How to Become a Professional Kick Boxer

Kick boxing originated in Asia nearly 2,000 years ago. This rapid paced sport that is known for its physical contact didn't emerge in the United States until the 1970s. Soon karate professionals were organizing competitions that permitted full-contact kicking and punching, which were previously were prohibited in karate and kick boxing. Here are some guidelines for becoming a professional kick boxer.


  1. 1
    Locate a mixed martial arts (MMA) school or gym in your area.
  2. 2
    Look for a qualified kick boxing instructor. An instructor should be certified by an accredited association, such as the American Council on Exercise (ACE), or have passed a kick boxing certification exam from a licensed training facility. Instructors also should be experienced in the proper kick boxing techniques. Martial arts belts typically indicate their level of expertise.
  3. 3
    Learn the MMA terminology. Most of the terms used by announcers during kick boxing competitions detail the competitors' positions and how they move from one position to another.
  4. 4
    Attend an MMA or kickboxing exhibition so you will know what to expect. A kickboxing competition will give you a chance to talk to some of the fighters about how they got started in the sport.
  5. 5
    Hire a manager and trainer. They will help you get into top-notch condition, arrange your matches, negotiate payments, and promote you and your kickboxing competitions.
  6. 6
    Gain amateur status. To get status as an amateur kick boxer, you must file a license application with your state's local amateur boxing organization and have a routine physical. Participate in unsanctioned boxing events to gain experience before your first amateur match.
  7. 7
    Join a professional kick boxing association. These organizations provide a link between fighters and promoters.
  8. 8
    Apply for a professional kickboxing license. You'll need copies of your birth certificate, Social Security card and a photo ID; a signed statement from your physician verifying that you past a physical and an ophthalmoscope or dilated eye examination; and the results of your Hepatitis B and C and HIV tests.


  • Becoming an amateur kick boxer before turning professional is not a prerequisite, but it is recommended.
  • Every state has its own licensing requirements. They either are governed by the athletic or the general licensing commission.
  • Some MMA training facilities also offer management services, including negotiating contracts and securing professional kick boxing venues.
  • You must be at least 18 years old to apply for a boxing license.

Things You'll Need

  • Trainer
  • Manager
  • Proof of age (must be 18)
  • An amateur boxing record
  • Boxing/kick boxing license for your state
  • Physical exam
  • 3 references
  • Membership in a professional boxing association
  • Negative Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV tests
  • Ophthalmoscopy/ dilated eye examination
  • Pregnancy test (female fighters)

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