Kickboxing Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Educate your students about kickboxing with this helpful lesson plan. They will study a text lesson about kickboxing, take a related lesson quiz, and take part in a kickboxing-type class.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson your students will be able to:

  • Describe what comprises the sport of kickboxing
  • Explain cardiovascular and strength benefits of the sport
  • Recap why kickboxing may be beneficial to cognitive health


30-45 minutes


  • Copy of the text lesson What is Kickboxing - Definition & Benefits along with the related lesson quiz
  • Device to play workout music
  • Internet access
  • Workout music (this should be prepared in advance of class, and the first and last five minutes of the tape should be slow, while the middle segment should feature high-energy songs)

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.

Please note that each state has different standards for physical education. Please consult your state's standards to ensure proper alignment.


  • Have your students take a drink of water (but not too much).
  • Pass out copies of the text lesson What is Kickboxing? - Definition & Benefits, one per student.
  • Read the introduction and the first section 'What is Kickboxing?'
    • What are the basics of kickboxing?
    • As the instructor, demonstrate some front kicks, side kicks, crosses, and uppercuts for the class to see.
  • Next, read the sections 'Cardiovascular Benefits' and 'Strength Benefits.'
    • What are some of the cardiovascular and strength benefits of kickboxing?
  • Read the section 'Cognitive Benefits.'
    • How might kickboxing help with cognitive improvement? Why?
    • Do you think kickboxing is something students may want to incorporate into their lives?


  • Tell students they will be taking part in a cardio kickboxing activity. This means absolutely NO physical contact will be allowed between students.
  • Line up your students in rows, and make sure they have plenty of space between each other.
  • Stand at the front of the class where you are clearly visible to all of the students.
  • Start the music.
  • Begin with a slow and gradual warm-up period. As the instructor, you will be performing all the moves, so your students can mimic you. If necessary, watch some cardio kickboxing videos, in advance of class, to make certain you know the moves. Tell them:

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