WEDNESDAY, December 31st 2003, AT 7:10 PM, PT
A Year In Review With The
2003 was one of the most progressive years for the IKF Organization. As we end the year today, lets take a look back at what all happened over the year throughout the IKF World. Please find below "SOME" (Events with IKF Titles) of our IKF Sanctioned events along with some of the news stories that made headlines in 2003.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE...
POSTED AT 10:15 AM, PT
TUESDAY, December 30th 2003, AT 8:20 PM, PT
A Look Back &
A Look Forward
Is It Time To "EXPAND" The
IKF USA National Amateur Tournament?
The majority of this article is from a previous article written back in May of 2001 by IKF Associate Alex MacDonald. In Alex's first article he addressed the issue of the USA titles and how the Amateur National Tournament took these title fights away from the promoters. In the last 2 years we have also taken away the Amateur North American titles from promoters because of the recent addition of the IKF North American Tournaments. Both of these events have there pros and cons about them but overall, the one we hear about most here is that in creating them, we have not allowed Promoters to feature big U.S. or North American Title matches on their events. Doing so has taken away their ability to add more hype and excitement to their promotion, only leaving them with 3 amateur title choices, state, regional or World. Only 3 choices in USA that is.
As we end 2003 we look ahead to what we can do to improve the IKF in 2004. We have already been discussing openly the issue of amateurs wearing headgear or having the option not to. This rule of amateurs wearing headgear looks like it will not change for 2004, mainly due to the safety issues related to it. In other words, the problem here is not "Amateurs not wanting to wear headgear." The real problem is that "there is no 'Next Level' for them to go after an amateur career". We say "Next Level" because the reality is, there are fewer and fewer pro opportunities every year. Without National TV Exposure from a National Network, this may never change. With this being said, we here at the IKF Organization are working on this "Daily" and we hope to make progress in 2004 for all of us. In the mean time, we need to look for ways to help bring Promoters financial assistance through major sponsorship so that we can see more pro fights.
Have you ever heard of the saying, "More is Less?" If not, you have now and we have decided to look at some of the areas where the IKF can do "Less" to offer all of you "More". We don't mean "Less work". We mean... well... Lets just jump into this discussion and begin with focusing on the IKF National & North American Amateur Tournaments and see where we can offer "Less" but make it "More" for everyone. In the end, you will hopefully see what we mean by such a phrase.
Since its birth, the IKF has taken
amateur kickboxing in the U.S. very seriously. In fact it was the mismanagement
of amateurs by other sanctioning organizations that created the opening for
founders Steve Fossum and Dan Stell to start what is now, after
less than ten years, the most respected worldwide sanctioning body.
When thinking about the IKF's dedication to amateurs, one must especially respect the sacrifice made to stage the IKF National Amateur Tournaments. Perhaps 'sacrifice' is the wrong word here. With the vision of both amateur and professional kickboxing growing to reach their full potential, perhaps 'investment' is a better word. And what an investment it has been so far. In only its *fifth year, the IKF National Amateur Tournament is respected by Americans and non-Americans alike. Entering the tournament means facing the best in the United States. Gone are the days when one could fight a cross-town rival for a national title or even a world title.
However, without a working system in place to copy, the IKF has had to, more or less, invent the wheel on its own. Being the first organization to have both, they had to decide how to balance the tournament champion with the national title holder. Initially, U.S. title holders were obligated to enter the tournament. Those who didn't have a valid reason for missing the tournament were told their titles would be stripped. Then tournament winners who fought in divisions with vacant titles were awarded the U.S. title in addition to the tournament championship. In retrospect, this was wrong. Fighting 3 two-minute rounds is not enough to win the title and not every tournament champion got double belts so the IKF fixed things again. This time they put the tournament champion first in line to challenge the title holder which made it seem to some that the tournament champion's achievement was inferior to winning the U.S. title. This of course couldn't have been further from the truth since the tournament circuit is, without a doubt, the best experience any amateur kickboxer in the U.S. will ever have. In response, the IKF has now (*as of April 4th, 2001) eliminated the amateur title system altogether in an effort to have only one U.S. Champion. I feel this act will do more damage than good and that is the basis of this article.
I would first like to thank the IKF for giving me a forum to disagree with this decision and for posting this article on the news page. Readers will know that others would not be so fair. However, if you look at the bottom of the main page on this site, you will see that fairness is part of the IKF's five star mission. This article is proof of that.
I would also like to say that this article is not meant to be any form of mud slinging. This is one of Mr. Fossum's advisors who supports amateur U.S. title matches disagreeing with other advisors who don't. Furthermore, although I feel the decision to eliminate amateur U.S. title matches is wrong, I am not accusing anyone involved in the decision making process of malice. On the contrary, intent alone sets the IKF apart from the its competitors.
The link team sports have between their regular seasons and playoffs is a little different than that between the kickboxing tournament circuit and what I call the 'title season'. In team sports the playoffs are more important than the regular season record. Think of the Super Bowl, the World Series or the Stanley Cup. In addition, team sports have a one-way relationship where the playoff winners have to start from scratch at the beginning of the next regular seasons. On the other hand, I believe kickboxing has a two-way relationship. The title holder can bypass the qualifying tournaments to enter the U.S. Championships and the tournament winner is put first in line to challenge the title holder. I predict that this two way relationship will create a growth cycle that, once the spinning picks up speed, will snowball beyond our wildest expectations.
So which is more important? The tournament champion or
the title holder?
If we look closely at the aspects of a tournament and those of a title match, we'll see that these are two different tests each with its own advantages.
Could the above fights have happened at the IKF National Amateur Tournament? If all the circumstances in question had them chasing the same championship, they may very well have met but the conditions were different enough for these fighters to miss each other. Owens was recovering from a knee injury and couldn't make it to the tournament. Hill and Rivera fought in different years and different rule styles as did Zimmerman and Fowler. Hasely and Crawford come from different countries. And Greubel and Poey, although fighting in the same year in the same rule class, entered at different weights.
I predict that *after the 2001 IKF National Amateur Tournament, we'll see promoters looking to match the best against the best at a higher frequency than before Only now with no titles on the line to ensure a legacy. In fact, I believe that if the choice to eliminate U.S. National Titles were put on the table in March 2002 rather than 2001, the final decision would be very different. Everyone involved would see the effect the tournament circuit has on the quality of matchmaking during title season. These matches deserve recognition and the IKF is the only organization that can do this. (Without full disclosure of both past and present champions [see the IKF WORLD RANKINGS pages and the PAST IKF Champions pages] other titles are unfortunately rendered meaningless.)
"I predict that *after the 2001
National Amateur Tournament, we'll see
promoters looking to match the best against the best at a higher frequency than
Only now with no titles on the line to
ensure a legacy." (As what happened this last year on Ray
Thompson's Martial Arts
In doing so, it would free up all the IKF USA and IKF North American Titles (Along with the other, state, regional and World) for Promoters to feature on their events instead. But what would we call such an event? Each year when we start talking about the IKF USA Nationals on the news pages here we receive about 10-20 e-mails a week from trainers and fighters from around the world asking if they can join the event. However, as you all know, the event is a USA National Amateur Tournament, not a "World" tournament. But what if we open up such an event to "ANY" Amateur fighter in the World? Of course, we would need to assure "ALL" fighters followed the IKF Definition of Amateur Fighter found at this link HERE.
So... What would we call it?
How About ...
Yes there will be questions such as how many fighters will we allow in a
bracket for the 2 day event? We were thinking "First come, first serve."
and limit each weight division to 8 fighters. That way they would fight at the
most 2 times on Saturday and 1 time on Title Sunday. Sure, there are other
questions such as "How will you do seeding and will there be regionals
anymore?" We don't know yet. Some time ago we broke down the World into
REGIONS just for this reason. You can see these regions by clicking
we were to have IKF Directors or
Representatives who could organize Regional qualifying events in these regions,
this would of course be a "Perfect Scenario". However this has
proved harder than first thought. Decisions such as these are where you come in.
We look forward to your thoughts on this one as you discuss it on the
Message Board or e-mail (email@example.com)
your thoughts to us... Because as you can see, we're ready to move forward on
If this is approved, the event would be on the dates already set for the 2004 IKF USA National Amateur tournament: August 20th, 21st and 22nd.
MORE NEWS OF 12-30-03
Do We Need It?
Quote from an E-Mail: "The rules of Full Contact themselves protect the fighters from boxers entering the sport and going on a tear (minimum kick req.) In the K-1, Bernado doesn't lose points if he doesn't kick. Does Peter Aerts need rules to protect him from the big bad boxer? No. Does Bernado's presence hurt the sport? On the contrary, it makes it more interesting."
With that being said, Do we really need to keep "Counting" Kicks in Full Contact Rules Fighting? Should it be required in Amateur but not Pros? Should it be required for either? Make good use of the Message Board and discuss this one everyone. We like reading your thoughts and opinions on such proposed rule changes or adjustments. Or e-mail us your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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THURSDAY, December 24th 2003, AT 12:50 PM, PT
Prime Time Offered For
IKF Kickboxing TV Show On CSS?
SouthEast USA: For those who hated to stay up late to wait for the IKF Kickboxing TV Show at 11:PM on Friday nights, the new schedule that is being proposed by CSS may be more to your liking. Today CSS offered a 6:PM, Sunday evening slot for the IKF Kickboxing TV Show, a far more visibly location to potential sponsors! If the IKF can land sponsorship for the 2004 season its a done deal however if not, the IKF may hold off until such a sponsor can be found. The main goal of the IKF was to "earn" an earlier slot with CSS management which the program has done during its 17 week run. The next plan was to re-air many of the shows that were shown during the fall 2003 season at the 11:PM time slot.
"The 6:PM time slot is a great spot for us because its on a Sunday night." said IKF President Steve Fossum. "With the addition of 2 more states added to the CSS region, more kickboxing fans will be able to watch the show and it also provides greater exposure for show sponsors. However if we cannot find sponsors to assist with the program funding the project may have to be delayed awhile until such sponsorship is attained."
The show has been a major success on CSS this last few months. The show is so popular that CSS has been airing the show as often as "THREE" times a week!
If you are interested or know anyone interested in becoming a program sponsor to help keep the show going, please contact the IKF TV Programming department at email@example.com, or you can call the IKF office at (916) 663-2467.
This Week the program can be seen on Christmas day, December 25th at 4:00 PM Eastern, 3:00 PM Central, (CSS Choice: Either last Friday nights show - see below on last weeks news - or "The Fight! as noted below for this Friday night) and of course at it's regular time slot of Friday night, December 26th ("The" Fight! as noted below) at 11:PM Eastern and 10:PM Central.
How Can you Get CSS In Your Area?
If you want to know how to find CSS in your area CLICK HERE for all the regions and channels. Comcast Sports Southeast is available through Comcast, Charter and other cable providers. CSS is not available thorough Dish Network or Direct TV. If your local cable provider does not offer CSS, please e-mail us at css@cable comcast.com and let us know where you live and your current cable provider. We will work to bring CSS to your market.
MORE NEWS OF 12-24-03
POSTED AT 10:40 AM, PT
This Friday On
IKF Kickboxing On CSS!
Due To Popular Demand...
IKF Amateur Light Cruiserweight
Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson
Simpsonville, South Carolina, USA
Kevin "Hitman" Engel
St Louis, Missouri, USA.
Friday Night, 11:PM EST, 10:PM CST. To see the final schedule of shows for 2003, Click HERE!
MORE NEWS OF 12-24-03
POSTED AT 1:40 AM, PT
Sees Changes As We Head Into 2004
The IKF Advisory Board is more than just a bunch of names to make the IKF appear as a large organization. Ones position on the board is privilege and one that is not just earned but must be maintained year by year by each individuals performance within the workings of the IKF. Those appointed to the board are very active in the IKF organization in many different ways. Again, not just names on a web page as other organizations do.
Yesterday there were some changes made to the board which included some promotions along with some new appointments to the board. Those new to the board included:
Several others were promoted from "Associate" representative to IKF Representative (These are not positions these individuals paid to be appointed to. they have earned their positions.) On the flip side, there were also some individuals retired from the Board due to lack of activity in their region. To see who all is currently on the IKF Advisory Board CLICK HERE.
The IKF Advisory Board is reserved for individuals who are active in growing the IKF organization in their appointed position and or region. Those not making progress in their appointed position are retired from the board. Although the Board features many different positions, those in "Region Representative Positions" are responsible for IKF growth in their region. This growth is measured in many ways such as new members, IKF seminars and merchandising but the most watched is the actual promoting or hosting of IKF Sanctioned events. Regional Representatives can be State, National and Continental and the prospected Representative or director is responsible for growth "Throughout" their appointed region. In 2003 some of these individuals had very little or no activity in their appointed regions which has either retired them from the board or put them under review with action to be determined within the first few weeks of 2004.
More changes are expected in IKF Leadership for 2004 around the world. If you have never worked with the IKF as a promoter or official but would like to start in 2004, we welcome you. If you wish to represent your country or region in your represented position you may apply for a position on the IKF Advisory Board as an IKF Representative. We welcome you to do so by going to the IKF Representatives Application page by clicking HERE for an "Associate Representative" or HERE for a Representative.
Those who are already working in association with the IKF and would like to apply for a position on the IKF Advisory Board may do so with the same forms. There are no fees required for these positions when applied for by current IKF associates unless your desire is to fully control operations (Scheduling, Financial, Appointments, Merchandising, etc.) in your region. Such positions are negotiated and will depend on the duties and requirements of your position.
Since 2004 is only a few days away we urge "Everyone and Anyone" seeking to direct or represent a particular region for 2004 to apply for the region desired immediately so we can confirm your appointments by the first of the year. Regions currently not under the direct leadership control of IKF Headquarters (Scheduling, Financial, Appointments, Merchandising, etc.) and not confirmed between the Regional Director, Representative or Associate Representative by January 1st, 2004 will become open and available to those who have submitted their applications for confirmation and appointments will be made by the IKF no later then January 5th, 2004.
We look forward to yet another GREAT
Year of IKF Kickboxing!
Happy Holidays Everyone!
WEDNESDAY, December 23rd, 2003, AT 10:20 PM, PT
East Coast Classic
IKF Headquarters: IKF Promoter Craig Smith if Virginia Beach, Virginia is excited this Christmas, and he deserves to be! As of today Smith has over 70 fighters registered for his "In House" tournament event we here at the IKF have titled the "East Coast Classic!" For more info and to see who plans to "Walk The Walk" this coming February 21st, Click HERE!
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SUNDAY, December 21st, 2003, AT 10:45 PM, PT
What Will The Ruling Be
Amateurs & HEADGEAR...
And What "ELSE" Has This Topic Sparked...?
IKF Headquarters: We must say, this topic has been one of the best talked about topics on the Message Board EVER! All involved in the many discussions deserve praise for their thoughts and suggestions which will all weigh heavily for the final ruling. One thing we here at the IKF would like to point out is that "SAFETY" is our number one concern for amateur fighters.
This being the case, we must admit we have always been on the side of "Headgear" for amateur fighters, however, we do hear the many voices of those who have provided arguments against wearing headgear. In general, this rule discussion has nothing to do with fighters under 18 years old and nothing to do with fighters with less than 10 bouts. This consideration of a possible rule "Adjustment" only concerns amateurs with ring experience of a minimum of 10 bouts or more, and even this number could change "If" such an adjustment is ever made.
Take note that we said "Rule ADJUSTMENT". This is because in general, there will be no rule "Change". The issue at hand is "What to do with the amateurs who would like to move up, but not be pro due to the lack of booking bouts." In the past, many have heard us here at the IKF say there will never be any waiver of the headgear rule for amateurs, and in the end, this may still be true. However, our task here is to answer to the many fighters and trainers who have asked to be allowed to fight without headgear. As you might have read on the message board, the arguments for and against are very justified in thought, however one single issue still must stay in the amateur ranks, the issue of, "Safety".
We thought the person who suggested "If only 1 fighter dies from not wearing headgear, you IKF will be at fault" had a valid point. As we all know, it only takes "One Time" for something terrible to happen. On the flip side of this, why does the IKF have to be at fault? Look at the other sanctioning bodies and state athletic commissions that allow amateurs to fight without headgear and to date, no serious injury, let alone fatal one, has occurred. Or has it? At least none that we have heard about.
For or against is the question but the answer must work for everyone, or at least we hope for it to. however it's hard to "Please everyone all of the time." We had suggested a "Third" division on the message board which also got some good response in posts. We suggested calling it a "Semi-Pro" division while others suggested a "AA" or "AAA" division. Those against it suggested there may not be enough fighters to fill such a division. If this were true, how so we ask? How so because those who would be eligible for the AA or Semi-Pro division are only fighters with 10 fights or more (Possibly even more) experience anyway. These fighters would be in a ranking division all their own, a division that would not "Deplete" the current rankings because they would not be fighting the less experienced fighters anyway.
Why Not Turn Pro?
We can remember when there was a great incentive to be a pro kickboxer! ABC's Wide World of Sports was on every week and every kickboxer wanted to be on that show! Some simply started as pros just to get a shot at being on TV. Many of our past kickboxing stars never had a single amateur fight. Later ESPN took over kickboxing and it wavered as far as exposure due to a non consistent time slot for viewers to find. (According to ESPN management, This has even hurt ESPN's boxing ratings as of very recently.) However, regardless of the past, the truth is, we have no "NATIONWIDE" weekly kickboxing show to offer our pro fighters. Is this the fault of those organizing our sport such as us here at the IKF or other sanctioning bodies? Of course not. Those close to us here know we have tried to find a network to take a kickboxing show on a national level but no ones interested, at least yet. Why? Because no one knows our sport enough and or the STARS who are in it.
Someone on the message board suggest it best when he said "We need STARS!" and the only way to create STARS is to put faces behind the names. Lets face it, not to pat ourselves on the back but we here at the IKF have done a great job at bringing exposure to those in our sport here on the IKF News pages. We have always felt this was our job and our obligation to the sport. Many would have never been discovered by other promoters or organizations if not for our efforts here, but the fact is, the internet is not the answer to our problems, so as much as we would like to take a heap of credit, our work is far from done here! We can only do so much in typed words and a few photos. This was why we invested greatly on the IKF Kickboxing TV Program. Whether it continues in 2004 will be determined on if we attain sponsorship to assist in funding the production of the programs which run between $6 to $10,000 per production once you figure in all the various costs involved, and this isn't even counting helping promoters book pro talent. Although our current deal with CSS is great for those in 11 Southeast states here in the USA, still it's not NATIONAL Exposure, let alone worldwide (As a company such as ESPN can offer) for any of the fighters.
Years ago when kickboxing was on ABC Sports and ESPN, the Coors beer company invested somewhere around $15 Million into kickboxing and the program was called "Coors Kickboxing!". How much? "FIFTEEN MILLION DOLLARS!" That should have pushed kickboxing to the top of the contact sports game! However, those who received the money gave more to themselves than to the sport and they became rich but our sport didn't. We can thank them because today, big sponsors like Coors can't seem to be found anywhere! Imagine what we could do for our sport with a sponsorship of "FIFTEEN MILLION DOLLARS!" Imagine what we could do with just 1 million, or even "100,000! Was it those who received the money or the sport itself that left us with nothing? Well, it appears we are all still here doing our sport, so the answer is that those who got the money simply took it and ran, at OUR EXPENSE! These people had no "Future Vision" in mind. There was no "Look at the bigger picture" in their vision. They must have felt the sport owed them greatly, and when the opportunity came to make a bundle, they took it and ran, at the expense of all of us left here today wondering why kickboxing has no big TV contract and not enough sponsorship money for our pro athletes.
Look Around Everyone.
Love us or hate us, look at the difference of "Organization" our sport is today with what we have accomplished here with the IKF as compared to 10-15 years ago when Coors put all that money into it. Imagine what we could offer promoters and pro fighters with such a sponsorship? Imagine how the USA Nationals would be if we had that kind of money to put into it! Imagine what kind of TV Programming we could bring to the tube with that kind of backing! But thats all we seem to be able to do... Imagine...
Regardless, with absolutely no major sponsorship coming in as nearly every other sport around the world enjoys, we are more organized and have been able to provide more opportunities for those in our sport than ever before, that is, except a future for our pro athletes. We are missing the top three elements that will skyrocket our sport to the top of the sports market. TV, Sponsorship and Stars! Or are we?
WHO Are Our Stars!
None of us here have to look far to see "We have the stars!" It's just that, us here in kickboxing are the only ones that seem to know them. Ask your neighbor if they know who IKF World Champion Tommy Bach is or other Pro World Champions like Danny Steele, Khunpon, Cung Le, Matee Jedeepitak, Enn Fairtex, Fernando Calleros, Anthony Bartinelli, Kongnapa, Rudi Ott, Mike Nevitt, Matt Skelton, Dave Marinoble, Chris Wright or any other World Champion, even those past Champions like Rick Roufus, Don Wilson or Dennis Alexio and those who are champions in other organizations. However, Rick Roufus, Don Wilson and Dennis Alexio are well known in our sport as well as outside our sport, to a degree. These guys were on TV when there was kickboxing on TV weekly! They were there when the money was there and the money and TV made them stars in all our eyes! But what about todays Pro Champions? When do we have the opportunity to do a story on them? Hardly ever! However, you have often seen stories here about the amateurs such as Stephen Thompson, Doyle Gayler, Derek Yuen, Marc Mayfield, Anthony McGaughey, Tony Stumpf, Shawn Yarbough, Shannon Hudson, Brent Hess, Andy Hoffman, Kevin Engle, Bill Jardine, David Flurry, Trent Tompkins, Dan Pemble, Peyton Russell, John Castle, Robert Elledge and the list goes on and on. Why? For the very reason this article is here. Because they have more opportunities to fight and do. Which is why they fear turning pro, because like those pro fighters we mentioned above, they may never be heard from again. Thus them asking for another level to fight in, "Without their headgear."
What Are We Missing?
First we are missing TV Exposure. Why is more the question here. Its obvious we have enough action around the globe to support a good TV Program, or do we? Someone said we here at the IKF were the driving force behind having amateurs fight without headgear so we could show those fights on the IKF TV Program instead of amateur fights with headgear. To begin with, of course, no headgear fights can be more exciting to the general public. However, this was not our plan with the headgear ruling. Ask yourself this, "IF" this were the case, why would we have invested 6 figures into the IKF Kickboxing TV Programs 'Before' such a ruling took place? Or better yet, wouldn't we have been better off "for ourselves here at the IKF" to just make the rule change without asking anyone? Other organizations have done so, so why didn't we? Wouldn't we have been smarter, if this was our intention, to wait until we decided to shed the headgear before investing so much money into a "Needed" idea of Kickboxing on TV? Of course we would have, but this wasn't the plan. From day one we wanted to show amateurs on the program so that we could build their names to those who saw the show. As for asking about this ruling on a public news page which was followed up on the message board, this should prove to all of you that your opinions "ARE VALUED Greatly here!" As always, the IKF has built from the ground up, which means we have always started everything we do at the amateur level first. A strong foundation of amateur programs, promotions and fighters is what has made us strong today.
So what is next for our sport? This has already been said. "Money!" It doesn't take a lot of thinking to know that money will make a lot of things happen for our sport but where will it come from? It will need to come from the next "Coors Kickboxing" sponsorship but we as a sport need to assure these sponsors will be getting their monies worth! We can't take it and go and buy a big fancy house and fancy cars. We need to invest this money into our sport so we will get the greatest potential out of it for us, "AND" those sponsors who stepped up to assist us in this growth for the future, for "The bigger picture!" Imagine if you were an investor or sponsor on the ground floor of NFL football today. Did you know that the major TV Networks didn't want to show football back in its beginning on their channels? So football attained sponsors who brought money into their sport to make their TV production worth watching. This was not attained by "1" Team owner. It was attained by all involved to make their organization strong. It was the NFL that became strong and through their strength, they made their teams strong. They knew the success of the teams meant their success. They didn't have "1" Team owner seeking his own big sponsorship deal. They all knew they were stronger as a group, far stronger than one team owner could be because as a group, they had far more to offer a sponsor. THIS is why they succeeded. They believed in the concept of working for one common goal.
Over the years we have had individual promoters seeking the "Pot of Gold" sponsorship on their own. But what could they as one promoter offer their sponsor? Although kickboxing has been around for over 20 years, lets face it, we are on the ground floor STILL! This is because we have had very little leadership to take us to the next level and what leadership in the past has only watched out for themselves rather than the "Bigger Picture!" The IKF has invested greatly into this "Bigger Picture" with very little financial return. Why? Because we believe in "The Bigger Picture!" Do you?
The big question every sponsor asks that every promoter needs to answer for them is "What will I get for my money? How many people will see my name? My Company? Will it bring buyers to my product, my business?" To us here at the IKF we have a great vision of "The Bigger Picture!" We are seeking a major sponsor, "For everyone" in our sport. How you ask? Here is an example of our desired plan. A plan that brought success to "EVERY" Major sport around the world. We need to come together as a TEAM to seek the major sponsorship we need to take our sport to higher levels. We need to gather our ideas and share them with others and then focus on attaining that one or several major sponsors that believe in our "Bigger Picture" as we do. A company that we can all support in purchasing their products, and not just take money from. A company that "WE" can help grow to higher levels too, not just take from their pocket. Imagine a fund set up with the IKF that feeds us all? A fund that is fueled by major sponsorship that will pay to a promoter to host a Dennis Alexio Vs Rick Roufus Title fight, or any of the hundreds of other "Dream Bouts" we all want to see. Our plan is to turn around and invest this money into our sport in many ways. We will bring exposure for these sponsors at not just one, but every IKF Sanctioned event. How do others gain? What if this sponsorship income fund paid for the promoters sanctioning? What if it paid the purses for the pro fighters on a promoters event? A fund that pays for the purses our pro athletes deserve. Pays for a PayPerView event with the marketing it deserves to give our sport national if not worldwide exposure, along with our sponsors who believed in "The Bigger Picture" with us. A fund to actually PAY our event officials as the NFL pays theirs. A fund to invest in other marketing ideas for our sport, training camps, tournaments, seminars, travel expenses, awards so our fighters and promoters don't have to. And what if from all of this, one day, a "Kickboxing Hall of Fame" so those who gave both in and out of the fighting ring for our sport would be remembered forever, or as Theodore Roosevelt said, "their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." Not just on a web page, but an actual building like the pro football hall of fame. Can you imagine such a fund? We Can!
OK, we got sidetracked a bit from the headgear issue, but it all ties together. How? For the very reason that we are all discussing this rule. "IF" we had the major sponsorship funding to create more activity for our pro fighters, we wouldn't need to be discussing this no headgear proposal. Right? However, we have seen too much greed in our past. We have seen to much of "What will this sport do for ME" rather than "What can "I" do for this sport!" We here at the IKF do not host the National Amateur Tournament hoping we will make a million dollars doing so. In fact, every year we have done it we have lost money. So why do it? Because that event is far bigger than the IKF. It is "NEEDED" for our sport and it is just one on many answers we here at the IKF have for the question, "What can "I" do for this sport!" The IKF Kickboxing TV Program is yet another. Something needs to change and "WE" as a group, not as individuals, need to make this change as one. Not as individual promoters, but as an organization.
For example, a promoter may have a Nationally or Internationally recognized sponsor that is ready to aid them for their event with a sponsorship check. This sponsor knows all this promoter can offer him is exposure to the 1,500 spectators at his event so he is able to sponsor the promoter in the amount of $2,500.00, an average sponsorship amount across the USA. This $2,500 won't go too far if the promoter wants to have even 1 pro fight on his event. If he pays 2 fighters $1,000.00 each for a 7 round bout, he only has $500.00 left for other needs such as promotional posters, fliers, radio advertising and other expenses. Keep in mind, he has only been able to put on "ONE" Pro bout. In doing so, it would not be worth it to spend the money to have a TV production crew come to his event to film it so he's back to the small exposure he will be able to give his sponsor.
However, if this promoter brought this sponsor forward to the organization, say the IKF, he may have much more to gain. If the sponsor is national or internationally known, the IKF would put together a promotional package that would offer the sponsor exposure here on the IKF website, the IKF Kickboxing TV Program and at other IKF Sanctioned events around the nation or around the world even for other promoters who are working with this TEAM/Organization concept in mind. When the money is there to start it, add in exposure for this sponsor in the IKF Magazine too! (The money for the magazine was instead invested into the IKF Kickboxing TV Program) The income from this sponsor could now be far greater because we as an organization can offer them far more. Because it is far greater it would now be spread to many different IKF promoters around the world. The first promoter would still receive his asked for sponsorship amount "PLUS" far more now, since the package is far greater for the sponsor. In this plan, the promoter gains, the Pro fighters gain and more important, the sponsor gains far more than sponsoring one event. In the end, all in the sport gain including our fans because now we have a working program that continues to add fuel to our fire. This plan would only work for those promoters who were willing to offer something for the package. If your a promoter, what sponsor could you throw into the hat for everyone?
Fear Of The Past?
So what if this plan is put into practice and someone takes the money and runs like what happened in the Coors Kickboxing deal? Well, back then, there was no internet. Blowing the whistle back then took a week to get across town let alone around the world. If such a thing happened today, it would be easy to point the finger if someone were to be so bold and if they were, it would be like committing suicide because such a person would hurt everyone in our sport, and everyone would know. As for the IKF, we can only ask those of you associated with us to let our past be our judge. You have seen what we have done for the sport over the years and now you know what we plan to do in the future. Sure, another organization could take this idea and run with it, and if they do, we wish more power to them. We have always asked other organizations to do more for our sport because in the end, it only helps all of us in the sport of Kickboxing. From amateur fighters to the pros, to trainers, officials, promoters to us as an organization, we all get better with good competition, so the better the competition, the better we all will become.
So if you believe in this idea, we need to start making plans on how to put it into action. Maybe we could schedule a "World Summit Meeting" early in 2004. Who would come to this meeting? Would it just be those in the IKF or do we ask all organizations to attend... would they? Regardless how and when we take the next steps of this plan, the fact is, we need to start taking action NOW! Send us an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your thoughts on how to make this happen if you want to be a part of it.
Sure, you could continue to try to land that big sponsor on your own, but this has been going on for years now and its time we make a major change in the direction of our goals and ideas for our sport. We are stronger as a group, but only as strong as our weakest link. So if you want to be a part of this, you need to be strong with the rest of us. Look for more news articles about this over the next few weeks.
As for the Headgear
We are still weighing all things out and plan to make our decision soon, but again remember, SAFETY is our main focus on this ruling. It would be so much easier if we never had to make such a decision for or against or even a third division to try to please everyone. Lets make kickboxing a sport it deserves to be and not just a hobby to make a few dollars in. Lets get serious with what we do and others will take us serious too. Again, as an organization we are strong, as individuals we will always be limited to our greater potential. The question now is who's in and who's not? Are you?
Have a Great Holiday Season...
THURSDAY, December 18th, 2003, AT 10:40 AM, PT
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MONDAY, December 15th, 2003, AT 8:00 PM, PT
Well everyone, as many of you know, this has been an ongoing topic here at the IKF for some time now. "Should headgear be mandatory for amateur fighters?"
Many of you think that we here at the IKF are "Set in stone" about the current mandatory headgear rule in place for IKF Sanctioned bouts and events, but the truth is, we're not.
In fact, we have always been open to hearing justified arguments for and against this rule or any rule regarding the sport of kickboxing. Over the last 3 weeks we have spoke with many IKF Representatives, Promoters, Trainers and fighters about this current rule. Although the jury is still out on this one, we thought we would share some of our thoughts on it along with some thoughts of others.
As of today, of the probably 30 or so we have spoken to, very few are in favor of keeping the mandatory headgear rule but regardless of what side of the vote people are on, one thing is for sure... Opinions are strong for whatever stance they take. Because of this we need to look at this proposed rule change from every possible angel. Making such a decision is not just done by a toss of a coin. Such a decision needs to be made after all the facts and opinions are weighed carefully and in great detail. In our discussions, examples of how the headgear rule could be adapted, if such a change were made, were discussed in great detail. Here are some of the issues and examples as currently related to this projected rule change below:
There is far more to this discussion, but these are just some of the points we thought we would bring up for you today. We encourage all of you to continue to discuss this on the message board as we draw closer to a decision for 2004. Some of you we have tried to contact but have not been able to reach you. for this reason, please don't feel as it we are leaving you out. Instead, don't wait for us to contact you, please contact us.
There are other rule changes and additional announcements to be made for 2004 so don't stop watching the news page here. We may be done with events for 2003 but there is a lot going on behind the event scene that will effect everyone for 2004. We look forward to yet another great year of IKF Kickboxing action.
MONDAY, December 15th, 2003, AT 8:00 PM, PT
Lee Whittington Rocks
Amateur Thai Boxing Show
Sunday 14th December 2003, Marlowe Rooms, Sidcup, Kent, England
What a fantastic show, even Father Christmas was on the bill, more detail of that later.
Top of the bill for the IKF Amateur England Middleweight Thai Boxing Title between Jay Sandford (74kg, Kings, London) vs Steve Warr (73kg, Eltham TB, Eltham). Both of these fighters wanted to be the IKF champion, as right from round one, both fighters set a blistering pace. This continued throughout the five rounds, where one fighter would win a round, then the other would come back to take the next. Unfortunately they will have to fight again as the judges could not separate them. Even the crowd seemed to accept the decision and looking forward to the return next year.
IKF Amateur Southern Area
Super Welterweight Thai Boxing Title between Olly Watson (68.5kg,
Hertfordshire) and Chris Cheeseman (69kg, Eltham) The first
round of the bout Cheeseman came out with all guns blazing stamping his
authority taking the first round.
2nd round - What ever was said to Watson by his corner seemed to spark him into action, with kicks and punches coming in from both fighters as Watson connected with a combination flooring his opponent. The referee started the count but Cheeseman was on his feet before the count of ten. however he was not in a position to continue. TKO to Watson at 1 minute 34 seconds into the second round.
Charity Bout: Father
Christmas Vs Father Christmas
To find the REAL Father Christmas, Both Father Christmas's were well and truly gloved up. After parking their Reindeer in the car park, both proceeded to the Salon to be at their best, getting their beard's trimmed and noses reddened.
Round one: Both Father Christmas's seemed to have the packed house split, as the crowd seemed to be supporting Father Christmas, but not sure which one. Beards and hair was flying everywhere to the amusement of audience.
Round two was complete confusion as somehow the referee ended up with Father Christmas hair, which cracked everyone up. There was even a guest appearance of a ring girl/man, we were not sure!! It was decided there is only one Father Christmas, so if you have been good this year you should be lucky enough to have a visit from him. As for the 2 imposters - a big thank you for the money raised on behalf of the local children's hospital. Both Father Christmas's agreed to auction their gloves, once again raising money for the children's charity. It was a fantastic idea to bring the Season's goodwill to the event, and at the same time raise money for such a good cause.
Bout Results As Follows:
Congratulations To Lee Whittington And His Team
to everyone and a big thank you to the
Fighters, Promoters and Officials
who have supported
Through out the year.
For more info please contact Jacqui Thompson or Alby
of IKF Europe at firstname.lastname@example.org
MORE NEWS OF 12-15-03
Frank, Munir And Larson Take Home IKF Gold!
On Saturday night, December 6th, the YAVAPAI-APACHE NATION hosted their second edition of IKF Championship Kickboxing in Camp Verde Arizona USA. The night featured 3 IKF IR Amateur Title bouts. Here are the results below. (All fight records are "Before" the bout explained below)
IR Amateur Woman's Flyweight Southwest Title
Diana Apresa (Who last name use to be Perez in past press articles, Cottonwood, Arizona, USA, 3-1/0, 110, 5'3", 18) vs Jennifer Frank (Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA, 2-1/0, 120, 5'6", 18)
Round #1: This round saw the two fighters coming out with hard hand and feet combo's, but by the end of the round you could see Apresa leg getting red from all the round kicks she was taking.
Round #2 saw Frank using in & out movement and landing the round kick to the leg.
Round #3 saw Apresa coming out hard trying to turn the fight around, but Frank came back hard, landing a round kick to Apresa's head and putting her down.
Round #4 saw more of the same from Frank, but Apresa was deducted a point for holding on to Frank's kicking leg. After 4 rounds of action pack fighting, Jennifer Frank took home the IKF Title by unanimous decision, 40-35, 40-34, 40-34.
IR Amateur Middleweight South Mountain Regional Title
Javier Rodrigues (Albq, New Mexico, USA, 160, 8-3, 19) vs Naeem Munia (Phoenix, Arizona, USA, 5-2/3, 165, 5'11", 27).
Round #1 saw Rodriquez coming after Munir and rocked him with a over hand right, but Munir came back hard to win the round 10 - 9.
Round #2: Munir won this round by controlling the fight from the outside with front kicks and working his jab. When Rodriquez got on the inside Munir seemed to control here as well, taking the round 10 - 9.
Round #3 saw Rodriquez trying to come on but kept hitting Munir with low blows which he eventually was penalized for by the referee. Rodriguez lost a point and the round, 10-8.
Round #4 saw both fighters coming out hard with combo's, but that didn't last long as both fighters burned out of gas. The last minute of the fight had pretty much no action. Munir knew he was ahead so he just moved around the ring and Rodriquez had nothing left to come after him with. The win and the IKF Title went to Munir by unanimous decision, 40-35, 39-36, 40-35.
IKF IR Amateur Super
Welterweight Arizona Title
Clifford Larson (Right... Camp Verde, Arizona, 7-6/0, 147, 21) vs Matt Adock (Phoenix, Arizona, USA, 2-0/1, 147, 5'11", 22)
From Round one to round four this bout was action packed! This is a fight you would not want to be a judge in because there was so much action by both fighters.
Round #1 saw both fighters going after each other hard, with Adcock winning the round on two of the judges score cards.
Round #2 saw Larson pick it up to win the round on all three score cards. Also Adcock lost a point for groin kicks.
Round #3 was more of the same, Fast action with hard kicks & lots of punch combinations. Larson win's the round on two score cards.
Round #4 both fighters came out with everything they had Left and at the bell they left nothing in the ring. Larson won the last round on all score cards. The Winner and the new IKF South Mountain Super Welterweight Champion is Clifford Larson with the scores of 40-36, 39-36, 39-36.
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MORE NEWS OF 12-15-03
Continues To Build Confidence
It becomes clearer each time we have an IKF Point Kickboxing© event of its vital purpose in developing the sport of Kickboxing. One would only need to see the faces of the participants as they give their all to score as many points as possible against their opponents. You can also talk to the parents of the children to see its impact. They seem to gleam with a sense of pride to be a part of the event! Especially, when the winners are announced with the enthusiasm as one would witness in a world championship bout. aaaaaannnnddddd the winner issssssss! The crowd burst in applaud and appreciation for the great bout they just witness!
Its almost as though those in attendance can visualize the overall and possible future effects of what just happened. They too see the potential not only of their child or student but of this type of competition that is setting a stronger foundation for the sport. Kickboxing yearns the calling of grass root support from all those aspiring to participant and IKF Point Kickboxing© not only creates hope but builds confidence in all that attend.
One competitor noted "I wanted to come and try this
first before trying full contact, now I know what I need to work on and what it
will take to compete. Thanks for having this type of event!"
Kids that were afraid to compete before now seem addicted to this type of competition and are eager for the next event. They're realizing that not only is IKF Point Kickboxing© safe but invigorating! Others won first place in their first event while some found that conditioning plays a major role in the outcome of the matches and perhaps they need more focus in that area. Most return home with a new respect for IKF Point Kickboxing© and are vowing to be better prepared for future events.
IKF Point Kickboxing© is approaching its two year anniversary. Some past competitors have already graduated into solely full contact events while others are continuing both sports. New instructors are starting to show up at events to see what the new craze is all about and giving promises for future participating! As participates are growing more addicted to the energy of this type of competition, IKF Point Kickboxing© events will continue to grow in size as well as participants grow in confidence to pursue future goals in this great sport. The next IKF Point Kickboxing© event is: February 7th , 2004, Location TBA. Here are the results of our last event below.
Winners Only listed - From December 6th, IKF Point Kickboxing© Roseville, CA at Lords Gym.
For More information or if you would like to host a tournament in your area contact IKF/PKB Director Johnny Davis at (916) 780-7483 or firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.IKFKickboxing.com/PKB.htm.
FRIDAY, December 12th, 2003, AT 8:30 PM, PT
Will Host Last
IKF Event For 2003!
Well we thought last weekend was the last IKF events for the year but a late confirmation by IKF England gives us one last show to look forward to.
This Sunday night, December 14th, IKF Promoter Mr. Lee Whittington will host the last IKF Sanctioned event for 2003 at the Marlowe Rooms in Sidcup, Kent, England. The event will feature two IKF amateur Title Bouts.
The event doors open at 6:PM so don't be late for this final event of 2003! For more info please contact Jacqui Thompson or Alby Bimpson of IKF Europe at email@example.com
MORE NEWS OF 12-12-03
POSTED AT 7:30 PM, PT
So How Popular Is The
IKF Kickboxing TV Show On CSS?
SouthEast USA: Word has it that the IKF Kickboxing TV Show has been a major success on CSS this last few months. So much that CSS has already started talking about re-signing another programming contract for 2004. However there may be a break from new programming after the current 17 week contract season ends on the 26th of December. This hasn't stopped CSS though from airing the program to excited fight fans. The show is so popular CSS has not been showing the show once a week as planned, not twice a week but sometimes as often as "THREE" times a week! Reruns of the show are already scheduled to air after the last scheduled programming date of December 26th.
New programming will depend on Sponsorship for 2004. If you are interested or know anyone interested in becoming a program sponsor to help keep the show going, please contact the IKF TV Programming department at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can call the IKF office at (916) 663-2467.
Next week the show schedule is as follows;
The following week the show will air:
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To "11" States!
CSS programming recently added in regions in the states of Virginia and West Virginia adding another 26,000 households to their sucriber base. This now puts CSS in "11" South East and Eastern seaboard states. If you want to know how to find CSS in your area CLICK HERE for all the regions and channels.
Comcast Sports Southeast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS), a partnership between Comcast Corporation and Charter Communications, launched September 3, 1999 as a 24-hour regional sports network. Currently, CSS has approximately four million subscribers and around 14 million viewers across 11 Southeastern states. CSS offers a comprehensive mix of live sports programming, sports news and in-depth sports analysis exclusively geared towards fans in the Southeast. Their programming includes:
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MORE NEWS OF 12-12-03
Program Schedule Change.
MORE NEWS OF 12-12-03
POSTED AT 10:40 AM, PT
IKF Kickboxing On CSS!
Friday Night, 11:PM EST, 10:PM CST
IKF Amateur Light Cruiserweight
Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson
Simpsonville, South Carolina, USA
Kevin "Hitman" Engel
St Louis, Missouri, USA.
To see the final schedule of shows for 2003, Click HERE!
THURSDAY, December 11th, 2003, AT 8:30 PM, PT
A Tragic Loss...
By Matthew Waller
George Allen is a man who has been in the fight scene in Georgia when it all first started, and competed anywhere he could. George's oldest son, Kenny, (Right) who was 18 was shot on December 9th at about 10:30 PM in Atlanta Georgia while inside a gas station. He passed away in route to the hospital. Kenny was always by his side and also trained with George at home and at Eagle Kick Boxing and MMA.
Anyone who ever met Kenny Allen knew how special he was. If I had to use one word to describe him it would be "Beautiful". I have created a paypal account for the Allen Family, so if anyone would like to donate to it, it can be found on the SFO webpage at www.angelfire.com/ga/Fullcontact
Mailing Address for cards is P.O. BOX 1777, Stone Mountain, GA, 30086. Although we compete in the ring we are still one big family outside of it. My heart goes out to George and his Family, I have always looked up to you and please know you are in my thoughts. Matthew Waller
Make a Donation By Clicking Here.
From Matthew Waller on December 11, 2003 at 14:23.
I spoke with George today, He wanted me to send his thanks and let everyone know that he appreciates the kind words and the donations. When each donation comes in I get an email from pay pal that tells me who each person is. I will put together a card and make sure that each person's name is listed on it and give it to him.
He also wanted me to let everyone know about this weekend,
The funeral will be held Sunday in Columbus, GA at the Allen Temple A.M.E. Church at 2:30, directions coming from Atlanta are as follows:
85 south to185 south into Columbus, take the Bueno vista rd exit . Make a right off the exit and travel about 5 min to 9th street. Make a right onto 9th street and the Church will be on the left . At the intersection of 9th and Washington Ave.
The number to the church is: (706) 323-5622
From 12 - 5 on Saturday will be the viewing which will be held at Progressive Funeral Home located on St. Marys Road. directions coming from Atlanta are as follows: 85 south to 185 south into Columbus. Take the St. Marys Road exit and make a left off the exit and it will be located on your left.
Anyone who can make it please come out, George would love to see you.
Casca Grossa the fastest
growing fight gear company have joined the Kenny Allen Memorial Fund Drive.
In order to persuade more people to donate to the fund, Casca
Grossa will be giving away incentive prizes to all who donate. Each
item awarded will be proportional to the amount donated so the more you donate,
the better the item. The Allen family faces a great financial burden,
especially at this time of the year, and every little bit counts. This is Casca
Grossa's way of helping out.
For a $5.00 donation you will receive a Casca Grossa decal.
For a $50.00 donation you will receive a Casca Grossa Shirt.
For a $100.00 donation you will receive a Casca Grossa Beanie.
A special Thanks to JJ for stepping up when asked.
Publication: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Teen Shot, Killed, 2
By LATEEF MUNGIN, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kenneth Allen's family is at a loss to explain his
death. Police are searching for a person who shot and killed one teenager and
wounded two other teens who were standing outside a Norcross-area convenience
store. The incident occurred outside a store in a Texaco gas station at 6070
South Norcross Tucker Road at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Gwinnett police Cpl. Dan
The shooter walked up to the victims, pointed a pistol and started shooting, Huggins said. Kenneth Allen, 19, was hit in the chest; Joseph Stevens, 17, was hit in the leg; and a 16-year-old was hit in the stomach, Huggins said. Police have not released the name of the 16-year-old because he is a juvenile. Stevens and the 16-year-old were taken to Gwinnett Medical Center, Huggins said. Their wounds were not considered life-threatening.
Allen's father was grief-stricken but stoic. He said the suspect was an acquaintance who recently had hung out with the victims. "I don't know his name, but I've been told that [the suspect] was at a friend's house with my son three days ago," said George Allen. "This is so difficult. We really don't know why this happened."
"He was into martial arts. He loved to cook. I was getting him to enroll at Georgia Perimeter College." Allen said.
MORE NEWS OF 12-11-03
POSTED AT 7:30 PM, PT
HEAT IS ON II
Barcelona, Liverpool, England
IKF Liverpool, England: Although the official IKF Sanctioning of show was not even confirmed until the morning of the event, IKF Promoters Mark Wilson and John Rice are happy with their recent, HEAT IS ON II this last Sunday, the 7th of December in Barcelona, Liverpool, England. Here are the results as sent to us by IKF European Director Alby Bimpson.
Due to genuine illness (flu) several fighters failed to show, commiserations to the following fighters who trained and turned up on the night: Andy Webb, Liverpool Martial Arts, Matty Smith, Liverpool Martial Arts, Sam Laoye, Liverpool Kickboxing Academy.
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Event Questions & Answers
Dear IKF Readers,
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Wins K-1 World GP
Written by Monty DiPietro, K-1
TOKYO, December 6, 2003
An ex-banker and ex-model, Bonjasky earlier this year (August) won the K-1 Battle at the Bellagio in Las Vegas to advance to the K-1 Osaka Elimination tournament, where he beat Bob Sapp to earn a place here in the Final. On this night full of surprises, Bonjasky was just unstoppable, winning three fights to emerge victorious in the tough eight-man elimination tournament -- but we are getting ahead of ourselves, let's start at the beginning.
The first quarterfinal fight on the night pitted French kickboxer Cyril Abidi against South African boxer Francois "The White Buffalo" Botha. Abidi's last bout was coincidentally also against Botha, at the Osaka Elimination tournament. That fight was an inglorious affair -- it timed out at a mere 19 seconds. After Abidi had slipped to the canvas, Botha clocked the prone Frenchman in the mug. The disqualification put Abidi into the Final and left the Buffalo out in the cold -- or so everyone thought. But a couple of weeks ago, failed contract negotiations with Abidi's scheduled opponent Stefan Leko led to the announcement that Botha would get another shot at Abidi at the Final.
Botha accused Abidi of cowardice after he did not get up to continue the Osaka bout: "He stayed down because he was scared. I say, if you are scare of being hurt, then why be a fighter? You should do something else, like go play golf!" And so Botha was very much looking forward to this rematch: "I'm very confident I'll take Abidi out like I did the first time, except this time I'm going to do it legal."
From the bell, Botha charged forward, Sapp-style. Abidi answered with a low kick that tripped Botha up, the fall ruled a slip. Seconds later it was Abidi who slipped, and when Botha looked like he might be moving in, Abidi exploded from the canvas with a Matrix-style maneuver, rocketing both feet up to Botha's big chest to propel him backward. The rest of the fight followed roughly the same script: Botha coming in, Abidi throwing low kicks when in range, Botha planting punches from in closer, Abidi looking for the knee as the distance decreased, the two combatants ending up clinching. Botha seemed to tire as the rounds wore on, and Abidi showed that despite his new trainer Didier Leborgne, he still had his old bad habit of clumsily turning away from attacks.
A good solid strike was finally recorded late in the second, a Botha haymaker which caught Abidi solidly on the side of the jaw. This was a close fight, Botha solid on his feet despite Abidi's low kicks, Abidi moving and defending well against Botha's fists. Botha had a slight edge on two cards after two rounds -- but then with just seconds left in the third, he dropped his left arm, and leaned in to throw a right punch. Before he could, Abidi seized the opportunity to fire a fast right high kick, which hit the White Buffalo in the side of the head with the effect of a tranquilizer dart. A dazed Botha slumped slowly to the canvas, and the down was all it took for judges to give Abidi a narrow but unanimous decision and a trip to the semifinals. "I still think I'm better than him," said Botha post-bout, "but I couldn't put it together tonight, I was not relaxed in the ring, I'm still learning."
Fighting in the second quarterfinal, Australian karate fighter Peter Graham was not unaware that he was a little out of his league. Dead last in online fan polls on both the K-1 USA and the K-1 Official Website polls. Graham had this to say at the press conference: "I know lots of people think I'm a little lucky to be here, and I know my opponent Remy Bonjasky is a good fighter, but I came here to win." Meanwhile, in his interviews, Bonjasky was already looking ahead to fights number two and three. Wasn't the Dutch fighter being a little overconfident? Well, as it turns out: No, he wasn't.
When the nothing-to-lose Graham came at him with a more-than-capable attack comprised of quick punch combinations and front kicks designed to keep those flying knees at bay, Bonjasky kept his cool. Graham surprised the audience with a spinning back kick that just missed, and was definitely holding his own in the early going. But then Bonjasky made his move. Late in the first, it was a knee from in close that caught Graham squarely on the chest and scored Bonjasky's first down. A valiant Graham barely beat the count, but need not have bothered, as seconds later Bonjasky put the knee up again, connecting with the jaw this time to score another down and win by KO. The relative lack of emotion on Bonjasky's face afterward showed that, indeed, he was a man looking ever forward, intent on winning this tournament.
The next quarterfinal put Ray Sefo against Seidokaikan fighter Musashi. A terrific fan favorite, Sefo revealed in his pre-event press conference: "I am probably the worst shape I've ever been in before a tournament. But I can say that when the bell goes, as long as I am still standing, then someone is in trouble." Turns out a nagging flu had kept the New Zealand fighter out of the training gym for three weeks prior top the Final. His opponent tonight, Five-time World GP participant and Four-time Japan GP Champion Musashi, was thus presented with his best chance ever to advance past the Tokyo Dome quarterfinals. Sefo stepped into the ring with a shinguard on his left leg, and the southpaw Musashi quickly exploited this apparent weakness, launching numerous low kicks at the shin. These were clearly bothering Sefo a great deal, and he did everything he could to draw Musashi into a boxing contest.
Really, he did everything. For example, in the second, Sefo
scarcely used a guard at all, preferring to bobble about, taunting Musashi.
When the blue-haired Japanese fighter was careless enough to move in with his
fists, he was met with an explosion of hard tight hooks. But this was a tactic
of desperation for Sefo, and Musashi saw through it.
Next up was Alexey "The Scorpion"
Ignashov and Peter Aerts. At the many concession stands surrounding
the Tokyo Dome, Ignashov posters, action figures and t-shirts were
outselling those of any other fighter. A fan poll on the K-1 Official Website
had Ignashov the clear favorite to win it all today, and his
quarterfinal matchup with Three-time World GP Champion Peter Aerts of
the Netherlands was perhaps the most anticipated K-1 bout of the year.
During a short intermission in the tournament, K-1 played a videotaped message from Mike Tyson: "I wish I could be there," said Tyson, wearing a black K-1 T-shirt, "but your Prime Minister won't let me in due to my past. I hope to come to Japan in the future. No K-1 fighter can handle my power. Oh, and Sapp, I'm still waiting, sign the contract!" Bob Sapp then entered the ring to thunderous applause to announce: "The contract has been signed, and Mike and I will fight next year."
In the first of the semis, Remy Bonjasky and Cyril
Abidi took the crowd on a wild ride of a fight. Abidi was his
frenetic self, and Bonjasky answered in kind. It was clear from the bell
that this one could not go on long, and it did not. But what excitement! Abidi
rattled Bonjasky with a punch in the early going, and the two mixed it
up nonstop with great zeal.
Musashi's recent training partner, former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Frankie Lyles, had put out the word that Musashi was going to surprise a lot of people on this night, and he was right. Although Musashi's first-fight victory was at least in part attributable to Sefo's poor condition, his performance in the semifinal was one of the biggest upsets of the year in the in the K-1 World GP. Musashi was supremely composed against Aerts, and this was a great technical bout. Musashi recorded a nice left kick to Aerts' head in the first, was generally leaning in more than usual, and looked very effective on the punch counters he and Lyles had worked on. Musashi's head made contact with Aerts' nose midway through the first, and although it was ruled unintentional, the blow seemed to bother the Dutchman for the remainder of the fight.
Aerts came out faster in the second, connected with a right kick to Musashi's body, but the Japan GP Champion, again, was very effective with his counters. As Lyles had promised, we were seeing a much more confident and balanced fighter. In the third Musashi threw punches from inside, a technique he was not known for in the past, and was able to follow up with second and third punches. When his victory was announced, Musashi exploded with delight, shouting and jumping in the air. It was a rapturous moment and the crowd in the Tokyo Dome went wild.
As the orchestra accompanied an American gospel singer in a crowd-rousing version of "We Are The Champions," who would have predicted that the man marching into the blue corner for the last fight of the night would be Musashi? But there was another angle to this improbable matchup -- Musashi had sweated out six full rounds against two of K-1's toughest veterans to get to the final, while Bonjasky had logged less than four minutes fighting time to get there. Surprisingly, this fight went the distance. The relatively fresh Bonjasky was the far more aggressive fighter here, fleet of foot, throwing flying knees, front kicks and punches in the early going, which Musashi answered mostly with low kicks. Musashi did get in with some body blows, but really he was lucky to come out of the first round even on all three cards.
In the second, Bonjasky dominated, there was less
razzle dazzle now, as he simply outboxed Musashi, throwing only the
occasional high kick. Musashi was looking increasingly fatigued, and
although he tried to rally in the third, connecting to the body with a nice
spinning kick, he was simply outclassed by the seemingly tireless Bonjasky,
who never once lost focus.
So how does the new Champion feel? "Well, I married earlier this year, my wife Melissa and I are expecting a baby in February, and now I have won the K-1 World Grand Prix," replied a beaming Bonjasky. "I would have to say that this is the happiest time in my life!"
With his victory, Bonjasky becomes the third Dutchman to win the K-1 World Grand Prix (the Dutch have taken the title an impressive eight out of eleven times!), and pockets a check for US $400,000.00 which should buy a whole lot of diapers and set up a nice college fund for the new addition to the Bonjasky household. Congratulations, Remy -- it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy!
In other fights on the
A Superfight on the night saw Swede Martin Holm take on Jan "The Giant" Nortje of South Africa. Nortje is a jolly good fellow, and packs a mighty hard punch. In the early going, he used his size to close down the ring, giving the speedy Holm no room to work his finesse. But Holm kept his head down, and took a pretty good beating before he found The Giant going the wrong way, and brought a brutal knee in on his ribs. Nortje stood there for a second before collapsing to the canvas in a heap of pain. Scarcely a minute had passed when Holm's arm was raised in victory. A good sport, the Muay Thai fighter quickly went over to check on his felled opponent, but Nortje was able to get to his feet moments later.
TUESDAY, December 9th, 2003, AT 9:00 PM, PT
Takes Home IKF Gold!
Sunday December 7th, Beijing, China
With an event like this there is so much to say it's hard to determine where to start. This was suppose to be an event that would be hard to deal with and have questionable bout decisions. Several warned us of all the issues and problems we were sure to face and how China would never care what the IKF and America had to say... Well, we need to inform everyone, all this turned out to be wrong.
SAN SHOU OFFICIALS
We cannot say enough about how the officials of the Chinese Wushu Association cared what the IKF had to say. As for the internal or behind the scenes aspects of the event it was "VERY" successful, which is not often the outcome of co-sanctioned events today. What made the event itself run smooth was the many hours the Chinese Wushu Association officials and IKF Officials spent behind closed doors discussing the official rules that would be used for the three IKF World title bouts which were also for Chinese Wushu Association titles. Although some may have thought the hours spent discussing the various differences in San Shou rules was too long, it was this time that was used productively that made for such a smooth running successful "LIVE" TV event that reached out to over 30 million viewers throughout China and was a host to over 10,000 excited fight fans at the arena.
Due to the details covered in the rules meetings there were no problems or issues throughout the night. In the end, everyone was pleased not only by the rules that were agreed upon but all the nights officials who had great respect for each other. This was a true team effort among all with all doing their part to make the event a success. With that being said, lets move to the second part of this story.
SAN SHOU SCORING
Before we give the decisions of the bouts, we need to first educate those readers who may not be familiar with "San Shou" style scoring. In San Shou, the judges use 2 "Clickers". One for each fighter. On these clickers the judges click score the points they see each fighter scoring in a round. The scores are between one to five points which are awarded for throws and certain "Clean landed punches and kicks". Strikes landing while both fighters are toe to toe and in an even exchange slugfest sort of say, or in a clinch of any kind are not counted as points. This is a key issue to the scoring and outcome of the bouts in any San Shou match. After one round, it would not be uncommon to see a score as low as 2-1 if few clean shots were landed or very few throws were scored successfully. On the flip side of this, it would also not be uncommon to see a score of something like 30-25 if a lot of clean shots were landed or there were several successful throws scored. Regardless of these "Scored" points, the fighter with the most points at the end of the round will receive a score of "1" and the other a score of "0". So, at the end of a match, the final score could be something like 5-0 which indicates one fighter won all 5 rounds while the other won none. A 3-2 score would of course indicate one fighter won 3 rounds and the other 2. Total scores less than 5 (Ex: 3-1) would indicate a draw round between both fighters, in which case neither fighter receives a point. With that being said, lets get to the stories and the event results. As you read you will see that all three of these bouts were very close as related in the round scores.
Although everyone, (IKF and all fighters and trainers) agreed 100% with the outcome of every bout, the only question we had was how the judges were scoring on their clickers. Following true San Shou rules the judges were instructed in the officials meeting to only score the kicks and punches that were clear shots. Although "Even Exchanges" where both fighters were landing strike after strike (Equal countering) as in a brawl, and strikes landed while the fighters were in a clinch (Knees & punches) did damage to each fighter physically, they did not count as points on the judges clickers. This changed the actual "Strike" scoring greatly. It meant unlike boxing or other styles of kickboxing, even though one fighter may be pounding on the other on the inside game, unless he dropped his opponent, there would be no points scored from any of his/her strikes, even the knee strikes, since these of course were done in the clinch. Although all agreed on how the bouts would be scored in the rules meetings (Traditional San Shou Scoring), this style of scoring/judging made for plenty of questions and discussions about the scoring/judging of San Shou bouts in the future. Due to this style of scoring/judging it also made the judges final scores look awkward when we would see scores like 2-1 instead of the scores determined by current IKF San Shou scoring rules, which give points for ANY strike in a clinch as well as in an even exchange. With this being said, you will see that even though all the fighters scored on strikes throughout their bouts, very few points were awarded for those strikes. So lets get to the nights action in their bout order...
In the clinch Calleros and Yuzhu exchanged some good knees and hands, but remember, these were not scored points. Yuzhu won these rounds not by any dynamic throws. Heck, there were "NO" great throws in any of the bouts, NONE! Only slips that brought a fighter to the ring floor. We saw on Calleros face what we were to see on Marinoble and Fujihira's face later... The look of confusion and frustration. NOT because they were not throwing quick and powerful strikes, not because of what they didn't do to their opponents but instead, what their opponents did to them. Simply put, they were out played in a specialized style of fighting and the Chinese fighters were "EXCELLENT" in their movement both offensively and defensively.
Knowing that the USA judge scored more for strikes, here are the judges scores for the bout, round by round and you will see just how close the bout was.
Bao Ligao (Left) of China faced off against Dave Marinoble (Right,) of Roseville, California USA. This was the most talked about match-up of the night. Marinoble had recently beat IKF Pro San Shou World Champion Rudi Ott in a non title bout to avenge his loss to Ott when Ott won the IKF title.
However Marinoble did not beat Ott using true San Shou skill. This is not meant to be an insult to Marinoble, just a fact he even admits. He beat Ott by stopping him from using any San Shou techniques on him. Marinoble had planned for a "Throw defense strategy" against Ott which worked to perfection, one he had probably planned to use against Ligao. But Ligao was a far more experienced fighter than both Ott and Marinoble put together and he proved so from the first round on.
We can't really pin-point what it was that made Ligao look like the one who controlled this bout but we do know it happened in round 1. Although Marinoble knew Ligao was a southpaw (left handed) fighter, he wasn't able to fight an effective outside game plan against him. Marinoble was doing what he had planned, but Ligao seemed to have the answer for every move he made. It was another game of chess as was Calleros' bout and again, USA was looking for the right move on a confusing chess board.
As Marinoble would charge in, Ligao stopped him with either a good side kick to his body or a straight left. Regardless whatever it was, it forced Marinoble to consistently re-think his strategy as the fight wore on. With Ligao's effective counters on Marinoble's charge, Marinoble was left with little outside game. When Marinoble was able to get inside, Ligao would wrap over his arms which stopped Marinoble from punching effectively. Still Marinoble was able to land some good body shots and uppercuts but of course none of them counted as points (only damage) since the fighters were tied up.
Marinoble avoided most of Ligao's takedowns but was unable to score throw points on him. When Marinoble would start to fall from Ligao's throw attempts, he would hold Ligao along for the ride, nullifying any point. Regardless, it was the few Ligao did score that made the difference in this bout. It was a close bout with the chess master, Ligao winning on points. On the judges cards, Ligao defeated Marinoble by unanimous decision 5 rounds to 0 on one of the Chinese judges score card while the other Chinese judge scored it 4 rounds with one round a draw. The USA judge scored it 4 rounds to 1 for Ligao.
As with the scores of the first bout and knowing the USA judge scored more for strikes, here are the judges scores for the bout, round by round and you will see just how close this bout was too.
Liu Hailong of China (Left) and Eduardo Fujihira (Right) of Brazil were the featured Main Event of the night. The true favorite was China Superstar Liu Hailong. Hailong looked like the master fighter out of a hollywood movie. He had the stare and the look and more so, he has the true fighting skills of a real fighting champion. After fighting, we won't be surprised if we see him kickin up the big screen with the likes of other China Martial Arts Action film stars.
Hailong's opponent, Eduardo Fujihira had been put forward by the most famous San Shou fighter in the World, Cung Le and the first fighter who was suppose to be fighting Hailong, Scott Sheeley. Both Sheeley and Le thought Fujihira was the best chance of defeating Hailong. Fujihira had already impressed many in the San Shou world but there were a few who doubted his skills too saying he had not had enough pro experience to face Hailong. Regardless of what everyone thought, it was time to "Walk the Walk" and see who would take home the IKF Gold.
In round 1, Fujihira appeared more than just enough to hang with Hailong. In fact, the power he was throwing on his punches looked like he may even have a chance at a knockout. He wasn't just throwing a couple, he was coming with the heat a lot! To us, Fujihira clearly won round 2 by a large margin but not according to both Chinese judges who scored it 3-2 each for Hailong while the USA judge scored it 7-3 for Fujihira. His punches looked fast and powerful yet few landed and those that did were answered back with something from Hailong. As rounds 1 and 2 played out, the thoughts of a knockout for Fujihira by anyone may have been wishful thinking. Hailong, like the other Chinese fighters was able to slip Fujihira's punches enough to either back away or tie him up inside. At the end of round 2 the match looked to be more of a strength and endurance game instead of the previous skill game as the other two bouts. but don't let these words fool you, "SKILL" played an important part from here to the end...
At the end of round 3, Fujihira looked tired. His eyes seemed to droop and he just wasn't on. He seemed to be so tired he just stopped moving around the ring and simply took Hailong on toe to toe, a mistake he paid for over and over again. His lack of movement allowed Hailong to catch him flat-footed and score with strikes and sweeps as well as a few kicks and punches. Was it possible Fujihira had punched himself out in the first 2 rounds? Possible yes, but we can't say for sure. All we knew was that from round 3 on, this was all Hailong, at least he made it look that way. Again as in the previous two bouts, there were no dynamic throws but Hailong, like the other Chinese fighters simply stepped to the side and past Fujihara by as he fell to the canvas, frustrated and tired.
As rounds 4 and 5 went by there was no question who won this bout. Hailong showed why he is one of China's best in the style of San Shou and added to his trophy case and resume, IKF San Shou World Champion as he defeated Fujihira by unanimous decision, 5 rounds to none on both the Chinese judges *score cards while the USA judge gave Fujihira one round and another a draw with the remaining 3 to Hailong.
(*) At the head judges table, the chief China Wushu Association judge saw round 2 the same way we had, or at least partly. So much that he elected to 'change' the scores of both of the Chinese judges who had given the round to Hailong. He changed the score to 4-2 in favor of Fujihira on one judges card and 3-3 on the other. Although this was gracious of him to do for Fujihira, we (IKF) do not over-rule bout judges at ringside and although they changed it on their master score cards, we choose not to change it on the IKF Master Score sheets so we left it as scored by the judges. Our only worry at the time was hoping this question mark of scoring wouldn't create an issue at the end of the bout. But it never even came close to being an issue.
Again, knowing that the USA judge scored more for strikes, here are the judges scores for the bout, round by round.
Many had thought the China fighters would throw all three of their opponents around like wet noodles, this was not to be true at all. The China fighters won by doing what they had to do and it was not by dynamic throws, but by slight shifts of their bodies to miss attacks and leave their opponents striking air, tied up in a clinch or on the ring floor. We never saw any fighter totally dominating their bout, but we did see a clear control of the bouts by all three of the China fighters. No one dominated in the "Power" game because from what we saw none of the fighters were ever hurt with any strikes. The China fighters simple fought and won with superior skill and technique and as someone said when we were there, "They knew how to score the points in San Shou." It was a great show of expert skill by the Chinese fighters against fighters who were more experienced in another styles of the fighting sports. This was no fault of the Chinese fighters or an excuse for the other fighters, it was simply a fact, they were out played. They were chess games to watch, not brawls with devastating blows where you would see several standing 8 counts. In fact, there wasn't a single standing 8 count in any of the three bouts.
The China fighters knew this game, this style, and proved it in every possible way keeping all their opponents frustrated, off balance, and questioning what they could do. Nothing seemed to work for them as desired let alone planned. This is no disrespect or down talk of Marinoble, Calleros or Fujihira, it's just that on this night, they met their match. None of them were "Beat up," but they were clearly out-skilled and out pointed in a game the China fighters knew well. This was China's night to shine with Gold, and they did so proudly in front of millions of their fans. We will surly see them again, maybe even some re-matches here. There are so many to praise here for such a great event. From the promoter, Dr. Yong Yao to all those of the Chinese Wushu Association and the "MANY" in between, you all deserve applause from the San Shou and kickboxing fans around the world. Our hat is tipped to all of you for being such gracious hosts and showing the world what real San Shou is like, played on a fair and remarkable stage. As for all the fighters, all of you "Walked the Walk" and we are proud of all of you in both victory and defeat.
As for now, it's time to get some rest but look for follow-up articles about some of these fighters and San Shou later this week. For more info contact Dr. Yong Yao and his staff at e-Commerce Technology, Inc. at (408) 777-9821 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
MORE WEEKEND RESULTS COMING TOMORROW...
SUNDAY, December 7th, 2003, AT 11:40 AM, PT
IS ON II
Barcelona, Liverpool, England
IKF Europe has announced a late confrimation of an event planned for tonight, HEAT IS ON II to be held in Barcelona, Liverpool, England. For more info please contact Jacqui Thompson or Alby Bimpson of IKF Europe at email@example.com
WEDNESDAY, December 3rd, 2003, AT 10:40 AM, PT
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Platinum Live Kickboxing Deal
Makes For A Busy 2004
Platinum Live a high scale Supper Club located in Studio City, California in conjunction with promoter Johnny Davis and his Art of Kickboxing (AK) Promotions company of Rocklin, CA have reached an agreement to begin hosting a series of Platinum IKF Kickboxing events in the main hall of the club.
The first event of the series will be held January 17th, 2004 starting at 8:PM. Subtitled Feet and Fist of Fury, the series will showcase some of the best amateur kickboxers in and out of the State. The Platinum Live Supper Club originally opened in 1939 and has over the years hosted Cabaret, Burlesque, The Doors, Chuck Beri and in 1964 held a Beatles press conference. Its also known for an impressive surround sound system, computerized lights and tasteful cuisine.
The addition of The Platinum IKF Kickboxing Series makes the club even more on the cutting edge for premier entertainment! Fights will be under the authority of the California Athletic Commission and sanctioned by the IKF. For more information contact AK Promotions at (916) 780-7483, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.platinumliveusa.com
MONDAY, December 1st, 2003, AT 4:30 PM, PT
Finishing Out 2003!
With only 3 IKF Sanctioned events to go for this year it seems there are a lot of IKF Associates looking forward to the Holiday Break. Although there may not be a lot of event news to report, we can say there will be a lot of new things added to the IKF Organization in 2004. Exactly what we can't talk about yet but lets just say we look forward to the new year, as we have every year. After the reports have been posted about this weekends events we plan to take a look back at some of the highlights of the past year. So don't expect the news page to be completely silent after this weekend, if anything, expect to see some great memories of this past year brought back to life.
We do want you to be aware though that due to our trip to China for the upcoming Triple IKF San Shou World Title event, all the IKF pages will be quiet from Thursday, December 4th until we get back from China on December 10th. But for now, heres the rundown on what to look forward to for this weekend in the IKF...
THIS WEEKEND IN THE IKF
THREE IKF Pro San Shou World Titles!
We have been told that China has no idea what a "Sanctioning Body" is and that the letters IKF won't mean a thing when we step off the plane. Whether this is true or not, we will need to see ourselves. If so, we need to remind those involved in China that we aren't going to China to simply offer an IKF World Title Belt and internet advertising. The goal of any IKF Sanctioning is to represent "ALL" the fighters, not just those we travel with. More importantly, we represent the promoters, officials and the event itself as a whole to assure everything runs as scheduled and to assure all involved act fairly and abide to all the official IKF Rules and Regulations. We do not sanction events so we can throw our weight around or be on a power trip. IKF Sanctioning is is best summed up in this quote, "With great power comes great responsibility." and it is the duty of the IKF to be responsible for everything about an IKF Sanctioned event.
This "IS" an IKF Sanctioned event. The IKF has already made clear that we will appoint the official IKF Referee for ALL 3 IKF World Title Bouts and in this case, it will be the IKF Head of Officials, Mr. Dan Stell. This has always been a rule and regulation for IKF World Title bouts and will continue to be so. We are also bringing over 1 IKF Judge, Mr. James Wong, who is also an associate with the California State Athletic Commission. The IKF event Representative in charge of the event will be IKF President Steve Fossum.
It has been advertised as America Vs China, but there will be one fighter coming from Brazil to step into the ring against china's very best in the Light Cruiserweight division. Eduardo Fujihira (Right) He Started at 3 years old to practice Judo and took part many competitions and winning most of then. At the age of 7 started to practice Kung-fu with Chan Kwon Wai, the North Shaolin style. At this time practicing both Judo and Kung-fu twice a week each. At the age of nine started playing soccer in one of the main Brazilians teams (Sao Paulo) and stopped with the Martial Arts training. At the age of 14 stopped with soccer because it was interfering in the studies, so he started to practice Kung fu with Chan Kwon Wai best student Nereu Graballos, who was at the time coach of Brazilian Sanshou Team (now he is the vice-president of the Pan American Wushu Federation and president of Brazilian Confederation.)
In 1993, at the age 17 years old, he had his first state competition and won the state, (Sao Paulo) and National Championships (Brazil). In 1994 he again won state and National Championships and won the Pan American Wushu Championship in Toluca, Mexico, and the Pan American Koushu Championship in Lima, Peru. In that same year he started to studied Business Administration.
In 1995 first took 4th place in his first World Championship, where he beats Singapore and Kazakhstan but lost to the winner of the tournament from Romania in the semifinals. He won the World Koushu Championship at 1996 in Taipei, Taiwan. In 1997 he won another tournament in Orlando, Florida, USA, and fought against Scott Shelley in a PPV match, and won. In 1999 he took part in the World Championships, where he won his first fight and lost his second. In 2000 he stopped fighting and concentrated all energy on working in the field of financial business. In 2001 he had his best result, being 1st place in World Wushu Championship in Armenia. In 2003 he fought against an MMA fighter Steve Headden (Current ISCF MMA World Champion) in a PPV event and won by TKO in the 2nd round. Eduardo, is also the captain of the Brazilian Team and is considered one the best Brazilian Fighters. He has brought the most valued tittles to the Brazilian Shanshou Team.
Across the ring though he will face off against Liu Hailong of China (Above Left, 50-4 with 11 KOs) . Hailong is the raining China Kung Fu King Champion. he also won the Thailand Vs China competition and was 1st World Cup San Shou Champion. We have not been told a lot about Hailong but we are assured, he is the favored fighter in this match-up.
The fighter the China Promoters have featured most though has been "The Madman!" IKF FCR Middleweight World Champion Dave "The Madman" Marinoble (Right, 19-1-2 with 8 KOs) of Roseville, California USA. Born In Roseville Marinoble has dedicated his life to the Martial Arts. Since his humble beginnings of Shaolin Kung Fu taught by his Grandfather, Glen Richardson, he has always loved the martial arts. Dave has been involved in the art of Modern Bok Fu for over 15 years, earning his 4th Degree Black Belt from Master James Kane. He has also earned his 3rd Degree Black Belt in Jujitsu, as awarded by Professor LL Cary. Recently he was awarded his Black Sash in Wing Chun Kung Fu by Sifu, Eddie Chong, and is currently studying Bak Mei Kung Fu and the Inosanto style of Escrima Stick Fighting.
Not only has Marinoble earned many Black Belts, he has also earned numerous local, state, national, and international titles. He has represented the United States twice as a member of the United States Sport Jujitsu Team helping propel the US team into the top three in both competitions. He also won the Middleweight Continuous Point Fighting title in 1999 at the USA International World Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is known in the kickboxing world as the "Madman." Given the nickname because of his relentless style of fighting, he has refined himself into one of the sport's most well known fighters.
Since beginning to fight as an amateur in the early 1990's, he had one goal in mind, to be the Professional World Champion. He won the IKF United States Light Middleweight, IKF Middleweight, and IKF Super Middleweight titles before turning Professional. Since turning professional in 1998, he has torn through the Middleweight division. He won his first professional title (IKF United States Middleweight Title) in a 10 round unanimous decision over Larry Jarrett of Florida. He won the IKF North American Middleweight title against Thomas Downing of Canada on December 17,1999, on his way to his ultimate goal when he won the IKF Middleweight World Title against then Champion Tommy Kimber. It was in July of 2000 when Dave stepped into the ring against Kimber in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After standing toe-to-toe for 7 rounds of back and forth action, Marinoble let loose with a vicious combination sending Kimber to the canvas, thus making Marinoble the new IKF World Middleweight Champion. His only loss was for the IKF Middleweight World Title when he lost to Rudi Ott. However, in a rematch several months later Marinoble got his redemption in a 5 round decision win against Ott, however the promoters did not want to put Ott's IKF World Title up.
Marinoble's opponent will be Bao Ligao (Above Left, 48-6 with 5 KOs) of China. Ligao is the current China Kung Fu King Champion in the Super Middleweight division and won the Thailand vs China bout too. We don't know a lot about him as all the China fighters but the bottom line here is, he "IS" a TRUE San Shou Fighter who has only fought San Shou. With that being said, he will be the favorite on the China books going into the fight but many who know Marinoble expect to see him surprised by the "Madman's" fighting ability, even in San Shou.
Rounding out the Triple World Title event will be the quest for the vacant IKF Light Welterweight San Shou World Title between Fernando "Cool" Calleros (Above Right, 29-6-2 with 16 KOs) of El Paso, Texas USA and Han Yuzhu of China. Calleros is the current IKF Pro International Rules Super Welterweight World Champion. He is also a certified black belt in both Kenpo and Tae Kwon Do with years of championship fighting experience. He has been involved in the martial arts since he was 11 years old and became a successful amateur kickboxer. Under the tutelage of Master Bill Packer he moved forward towards a successful professional career as well. His goal is to continue to represent the USA in a positive way. He has fought the world's best including Kamel Chouaref, Danny Steele (2 Time IKF World Champion) and Dimitry Shakuta (Former IKF World Champion). He has fought in Japan, China, Italy, Russia, France, Canada, Mexico and throughout the USA. A victory in China will add to his accomplishments and help to re-introduce himself to the Chinese people whom he respects and wants to gain their approval. He has fought in all rule styles which include, full contact, kickboxing, Muay Thai and Draka/San Shou.
Fernando's opponent will be Han Yuzhu (Above Left, 17-8) of China.Yuzhu is a new san shou star. Like a "black horse" in the "2003 Chinese Wu Shu San Shou Match", he gains the challenger qualification here against Fernando.
Its clear to Fernando Calleros, Dave Marinoble and Eduardo Fujihira that the Chinese Team doesn't want them to know much about them. This is apparent by the info you have read above. Whether this be one of their tactics to keep their opponents from gaining any insight to them or just because there isn't much to tell, we won't know until the night of the event. At least IKF Kickboxing TV viewers will get a chance to see the bouts themselves since all 3 bouts will be later televised on the IKF Kickboxing TV Program.
As an investment group and online promotional partner, e-Commerce Technology, Inc. along with the IKF, China Central TV Station (CCTV), China Wushu Association, and Chinese Kungfu King Company will present this historical event to millions of kickboxing and martial art lovers from the City of Beijing. The event doors at the Beijing Worker Gym will open at 6:PM and the bouts start at 7:30 PM. the 3 IKF Pro San Shou World Title bouts will be supported by a full undercard. For more info please go to www.ec-t.com/kickboxing or contact e-Commerce Technology, Inc. at (408) 777-9821 or by e-mail at email@example.com
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IKF Point Kickboxing© is a Semi-Contact- Continuous Fighting Point Tournament with Cash Awards and Trophies (Trophies up to 4th Place). There will be Teams competition too. The event will be held at Lord's Gym, 702 Atlantic Street inRoseville, CA. Registration starts at 8:AM and Officials and Tourney Meeting at 10:00 AM, All Must Attend. Elimination bouts start at 11:00 AM.
Team Competition is $25 per member. Registration at the door is $35 for indivisual competitors. A Great Event To Stay In Shape, Spar Diverse Styles and Increase Timing! Spectators Fee is $5, Under 4 years old FREE. Contact Strictly enforced! No Knockouts! For more Info call (916) 780-7483 or go to www.AKPromotions.org