Sunday, August 11, 2013

Fitness: What is BodyCombat?

I first experienced BodyCombat probably around 2007 or 2008. Then, our local instructor left and no one else was certified, so I haven't been able to do it since then. Although, I have begged my gym to get it for forever (sorry about that! haha). 
Well, we finally got it this year! I'm so pumped!
We had our first launch last night and it went great. 

half of us instructors that taught the launch! love these ladies!

BodyCombat is a Les Mills program and this is the description on their website:

"BODYCOMBAT™ is the empowering group fitness cardio workout where you are totally unleashed. This fiercely energetic program is inspired by mixed martial arts and draws from a wide array of disciplines such as karate, boxing, taekwondo, tai chi and muay thai."

They state that the 'essence' of BodyCombat is "the fiercely energetic martial arts workout where you are totally unleashed and empowered."

Here is the typical layout of a class:

1A) Upper body warm up

1B) Lower body warm up
2) Combat 1
3) Power training
4) Combat 2
5) Power training 2
6) Combat 3
7) Muay Thai
8) Power training 3
9) Conditioning
10) Cooldown


Let's do a brief break down the different martial arts styles in BodyCombat.


(This is from our training manual)

"Boxing is a combat sport where two participants fight each other with only their fists."


This is a Japanese style of martial art, which translated means "empty hand." There are typically 3 sections of Karate, which include:

1) Kihon (basics)

2) KATA (forms)
3) Kumite (sparring)


This martial art is referred to as 'The Art of the Eight Limbs' because you use mostly your hands, shins, elbows, and knees. This is also the national sport of Thailand


This is essentially a Chinese martial art that is practiced by Shaolin Monks. The movements mimic these animals:

1) The Dragon

2) The Snake
3) The Tiger
4) The Crane
5) The Leopard or Panther


This is a Korean martial art that means 'to strike or break with fist' or 'the way of kicking and punching.' It is flamboyant, agile, fast, and precise with 90% footwork and 10% hands.


This is a Brazilian art and combines these three elements:

1) Martial arts

2) Game playing
3) Dance


This is an internal Chinese martial art that is often practiced for health reasons. It can help with self-defense, focus, and breathing. 


This originated in India and was developed as a form of self defense by monks who traveled long distances. Today it is known as Brazilian Jui-Jitsu, which focuses on grappling and ground fighting. 

Who are the instructors/creators for BodyCombat?

Meet Dan and Rachael. They're pretty much awesome.


What are the benefits of BodyCombat?


Go to to find a class near you!

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