A lot of Americans will tell you that their country is solely responsible for kickboxing. But... While they had a big part in the development of it. It is originally derived from a combination of boxing
, an English/European sport/method of fighting, and muay thai
or thai boxing
, another combat sport, but invented by the Thai people.
Kicboxing blends the kicking techniques (and knees and elbows if you're taught for street fighting too) of Muay Thai, with the more conventional punching and footwork techniques of western boxing.
All in all. It is the most popular "hybrid" as some people would call it, in the world. It is lots of fun, a good way to get some decent fitness, and a good skill to have.
If you did kickboxing with me, you wouldn't have had your arse kicked by that little girl.