competition is performed in a ring and primarily has similar rules to boxing. The main difference is that opponent may also use his legs to defend and attack. The competition is finished when a fighter is knocked out or TKO. If the competition ends after the three two minute rounds then the fighter who has scored on his opponent effectively and proficiently will be deemed to be the winner, in the event of a tied result the fighter whom was judged to be technically better will be given the decision

Light Contact (AKA Light Continuous)
This competition is held on a matted area. The objective of this type of competition is that you hit your opponent with as many techniques as possible with control. The more complex and difficult the scoring technique the higher the score (See Semi Contact Scoring). If you hit your opponent without control you are penalised or even disqualified depending on the severity of the offence. The winner is judged by the person whom has scored and landed more techniques. In the event of a tied result the fighter whom was judged to be technically better will be given the decision after the 3 two minute rounds.

Semi Contact
By far the most popular discipline, this form of competition is run over three by two-minute rounds on a matted area. The objective of this competition is to penetrate your opponent’s defences and deliver an effective and controlled technique with your hands of legs. The scoring system is as follows:

Punch 1pt
Kick head 2pts
Kick body 1pt
Jumping kick, body 2pt, head 3pt
Sweep 1pt
Throw 1pt

Each time a fighter scores the match is stopped and the three judges score the technique, if two or three judges are in full agreement then a score is given. The objective for the fighter is to score as many points on his opponent as possible. The winner of the contest is the fighter with the highest score. In the event of a tie, time is extended by one minute. If the competition is still tied, it will then be decided by sudden death, the first fighter to score.

The competitors wear loose fitting clothing, a pair of kicking pants and V neck tops are very popular, however T shirts are permitted in some circumstances, they must be a club T shirt. Full Contact allows for bare top (Males) and Kickboxing / Full contact pants.

Benefits of Kickboxing

If practiced regularly it will provide a cardiovascular workout.  It will help develop, muscle tone, strength, flexibility balance and concentration, it is considered to be an effective total body workout. In a recent study by US Fitness magazine it was proven that a kickboxing class can burn an impressive 800 calories an hour. It will help maintain weight body fat control and bone density. The skill taught can be used in self-defence, if needed.
It is considered to be calming and relaxing.  It requires a high degree of concentration and focus to be able to deliver the multiple movements, punches and kicks. Focus is often on helping body and spirit feel centred and connected to each other.
Lifestyle Benefits
It can be practiced alone or with others. Group introduction is widely available.  It is accessible to people of wildly ranging ages and fitness levels.  Equipment in the initial stages is minimal and equipment is primarily inexpensive.

What we have done with this course is to take the fundamentals’ of Kickboxing in terms of technique and broaden each of them. Variations of the Jab & Cross, for example. We aim to get you to think about the technique until it can be used without thought.

The course aims to teach you relevant skills, technique and fitness elements to enable you to become a Kickboxer. If you already are a kickboxer, this course will ask you to analyse/examine your own technique so that you can further develop within a system.  As the course and subsequently you develop, there will be elements in which you will be able to not only analyse yourself, but that of an opponent.

The basis and foundation of the syllabus to which this course is upon was developed by Myself and Rick Rosser, my friend and the person who introduced me to kick boxing. We wrote the first draft of a Kickboxing Syllabus in 1998 that when submitted to WAKO GB, they hosted on their website for purchase for the whole organisation. I felt this was a winner and a very good foundation upon which I could build.

Further studies (in other martial arts, human anatomy and performance) of mine made me look at the syllabus we had previously written and tear it to bits, look more in depth at each technique and rebuild one with extended techniques for a more complete look at Kickboxing as a sport and a combat system.  That is the syllabus to which this course has been built on.

With that being said,

The Zero to Hero Digital Black Belt Programme.

This is a (depending upon where you live) part online, part live programme designed specifically in helping you attain a black belt in kickboxing

This isn’t a ‘McDojo’ or a way of bypassing hard work and discipline, it’s a simple, progressive format that allows you to develop technique & movement (and subsequently fitness) fast.

There are approximately 90 videos of kickboxing techniques ranging from basic hand techniques to jumping kicks and blocking / evading.  The total course (of all the videos) is broken down into the following modules:


You will work through each of these videos (in each module) in the following way:
Watch (our video)   –   Practice (the technique)   –   Create (your own video of that technique)   –   Upload (in the lesson)
Once you’ve uploaded, your tutor will receive notification, watch your video and give you pointers (if needed),or move you on to the next lesson. Simples!

Once you have completed all of the tasks within the ‘Beginner’ Module, you will have a live grading/examination.  This is where you go to a training centre and demonstrate everything you have learned within said module in front of an assessor. If you are successful, the next module’s access will be granted. This is the same for all modules.

The videos are silent. This is because all of the teaching points & execution points for techniques are given to you live from a tutor (if needed. You are encouraged to seek this knowledge out), either via your skype chat or one to one training session.  You must then work with this information and put the execution points into your own words for each task. To show that you have understood what you have been practicing and not just copied from given cues.

How do I work with my tutor?

Just as you start the course an initial meeting is set up, usually via Skype. This is an informal chat to see how best YOU can work through the programme. Then there are fortnightly Skype conference calls or google hang outs where you can discuss any teaching points necessary.  Depending upon where you live in the world, personal one to one sessions can be arranged.

How long is the programme?

Honestly, that’s up to you. If you have had martial arts experience prior to this (depending on what and how long you’ve practiced) it is completely possible within 6 months.  If you’re a beginner, with no experience, it may take you slightly longer.

6 Months isn’t set in stone.

The outlook on the timings was a thought process that followed; if you were to attend a kickboxing club once per week for 3 years (the average time it takes someone to achieve a blackbelt), that’s 156 training sessions where the focus of the instructor is split over 10 or more people in the class. We wanted to take those 156 sessions and squash them into a small package that you can work through at your own pace with one:one guidance & tuition from a team of already established Blackbelts (with WAKO GB).

Therefore if you trained 2 hours per day, 5 days per week, uploaded your clips and passed the reviews, it is theoretically possible to obtain the blackbelt within 6 months. Your lifestyle will dictate the length of your course.

How to complete a lesson:

I will use a Jab Punch for this example (DBBC 1.06 – JabPunch)

  • Click on the lesson to open.

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  • Read the text at the top to ensure you know what you must do for this task.
  • Scroll Down and watch the video.

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  • Fill in the field “Video you have just watched” with the name of the video you have just watched. This then tells your tutor what video/task (of yours) they are about to review.

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  • Fill in the “Your video link” field with a link to your video for this task (in this case a Jab Punch). Usually hosted on YouTube. (A tutorial of how to upload to youtube can be found by clicking here .  Please note, you will need a YouTube account.)

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  • Fill in the “Execution of Technique” field with exactly how YOU would execute that technique (in this case, the Jab Punch).

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  • Click SUBMIT
  • Complete the quiz beneath the video. This is required before moving on to the next lesson.

That’s it.

Good Luck.















  • Reference: O’Keefe, P. A Framework to success

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