International Sport Science Student Studies, vol.4, no.1, pp.8-14, 2022 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)
This study aims to evaluate the amateur and professional kickboxing sport in terms of recreation as it becomes popular day by day. This study was carried out using a compilation-type method. The literature has scanned and associated terms related to amateur, professional, recreational, and kickboxing. While amateurism is expressed as doing a job without any profit, professionalism transforms the work done into a profession and profit. His unprofessionalism can also be considered a step before becoming a professional. There are significant differences in the competition rules of amateur and professional sports branches. Kickboxing, which is made as an amateur, makes a distinction between tatami and ring styles and allows the athletes to compete in the style that suits them. In the recreational kickboxing branch, individuals prefer kickboxing as a hobby, health, and leisure activity. Today, it is also possible to encounter that some individuals started as recreational activities and progressed to amateur and professional. As a result, in addition to the practice of kickboxing as an amateur and professional athletes, it is seen that individuals prefer a very intense form for recreational purposes. From another point of view, it can be said that the recreational features of defense and combat sports are gradually increasing.