Ideal for men and women as a high energy workout, it’s performed without shoes (far safer!) and using pads and punch bags.
A high intensity cardio workout, kickboxing will raise your heart rate, and as a strength exercise you’ll find you tone your upper and lower body as you punch and kick.
Kickboxing is a great martial art, but I would also recommend trying as many other ones as possible. You never know which one you will click with. I really enjoyed Muay Thai, which is similar to Kickboxing. It probably depends on the teacher, so find a good class, that's the key.
I have recently tried this and really enjoyed it. And there is indeed nothing like it for stress busting. Take that! And that!
I like kickboxing and I don't think you need to go to a specialised kickboxing gym to do it. Some of them make out they're better than ordinary gyms, but any kickboxing class will get you just as fit.
I have done wrestling, Judo and kickboxing and I do do think that Judo works me harder and gets more results. Kickboxing is good for my partner though.