A high kick is very effective when carried out by someone with training and at the right moment. In martial arts that permit high kicks, as well as in street fights, high kicks be very useful in catching the opponent off guard.
All the original cast members of the original Power Rangers except for Amy Jo Johnsons (the pink power ranger), have had some form of martial arts training. Jason David Frank, who played the Green and White Power Ranger, is very famous for his martial arts experience.
Martial artists break boards because it takes the pain out of sparring, helps the hands build up a resistance for impact, as preparation for tournaments. Breaking boards gives martial artists a sense of power, self-confidence, and a sense of satisfaction.
As long as the discipline does not interfere with Christian beliefs, it should not be a sin for a Christian to practice qigong. Although some religious leaders are cautious, qigong is not a religion and can therefore co-exist with an actual religion without sinning.
You can certainly do martial arts and go to the gym. At the gym you can develop strength and stamina, and you can target muscles that might otherwise be overlooked. As long as you don’t compromise your flexibility for mass, an overall fit body will help you in martial arts.
The biggest reason to practice martial arts barefoot is that in Asia it’s traditional to stay barefoot indoors. There are also genuine advantages for the way that posture and muscles are trained. Lastly, being barefoot can help a fighter be more sensitive to their surroundings.
Kickboxing is indeed safer than boxing. According to doctors, professional boxing is possibly the most dangerous sport in the world today. Kickboxing injuries on the other hand, often look to be much worse than they really are.