Kickboxing is a combat sport that combines boxing with elements of karate and taekwon-do, particularly kicking. Kickboxing is practiced for self-defence, general fitness, or as a competitive contact sport. Chikara Chelsea primarily focuses on kickboxing as a competitive contact sport with a strong emphasis on technical boxing.

As a complement to kickboxing and to measure progress, the Chikara Chelsea program draws heavily on the fighting techniques and grading system of GTF/ITF taekwon-do. The taekwon-do taught at Chikara Chelsea is the so-called “martial art” version of the sport. As such, taekwon-do taught is much closer to Shotokan karate, from which it draws its source, and to kickboxing in general. Taekwon-do is a Korean martial art. Taekwon-do means the way of bare feet and bare hands.

Chikara Chelsea focuses in order of importance on sparring, self-defence and finally on board breaking. Sparring is compulsory. Self-defense, breaking and sometimes patterns are taught as a complement in order to properly convey the main principles of taekwon-do.