How Long Does It Take To Get Good At Kickboxing?


Kickboxers sparring in the fighting ring.

Good is very subjective. For some, it simply means being able to keep up with the conditioning, and others, it means being able to spar and compete.

In my first few months, I struggled with the conditioning and combinations. There’s a lot to get used to when you first start. Other than the challenging cardio, the combinations require lots of practice to perfect.

From personal experience, I found that the cardio is hard to get used to. I’ve been going for months but still don’t find it easy. It’s challenging, but really fun doing it in a group setting. But when it comes to the moves, upper body movements dont typically take long to get used to. While lower body movements like kicks took much longer. Here’s a summary of how long it took me to get good (better) at kickboxing per move.

How long it took me to get better at kickboxing

While the moves below do not encompass all moves in Kickboxing, it certainly covers some of the fundamental moves. It took me about a month to get my kicks right.

Before

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The before video was taken on the 3rd week after starting my Kickboxing journey. I really struggled with my dominant-leg kicks. Here’s what I was doing wrong:

  • Not enough hip rotation
  • Leaned to the left side way too much when raising my leg to kick.
  • Horrible balance (could not land back correctly after kicking)
  • My right arm was not protecting my face. This is bad because when in a real fight, leaving the face exposed is the perfect opportunity for your opponent to strike you in the face.

After

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The improvement is very clear with my kicks. It took me 1 month to improve my kicks. How do I know my kicks improved?

  • Hips are rotating properly
  • The left foot is pivoting correctly
  • My left arm is up protecting my face
  • No balance problems.
  • The kick is done in one motion.

From personal experience, I found that the cardio is hard to get used to. I’ve been going for months but still don’t find it easy. It’s challenging, but really fun doing it in a group setting. But when it comes to the moves, upper body movements dont typically take long to get used to. While lower body movements like kicks took much longer. Here’s a quick summary of how long it took me to get good (better) at kickboxing per move.

Kickboxing MoveHow long it took to improve
Jabs1 Week
Cross1 Week
Uppercut1 Week
Hooks2 Weeks
Elbow1 Week
Knee2 Weeks
Push Kick2 Weeks
Side Kick (Rear Kick)1 Month
Side Kick (Lead kick – Switch Kick)2 Months

To give you some context. I wasn’t the most athletic person growing up. I always enjoyed sports like soccer and volleyball but never got into any fighting sports. Given my current lifestyle of working a typical 9 – 5 job, I started my kickboxing journey not being flexible whatsoever (find out how to get more flexible for kickboxing).

The main point here is that everyone learns on their own pace. Don’t try to rush things as you may hurt yourself, especially when kicking.

If you’re trying to get better with the kickboxing moves, take time to practice them on a punching bag after class or at home. The saying “practice makes perfect” is so true here. While i’m still learning and practicing till this day, I found myself improving much faster when I spend an extra hour or two at the gym focusing on one or two moves.

How To Be A Better Kickboxer

Practice practice practice. That’s what it comes down to. While im not the best kickboxer out there, I did see major improvements in my cardio and technique. Consider doing the following to improve:

  1. Practice combinations on a punching bag an hour after class.
  2. Grab thai pads and practice with a partner
  3. Ask Instructor for feedback on your form
  4. Take a video of yourself to see how yourself doing the moves
  5. Practice in front of a mirror

Final Thoughts

Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses when it comes to kickboxing. Personally, lower body movements are much more difficult for me given my flexibility issues. While others at my gym struggles with jabs and crosses or don’t keep their guard up while implementing their moves.

Muscle memory is big and that’s why practice makes perfect. If you’re reading this because your contemplating whether it’s worth starting your kickboxing journey or not, you should definitely DO IT. Other than the obvious health benefits, it’s truly a lot of skills to learn, there’s so many skills that you pick up when kickboxing.

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