Is there a specific body type that’s best suited for kickboxing? Like, do tall people with longer limbs do better with it as a fighting style? Is there even such a thing as an ideal kickboxing physique?

Some might say yes, but the honest answer from me is no. Questions like this always feel a little like “min/maxing” to me because it always comes with the off-hand implication that if they’re somehow not in that “ideal category”, they will never ever be “as good” as the person who is.

This is a terrible assumption to make because skill in physical combat is defined primarily by effort, not by body type. The body is molded by the training and the student in question learns to make do with what they have. Every type of body comes with its own strengths and weaknesses, every person has a genetic history and what that is isn’t necessarily obvious just on the basis of what they look like. Sometimes, genetics help. Sometimes, they hurt.

Any person can be good either way. The point of training is to reshape. As you train, you will learn how to deal with your own deficiencies. You’ll learn tactics for how to overcome an opponent with greater reach, develop solutions to even the playing field. The importance of training is to help a student develop their strengths and help them discover how to mitigate or fix their weaknesses.

It’s important to understand that there is no such thing as “static”. There are no hard limits here. What matters most is consistency, a willingness to learn, and the determination to keep showing up even when training or life gets tough. When we talk about the “ideal student”, this is what we mean. The one who is there, who shows up, who is willing to put the work in even when they don’t have to, and who keeps coming back. There are people in this world who are naturally very talented, they have more talent in their pinky than you or I will ever see in ourselves than the length of our entire lives. Yet, in the end, if they don’t try or they don’t want to make use of their talent, if they coast on it, then they’ll end up weaker in the end.

Talent + Hard Work = Success

Hard Work = Success

Talent alone is not enough and, in the end, the hardest road often produces the best results. Combat is just a skill set, one that is developed over time like any other specialty. You’ve got to put in some to get something out and the more you do, the better you get. The one who takes their commitment to learning seriously is the one who is ideal like in anything else.

You can start them with any body type you like, any size you like, any fitness level so long as you’re willing to take into account what that means. Either way, they’ll never start perfectly ready. Everything they need can be developed, what they don’t have they’ll learn.

“They’re not good at physical exercise.”

They can get better. They will get better. Wind and endurance are gained over time.

“They’re not a natural.”

Hard work can compensate for that and they’ll need to work hard anyway.

All you need to remember is that this will be true regardless of sex or gender. Both girls and boys have to work hard to be good. They both have to work hard to overcome their weaknesses and develop their strengths. They both have to practice. They both have to fight. They both have to train hard.

People do.

It’s easiest if it’s something they enjoy doing, but they can also learn to enjoy doing it even if they didn’t initially. Sometimes, we start slow and get better. It’s hard to keep working at something and devote yourself to it, to improving, to striving toward some kind of goal. Try not to think of the world or people as static.

I know that’s probably not the answer you wanted.

-Michi