Now that you are ready to embark on the kickboxer’s long and arduous journey, it will have to come as no surprise that the very first thing you will have to learn is how to live to tell the tale by combining offense and defense with balance and the right mental attitude. A good fighting stance allows your feet, torso, arms, and head to work in unison, with the intention to throw your techniques with minimum effort and without fear of losing balance. To appreciate a good stance, we will have to understand the inherently weak areas of the human body. Movement is at all times used to avoid an attack or position for a counterattack. The fighter who controls footwork typically controls the fight by dictating what, when, and how. Offensive movement comprises distance awareness and jamming and gapping techniques. But controlling footwork extends beyond your own footwork. You will have to also discover ways to keep an eye on your opponent’s footwork, to maneuver into a more desirable position, at the same time as preventing him from doing the same. Kickboxing: From Initiation To Knockout comprises a series of short books with focus on learning specific techniques and strategies for the exciting sport of competition kickboxing. With various pictures, each book breaks the material down into bite-size pieces that allow you to practice to perfection. The material in this book previously appeared in Complete Kickboxing, now out of print, and is great for straight boxing, too.