The term 'kickboxing' is something used generically to refer to all types of boxing where at least four points of contact are allowed (fists and feet, plus additionally sometimes, knees, elbows, less frequently also forehead).

In the strict sense of the term 'kickboxing' refers to the sport similar to Muay Thai but with no kicks below the belt and no strikes with knees and elbows. See: kickboxing.

The following styles are independent sports, which are sometimes referred to under the umbrella term 'kickboxing':

4 points of contact:
- Savate (French kickboxing) - fists and feet, but allows the use of shoes.

8 points of contact:
- Muay Thai (Thai boxing) - Traditional Thai martial art of which has now grown into a popular kickboxing event with strong emphasis on knee and elbow strikes.

- Yaw Yan (Filipino kickboxing) - see further

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Pradal Serey (Khmer "Cambodian" kickboxing) - Possible predecessor of Muay Thai with an emphasis on elbow techniques.

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Gwon-gyokdo or Kun Gek Do (Korean kickboxing), a mix between Muay Thai and Tae Kwon Do.

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Muay Lai (Laos boxing), also knows as Muay "Seur Lark Haaung" as the movements are like "a tiger moving while dragging its tail"....

9 points of contact:
- Adithada (Indian kickboxing) - A form of kickboxing that uses knee, elbow and forehead strikes.

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Lethwei (Burmese kickboxing) - Traditional Burmese martial arts of which has now grown into a popular kickboxing event with strong emphasis on knee, elbow strikes and headbutt. Any part of the body may be used to strike and be struck. It is also known as Bando kickboxing.

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Muay Boran (Ancient Boxing) - Predecessor of Muay Thai, allows the use of headbutts.

Including takedowns, throws and/or grappling/submission:
- Sanshou (Sanda) (Chinese kickboxing) - The applicable component of wushu/kung fu of which takedowns and throws are legal in competition as well as all other sorts of striking (use of arms and legs).

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Shoot boxing, also known as "standing vale tudo" is a Japanese form of kickboxing which allows throwing and submission while standing, similar to Sanshou.

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Yaw-Yan (Filipino kickboxing) - Sayaw ng Kamatayan (Dance of Death) is the proper name for Yaw-Yan, a Filipino martial art developed by Napoleon Fernandez. The art resembles Muay Thai in a sense, but differs in the hip torquing motion as well as downward-cutting of its kicks. Yaw-yan also differs from Muay Thai because its practitioners can deliver their attacks from long range.
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