Boxing, kickboxing & self defense: learn fighting
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Kickboxing and boxing course: learn boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai & self defense. Punches, kicks, & defense moves
4.7 (58 ratings)
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Last updated 3/2016
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Throw different kinds of punches
  • Hit with different types of kicks
  • Defend yourself with boxing, kickboxing and Muay Thai techniques
  • Stand up for yourself
  • Learn a new and fun way to exercise
  • Learn boxing basics and fundamentals in the safety of your home
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  • You should know that this class alone isn't going to make you a good fighter. You need practice.
  • You should ensure to not get overly confident after taking this course

Did you always want to be a good fighter, but were too shy to join fighting gyms and didn't pick fights in school? Well now you can unshroud the mystery behind street fighting, and make yourself a better fighter, learn self defense, and be able to stand up for yourself!

This course will teach you strategies and techniques from boxing, kickboxing, and Muay Thai martial arts.

Following the exercises and techniques in the course, you will get a great workout and get fantastic skills that will help you defend yourself and get exercise at the same time.

How this boxing course is structured

This course will teach you the basic stance, handwork, punches, and kicks. You will also learn defensive techniques.

The main instructor of this boxing course

Joe Zanca is the main instructor in this boxing course. Joe has been practicing martial arts and boxing since he was a little boy, and he now competes in MMA fighting. He also trains MMA fighters. And now, in this course, he can train you the basic boxing skills that you can use as a fitness routine as well as basic self defense.

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Who is the target audience?
  • People who want to get in shape
  • People who want to learn how to fight
  • People who are curious about how to punch and kick correctly
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Curriculum For This Course
38 Lectures
Course introduction
2 Lectures 02:01

Introduction to Joe Zanca who will be the main instructor for this boxing class, and many other health and fitness classes that he and I make. The other instructor for the boxing class is me, Alex Genadinik. I have made a number of boxing, kickboxing, and health and fitness classes with Joe Zanca on Udemy. Together we have teamed up to teach you boxing, kickboxing, a little bit of MMA style fighting, and in our other classes we teach you topics like calisthenics, high intensity interval training, how to get in shape, lose weight and more. We hope you enjoy this boxing class, and use it for fitness as well as to learn some basic self defense techniques.

Preview 01:15

If you are a beginner and taking boxing classes at a local gym, my lectures will focus on beginner boxing mistakes, and how to avoid them. I will show you beginner mistakes with the jab, cross, hook and the uppercut, and a couple of the common kicks. If you are a beginner at boxing or kickboxing, see if the mistakes I show you are ones you may be making. When people take boxing classes, they often make the same mistakes with the basic punches, and my tutorials will help you avoid the basic mistakes and help you get the most out of boxing classes you take at a gym, or here in our online boxing class.

Alex's role in the course
Basics and fighting fundamentals
4 Lectures 08:07

In this part of the boxing course, you will learn how to use hand wraps to protect your hands and decrease the risk of injury to your hands. Without wrapping your hands, you have more of a risk to injure your wrist, thumb, knuckles, and the small bones around your hand. Additionally, if you don't wrap your hands, you will be more likely to scratch your hands, and get blisters which will make it painful to punch and painful to keep training. So learn to properly wrap your hands for boxing or MMA fighting, and decrease injury risk.

How to protect your hands

In this part of the training, you learn how to have correct stance and correct footwork for boxing, kickboxing and MMA fighting. Footwork is part of your offense and defense. Your mobility during the fight will help you keep your opponent off balance, while helping it make it more difficult for them to hit you. They will always have to keep adjusting as you move around, and it will make things harder for your opponent. The trick with boxing or kickboxing footwork is not to get yourself tired, and not to get your feet tangled and trip yourself.

Stance and footwork: how to move around when fighting

In this part of the training you will learn the right way to hold your hands during boxing, kickboxing or MMA fighting. You have to hold your hands by your temples, almost touching the temples. Especially for beginners in boxing, one of the first things you must learn is to hold your hands up at all times. When you don't pay attention to it, or when you get tired, your hands might start to slack and go down, and that is when you will leave your face open to get hit. So make sure to get into the habit of keeping your hands up at all times, and work on your defense in boxing, kickboxing and MMA style fighting. Defense is key. You don't want to get hit. And keeping your hands up will go a long way in helping you protect yourself.

Preview 02:51

Stance for beginners
Basic punches: which will you use as your knockout punch?
11 Lectures 19:47

The jab is the most important punch in boxing. It is a defensive punch as well as an offensive punch. When you want to keep your opponent far, you can use the jab to keep them at a distance, and when you want to throw a punch combination, most of the time you will start with the jab as the starting punch of whatever combination you are planning to use. You should always practice the jab and become very good at it. The jab is a very important punch. It should be quick and almost like a snap. Make sure that after you use the jab to always bring your hand back to your temple to protect your face in case your opponent throws a counter combination.


The jab is a full extension punch. It is meant to be a quick punch, and an almost a snap of the arm. You always want to bring your hand back in a defensive position after you throw your jab. Some mistakes that people make are not throwing the jab quickly and not extending their arm fully.

Preview 02:36

The cross is a powerful punch that is frequently used. You must use your full body weight when you use the cross. The power of this punch comes from the transfer of your weight from your back leg to your front leg. So when you throw the cross, you are not just using your arm, but putting your weight behind the punch, and that is what makes the cross such a powerful punch. Plus, if you add speed to the punch, it makes the cross an even more powerful punch because you hit your opponent with a lot of speed and the force of your body weight. They will feel it if you learn how to use the cross punch correctly.

Preview 01:28

Common mistakes with the cross

The hook is another punch that is made powerful because of the speed with which you throw the punch combined with the transfer of your weight. Many people, especially beginners, throw very wide hooks. That is wrong because your opponent can see the hook coming. The correct way to throw the hook is to turn your body rather than to hit with your hand, and make the turn quick and compact. That way you preserve the element of surprise with the punch, and you don't open up defensively.


Common mistakes with the hook

In this part of our training, you learn how to correctly throw the uppercut. This punch isn't as common as the jab, cross and the hook, but the uppercut is still a very important punch. Plus, it can really catch your opponent by surprise since they may be used to try to defend the other punches. The way you generate power with your uppercut is to also use your body weight transfer and almost dig into the punch. You want to turn your wrists up when you use the uppercut.


The superman punch isn't common in boxing, but it is more common in MMA style fighting and Muay Thai fighting. The advantage of the superman punch is that it allows you to close the distance between you and your opponent pretty quickly, and catch them by surprise.

Preview 01:49

The elbow is also not a boxing move, but it is more common in MMA style fighting and Muay Thai fighting. It is a powerful strike if you can catch your opponent with an elbow during a fight because the elbow is so hard, and a clean elbow strike can really hurt and knock out your opponent. When you use the elbow, the technique resembles a hook. In fact, sometimes if you throw a hook and miss, you may still try to catch your opponent with the elbow.

Elbow (more Muay Thai)

The overhead punch is another powerful punch which is effective against taller people. The punch is very powerful because just like the cross it generates power from speed and the transfer of your body weight. Plus the punch has a long stride which also helps it get its power. It should be used as more of a surprise punch because since it is a wide punch it can be easily defended, but if you can catch your opponent with it in an MMA fight or a boxing match, it can really hurt them.

Overhead punch
Basic kicks
6 Lectures 13:15

Push kick is kind of like the jab of kicks. It is used as a defensive kick and an offensive kick. Your leg is longer than your arm so you can kick your opponent when he or she is further away. It is also a good surprise move if your opponent thinks that you will only be punching them, and you can give them a good push kick right in the stomach, ribs or the face. The important thing with this kick is to give a strong push which will help you generate a lot of power.

Push kicks

Push kicks for beginners

The knee is a powerful kick when you are up close with your opponent. Your opponent typically doesn't see it coming, and if you can sneak it in, and even add a little jump in there you can kick their chin and knock them out. It is a really powerful kick because the knee is all bone and it is very painful for your opponent.


The roundhouse kick is a difficult kick for most beginners to do correctly. It requires a combination of a few motions that people don't usually do in day to day life, and it takes time to get it all to work well together. To generate a lot of power in a roundhouse kick, you must first either get on the ball of your foot or turn your lead foot out. Then you must follow that by turning all of your body, and having your leg follow through and connect with whoever or whatever you are kicking. The power of the roundhouse kick, like with many of the punches, comes from the transfer of your bodyweight into the kick.

Preview 02:21

Beginner tutorial for how to correctly do the roundhouse kick for kickboxing or MMA. Many people struggle with getting the roundhouse kick to work for them because they can't get the spinning motion right in order to generate the speed and power of the kick. So in this tutorial I show how to correctly do the roundhouse kick.

Roundhouse kicks for beginners

In this part of the training you will learn how to throw kick and punch combinations. You don't want to just throw one punch or kick. What you want to do is always throw combinations of different punches or kicks so that if your opponent gets away from one punch or kick, you might get them with the next one in your combination. It makes it much more difficult for your opponent to defend themselves in a fight.

Advanced punch and kick variations
Defending against the other person's punches. How to not get hit!
4 Lectures 05:07

Defense is a very underrated element for beginners in boxing, kickboxing or MMA style fighting. But as soon as a person gets hit, they realize the importance of defense. Blocking is a very important defensive strategy. A part of it is simply keeping your hands up. You don't always see all punches coming so keeping your hands up can help you block some of the kicks and punches.

How to block punches in close situations or when attacked in a closed space

Slipping is an important defensive move in boxing, kickboxing and MMA style fighting. A slip is a small move of your head to the left or to the right. You move your head just enough for the opponent to miss. After the slip you can throw counter punches because if your opponent missed they may be off balance or open defensively.

Preview 01:03

Ducking and rolling are additional defensive moves in boxing and kickboxing. It is a bigger movement than slipping in which you try to go under a punch. You can also throw counter punches after you duck or roll to a side because your body may have natural momentum and your opponent may not be ready defensively.

Ducking from punches and rolling to get into a counterattacking position

Putting it all together: Fighting
5 Lectures 09:04

In this part of the training we explain what to do if you have to fight in a small area. The common scenario is the elevator scenario. What if you get attacked in an elevator. Here Joe shows the right approach to fighting in an elevator or another close combat scenario.

Preview 00:58

In this part of the training Joe shows how to do different effective punch combinations. When you are fighting, you want to try to keep your opponent guessing, and throw different punch combinations. This tutorial explains how to throw different punch combinations all the time, and how to throw different punches in your combinations.

Preview 01:24

In this tutorial Joe shows how to throw different combinations of punches, kicks and defensive moves for boxing, kickboxing and MMA fighting. Notice that he adds defensive techniques at the end of his combinations, and uses punch variations to set up roundhouse kicks. This is the great thing about combining boxing with other fighting or martial arts disciplines is that you can create variations and combinations of kicks and punches that your opponent won't see coming.

More punch combinations to practice and experiment with

In this part of the training you learn how to box, and how to make your punches stronger and more powerful. The power from your punches and kicks comes from accuracy, body momentum and the speed of the punch or kick.

How to make your punches stronger and add more POWER to your punch

In this part of the boxing class, you will learn exercises that will make you stronger for boxing so as you learn how to box, you will also become stronger in the important muscle groups for boxing.

Fitness exercises and regimen to make you a stronger fighter
Natural ways to improve performance
2 Lectures 06:55
Natural ways to improve performance (more coming in October and late 2015)

NEW! What to eat before a workout to boost your performance
4 Lectures 20:50

Many boxing classes just make you dive right in so in this tutorial I show you what mistakes many beginners in boxing classes make, so that you don't make those mistakes. When people first take boxing classes, they incorrectly throw the common punches and that is what I try to help with here.

Alex shares his boxing mistakes as a beginner. Beginners, good tips here!

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About the Instructor
Alex Genadinik
4.4 Average rating
4,103 Reviews
94,670 Students
111 Courses
Love helping you succeed: 90,000 students & 100 courses

3-time best selling Amazon author, creator of top entrepreneur mobile apps, and host of a popular business and marketing channel on YouTube.

I am the creator of the Problemio business apps which are some of the top mobile apps for planning and starting a business with 1,000,000+ downloads across iOS, Android and Kindle.

I am also an author of three business books (marketing to reach 1,000,000 people, on starting a business, and on the mobile app business).

I am also a business coach. On my apps and in my private coaching practice I have helped over 1,000 entrepreneurs. That means I can probably help you quite a bit as well.

My areas of expertise are mobile apps, software engineering, marketing (SEO and social), and entrepreneurship.

I created over 100 courses on Udemy with 90,000+ students by whom I am humbled and who I try to help any way I can!

Joey Zanca
4.2 Average rating
218 Reviews
17,223 Students
10 Courses
20+ years of boxing, kickboxing, MMA, and martial arts

Doing boxing and kickboxing since I was 4 years old. I currently work as a personal trainer and an MMA fighting trainer. I have trained a number of winning MMA fighters.

My experience:

10 years boxing

10 years kickboxing

10+ years martial arts

10+ years grappling

7+ years personal fitness trainer

5+ years MMA fighting trainer

Current Fitness coordinator for Title Boxing Club

Program Director for Mutant MMA