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FRIDAY, January 31st 2003, AT 4:30 PM, PST




Results From
IKF Cancun Mexico

Sunday, JANUARY, 26th 2003



Brooks Mason

First time IKF Promoter Dr. Jim Thomas (right) and his U. S. National Martial Arts Team World Cup organization hosted some great action over last weekend. Here's the rundown by IKF Ambassador and event Representative Brooks Mason, (Left).

Boys and Girls
The fights in Cancun, Mexico came off without a hitch and IKF kickboxing has found a new exciting home. Dr. Jim Thomas held fights in conjunction with a traditional karate tournament. This combination was the original start of kickboxing and returning to this formula proved to be a huge success.

First a word about Dr. Thomas and Sidekick Travel. We could not have been treated better and with more respect. When the slightest problem arose it was handled immediately and without regard to cost. I know I will be at the Alliance Tournament in Greece in 2004 and as much as I travel, I will trust all my arrangements to SideKick Travel from now on.
Speaking of Karate Tournaments. Did you know IKF head referee Dan "Bam Bam" Stell (Right) was a 5th Dan in Kajukempo? Well if you had any doubt about the speed and ability of this old boy, lay it aside. Dan Stell entered the tournament on a whim and flat spanked the competition. Winning his division while giving up only 1 point. Ray Thompson and I, as well as most of the crowd, were amazed at the speed of Stell as he defeated his opponents 5-1 and 5-0. Well done Mr. Stell.


Jim Thomas



Dan Stell



Tim Mazurkiewicz



Peyton Russell



David Pareja



Stephen Thompson

FIGHT #1
Robert Aisenbrey of Greenville, Ohio VS Juan Carlos Morales Lopez of Cancun, Mexico
These two welterweights came out slugging from the start. Both new fighters, what they lacked in skill they made up for in sheer determination. After a hard fight Aisenbrey picked up the split decision. Aisenbrey was to fight again later in the tournament.
WINNER: Aisenbrey by decision.

FIGHT #2
Tim Mazurkiewicz Vs Chance Finley
Although most of the fights kept to the two minute round setup, the fighters that would fight twice in the evening fought one minute rounds. Tim Mazurkiewicz (Right) did not adapt well to this setup. First let me say that Chance Finley is a budding talent waiting to explode on the kickboxing scene. Whoever takes the time to train this young man properly may well have a Champion on their hands in no time. A good kicker and well poised in the ring, Chance Finley gets my vote for most potential of the fight. He should not have had a prayer against the likes of the "Zurk". Tim Mazurkiewicz won the fight and his division and fought later on but it was how he won that disturbed me. Mazurkiewicz is one of the premier fighters in his division, in short he should have killed Finley. He only beat him up. More sparring Tim.
WINNER: Tim Mazurkiewicz by decision.

FIGHT #3
Matthew Meyer of Spooner, Wisconsin VS Sebastian Gonzalez Rodriguez of Cancun, Mexico
Once again young men of little experience showing the hearts of lions. There is a special quality about a fight when the fighters are green. The look on their faces at the bell and the transformation that takes place during the fight as they change from boys to warriors. I enjoyed the fight.
WINNER: Matthew Meyer by decision.

FIGHT #4 - MMA/NHB STYLE
Mathew Reynolds of Sidney, Ohio VS Carlos Flores Rayas of Cancun, Mexico
I usually do not write about NHB because it is not my field. This fight was easy to understand. These boys were tough, very tough. Most of the fight was slug it out stand up and that is without a doubt my favorite NHB. The Mexicans wanted to fight by NHB rules by and large and this fight showed me why. The boys from Cancun are a NHB team to be watching for.
WINNER: Rayas by decision.

FIGHT #5
Dan Singer of Grenville, Ohio VS Mitch Matrasko of Glendale Heights, Illinois
This fight was a demo, meaning the fighters were suppose to take it somewhat easy. Dan Singer kept pushing that issue. Backing up a second, a word about Mitch Matasko. He is 6'6" and weighs in at 240 Lbs. He moves very lightly on his feet and has obviously had some experience. Where has this boy been and why haven't we heard of him before? Ok back to the fight. Dan Singer is a young man of 16 and at 248 lbs we could not find a fight for him on the card. Showing the courage of a true Buckeye, he asked 30 year old Matasko to get in the ring with him. He wanted a fight but rules dictated a demo was all that was to be. Matasko kept him honest and Singer did try to open up. Matasko did not kill him at will and Singer proved he was a tough young man.

FIGHT #6
Peyton Russell of Minneapolis, Minnesota VS David Pareja of Rockford, Illinois
A demo. A damn demo. The weight spread was too much, the time wasn't right, the crowd payed too little to get in and on and on. The crowd took one breath once the "demo" started and didn't take another till the "demo" was over. If you didn't know it was a demo you would have simply enjoyed the fight. These two boys put on an exhibition about what kickboxing is supposed to look like. Peyton (Right - Two time IKF USA National Amateur Champion) has improved since the North American Championships if that was possible and Pareja (Left - 1999 IKF USA National Amateur Champion) has finally come home to kickboxing where he belongs. If you ever wanted to know where kickboxing is going, watch either of these boys fight.

FIGHT #7
Robert Aisenbrey VS Geraldo Morales of Cancun, Mexico
Aisenbrey fought earlier in the evening but looked very fresh. Morales was absolutely ready to go. The fight was short and sweet. For the kickboxing fan, Morales kicked Aisenbrey in the leg and the fight could not continue. Aisenbrey won by disqualification. (These were all full contact - above the waist rules) For the Thai fan however the results were a bit different. It was one of the sweetest leg kicks I have ever seen. Morales sweeped down and through the thigh muscle and Aisenbrey was unable to stand. The Mexicans should stick to what they know and insist on NHB or Muay Thai bouts.

FIGHT #8
Stephen Thompson of Simpsonville, South Carolina VS Alejandro Garcia Lopez of Cancun, Mexico
Alejandro Garcia Lopez made only one mistake. He weighed in at 185. Lopez showed a toughness few fighters show against Thompson (Right - Three Time IKF USA National Amateur Champion) and made it to 1:07 of the second round. I know it sounds as if I am joking but Lopez was the exception to most of Thompson's fights. Taking shots that would have felled a lesser man, Lopez did himself proud and walked away from the fight with his head held high. What can we say about Stephen Thompson that hasn't already been said? He is moving up in weight, he is filling out and God help his future opponents, he is hitting even harder. Ray Thompson and I have come with the perfect analogy for Stephen's abilities. "When Stephen Thompson fights, it's like hunting crickets with a shotgun."
WINNER: Stephen Thompson by knockout.

FIGHT #9
Tim Mazurkiewicz VS Mitch Matasko
This fight was setup to give Matasko a real fight for the evening and he rose to the occasion. Having not been in the ring for awhile, he showed some rust but otherwise handled himself very well. He did what he had to to win the fight and he did win by unanimous decision. Mazurkiewicz on the other hand has a bit of explaining to do. There was no reason in the world Matasko should have won that fight. Ok, he out weighed Tim by 48 lbs and the rounds were reduced to one minute but Tim should have adapted. Matasko did exactly what he had to, hit Mazurkiewicz and stay inside to avoid the kicks. Tim spent his evening trying to back the larger Matasko up instead of backing up himself and getting his shots off. We will chalk this one up to experience, after all even the Roufus boys lose a few. There is no reason Tim cannot be the World Champ. Of course he has to get through Mike Marinoble first. Anyone setting that war up?

One last question for all the fight fans from Cancun. Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? This is Brooks Mason coming to you from the Emerald Mongoose Muay Thai Camp in Omaha, Nebraska. Thank you and see you at the fights.
For more info on this event, please contact event promoter Dr. Jim Thomas and his event staff at (765) 939-0780 or (765) 965-5425.

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AFTER THE BELOW STORY: Despite the showing by Dr. Jim Thomas to the IKF Staff at the event, after this news post the IKF learned that Thomas never sent ANY of the promised awards to all the Martial Art Participants of which there were Hundreds. More was discovered about Thomas in the coming years. Finally in July of 2009 the matter was settled.




THURSDAY, January 30th, 2003, AT 9:30 PM, PST




PLENTY OF IKF ACTION THIS WEEKEND!


AND ISCF AS WELL!!!



Bach & Nesbitt
Battle For IKF Pro WORLD Title!




Rob Zbilski





Tommy Bach

Crystal Lake Illinois, USA
IKF Promoter Rob Zbilski (Left) and his TEAM Z Promotional Team are all set to host this weekend's IKF Pro World Title bout between Number 1 World Ranked and

IKF Pro U. S. Lightweight Champion
Tommy Bach of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, USA
and number 2 World Ranked Super Lightweight
Keith Nesbitt of Rochester, New York, USA.

Bach (Left) comes into the bout with a Pro record of 9 wins, 1 loss and 2 wins by KO/TKO.

The more experienced Nesbitt (Right) comes to Bach's hometown with a pro record of 27 wins, 8 loses with 5 wins by KO/TKO. As far as their amateur experience, Nesbitt has the experience edge there as well with a past amateur record of 28 wins, 5 loses with 12 wins by KO/TKO as compared to Bach's amateur record of 8 wins, 3 loses with 3 wins by KO/TKO.

While Nesbitt may have the experience edge, Bach will have the edge as far as confidence goes, having been on a winning streak. On the other side of the ring, Nesbitt will need his experience to support him as a full contact rules fighter because his try at muaythai left him nothing but bruised and battered, losing both his last 2 bouts by KO. Bach enters the ring at 5'9 and 29 years old. Nesbitt will have an inch height advantage at 5'10" but will also enter at 29 years of age.

Bach is known for his composure in the ring while Nesbitt tends to be a little more skirtish. But than again, maybe that was just our opinion seeing him in the ring doing leg kick fights for the first time. We may see the rolls change a bit when the two meet up, that is if Nesbitt's experience as an above the waist fighter shows up in strength. Also on this event will be IKF Pro US Champion Jim Zbilski of Illinois in a non title semi main event against Jorge Vasquez.

The IKF welcomes Sponsor Next Move Gear and the Top Ten Group who will be sponsoring a Midwest Championships night on the event as well. There will be 9 of these bouts added to the nights card as well. Fighters names were not available at press time.

The event will be at the American Sports Center in Crystal Lake Illinois, USA. The IKF Event Representative will be IKF Ambassador Brooks Mason of Omaha Nebraska, USA and the nights IKF Referee will be Al Wichers of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

For ticket info please see the event ad on the upcoming events page by clicking HERE! For more info please contact Promoter Rob Zbilski at (847) 458-8333 or by e-mail at teamz@3di.net


Keith Nesbitt






MORE NEWS OF 1-30-03



Rodriguez And Morello
Battle For IKF Amateur Title In California!




Abe Belardo

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Domi Tomate

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Jennifer Alcorn

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Chuck Lidell

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Benny Urquidez

IKF Promoter Abe Belardo and Domi Tomate are all set for Friday nights (January 31st) IKF Championship Kickboxing at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bakersfield, California, USA. The main event of the night will be the quest for the vacant IKF Amateur International Rules Light Middleweight West Coast Title between Raul Rodriguez of Bakersfield, CA, USA and Mike Morello of Santa Barbara, California, USA.

Rodriguez enters the ring with 5 wins, 3 loses and 3 wins coming via KO/TKO while Morello's record is a bit deceiving. Although a losing record of 3 wins, 4 loses and 1 win by KO/TKO, Morello's a USA National Tournament fighter and has fought some stiff competition. At last years 2002 IKF USA National Amateur Tournament he lost by a close decision (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28) to eventual IKF USA National Champion Oscar Montano of Surprise Arizona. (Note Montano just won again... by KO!! See article below)

Morello's last bout (Redding, CA, USA, August 2002) and loss was to IKF USA Amateur San Shou Champion Santos Soto, Jr. of San Jose, CA, USA. Soto was no easy fight either boasting a record of 17 wins, 2 loses with 12 wins coming by KO/TKO. Morello though gave him all he could handle and lost by a close split decision 29-28, 29-28 and 28-29. We're sure he will give Rodriguez his winning game in the ring Friday night.

Rodriguez stands 5'8" tall while Morello comes in with the height advantage at 5'10". Rodriguez will have youth on his side at only 20 to Morello at 30 years of age.

The event will have 7 other exciting bouts as well. Special guests will include former IKF US Amateur Champion and Pro MMA Star, Chuck "The ICEMAN" Lidell, Kickboxing Legend Benny "The Jet" Urquidez (Right) and 2 time Pro Boxing World Champion Jennifer Alcorn. Also on hand will be the team from Ultimate Athlete Magazine.

For more info on this event contact Mr. Domi Tomate or Mr. Abe Belardo at (661) 342-5222.




MORE NEWS OF 1-30-03



IKF Point Kickboxing©
In Rocklin, California

Portions of this article were previously posted earlier this month






Rocklin, CA, USA: IKF Promoter Johnny Davis and his Art of Kickboxing Promotions company are all set to "Rock" the foundation of the City of Rocklin, CA, USA with the city's first ever Point Kickboxing© tournament! The event will be held at the beautiful Sunset Center. "Pre-Registration forms have been coming in strong and several Kickboxing schools in the California area have committed to many more entries on the day of the event!" "We are anticipating the best Point Kickboxing© event to date!" says IKF Point Kickboxing© Director Johnny Davis.

Davis continues, "It's always great to hear from some of the competitors who still have jitters about competing in Point Kickboxing© because this may be their first event." 'However, they always seem to counter their fear by saying that they would much rather be entering a semi-contact event than a full contact event where the chances of getting hurt are much greater.' It seems to be clear that many are really beginning to see how important Point Kickboxing© is for the growth and longevity of the sport."

Century 14 and 16 oz. Boxing gloves, head gear and chest protectors will be available at the event but gyms are encouraged to bring their own approved equipment if possible. Men, Women and Children will compete for beautiful 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place trophies. Beginner and Advanced divisions will be available. Spectators only pay $5 to attend while Seniors (65 or Older) and children under 3 years old attend for FREE! There will also be a well stocked Canteen of drinks and food available! Registration starts at 9:00 AM, Officials and Rule meetings for all coaches and participants starts at 11:AM and Eliminations "kicks" off at 12:noon sharp.

See this page for Registration and Rules: www.IKFKickboxing.com/PKB.htm

Davis further reports: IKF Point Kickboxing© is for the Muay Thai fighter too... The name Point Kickboxing© seems to throw off the Muay Thai fighter, thinking this event is not for them, but not so. There is a (PMT) which stands for Point Muay Thai division for IKF Point Kickboxing© tournaments. We chose to make a clear distinction in the two divisions. This PMT division is also semi contact and allows kicks to the legs as well as knees to the body. (chest protectors are mandatory for Junior divisions). No elbows and no knee strikes to the face are allowed. All PMT fighters are required to wear shorts. For more info, contact Johnny Davis at Art of Kickboxing Promotions (916) 780-7483 or by e-mail at johnnyd@netwiz.net





The Below News
Was Posted At 2:40 PM TODAY...



February Fight Party
About To Kick Off

Promoter Moses' Much Anticipated Return Shows Great Promise And Draws Attention







On Saturday, February 1, 2003, the much heralded February Fight Party card will finally begin. Some of the most noteworthy and popular martial sports stars of the Southeast will see action.

The kickboxing main event will have IKF U.S. Heavyweight Champion, Kevin "Hurricane" Hudson square off against Atlanta's own and formidable Mark Selbee.

Jason Miller (Sorry...no photo available) will put his ISCF East Coast Middleweight title up against the "double tough" challenger, Todd Carney, (Below Left) in the mixed martial arts main event.

In addition, names familiar to those in the Southeast and anyone who has perused the IKF and ISCF web pages in recent years like Steve Headen, Pee Wee McCall, Kevin Brooks, Shawn Porter, John Wheby, Daniel Anchetta, Andy Foster and Sherry Thompson are scheduled to have contests on the card as well. Plus, bouts have been made for representatives of such prestigious fight camps as the RAW Team and a U.S. Olympic Wrestling Training Center resident.

So, with this array of talent, it is no wonder that IKF and ISCF World President, Steve Fossum, (Right) and IKF co-founder Dan Stell (Bottom Right) will BOTH be in attendance for promoter Brett Moses' February Fight Party Saturday night. And we are expecting MANY fight fans will be there too!

February Fight Party will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2003, at the DeKalb-Atlanta Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The venue telephone number is (404) 982-0989.

For more information, Mr. Moses can be reached at not_tank@hotmail.com or call the Fight Party Hotline at (404) 315-7235.






MORE NEWS OF 1-30-03


POSTED AT 9:25 AM, PST



KNOCKOUTS
Are The Standard In Arizona...


Phoenix Arizona, USA: IKF Promoters Clement and Rhonda Vierra are excited about the KNOCKOUT success of Tuesday nights event at the Rodeo Nights night club in Phoenix Arizona. Here's are the nights results...

  1. BOUT 1 - EXHIBITION
    Fabian Ortiz and Heiser Vasquez putting on a very good exhibition for being in the ring for the first time. The second bout had IKF 2 time National Champion Alyssa De Fazio with Rochelle Williams. Williams came in heavy for the fight and De Fazio and her trainers waived the weight difference just to have the fight. In addition, Williams was 3 years older. De Fazio put Williams down in the first round with a side kick. In the 2nd round she put her down again with a left hook. In the 3rd, Williams continued to try and take the fight to De Fazio, but Williams was getting tired. Seeing this, De Fazio turned it up and started coming in with big punches, front & side kicks that were landing hard. Although it was Williams first time being in the ring, the two had a great fight with De Fazio taking the win.

  2. BOUT 2
    This bout was cancelled due to Rick Tybor not completing any of his Arizona State Athletic Commission required medical exams, (HIV and Physical).

  3. BOUT 3
    This bout was for the vacant IKF Amateur U.S. Super Middleweight Title with Naeem Munir vs IKF USA National Middleweight Champion Oscar Montano. In there last fight together Munir Knock Montano out in the 1st round. But that was last time. This time it was for the Title. Here's the round by round action...
    • ROUND 1: Munir did what he did last time and went after Montano, knocking him down. After the 8 count, Montano stayed with him and made it though the round.

    • ROUND 2: Montano came back and took it to Munir with good leg kicks and inside punches, to win the round on all score cards 10-9.

    • ROUND 3: Montano turned it up! Hitting Munir with everything he had. Montano looked like the same fighter that won The National Tournament. This time, Montano put Munir down with punches and kicks to the legs. Munir got up and tried to fight back, but Montano saw that he had Munir on the edge of defeat and jumped on him again. The explosive combinations forced the referee to stop the fight in round 3, with the winner and New "2 TIME" IKF U.S. Super Middleweight Champion. Oscar Montano.

  4. BOUT 4
    Making their Pro debuts, Chris Gomez and Roger Mejia put on a show.
    • ROUND 1: Gomez came out right after Mejia and got Mejia in his own corner with punches and kicks. The two fighters were going at it toe to toe which brought the crowd to their feet. At the end of the round Gomez hit Mejia with a round kick on the chest then the foot went up and hit Mejia in the throat and put him down. The round went to Gomez on all score cards 10-8.

    • ROUND 2: Mejia was not the same because of the kick to the throat. Gomez knew he had the fight going his way and jump on Mejia with Big punches which prompted referee Joe Joseph to jump in and gave Mejia a standing 8 count. But Mejia was not done yet. He came after Gomez and they were toe to toe "AGAIN! And AGAIN, the fan's were on their feet. Gomez was just too strong and got the best of Mejia and the fight was stopped giving Chris Gomez the win. Look out Heavyweights, we have an Up and coming fighter coming your way by the name of Chris Gomez!

  5. BOUT 5
    The nights Main Event matched up Christopher Terry and Marcel Godfrey. Terry was really pumped up for this fight. It was his Pro debut and he was coming off a Big Win. A 1st round 30 second KnockOut of Rick Tybor. Terry had a very big fan following at the Rodeo Nights Night Club.
    • ROUND 1: This was a good round back and forth. The only sad point was when Godfrey hit Terry low to the groin 3 times which prompted the referee to finally deduct a point from him on the judges cards. The first round went to Terry 10-8.

    • ROUND 2: Godfrey came after Terry with hard kicks & punches and at the end of the round put Terry down with a straight left. Terry got up at the count of 8 as the round ended. This round went to Godfrey 10-8.

    • ROUND 3: Terry came out all business, landing hard kicks to Godfrey's leg's and side kicks to the body. Then it happened... Terry landed his right hand and Godfrey went down! However, to his warrior credit, Godfrey got up. Terry rushed him again and landed a jab then a right and it was over!!! Godfrey went down and Out!!! AND WE MEAN OUT!!! Godfrey was OUT on the canvas for 10 minutes. When he came to, the ringside doctors checked him over and he stood up on his own. Within a few minutes, we are glad to say all is well. On the other side of the ring stood Terry who took home a BIG WIN in his Pro Debut. So big that the win earned him a quick nickname... "2Quick" Christopher Terry. Terry is also another up and coming fighter to look out for.








For more info on this event contact Clement or Rhonda Vierra at (602) 493-1567 or by e-mail at hardknocksgym@aol.com





WEDNESDAY, January 29th, 2003, AT 12:30 PM, PST


Robinson & Laurence
Meet for IKF Pro Title Tonight!

Kansas City, Missouri, USA:
IKF Promoter Doug Freeman is all set to host tonights Battle Star XII, which will feature Pro Boxing and Kickboxing in the Grand Pavilion Room at the Ameristar Casino Hotel (Right) in Kansas City, Missouri. The nights Main Event will feature the quest for the vacant IKF Pro International Rules Light Heavyweight Central US Regional Title between number 2 World ranked Jeff Robinson of Kansas City, Kansas (Pro: 12-3/9, Am: 5-0/5) and number 4 World ranked Gregory Laurence of Springfield, Missouri, USA (7-2).

The event doors open at 6:PM and the show starts at 7:PM. Tickets are Prices: $55, $45, $35 and $25. Ameristar is located at 3200 North Ameristar Drive in Kansas City, Missouri. The Hotel number is (800) 499-4961 or (816) 414-7000. For more info on this event you can contact Mr. Doug Freeman at (816) 767-0870. Mr. Freeman's next IKF event is scheduled for March 7th at the Beaumont Club in Westport Kansas City, Missouri, USA.




MORE NEWS OF 1-29-03


RESULTS FROM
KICKBOXING EVENT 6

IKF Bolzano, Italy


IKF Promoter Franz Hallar (Right) reported this past Monday that his event, KICKBOXING EVENT 6 held Sunday, January, 26th, was a big success. The event hosted 8 Amateur bouts in Thaiboxing/Kickboxing and 6 bouts in Amateur Boxing.

Here are the Kickboxing results below as reported by IKF Europe's Alby Bimpson.
A report will follow soon about the whole show.


  1. IR: Gianfranco Constantino of Genova defeated Guiseppe Principe of Milan, Italy by TKO in round 2.

  2. MTR: Gazzale Corrado of Rapallo defeated Marco Bondi of Bologna by decision.

  3. MTR: Claudio Baccolini of Bologna defeated Domenico Frattaruolo of Milan by TKO in round 3.

  4. MTR: Silvia Valicelli of Bologna defeated Sabrina Biffi by decision.

  5. MTR:Salvatore Mangiafico of Siena defeated Pablo Tiengo of Milan by decision.

  6. MTR: Carlo Merz of Bolazano defeated Alessandro Masala of Genova by TKO in round 1.

  7. MTR: Shan Jang of Genova defeated David Pistoni of Milan by TKO round 1.

  8. MTR: Marco Bondi of Bologna defeated Eduardo Villa of Genova by decision.

For more info on this event you can contact Mr. Franz Hallar at franz.haller@tin.it or see his website at www.franzhaller.tk




TUESDAY, January 28th, 2003, AT 8:20 PM, PST


Hudson Goes "South Of The Border"
To Prepare For Title Defense

South Carolina Based IKF Pro U.S. Heavyweight Champ Travels To Georgia For Additional Training


Atlanta, Georgia, USA
This Saturday night, February 1, 2003, IKF Pro United States Heavyweight Champion, Kevin "Hurricane" Hudson (Right) will face a unique threat when the bell rings in his title defense against undefeated Atlanta based kickboxer and martial arts "renaissance man," Mark Selbee. Usually, Hudson enters the ring sporting superiority in height, reach and skill. The legion of fans that follow Hudson wherever he does battle, easily drown out the cheers for any other fighter, allowing the Champion to be inspired and focused.

But on this coming Saturday, perhaps for the first time in his career, Hudson will not go in with all of these angles. In taking on the six-foot-five-inch Selbee, Hudson will have the disadvantage of height and reach. In terms of skill, Selbee is not only undefeated as a kickboxer, but also has an impressive list of credentials as a Tae Kwon Do champion, dominating contest after contest in that combat sport. Selbee's "one shot" knock out power, and its threat, will also be a factor for the Champion to consider.

In addition, Hudson will be forced to contend with something else alien to him in his fight career. Namely, there will be a highly partisan pro-Selbee crowd in attendance in the DeKalb-Atalanta Centre on Saturday night. The home-town challenger trains at the prominent LA Boxing in Atlanta, which will certainly supply a vocal group of supporters for Selbee. Also, Tae Kwon Do Schools from the greater Atlanta area, and beyond, will most certainly be in attendance to root for a representative of their sport. Selbee, a well connected Atlanta business man as well, is expected to rely on his many contacts to have even more fans there to root for him on in his bid to unseat Hudson.

So, one of Hudson's most reliable assets, the cheers of the throngs of people that travel from his native South Carolina to implore him to another victory, may not exist in this upcoming contest. Hudson's portable and vocal Palmetto State supporters, might for the first time, be drowned out by Atlanta's contingent in favor of Selbee.

Perhaps cognizant of these factors, or maybe just sensing them, the Champion and licensed pilot Hudson recently got in his plane and elected to go "South of the Border" to supplement his training. No, Hudson didn't go to Mexico. Instead, it was to the Augusta Martial Arts Academy in nearby Georgia. With him, Hudson brought his brother, perennial IKF National Tournament standout Shannon, and IKF number 4 ranked pro super heavyweight Ronnie Copeland. While in the Garden City, Hudson traded blows with IKF and ISCF professional Clint Wiggins, ISCF fighter Sam Smith, and "the grand old man" of IKF kickboxing in the Southeast "Precious" Paul Pearman. AMAA Head instructor and IKF and ISCF World Team member, Mike Carlson, also took many rounds with both Hudsons and Copeland.

It was a grueling day's training of sparring and technique work. Here is what some of the principles had to say. IKF U.S. Champion Kevin "Hurricane" Hudson: "Working with Mr. Carlson and the guys at AMAA was definitely one of the best experiences I've had in a long while. I was pushed to the limit. Mr. Carlson is deceptively elusive and hard to hit. Thanks to all you guys at AMAA for the great work out and exciting new drills."

IKF World Rated Pro Ronnie Copeland: "The AMAA students...fought with a different style and were especially good at kicking and evading kicks...I learned some great new conditioning drills that I believe will push me to new heights and titles. I plan on coming to AMAA as I prepare for upcoming fights. Going head-to-head with Mike (Carlson) was especially helpful. He has an unorthodox and deceptive style and got better every round."


PHOTO:
AMAA Trainer Mike Carlson (Kneeling)
with Fighters Smith, Pearman,
Copeland, Hudson & Hudson.

Shannon Hudson: "Not only are these [AMAA's fighters} guys great, they welcomed us with the utmost respect...Look out amateurs, because with my brother Kevin and Mr. Carlson on my side I can't lose!"

Mike Carlson: "It was an honor and privilege to have fighters of such caliber come to our dojo to train. Our guests conducted themselves as they always have in my experience. That is, as true gentlemen-warriors. They were gracious and helpful to the many students that asked them questions and wanted pictures. I am proud that they came and that our students could see how true champions behave inside and outside of the ring."

"Precious" Paul Pearman: "After a few hours of this, I was sure glad that I took my Geritol this morning."


IKF and ISCF World President Steve Fossum sees the training session as part of the camaraderie and fellowship that his organizations continue to bring to the martial sports world: "Prior to the training session, I know that Mike contacted Mark Selbee's camp and asked if they had any objections, before he made final arrangements with Kevin. That shows the kind of respect that we want in our IKF team. And the fact that fight teams such as AMAA and Hurricane, that often face each other in the ring, can get together to train in a spirit of fellowship, is what this business should be all about in the end."

Fight fans have just a few days left to see if the trip to Augusta reflects a ripple of concern in Hudson's usually unflappable demeanor or just a change of pace. They have less than week to see if the Carolinians will show up en masse and compete with the volume of the Atlanta crowd. Just a couple of ticks of the calendar stand between whether the main event at the February Fight Party will represent a changing of the guard or a confirmation of championship status.

The February Fight Party will be held in the DeKalb-Atlanta Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, USA beginning at 7:00 PM on Saturday, February 1, 2003. For more information, promoter Brett Moses can be reached at not_tank@hotmail.com or call the Fight Party Hotline at (404) 315-7235.




MORE NEWS OF 12-28-03



Duane Ludwig
Wins MMA World Title!!!!

MMA: Mixed Martial Arts
Photo at right courtesy Peter Lockley
Commentary courtesy Maxfighting's John Hanlon




Montreal, Quebec
Duane "Bang" Ludwig (Right, arm raised, Former 2 time IKF Amateur USA National Champion) of Denver, Colorado, USA scored a first round knockout of Jens "Lil Evil" Pulver, of Davenport, Iowa, USA, the number one lightweight mixed martial arts fighter in the world 1:13 into round one Saturday night inside the Pierre Charbonneau Center. Ludwig dropped Pulver for the second time with a straight right, winning the UCC world lightweight championship.

"No one can stand with him," said Bas Rutten, Ludwig's corner man after the victory, "He is like a computer; you tell him something and he does it. Perfect!"

Both men circled the ring to open the fight, Pulver looking over confident, Ludwig looking brutally calm. "Lil Evil" struck first with a glancing left hook; from then on it was all Ludwig. "Bang" fired back with a left cross that dropped Pulver, but as he was falling, instinct took over and he reached for a double-leg. Ludwig sprawled and began landing some shots from the top. As Pulver drove deeper for the single, Ludwig scrambled back to his feet and the fighters clinched in the corner. Pulver, trying to regain his composure, grabbed the ropes, forcing the referee to halt the action. As they were separated, Pulver was still feeling the effects of the previous left. Stumbling, the ref pointed Pulver in the right direction. Ludwig capitalized on his dazed opponent. After a left high kick that was partially blocked, Ludwig landed a straight right that crumbled Pulver down and through the ropes onto the ring apron. "I'm disappointed. I don't know what I just did," said a dejected Pulver afterwards, "Three years undefeated, I guess it has to come to an end sometime. What happened last time I lost? I dominated the world."

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IKF ADDITION
Ludwig's manager, Sven BOOGIE Bean (Left) had this to say:

"I can think of no one that deserves a World Title more than Duane. He has beaten World Champions in the past without getting a championship, and now he is finally recognized a true WORLD CLASS ATHLETE. I am so proud of him. This title is in MMA, but Duane wants to win a Muay Thai world title and win the K-1 Max series. Now the fun really starts!.."



HISTORY NOTE
When did Pulver last lose? To our knowledge it was in 2000. It was the first ever ISCF. Pro World Title Bout on a show called "New Blood Conflict Part 1", SATURDAY, August 26th, 2000 in Augusta, Georgia.

Pulver lost to Din Thomas (Right) of Team Rival. Thomas put a stop to Jen's "The Pulverizer" Pulver of Team Extreme at :35 seconds of the 2nd round with a heel hook to be the first NHB fighter to win a World Title in the ISCF.









MONDAY, January 27th, 2003, AT 10:00 PM, PST



E-Mail VIRUS WARNING!
DO NOT OPEN E-MAIL ATTACHMENTS!!!

  • Several months ago we warned those of you who read our news board about an e-mail virus going around. Well, here we are again. We remind EVERYONE, DO NOT OPEN an e-mail attachment from ANYONE! Today we had close to 100 "Returned mail" e-mails in our e-mail box with a return address of an e-mail we don't even use. 95% of these return mails were to address' we never heard of, but some were. In addition, we had some incoming mail from other associates of kickboxing (Not just IKF associates) from around the world. HOWEVER, WE NEVER SENT any of these e-mails! These e-mails have files attached to them and in the subject section may say some of the following things;
    • I've missed you so much!
    • Re: your so silly!
    • see transcript for details
    • You're simply the cutest!
    • Confidential
  • These e-mails go as far as having text in the message area with lines like:
    • "Sorry I haven't been back in touch with you since our chat just before the Holiday's. I've posted the new pictures we discussed. Click here to see them."
  • WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT CLICK to see anything!

As a reminder, here are some of the other virus' we have warned you about in the past;

As this virus is still ongoing, please note that we no longer Open any file attachments to e-mails so please do not send us any.
It appears that someone thinks it's funny to send out e-mail with the IKF Address on it that appears important in the SUBJECT line. To begin with, we need to warn EVERYONE that we DO NOT send out IKF e-mail with "ATTACHMENTS". If you receive ANY e-mail from an address of the IKF with an attachment with it, we can assure you that it DID NOT come from us! If and when you receive any such mail, we ask you to DELETE it immediately. It is NOT from us. In addition, you may also receive mail from other people in the IKF circle. Again, if the mail has an attachment, DO NOT open it! Delete it! Even if it appears or looks like it is from a well known source! Some of these people we have received this virus mail from (Unknown to them and not their fault) have been Duke Roufus, Alby Bimpson, Jacqui Thompson, TeamZ, Alex Gong, Vierra's at "HARDKNOCKSGYM", "skydryking", just to name a FEW. Some of these e-mails have in the subject line topics such as, honey, ikf,meeting notice, A very new website, A special new website, US nationals, A powful tool, Look,my beautiful girl friend, A very funny website, your password, Hi! How are you? I send you this file in order to have your advice. See you later. Thanks. These e-mails contain "Attached" files with names ending in bat, as well as files that are been called: IKF Events, IKF Meeting, ISCF Events, Dos.bat, Readme.txt, HREF.scr, t1msn.com[1].htm, NAME.bat, DEFAULT.HTM, FOOTER.scr, whowas[1].htm, unknown, wushu_02[1].htm, just to name a few. Also, some of you may have received the e-mail that says in the text portion of the e-mail "A new Game" or "A great geam, check it our" or Hello,This is a IE 6.0 patch I hope you would enjoy it" etc. etc. Again, and we STRESS THIS, DO NOT OPEN any e-mail attachments, even if they look like they are from a familiar name. Also, nearly all these files are between 124K and 161K in size.




NEWS OF 1-27-03



Munir AND Montano Ready For Title Bout!
Both Make Weight At Tonights Weigh-Ins In Phoenix, Arizona, USA
BOUT: Tuesday Night, JANUARY, 28th, 2003



IKF Promoters Clement and Rhonda Vierra are very happy with tonights weigh-in. The main event will be the quest for the vacant IKF U.S. IR Super Middleweight Title between Naeem Munir (4-1/3) and Oscar Montano (6-5/2).

Munir weighed in at 165 1/2 and Montano weighed in at 172 for tomorrow nights IKF Championship Kickboxing Event at the Rodeo Nights Night Club in Phoenix Arizona.

As previously noted, this fight for an IKF US Amateur Title may come as a surprise to some since the IKF made the decision to only sanction U.S. National Amateur titles at the IKF USA National Tournament. However, after a rule was past last year by the IKF, since this title was not contested for at the 2002 IKF USA National Tournament it became available to promote at a regular sanctioned IKF event. The champion will still need to defend it at this years 2003 IKF USA National Amateur Tournament or forfeit it to the new Champion if one is crowned at the tournament.





Here's the weights for the remainder of tomorrow nights card;


  1. Pro
    Chris Gomez,
    (227) Arizona, Vs. Roger Mejia, (220) Arizona, - Both making their Pro Debuts.

  2. Pro
    Christopher Terry,
    (176) Arizona, Vs. Marcel Godfrey, (183) Cleveland, Ohio - Both making their Pro Debuts.

  3. Eric McMullen, (186) Arizona, Vs. Rick Tybor, (178) Arizona.

  4. Exhibition Bout
    Alyssa Defazio, Arizona, (Right, Two Time IKF USA National Junior Amateur Champion) Vs. Rochelle Williams, Arizona.

  5. Exhibition Bout
    Fabian Ortiz, Arizona, Vs. Heiser Vasquez, Arizona.



For more info on this event contact Clement or Rhonda Vierra at (602) 493-1567 or by e-mail at hardknocksgym@aol.com




NEWS OF 1-27-03



FIGHTATORIUM Kicks-Off 2003
With Historic IKF-NACSO Event!



Martin Deanda

Richardson, Texas: While many of the kickboxing fans at The Texas Fightatotium may not have been sure if it was a freezing chill or adrenalized anticipation in the air, any confusion would soon give-way to pure excitement as history was made here Saturday night (January 25th). The landmark event was the first-ever IKF-NACSO sanctioned card in the "Lone Star State". After final agreements were reached between Texas-based NACSO and IKF officials last November, all that was left was to get the ball rolling with the initial IKF-NACSO event. Although a smallish venue (this arena holds only 250 spectators), The Fightatorium makes up for it's lack of girth with a passionate fan-base and a fighting ring that requires all who enter to bring their "A-Game". The ring, known as the 'Warrior-Zone', is a scant 13' x 13'....hardly enough room to run if one had a mindset to do so, therefore; "fight or flight" is not an option being that "FIGHT" is the only choice one can make in such limited confines!

The arena was filled to capacity, and those fans were not disappointed with the 5-fight schedule that marked a new beginning for contact martial-arts in Texas. The first 2 bouts of the evening were exhibition contests. 95-pound Gregory "Bear" Liflyandsky matched his skill versus 120 pound Adria "Smokin'-A" McCorkle. This contest was quickly followed by another 3-round exhibition between cruiserweights Brian "Hard-Hit" Hardin and Gabe "Mongoose" Ratcliffe. Since both exhibitions went the distance of 3 rounds each, no winners or losers were declared, yet Referee Rick Blaylock would raise each competitor's hand in victory, much to the delight of the Fightatorium crowd.




With exhibitions complete, it was finally time for the "official" first-ever IKF-NACSO-sanctioned bout in Texas, which featured Chris "Spicy" Currie (151 lbs, 0-0) against "Marvelous" Martin Deanda (Right, 152 lbs, 1-1) from Abilene. For 3 exciting rounds, Currie and Deanda went at it, and back and forth. Currie would use his lanky height advantage to work Deanda from the outside, then Deanda would counter, move inside and score effectively. When the dust settled, 2 judges had scored the contest an even draw, and a final judge gave Deanda the the win by a single point so the bout was scored a "Majority Draw". Thus, a weighty precedent has been set for future IKF matches, being that the initial IKF-NACSO - Texas bout was a "hummer"!

Currie vs Deanda was then followed by another regulation 3-rounder featuring "Psycho" Cody Smith (135 lbs, 5-5) from Anna, Texas against "Sunshine" Chris Smith (133 lbs, 2-1). While 'Psycho' Cody was game throughout, he could not overcome the barrage of activity undertaken by 'Sunshine' Chris. 'Sunshine' shone brighter, and emerged with a unanimous judges decision.

The feature-bout of the evening pitted 2 game warriors with Kingdom Kickboxing's own John "The Greek" Vakidis (173 lbs, 5-1/2 ko's) facing Nathan "Gangsta" Bagby (168 lbs, 3-1-1) in a 4-round event. Both fighters traded kicks and punches gamely, with several even rounds being tabulated on all 3 judges' cards. However, in the end, Vakidis prevailed on all 3 judges' cards for an exciting 6th victory. Both Vakidis and Bagby have bright potential in the sport, with both being relative newcomers having both begun their careers within the last ten months. Both are young and hungry fighters....Bagby being a mere 20 years old, while Vakidis is a virtual "man-child" at a mere 17 years of age. Look for more exciting happenings to surround these 2 game young lions, not to mention more "pump-your-fist" action from the new IKF competitors down in the 'Lone Star State'!

For more info, call Chuck Best or Steve Goin at (972) 889-0129, or e-mail them at juno.com@sirkikman or visit www.kingdomkickboxing.com




MORE NEWS OF 1-27-03



KICKBOXING EVENT 6
IKF Bolzano, Italy



IKF Promoter Franz Hallar (Right) reported that his event, KICKBOXING EVENT 6 held yesterday, Sunday, January, 26th, was a big success. The event hosted 9 Amateur bouts in Thaiboxing and 6 bouts in Amateur Boxing.

In addition, Hallar organized a meeting with European kickboxing leaders Alby Bimpson Ennio Falsoni, (WAKO) Henk Verschuur, Ronnie Green, Jeroen Winters, Raffaele Burgo and Davide Carlot (IFMA Italy). At the meeting, Bimpson introduced a new promotional concept for the sport as well however we cannot report on it yet until Mr. Bimpson gives us the OK.

IKF World President Steve Fossum had hoped to be in Italy for this meeting however he had already confirmed other commitments before the scheduling of the meeting. "Recently there have been some issues brought to my attention in regards to WAKO and their related associates that in some ways intersect with the IKF." Said Fossum. "I would have very much liked to be at this meeting and this event to discuss these issues face to face with everyone in person but my schedule would not allow it. I look forward to meeting with these same individuals in person when I do go to Italy in May of this year."
For more info on this event you can contact Mr. Franz Hallar at franz.haller@tin.it




MORE NEWS OF 1-27-03



IKF Sends A Special "Thank You" To
Black Belt
Magazine!



FYI: There is a nice write up in the March edition (out now with 2 martial arts guys on the cover) of
Black Belt Magazine on the IKF on page 112,

"KICKBOXING FEDERATION STRIVES TO SPREAD THE SPORT".

Although it's not a big feature article, it's a start to see more about kickboxing in the great magazine. It's in the "Black Belt TIMES" section.

Black Belt Magazine is the worlds leading Self Defense Magazine and their website has won a host of awards as well. Pick one up at your local magazine stand or get a subscription HERE!

Either way, GET AN ISSUE TODAY!




MORE NEWS OF 1-27-03





IKF Champions
Featured In Ringside Catalog Again!


FYI: Once again, Ringside Inc. has several former and current IKF Champions in their 2003 Spring Sales Catalog.




MORE NEWS OF 1-27-03



LaBree Brings It ON!"
USA Vs Canada In Hayward Wisconsin, USA!



Drysdale



Erickson

IKF Promoter and former IKF Pro Super Heavyweight World Champion Mike Labree (Right) hosted yet another exciting night of IKF Kickboxing on January 18th entitled, IKF USA Vs IKF Canada at the LCO Casino & Lodge in Hayward Wisconsin, USA.

Sorry the results are being posted so late but Mike left on his annual 2 month vacation right after the event and no one forwarded the event results to us. Our sources report that overall the show was a very professionally run event with excellent refereeing from Tom O'Sullivan who is known for running a very smooth and strict ring. The audience truly got their monies worth on this event. Ring announcer Sky Drysdale (Left) did a fantastic job as the announcer and put a classy touch on the whole show.

A surprise ending to one of the pro bouts though, a rematch between two top Super Middleweight fighters. Number 3 Pro Full Contact Rules World Ranked Ronnie Deleon from O'Fallon, Illinois, USA (54-12-4/17) and Number 2 Pro Full Contact Rules World Ranked Abu Zayd Nawaz of Burlington, Ontario, Canada (Pro: 17-5-1/10, over 100 amateur bouts) once again had a GREAT FIGHT... As Expected! However, in the end, as did last November, the bout ended in a draw.

These two are so evenly matched, we're sure to see a third match between them. The the third match may be for an IKF Pro Title. We'll have to wait and see what title it will be. IKF Pro FCR Middleweight World Champion Dave Marinoble of Roseville, California, USA (16-1-2/8) currently holds the North American title as well in the Super Middleweight division. If Marinoble is able to move up in weight and defend it, we may see one of these fighters fighting him for it in the future. However, if he elects to voluntarily vacate the title (A smart move since he holds the World Title at his best weight of Middleweight) we may see DeLeon and Nawaz fight for it. Don't forget or rule out IKF European Champion Dave Wilson though of St Helens, Merseyside, England. Either way, the Middleweight Division above and below it once again looks exciting... And don't forget... The IKF Super Middleweight WORLD Title is still VACANT!

Let's not forget the featured Main Event of the night though. Labree's fighter, Two Time IKF USA National Amateur Champion Dan Erickson (Left) fought in his Pro debut against Canada's Ali Kai who as an amateur built a record of 12 wins with 5 loses. In the bout, Erickson defeated Kai by TKO in round 3, which was nothing new for him. As an amateur Erickson posted a record of 20-1 with 10 KO/TKO's.


Mike Labree






Here are the results of the rest of the nights bouts;

  1. PRO
    Ricky "The Wolfe" Haines,
    (Rockford, Illinois, USA, 28-8-1/17, 165) defeated Kerry Hendren (Lindsey, Ontario, Canada, 22-5-1, 165) in a close decision.

  2. PRO
    Ernie Ketterman
    (Belleville, Illinois, USA, 26-5, 165) defeated Martin "Crash" Cantin (Ontario, Canada, 160) by TKO in the second round.

  3. AMATEUR
    Peyton Russell
    (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, 29-4/7, 165) defeated Brent Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 7-0, 165) by by TKO.

  4. AMATEUR
    Jennifer Thyssen
    (DePree Wisconsin, USA, 17-3-1/4, 147) won defeated Maria Jilsen (Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, 5-1, 145) by split decision.

  5. AMATEUR
    Matt Myers
    (Spooner, Wisconsin, USA, 10-3, 158) defeated Blain Buttercup (Canada) by unanimous decision. Buttercup had replaced Randy Morriosi.

  6. AMATEUR
    Stephanie Dutton
    (Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA, 4-1, 138) won a split decision against Sofie Fortier (Canada) who had replaced Martine Clement

  7. AMATEUR:
    Gatin Boutin (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 0-1, 195) defeated Justus Keenen (Spooner, Wisconsin, USA, 0-0, 195) by unanimous decision.





MORE NEWS OF 1-27-03


Bantamweight Pro Boxing Champion Juan Antonio Lopez
Diagnosed with Leukemia

Alex "The Bronx Bomber" Ramos and his Retired Boxers Foundation
Asking for help to pay Lopez's medical bills
CLICK HERE!





FRIDAY, January 24th, 2003, AT 4:00 PM, PST



UPCOMING IKF ACTION!



IKF
Richardson, TEXAS, USA

Saturday Night, JANUARY, 25th 2003



The Fightatorium Richardson, Texas, USA.
"LETS ROLL!"
IKF Amateur Bouts beginning at 8:PM! "SEE FULL STORY BELOW".
For more info, call Chuck Best or Steve Goin at (972) 889-0129, or e-mail them at
juno.com@sirkikman or visit www.kingdomkickboxing.com




MORE UPCOMING IKF ACTION!




IKF Cancun Mexico
U. S. National Martial Arts Team World Cup
Sunday, JANUARY, 26th 2003


First time IKF Promoter Dr. Jim Thomas (Right) and his U. S. National Martial Arts Team World Cup organization are all set for their weekend of martial arts action this weekend. On Saturday his team will kick off with the martial arts portion of their promotion. On Sunday will be some exciting bouts of IKF Kickboxing action.

As of press time we do not know how many competitors had registered for the event but hopefully before Sunday, we'll get some info back from either IKF Ambassador and event Representative Brooks Mason, (Right) IKF World Head of Officials and event Judge and Referee Dan Stell (Right) or Dr. Thomas himself. We also have no info on how many actual bouts have been matched up for this event... Why? Well, this is an "Open Invitation" tournament like the IKF Nationals. Fighters paid their own way (A travel package of about $1,200 which included travel fees, event registration and expenses) to go to Cancun for this event.

Some of the amateur fighters known to the IKF that are said to attend are Stephen Thompson, Peyton Russell and Tim Mazurkiewicz.

According to Dr. Thomas, this event is to establish a Team USA for the "World Alliance" Promotional organization. The Organization hopes to bring the winners of this event to their own World Martial Arts Alliance's "World Cup Event" in Greece in 2004. Although some had thought so, neither this event or the Greece event are related to the Olympics in any way. Of course everyone reading this would hope so, but the fact at present time is that Kickboxing IS NOT an Olympic sport and is not even an exhibition sport in the 2004 Olympics as some have said it to be. At least not yet. If it were, we assure you, we would be doing stories on this weekly and we would be a big part of it.

Dr. Thomas and his event staff are all in Mexico right now but if you wish to contact them when they return you can contact them at (765) 939-0780 or (765) 965-5425.




Brooks Mason




MORE UPCOMING IKF ACTION!



KICKBOXING EVENT 6
IKF Bolzano, Italy

Sunday, JANUARY, 26th 2003

IKF Promoter Franz Hallar (Right) is all set to host his second IKF Sanctioned event in Italy. IKF European Representative Alby Bimpson will be on hand to oversee the action which will include exciting amateur kickboxing. The event will be held near the Palasport of via Resia in Bolzano, beginning at 4:PM. This will be Hallar's sixth event. The 15 scheduled bouts will be dedicated exclusively to amateur kickboxers in both International (Leg Kick) rules and MuayThai rules.

The judges for this event will arrive from the Calabria, for the precision from Trebisacce. The referee will be Henk Verschuur (NL). On Saturday Haller and several of his associates along with M°Raffaele Burgo (IKF Italy) and Ennio Falsoni (WAKO - World President) will be meeting to discuss a kickboxing event in the Ionian High this summer. We hope the talks go successful for all involved. IKF World President Steve Fossum had hoped to be in Italy for this meeting however he had already confirmed other commitments before the scheduling of the meeting. "Recently there have been some issues brought to my attention in regards to WAKO and their related associates that in some ways intersect with the IKF." Said Fossum. "I would have very much liked to be at this meeting and this event to discuss these issues face to face with everyone in person but my schedule would not allow it. I look forward to meeting with these same individuals in person when I do go to Italy in May of this year."

For more info on this event you can contact Mr. Franz Hallar at franz.haller@tin.it




MORE UPCOMING IKF ACTION!




IKF
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Tuesday, JANUARY, 28th, 2003

IKF Promoters Clement and Rhonda Vierra are all ready for next Tuesday nights IKF Championship Kickboxing Event at the Rodeo Nights Night Club in Phoenix Arizona. The main event will be the quest for the vacant IKF U.S. IR Super Middleweight Title between Naeem Munir (4-1/3) and Oscar Montano (6-5/2).

This fight for an IKF US Amateur Title may come as a surprise to some since the IKF made the decision to only sanction U.S. National Amateur titles at the IKF USA National Tournament. However, after a rule was past last year by the IKF, since this title was not contested for at the 2002 IKF USA National Tournament it became available to promote at a regular sanctioned IKF event. The champion will still need to defend it at this years 2003 IKF USA National Amateur Tournament or forfeit it to the new Champion if one is crowned at the tournament. For more info on this event contact Clement or Rhonda Vierra at (602) 493-1567 or by e-mail at hardknocksgym@aol.com




MORE UPCOMING IKF ACTION!




IKF
Kansas City, Kansas, USA

Wednesday, JANUARY, 29th 2003


IKF Promoter Doug Freeman is ready to host next Wednesday nights IKF Kansas City event at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Kansas. The featured main event will be the fight for the vacant IKF Pro IR Light Heavyweight Central U.S. Regional Title between Jeff Robinson (P: 12-3/9, A: 5-0/5) of Kansas City, Kansas and Gregory Laurence (7-2) of Springfield, Missouri. Robinson is trained by Steve Mackey and Laurence is trained by Ike Stafford. For more info, please contact Mr. Doug Freeman at (816) 767-0870.






WEDNESDAY, January 22nd, 2003 5:15 PM, PST


IKF
North American Tournament
On Charter Cable TV!




IKF Promoter Ray Thompson (Right) in conjunction with IronSpirit Promotions hosted the first annual IKF "Full Contact Rules" North American Kickboxing Championships at the Simpsonville Activity Center in Simpsonville, South Carolina, USA back in November of 2002. The event was filmed by Charter Communications. Charter is the third largest cable company in the United States.

Through efforts by Ray Thompson, (Right) Steve Fossum (Left) , Brooks Mason (Below Right) and Johnny Davis (Below Left) the IKF is having this first IKF North American Championship tournament aired for public viewing. While Thompson handled the promotional duties, Fossum and Mason handled the commentating of the event. Thompson, Fossum and Davis met earlier last year at the Charter Office in South Carolina to finalize the deal.

The event will be aired on Tuesday, January 28th at 9:PM and on Wednesday, February 5th at 12 noon on CSS (Charter Sports South). It will be a "TWO HOUR" special! Although this first showing will only be in the South East, USA, plans are in the works to have ALL the Charter affiliates air this event and many more IKF Events taking place around the Nation. The beauty of this is that this is the first of many IKF events to be filmed by Charter Communications. The same program will later air on Comcast Sports South as well.

Thompson is planning another IKF/Charter event in May.

So IKF Kickboxing fans, tune in to the fights on the 28th and enjoy. Also, get on the phone the next day and contact your local Charter office and let them know how much you enjoyed the fights and you'd like to see more.




Mr. Thompson started his Martial Arts training in March, 1974 at the age of 18. Since his beginning, he has studied many different fighting arts. He is ranked as a seventh degree Black Belt in Tetsu Shin Ryu Kempo Karate and a fifth degree Black Belt in Kempo. He is also a fifth degree Black Belt in Tetsu Shin Ryu Jujitsu, a fifth degree Black Belt in Karate-do, and fifth degree Black Belt in Kobudo (weapons). He earned his Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under Rickson Gracie.

He is a second degree Black Belt in Kamishin-Ryu Karate, second degree Black Belt in Shorin-Ji Torakendo Kempo, and fourth degree Black Belt in American Karate. He has also earned Nidan in Kyudo (Japanese Archery)

Mr. Thompson's competition career has spanned many years and many championships including winning the first and only "Toughest Man in South Carolina" contest in 1980 which was the first and only sanctioned "NHB" type event in South Carolina. He has fought in full contact (kickboxing) matches and was a member of the U.S. Kickboxing Team which competed in France in 1988. While in France, Ray was known as the "Master of Disaster" by the French public.

He was also the Trainer and Manager of Gary "The Reap" Landreth who held the title of "North American Kickboxing Champion", before his retirement.

Along with training several Champions at his school (Upstate Karate in Simpsonville, South Carolina, USA), Ray is also the trainer and manager of his son Stephen "Wonder Boy" Thompson (Right) who holds over a dozen kickboxing titles himself including the IKF Amateur North American Title.





MORE NEWS OF 1-22-03



N.A.C.S.O. Brings IKF To Texas
First IKF Sanctioned Event This Saturday
January, 25th in Richardson, Texas, USA


Richardson, Texas, USA: An agreement has been reached between the North American Combative Sports Organization (NACSO) & the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) that will bring IKF sanctioning to the Lone Star State. NACSO Chairman Chuck Best (Left) stated, NACSO / www.kingdomkickboxing.com has been active with the IKF for the past several years.

We've participated in their annual IKF National Tournament, and this past year emerged with three (3) IKF National Champions. (Doyle Gayler, Kaufman, TX, Kornelija Numic, Dallas, Texas and Cody Cook, Mansfield, Texas) We recently traveled to Simpsonville, South Carolina for the IKF-North American Championships, and finalized our decision to work together (NACSO & IKF) while the Championships were ongoing."

The IKF is the largest sanctioning body for kickboxing in the World, as well as being the most active in full-contact rules kickboxing, international rules, as well as Muay-Thai. The IKF has divisions for men and women, kids and youth, along with its adult divisions. Additionally, IKF sanctions both amateur and professional matches throughout the World. At present, NACSO & IKF have no plans to do anything on the professional level in Texas, however, plans are in the offing for the first annual IKF-Texas Championships; tentatively slated for April of 2003. The Texas Championships will serve as a qualifier for the IKF National Tournament to be held in August.

"I cannot stress enough how valuable the cooperation and enthusiasm from IKF President Steve Fossum has been in bringing the IKF to Texas. Steve is a true mavin of the martial-arts as a sport, and has dedicated his life to taking our sport into the mainstream. We feel blessed to be associated with Steve and the entire IKF Team. Additionally, the input and encouragement of Texas Boxing Commissioner Dick Cole have been paramount to our decision to make this move at this time. Mr. Cole doesn't get near the credit he deserves for helping to create a growing environment for kickboxing in Texas, we think the world of him", stated Best.

Best and his team will host their first IKF Sanctioned event this Saturday night, January, 25th at The Fightatorium (Right) in Richardson, Texas, USA. The event entitled "LETS ROLL!" will feature several top amateur kickboxers in Texas and will start at 8:PM. For more info, call Chuck Best or Steve Goin at (972) 889-0129, or e-mail them at juno.com@sirkikman or visit www.kingdomkickboxing.com






TUESDAY, January 21st, 2003 3:20 PM, PST


IKF Point Kickboxing©
Set to "Rock" in Rocklin, CA, USA!

Event Date February 1st, 2003


Rocklin, CA, USA
Johnny Davis and his Art of Kickboxing Promotions company are all set to "Rock" the foundation of the City of Rocklin, CA, USA with the city's first ever Point Kickboxing© tournament! The event will be held at the beautiful Sunset Center. "Pre-Registration forms have been coming in strong and several Kickboxing schools in the California area have committed to many more entries on the day of the event!" "We are anticipating the best Point Kickboxing© event to date!" says IKF Point Kickboxing© Director Johnny Davis.


Davis continues, "It's always great to hear from some of the competitors who still have jitters about competing in Point Kickboxing© because this may be their first event." 'However, they always seem to counter their fear by saying that they would much rather be entering a semi-contact event than a full contact event where the chances of getting hurt are much greater.' It seems to be clear that many are really beginning to see how important Point Kickboxing© is for the growth and longevity of the sport."

Century 14 and 16 oz. Boxing gloves, head gear and chest protectors will be available at the event but gyms are encouraged to bring their own approved equipment if possible. Men, Women and Children will compete for beautiful 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place trophies. Beginner and Advanced divisions will be available. Spectators only pay $5 to attend while Seniors (65 or Older) and children under 3 years old attend for FREE! There will also be a well stocked Canteen of drinks and food available! Registration starts at 9:00 AM, Officials and Rule meetings for all coaches and participants starts at 11:AM and Eliminations "kicks" off at 12:noon sharp.

See this page for Registration and Rules: www.IKFKickboxing.com/PKB.htm

Davis further reports: IKF Point Kickboxing© is for the Muay Thai fighter too... The name Point Kickboxing© seems to throw off the Muay Thai fighter, thinking this event is not for them, but not so. There is a (PMT) which stands for Point Muay Thai division for IKF Point Kickboxing© tournaments. We chose to make a clear distinction in the two divisions. This PMT division is also semi contact and allows kicks to the legs as well as knees to the body. (chest protectors are mandatory for Junior divisions). No elbows and no knee strikes to the face are allowed. All PMT fighters are required to wear shorts.

We are finding that some of the Muay Thai fighters feel that PMT takes away from what Muay Thai fighters are suppose to do with the leg kick... and that is to stop and or "take the legs" of the opponent. Thus, hindering them to continue.

The PMT fighters are required to wear shin pads and foot pads that cover the toes. This is to protect them and their opponents. We feel that working on timing and techniques in Point Kickboxing© and Point Muay Thai tournaments will make the MuayThai fighter even more effective as well as prepared for the full contact arena. Therefore, we are quick to "point" out that even the Muay Thai fighter has to spar in order to become effective. We would like to think they are not breaking the legs and ribs of their sparring partners. Furthermore, we are only interested in building the sport of Kickboxing and Muay Thai. In order to do so, we must first give those who may be tentative about the contact an outlet to participate before leaping into areas that may be non productive to their health and fighting spirit. This event is not for those who wish to knockout or injure their opponent. However, it is for the Muay Thai fighters who strives to better their skills and get in some good "semi contact" matches as well as spar diverse styles and opponents. We look forward to the Muay Thai Kickboxing community's attendance at this exciting event.

For more info, contact Johnny Davis at Art of Kickboxing Promotions (916) 780-7483 or by e-mail at johnnyd@netwiz.net

Footnote:
IKF Point Kickboxing© was specifically designed for the beginner Kickboxer (under 2 years of MA training) but will also assist the advanced Kickboxer (over two years of MA training) to better their skills. Point Kickboxing© allows them the opportunity to concentrate on technique as opposed to focusing on not being knocked out. There are no knockouts allowed in IKF Point Kickboxing© and contact is strictly enforced. You can only win a bout on points. The bouts are judged like a "ten point must system" bout. Meaning the winner gets "10" and the loser of the bout "9" or less. This is the general idea, although after most bouts the judges simply point to the winner of the continuous one, two or three minute round bout. The true difference here is the style. For years, Point Karate tournaments have flourished all over the world but the techniques one uses in a Point Karate tournament (backfist, ridgehands etc.) are mostly ineffective and not allowed in Kickboxing.

Point Kickboxers have to maintain the form and style of a Kickboxer or most certainly face defeat. Competitors who have done Point Karate tournaments and even Domination style fighting find Point Kickboxing© totally different. One big difference is the 12 and 16 oz. gloves and "real" boxing techniques that really challenges ones conditioning. If your guard is not up and chin down, you are more likely to be out pointed.

Point Kickboxing© allows you to keep the fighting form of Kickboxing as opposed to switching back and forth from Karate. IKF Point Kickboxing© is not only the next step out of the gym for the eventual full contact fighter but is another outlet for the IKF to continue building the sport of Kickboxing's bright future!




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KICKBOXERS
Come To The Rescue Of Women In Atlantic City!!

"THE FIGHT AFTER THE FIGHTS!!"
By World Kickboxing Champion Tommy "Bee" Battone (R)


On January 17th, 2003, I was in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA because one of my fighters Tarek Rached was fighting for a Middleweight title against Peter keljavick. While they had a good fight that my fighter won by decision, I did not know that there would be more action in the lobby much later that night.

I was actually out for the evening with some of Peter keljavick's training partners celebrating a good night for kickboxing at the Tropicana Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey (Left). When we returned to the hotel lobby late that evening we were talking and saying good night when we heard a women screaming. As we where looking for where the screams came from, no sooner than I could turn around and my friend and heavyweight kickboxer Fred "Iceman" Inozi was running around the corner to help out. By the time that I turned the corner Fred was already helping the girl and fighting with 5 young drunk guys in the hall. He was doing very good by himself but I of course helped him out. We used our experience as fighters to contend them enough that they started to run. Fred's 2 students then came and also helped to get them to run away.

Apparently these drunk guys would not take no for an answer and they where trying to get the young women to go to there room with them. I am happy the woman was not hurt and that we where able to help her when it was needed. Actually no one was hurt that badly and I think that this is due to our martial arts experience that we did just enough to stop there aggression which is what the law allows.

I have learned a lot in my many year in martial arts and the most important thing I have learned is to keep my cool when it counts. If these same guys would have ran into me before my martial arts training I actually would have not kept my cool and more than likely would be in Jail for my actions. I do not think that these drunk guys where aware of how serious there actions where and many young people can learn from there mistakes. I do not think that if they where sober they would have even thought of taken such actions. My point being that we all learned something from this situation. Lets hope that none of us are ever in this situation again.

To contact Mr. Battone, Click his e-mail link here: tommybeeatafc@yahoo.com





MONDAY, January 20th, 2003 8:30 PM, PST


Challenger To Pull From
Tae Kwon Do
Background In IKF Pro U.S. Title Fight

Atlanta's Mark Selbee Looks Forward To Demonstrating His Diverse Arsenal
In February's Battle With Champion Hudson


IKF Georgia, USA
Atlanta's Mark Selbee can't tell you much about what it is like to experience defeat. It's just not something that the fifth degree black belt master of Tae Kwon Do knows much about. In each and every competitive arena in which he has tested himself and his art, he has excelled and hit heights commensurate with his six foot, five inch physical frame. As a Tae Kwon Do competitor, Selbee, who also posses a black belt in Hap Ki Do, had virtually unparalleled success and dominance. Selbee was undefeated as a sparring competitor in ten consecutive U.S.T.U. (United States - TaeKwonDo - Union) sanctioned tournaments. Eleven times, he was an A.K.T.A. (American - Karate - TaeKwonDo - Association) National Grand Champion in sparring. In 1994, he was a U.S. Open Bronze World Medallist at a competition held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. But there is more.

Selbee is currently the ninth ranked heavyweight kickboxer in the world by the IKF. He has won all of his professional kickboxing fights by either knock-out or referee stoppage. And it does not stop there. Selbee recently ventured out into the world of ISCF sanctioned mixed martial arts fighting. He was again successful, winning his first such bout in a mere 47 seconds. So it would appear that Washburn University graduate has accomplished his professed goal of, "Proving myself a master of martial combat."

For most, all of those achievements would be enough, but not for Selbee. He wants more. He wants the IKF Pro U.S. Title. That won't be easy.

Looming on the horizon for him is the omnipresent IKF U.S. Heavyweight Champion Kevin "Hurricane" Hudson, a man whose congenial demeanor outside of the ring is belied by his proficiency in dispatching opponents inside of it. Hudson, something of an icon to many in his native state of South Carolina, will be Selbee's biggest challenge of all. IKF had the opportunity to get Mark Selbee's perspective on his upcoming bout with Hudson. Our questions and Selbee's responses are set out below.

IKF: Mark, what it your strategy for the you upcoming fight with Kevin Hudson?
Mark Selbee: My job is to fight smart and not make any mistakes. Kevin is an experienced fighter and knows how to capitalize. I will be looking for an opportunity to use my power.

IKF: What are your thoughts on your opponent?
Mark Selbee: "Kevin is a veteran fighter who is well trained. Training with guys like Joe Lewis doesn't hurt! He can go the distance and has great accuracy with his punches. He is a PRO. I look forward to the test!"





IKF: How do you feel about the opportunity to compete for the IKF US Title, especially in Atlanta?
Mark Selbee: "The IKF is without question, the dominant force in Kickboxing. Fighting for a title like this is huge. The only other event that comes close for me personally is when I medalled at the US Open, which was held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. As far as fighting in front of the Atlanta fight scene goes. All of my training partners, friends and co-workers will be in the crowd and I don't want to disappoint them. I will be ready to do my best."

IKF: How will your tae kwon do background play into to your game in the ring?
Mark Selbee: "I won't be nervous, I have been in big fights like this before. My job is to stay cool and go to work. Combinations of punches and kicks coming in at different angles is hard to defend. I have had several KO's that people have seen here in Atlanta with my right hand and right leg but I have other tools that I haven't had a chance to show.

IKF: What can the fans expect from your IKF U.S. title bout?
Mark Selbee: Kevin and I both have great kicks and heavy hands, it should make for a great fight!

Selbee will be fighting out of Chris Stolzman's highly prominent and successful LA Boxing of Atlanta. Part of his fight team, however, will include his former trainer and past World Champion Chuck Wolfe, (Left, with Mark) who will travel down from the state of Kansas to help corner the challenger.

Not one to fail to recognize efforts made on his behalf, with a touch of class, Selbee expressed his respect and appreciation for promoter Brett Moses, and the entire IKF team, particularly those in Georgia. In a recent E-mail to IKF Georgia State Director, Mike Carlson, Selbee closed by saying, "Thanks for your support, I won't forget who gave me the chance!"

Selbee's bout with Hudson will be the main event of the February Fight Party in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, February 1, 2003, to be held at the DeKalb-Atlanta Centre. For more information, contact promoter Brett Moses at not_tank@hotmail.com or call the Fight Party Hotline at (404) 315-7235.

(Fight Card Subject To Change)




SUNDAY, January 19th, 2003 10:30 PM, PST


Is Japan
Setting The Standards Of Our Sport?

It's Impressive What Money Can Do... Lots of IT!



If you won a Billion dollars today, what would you do with it? Would you keep it all for yourself or would you create something great so that you can share it with others? Imagine what you could do, what would you change in the world? Better yet, "Who would you become in the process... would the money change you?" Would it make you a better person, a powerful person or would you turn the other way and would it make you an evil person? All that money, scary to think about, but fun to dream isn't it...

Japan
When it first started, people asked "K what?" However within 5 years, Kazuyoshi Ishii took his dream of the ultimate fighting sport, the promotion of K-1, and made it the "Big Giant of Kickboxing! He grabbed the interest of everyone in the sport with it's big money purses, worldwide exposure and Grand Prix Finals crowds of 70,000 plus. Simply put, Ishii and K-1 were "IT!"

Before long, nearly every pro heavyweight in the sport was trying to get selected to participate on a K-1 event. So much that it was hard for a lot of promoters to even match heavyweights on their promotions due to exclusive K-1 fighting contracts. The purse money K-1 offered far outweighed the purses most promoters could offer. Was this bad for the sport? Of course not. Who wouldn't be in favor of fighters making better purse money? No one! But was it the answer every kickboxer wanted? Well, despite the great purses K-1 had to offer there were and still are limits.

It seemed the company was surly the answer to the sports future, well at least for the heavyweights (With the recent addition of middleweights last year) and those who were already leg kick style fighters. For them, it was the answer they all had waited for. Big Money and Big Exposure! But money entices people to do things they may not have done under different circumstances. With the potential of the K-1 money, it was no different for the full contact (Above the waist style rules) fighters who felt they needed to make the switch to K-1 - leg kick and knee strike style bouts if they wanted to make the big money. Some were able to make the switch successfully while for others, the quest for the big money not only caused them great injury to their legs, but for some those injuries ended their careers.

If your involved in kickboxing, you know what the letters K-1 stand for. It's provided impressive excitement and fast paced entertainment with it's 1 evening, 8 man tournament style format and big dollar productions. So much that many use the K-1 style rules in their own promotions. (A mix of muaythai without elbows or knees to the head, with the addition of International rules, with kicks to the legs) Yes, K-1 had arrived!

However, this last December, some negative news came from the great giant of K-1. We can't think of one person who wasn't shocked when the story broke about K-1 Boss Ishii and his tax problems (Confirmed today by a press release shown below). When the story came out, more and more rumors started to fly and fingers started to point. K-1 looked in question and since the Ishii story, we've received several e-mails with additional info surrounding the story and K-1's future. However, we remain supportive of K-1 in hopes these negative rumors are simply that, rumors. Some said the news was the end of K-1 while others simply said it was a small setback. For the sake of the sport and all that money the fighters were making, lets hope it's just a setback.

K-1 USA seems to be on schedule with no plans of cancelling the event as many have questioned so if you had planned to be there, we hope to see you there in May. No matter what we think or want to believe, only time will determine what the future has in store for all the K-1 events around the world. Although several names have been noted, the truth is it's still unsure who will take over K-1 now that Ishii has stepped down. "WHAT" will happen to K-1 seems to be the bigger question, that is, in regards to it's future plans which will come direct from it's headquarters in Japan. Lets just hope the excitement and the entertainment continues and those in Japan don't choose to promote something else instead...


Or have they already?

WRESTLE-1 is a new pro wrestling association in Japan. They recently held a show at the Tokyo Dome. The show was labeled as "Battle Entertainment of Bob Sapp." Sources tell us that Sapp is the mastermind along with Mutoh behind these shows, with PRIDE & K-1 (Yes...K-1) having vested interests. K-1... Please, tell us it isn't so!!!

So what did fans see at this show? They saw 2, K-1 stars going at it... Bob Sapp came out to Madonna's "Holiday" song and danced to the ring. Sapp then grabbed the microphone and said toErnesto Hoost at ringside, "Hi, Mr. Perfect Loser!" to which Hoost responded, "Bob, boy, I am Mr. Perfect... the Perfect Beast!" and this set up Sapp vs Hoost in the main event. Hoost defeated Sapp in 5 minutes, 15 seconds with what was described as a school-boy roll-up in a fight that featured trash-talking and chair shots (See Right).

As described by sources;
The match featured low-grade offense, including Sapp trying to use an STF (Hoost gave him one, instead) and Hoost trying some flying moves. They did an angle in which Vos, who's gym that Hoost trains at (and is a 50-year old man), did a run-in and Sapp tried to attack him and Hoost ended up blasting Sapp with a chair and school-boying Sapp for the finish. Just said to be an absolute mess that tried to promote the strength of K-1 but came off as goofy. The funniest thing from the fight is that Hoost attempted a cobra twist and said that his "sensei" Vos taught him how to do it. Although they claimed 40,000 paid, this was far from the truth. Simply put, it was no K-1 Grand Prix!







See more pictures by clicking HERE!

So what will happen if K-1 turns to pro wrestling? Could such a thing happen? If so, who will take over the "Tournament Style Events?" Well, look around, many are already trying to duplicate Ishii's invention of K-1 already. Here in North America, in Europe, you name it, there are plenty who want the lifestyle Ishii lived for years. To be looked upon as many did him, with the awe as well as the respect he earned. Not to mention the gate money a "K-1 Tournament Style" event hopes to bring in. To the heavyweights and their trainers, Ishii was the most powerful man in the sport and some of these new tournament style promoters want to be respected by their peers as he was. But will they?

Ishii was and still is a great man, but it wasn't his smile that earned his power within the sport. It wasn't even the idea of a Tournament Style event. The simple truth is, it was the endless supply of money he was able to offer. So many ask, "Without the money, what does a tournament event offer?" Answer, A lot of work for very little return... None of these other events have the exposure power K-1 can offer. Many of these events will happen and only a small portion of people will know about the results, so count out that great "Exposure" aspect. Does fighting 3 times in one day sound like something a Pro fighter should be doing in our sport? Tournaments are best for Amateurs, but for Pro kickboxers? We don't see Pro boxers doing tournaments...

Without the big K-1 money, is it worth it? A $300 - $500 show up purse and if you become the "1" of the "8" fighters that win it, how much will you win? A $2,000, $2,500 grand prize? What about the other 7 fighters? What do they go home with other than the opportunity to say they helped organize an 8 man tournament. Is this worth 3 fights in one night? To some, maybe so but to others, it seems a single fight purse looks more desirable when compared to a tournament. Tournaments are a step back, not a step forward in our sport. Fighters NEED to earn more, but where will the money come from? Where are the big sponsors? Where is the TV exposure to draw the sponsors forward?

To earn that Ishii respect the road better be paved with BIG $$$ because without it a tournament style event has little to offer the fighters. K-1 had and probably still has that "Endless money" and no one seems to care where it comes from, as long as they get paid, and paid well. MONEY is the ONLY thing that will make such a BIG EVENT work and we can only hope the $$$ K-1 has available to them stay in kickboxing. In addition, let's hope that someday there is enough for everyone to do their job well and make the sport more than it is today. We can only hope...

See who all has fought on a K-1 event (Even some amateur undercard fighters) by clicking HERE!




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As announced here on our December News Page, the rumors about K-1 and Mr. Ishii were confirmed today with a press release sent to the IKF. This news can also be found on the K-1 page by clicking HERE. The press release reads;

Announcement to
K-1 International Fans

As the result of a tax investigation launched last year by Japanese officials, Kazuyoshi Ishii announced on December 28, 2002 that he had decided to step down as K-1 President. Under these circumstances, the K-1 event scheduled for January 26 in Kochi, Japan, has been postponed.

Other already scheduled events and international tournaments are not affected by the recent developments, and K-1's complete domestic and international 2003 schedule will resume in March, 2003. K-1 regrets any inconvenience caused to fighters and fans.





SATURDAY, January 18th, 2003 11:30 PM, PST


IKF Australia's
Robert Wilesmith
A Father Again!



Alexandra Pearl Wilesmith...
Miss Little Thunderlegs...


Wilesmith

Our congratulations go out to IKF Australia's Kru Robert Wilesmith (Left) B.S.Sc.). Robert is a dad again and this time his first daughter. Her name is Alexandra Pearl Wilesmith. Robert and Jill came over to the USA for the Holidays to see Jill's family in Wyoming. While in here, Alexandra was born at 9.53 PM, January 15th at Sheridan Memorial Hospital in Wyoming. Alexandra was 8 lbs & 53cm tall (21 inches). Both Jill & Baby are fine & were released out of hospital later today. Robert will be leaving back to Australia this coming Thursday, January 23rd.

Robert is the owner of Thunderlegs Promotions and has promoted IKF Pro World Title events in Australia. He is responsible for helping both Ali Hallak (Right) and Holly Fernerley (Below Right) become 3 time IKF Pro World Champions. Both are always looking for challengers, but no one seems to want to step up to the plate and "Bring It ON!"

He is also the owner of Fit4Perfection Personal Training. He is also a Master Muaythai KickBoxing - Pro Fitness Trainer & Professional Rugby League & Sports Coach. The Rugby League has kept him so busy he hasn't had any time to promote events in the past year and a half in Australia.

For those who wish to contact Robert, his contact numbers are, Phone/Fax International: 61-7-5528-2771 (QLD), Phone/Fax Local: (07) 5528-2771, Mobile Local: (043) 888-9611, International: 61-43-888-9611, E-mail Kickboxing: thunder2@hotmail.com Email Personal Training: Fit4perfection@hotmail.com.


Ali Hallak


Fernerley





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BELOW NEWS POSTED AT 1:00 PM, PST



February Fight Party Card
Shows Talent and Diversity

Promoter Moses Serves Up A Veritable Smorgasbord Of Action



Mark Selbee

With just a few weeks left to go, promoter Brett Moses announces his February Fight Party bout card. And as the last few matches come together, it is clear that what is currently set is reflective of an exemplary effort.

"I wanted to provide some variety in the types of matches that the fans would see,"
said Moses, "I hope that they will be pleased."

They should be. In addition to the "anchor bouts," which include an IKF Professional U.S. Heavyweight title defense of champion Kevin Hudson (Right) and challenger Mark Selbee (Left) and the rematch between ISCF East Coast U.S. Middleweight Champion Jason Miller and Todd Carney, the February Fight Party will host competitors from a wide array of fight camps and bouts from a variety of rules styles.

IKF and ISCF World President, Steve Fossum is impressed with Moses' effort, thus far, "As we all can see, Brett has put together yet another great night of kickboxing and MMA in Georgia. I look forward to being at ringside to witness all these bouts." At press time, the February Fight Part line up is as follows:


Kevin Hudson

  1. Main Event: IKF United States FCR Heavyweight Title *Defense: *Kevin Hudson (Champion) Vs Mark Selbee (Challenger)

  2. Co-Main Event: ISCF East Coast Us Middleweight title *Defense: *Jason Miller (Champion) Vs Todd Carney (Challenger)

  3. Co-Main Event: (Non-Title bout) ISCF MMA: Steve Headen (ISCF Southeast Us Middleweight Champion) Vs Franz Mendez

  4. Co-Main Event IKF Muay Thai: Sherri Thompson Vs TBA.

  5. ISCF MMA: John Wehby Vs Jeff Bedard (US Olympic Wrestling Training Center Resident)

  6. ISCF Heavyweight MMA: Kevin Brooks Vs Jason Jones (Raw Team)

  7. ISCF Lightweight MMA: (Non-Title bout) Shaun "The Executioner" Porter (ISCF East Coast Lightweight Champ) Vs. Keith Wilson.

  8. ISCF Welterweight MMA: Tony Tucci (LA Boxing) Vs. TBA.

  9. ISCF MMA: Cheyenne Buchanon (Suua Khai) Vs Rob Smith (Contact Sports Club)

  10. ISCF Heavyweight MMA: Pee Wee Mccall Vs Tom Kirk.

  11. Pro ISCF MMA Debut: Dan Anchetta (Hardcore Gym) Vs Doug Edwards (Contact Sports Club)

  12. ISCF Amateur MMA: Andy Foster (United Karate) Vs Jim Cruce.

  13. ISCF Amateur MMA: Shawn Gonzalez (Ross) Chandler Oakes (Myrtle Bch., South Carolina, USA)


"We are in final negotiations with opponents for LA Boxing's Tony Tucci and Sheri Thompson" said Moses. "Finding an opponent willing to fight Sheri has been hard." When asked if his card really does represent a "smorgasbord" of fights, Moses whimsically responds, "I just hope everybody comes back for some second helpings!"

February Fight Party will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2003, at the DeKalb-Atlanta Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The venue telephone number is (404) 982-0989. For more information, Mr. Moses can be reached at not_tank@hotmail.com or call the Fight Party Hotline at (404) 315-7235.

(fight card subject to change)





FRIDAY, January 17th, 2002, AT 4:40 PM, PT



LaBree Ready To "Bring It ON!"
USA Vs Canada In Hayward Wisconsin, USA!



Mike Labree

IKF Promoter and former IKF Pro Super Heavyweight World Champion Mike Labree (Left) is all set to host tomorrow nights IKF USA Vs IKF Canada Kickboxing Event at the LCO Casino & Lodge in Hayward Wisconsin, USA.

The event will feature an extremely impressive card of both amateur and pro kickboxers. The feature fight will be the Pro debut of Two Time IKF USA National Amateur Champion Dan Erickson (Right, 20-1 with 10 wins by KO/TKO). Erickson won the 2001 IKF USA National Amateur Heavyweight Title after he worked his way through the full bracket winning 2 of his 3 bouts by TKO/KO. In his first bout he defeated John Davidson of Georgia by TKO at 1:07 of round 1. In his second bout he defeated Tim Mazurkiewicz of Roscoe, Illinois by unanimous decision, 30-24, 30-25 & 30-25 to advance to the final. In the final he defeated Wil Joseph of Dallas, Texas by TKO at 1:18 of the 2nd round. In Erickson's first bout of the tournament he had

At the 2002 IKF USA National Amateur Championships he was the defending Champion with the number one seed. In the final he successfully defended his Title when he defeated Mark Mortensen of Lake Zurich, Illinois by unanimous decision 29-26 on all 3 judges cards.

Saturday night Erickson will face Ali Kai of Toronto, Ontario, Canada who will also be making his Pro debut. Kai brings a record of 12 wins with 5 loses to the ring against Erickson. While Erickson is expected to weigh in at around 215 lbs, Kai plans to be a bit heavier at 220. However Erickson will have the reach and height advantage since he stands 6'5" tall as compared to Kai at 6' even.

In the other action of the night, fans will see some of the best North American Pro as well as amateur kickboxers in the game. Here's the rest of the nights match-ups;


  • PRO
    Ronnie Deleon
    (O'Fallon, Illinois, USA, 54-12-4/17, 170)
    VS Abu Zayd Nawaz (Burlington, Ontario, Canada, PK: 17-5-1/10, AK: Over 100 bouts, 160)
    This will be a rematch of their exciting fight last November which ended in a draw.

  • PRO
    Ricky "The Wolfe" Haines,
    (Rockford, Illinois, USA, 27-8-1/17, 165)
    VS Kerry Hendren (Lindsey, Ontario, Canada, 22-4-1, 165)

  • PRO
    Ernie Ketterman
    (Belleville, Illinois, USA, 26-5, 165)
    VS Martin "Crash" Cantin (Ontario, Canada, 160)

  • PRO
    Heath Fonnest
    (Forest Lake, Minnesota, USA, 10-2, 141)
    VS Jessie Rai (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 6-2, 135)

  • AMATEUR
    Peyton Russell
    (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, 28-4/6, 165, Two time IKF USA National Amateur Champion, 2001 & 2002)
    VS Brent Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 7-0, 165)

  • AMATEUR
    Tim Mazurkiewicz
    (Roscoe, Illinois, USA, 16-3/13, 1999 IKF USA National Amateur Light Cruiserweight Champion)
    VS Brian Douglas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, 10-0, 185)

  • AMATEUR:
    Jennifer Thyssen
    (DePree Wisconsin, USA, 16-3-1/4, 147, Two time IKF USA National Amateur Champion, 1999 & 2001)
    VS Maria Jilsen (Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, 5-0, 145)

  • AMATEUR
    Matt Myers
    (Spooner, Wisconsin, USA, 9-3, 158)
    VS Randy Morriosi (Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, 6-0, 160)

  • AMATEUR
    Stephanie Dutton
    (Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA, 3-1, 138)
    VS Martine Clement (Canada, 5-1, 125)

  • AMATEUR
    Joe Martell
    (Grandview, Wisconsin, USA, 0-1, 180)
    VS Paul Morisson (Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, 0-0, 180)

  • AMATEUR
    Justus Keenen
    (Spooner, Wisconsin, USA, 0-0, 195)
    VS Gatin Boutin (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 0-1, 195)

  • AMATEUR
    Brittnay Roberts
    (Cable, Wisconsin, USA, 0-2, 115)
    VS Kelly Spickler (Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA, 115)






Erickson

Tickets for the event are $25, $30, $35 & $50. To purchase tickets via phone, call 1-800-LCO-CASH or Contact Mr. Mike LaBree at (715) 798-3825. For lodging call Hayward Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-724-2995 or Cable Chamber at (715) 798-3832. the nights Judges will be Mike Fitzgerald, Tom Sullivan & Jim Amundson. The IKF Event Representative will be Don Metz. The Event Referees will be Bob Lynch & Mark Bjelland. The ring announcer will be IKF Promoter Sky Drysdale. For more info contact Mr. Mike LaBree at (715) 798-3825 or go to www.lcocasino.com.






TUESDAY, January 14th, 2002, AT 3:30 PM, PT


St. Louis Fight Scene Is In Full Force
With 2002 IKF
"AMATEUR PROMOTER Of The YEAR"
Jesse Finney And His Championship TEAM!








The job of selecting the IKF Promoter of the Year here at the IKF is always harder than one thinks. With so many aspects to look at and so many promoters, it's a job that pretty much no one here like to do. This can be said for ALL the IKF Yearly Awards (Which will all be announced over the next week or so). How can we pick just one or two or even just three? There are SO MANY! It's hard! So this year, we decided to give "2" Promoter of the Year Awards. One to the best Amateur Promoter and one to the best Pro and Amateur Promoter. We will announce the IKF Pro/Am Promoter of the Year award later. Today we will announce the 2002 IKF Amateur Promoter of the Year...

Jesse Finney And His Finney Kickboxing Promotional Team

In 2002, IKF Promoter Jesse Finney (Right) and his Finney's Kickboxing Team of St Louis, Missouri, USA promoted a total of 15 IKF Sanctioned events. It wasn't the number of the events they were awarded for, but the "QUALITY!" Just ask IKF World Ambassador and Representative Brooks Mason. Mason has had the pleasure of being the IKF Representative on many of Finney's shows and if we allowed him to, he would fill up this page with Finney Credits.

"Jesse Finney is without a doubt, the most prolific promoter in America today. He is consistently developing new and innovative ways to solicit sponsorships to be able to promote quality events for both the fighters and the fans of the sport. He is literally rewriting the book on how to promote kickboxing."
Says Mason

Finney's fights are more than just a kickboxing event with some amateur fights. Without talking about the glitz and glamour of the production itself, lets talk about THE FIGHTS! Finney's Promotional Team does not just bring in fighters that are easy matches for their fighters. Last year they brought in several "Proven IKF Champions" (See Below) to their events. This was a big factor in our selection of them as a Top Promoter for 2002.

We know a lot of great promoters both in the IKF as well as other organizations (Both Pro and Amateur) that have Great Events and Great Excitement! Not that the others don't have Great Fights and Great Events but one thing we can say is that the Finney Team TRULY brings in TOP Fighters to "Walk The Walk" CONSISTENTLY! This is what impressed us most and not only this but the Finney fighters don't always win like a hometown promoter would want. They know to be the best they need to Fight the BEST! Which explains why their fighters have their hands full for this year.

Although Jesse is the Main Man behind all the event organizing, he has a Dynamic Team associated with him. One of those Team Members is Rob Donaker, Finney's Promotional Team Vice President of Operations. Both Finney and Donaker work as Kickboxing's "One - Two Punch" when it comes to "Making Things Happen!" Along with the rest of the Team the Finney Crew packs a punch and some kicks as well, that lead the way to the Non Stop Action for not just St Louis, but for Kickboxing fighters and fans around the globe!




St Louis & Finney's For 2003...

Now that the New Year confetti and the champagne toasts are over, many people are looking forward to a eventful and exciting new year. This holds true in St. Louis. On any night of the year Lucky's Night Club is known to people in St. Louis as the best place to go. But in 2003, on 19 nights of the year, kickboxing invades the 50,000 square foot mega club. That's correct! In 2003 Finney's has scheduled 19 IKF and ISCF (International Sport Combat Federation - MMA/NHB) sanctioned events.

Finney's fight cards have always been one to draw the attention of many in the kickboxing world. Just look at some of the ones from 2002. In July, the vacant IKF North American Amateur Super Welterweight Title was on the line. This fight had Canada's Mark "The Machine" Hominick versus St. Louis native Marc "The Hammer" Mayfield. This went the distance, with Hominick winning the 5 round bout by decision, and was hailed by Brooks Mason as the best amateur bout he has ever witnessed.

In September, after a 2 year lay off "The Golden Boy"Jesse Finney stepped back into the ring and showed everyone that he still has what it takes to be a champion, defeating Curtis Christopher by TKO in the 2nd round.

The final event was on December 7th, and showcased two of the top amateurs in the US. Kevin Engal from St. Louis went down in weight to fight undefeated Anthony McGaughy, from Norman, OK. The two battled the entire fight, with Engal winning by the 4 round bout by decision. We would all like to see a rematch of this bout, but this time for "5 Rounds".

In 2003 Finney's is going to introduce St. Louis fight fans to a wide range of styles. Finney's is going away from their traditional all Full- contact cards, and will start holding some Muay Thai, International Rules, and NHB/MMA. The St. Louis fans got a taste of NHB/MMA in 2002, when Finney's put them on the cards after the ISCF (International Sport Combat Federation - MMA/NHB) got approved by the Missouri Athletic Commission.

NHB/MMA is starting to prosper in St. Louis, with King of the Cage Veteran Mike Rogers and UFC Veteran Steve Berger both living there and trying to get the sport more recognized. The cards in 2003 will most likely be made up of 5 full-contact rules, 1 Muay Thai/International Rules, and 3 NHB/MMA fights.

Some of the possible fights and fighters you might see in 2003. On March 29th, Finney's will be putting on there Annual "Shrine Fight Night". This is held in Springfield, Illinois, USA at the Ansar Shrine Temple. This night is complete with a cocktail hour, hors o' dourves, and a prime rib dinner.

Finney's is planning on bringing the best fighters to St. Louis. In 2002 they brought in Anthony McGaughey of Oklahoma and Marc Hominick of Canada. Finney's is hoping to continue this by bringing in proven IKF Champions such as Stephen Thompson and Peyton Russell. Both have won the USA Nationals and the IKF North American Tournament in their weightclasses. Finney's is also looking at some regional and state ISCF titles.

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Now having two gym, Finney's is looking at expanding to another location south of St. Louis. Teamed up with their main sponsor St. Louis Workout, Finney's has gyms in two excellent locations. One in Crestwood Shopping Mall, and the other in The Chase Park Plaza.

Finney's Championship Kickboxing and Martial Arts at Crestwood

Crestwood Mall hosts more than 140 specialty stores, a Food Court with more than 10 different dining options, a theater, and over 5,976 parking spaces. This gym offers:

  • Mens Kickboxing and Boxing
  • Womens Kickboxing and Boxing
  • NHB/MMA
  • Kids Kickboxing
  • Personal Lessons

Finney's Championship Kickboxing and Martial Arts at The Chase

The Chase Park Plaza now over one million square feet of unique and luxurious guest suites, five fabulous restaurants, impeccable banquet and meeting facilities, a five screen cinema and an indescribable array of lavish indulgences. This gym offers:

  • Mens Kickboxing and Boxing
  • Womens Kickboxing and Boxing
  • Personal Lessons

Finney's Championship Kickboxing and Martial Arts has plenty of fighters that are eager to get into the ring. One fighter that is patiently waiting to fight is Marc Mayfield. He is out with an injury until July 2003, but be ready to hear from him once again at 2003 IKF USA Nationals. Finney's is looking to do more team competition fights in 2003 as well. This is bringing in teams of 4 or more to fight the St. Louis team. If anyone is interest please e-mail the Finney Camp at finneys@finneyskickboxing.com or call them at (314) 351-5226. For Finney's Championship Kickboxing and Martial Arts, the sky is the limit on what they can do for Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts in the future. For more info, see their website at www.FinneysKickboxing.com





MONDAY, January 13th, 2002, AT 7:30 PM, PT


USA National Amateur Tournament
Regional Event Info


For those of you looking for Regional Event info we ask you to keep track of the 2003 IKF USA National Amateur Championships Regional Event Page by clicking HERE! Not all the Regional Dates and locations have been confirmed as of yet so this page will change daily. As mentioned a few days ago, we have not finalized the National Finals location as of yet due to all the proposals we have received. The National Finals have been tentatively scheduled for August 15th, 16th and 17th, however, availability of venues could change the final dates. We hope to have an answer as to the Finals venue within the next few weeks. However, in the mean time, don't miss out on fighting at your regional event.




MORE NEWS OF 1-13-03



Now Available!
The New Johnny Davis Kickboxing VIDEO!

Rocklin, CA, USA: Johnny Davis author of the IKF Training Manual The Art of Kickboxing and a former two time world Kickboxing champion releases the first version of The Johnny Davis Kickboxing Video Series. The Manual has been successfully selling around the world and many of its readers have strongly requested a video to compliment it. Davis feels that the video should go over very well because of its quality and contents. "People will actually get a chance to see me doing the techniques I wrote about in the manual and I'm hopeful that they will like what they see!" says Davis.

The video is packed with awesome graphics and detailed information on how to become and effective Kickboxer! The two volume video will cover important aspects of Stretching and Conditioning and Kickboxing techniques! The video offers one the opportunity to see how each technique is performed by Davis himself. Those who have viewed the tape are saying that it could be one of the best videos ever created for the sport of Kickboxing! The (60 min.) video can be ordered here on the IKF Web Site with your credit card. Order Now By Clicking HERE!

You can also order the manual and the video COD by calling Eastern Offset Publishers at (252) 247-6791. Or contact The Art Of Kickboxing Promotions at (916) 780-7483. Cost of the dual program Video is $24.99 (Plus COD Charges: $3 inside USA, $8 outside USA) and the Manual is $14.95 plus shipping. The Video and Manual will also be available at the February 1st, IKF Point Kickboxing Tournament held at the Sunset Center in Rocklin, CA. They will also available at Marinoble's Kickboxing Gym in Roseville, CA (916) 723-4809. For more information contact Johnny Davis at Art of Kickboxing Promotions at (916) 780-7483 or by e-mail at JD@IKFKickboxing.com... Order Your Copy Today!





FRIDAY, January 10th, 2002, AT 12:20 PM, PT




THIS WEEKENDS IKF ACTION

Gerlach Kicks Off The
2003 IKF Season In Pennsylvania, USA!



First time IKF Promoter Chuck Gerlach was recommended by IKF Promoter and Pro Champion Jimmy Stewart. After conversations with Stewart, Gerlach choose to team up with the IKF for his first event of 2003. Gerlach will be the first promoter to kick off the 2003 IKF season with his event, "WEST ALLEGHENY FIGHT NIGHT", this Saturday night, January 11th in Imperial, Pennsylvania, USA. Although there are no scheduled title bouts on the event there is sure to be plenty of great kickboxing action!

The event will be at Celebrations and More at 8110 Steubenville Pike. The doors open at 6:30 PM and the fights start at 7:30 PM. All seats are $17.00. For more info, please contact Mr. Chuck Gerlach at (724) 350-4648.




MORE NEWS OF 1-10-02


CHAMPIONS AGAIN!
De Fazio And Locklear Win In BOXING!
IKF Phoenix, Arizona, USA


Champions have a habit of winning and such is the case with 2 IKF Champions out of Arizona, USA. Training out of the Hard Knocks Gym in Phoenix, 2001 (Junior Girls Light Heavyweight) & 2002 (Junior Girls Light Cruiserweight) IKF USA National Amateur Champion Alyssa De Fazio (Left) added yet another Title to her trophy case. De Fazio won the 2002 Sliver Gloves Regional Title and has just recently won the 2003 Sliver Gloves Regional Title, winning with a 2nd round TKO.
Training at the same gym, fellow fighter Brook Locklear (Right) was the 2001 (Junior Girls Atomweight) IKF USA National Amateur Champion. Locklear just won the 2003 Sliver Gloves Regenal Title in her division by decision.

The Sliver Gloves tournament system does not let the girl fighters go to the Nationals, only the boys can go to the Nationals. The girl fighters can fight in the State Championship then go to the Regionals, but that's it. Hopefully sometime soon they will let the girls go to the Nationals since as anyone knows, they train just as hard and sometimes even harder then the boy fighters. They DESERVE the opportunity!

The two ladies are trained by Clement and Rhonda Vierra of "The Hard Knox Gym" in Phoenix Arixona, USA. The Vierras (Like Team Finney out of St Louis) have a lot of event action scheduled for 2003. A total of six IKF Sanctioned Events scheduled which include January 28th as well as one in March, May, July, September and November with confirmed dates yet to be announced. For more info on Hard Knocks Gym, and their events you can contact them at (602) 493-1567 or by e-mail at hardknocksgym@aol.com



THURSDAY, January 9th, 2002, AT 7:50 PM, PT


NEWS!
Where Are YOU?!?!?!

Well loyal IKF news fans, sorry we haven't been posting much news since January 1st, but we can assure you, WE ARE BUSY!

Doing "WHAT" you ask? Well as many know, this is the time of year when all the past years Hall of Fame Awards must be determined. We are spending a lot of time looking through past event videos, reviewing fight reports and a ton of other things to make sure we make the right decisions for the awards... But that's only PART of what's happening around here.




MORE NEWS OF 1-9-02



WHERE Will The
2003 IKF USA National Tournament Be?

We are also busy sorting through and reading nearly "60" Location Proposals for the 2003 IKF USA National Amateur Kickboxing Championships. So far we have proposals from California to Florida and throughout the Central and Mountain regions of USA. Maybe some of you can assist us in making our final decision. For example, do you think we should have the National Tournament in a vacation location like Disney World or Daytona Beach Florida? If so, we could see hotel rates be as high as $100.00 per night. But that's a good deal since most regular rates in these areas can be as high as $170 to $250 per night. Or, should we continue to keep the event in the central time zone of USA? This of course would be less expensive for hotel rates, but probably not a vacation spot like Disney World in Orlando Florida. There are so many other things to consider as well such as venue size, location to available rings, staff facilities, local airport access and the list goes on and on.

As you can see, the final decision for us will be hard to make and your opinions would be greatly appreciated. If you have any comments, we'd like to hear from you. Let us know if you would still attend or not if the event was at a location on the East or West coast of the USA. Let us know how much is tooooo much when it comes to hotel room costs. Would you like to see the event at a vacation location such as Orlando Florida? Let us know at main@ikfkickboxing.com




MORE NEWS OF 1-9-02



IKF KICKBOXING
Magazine!

We have talked a lot in the past about publishing our own IKF Kickboxing magazine. Well due to some recent circumstances it has become a priority for us to assure that the facts of our sport are reported in a magazine form and not just the website. With this being said, It's time for us to "WALK THE WALK!" We are proud to announce that WE WILL have our first publication of IKFKICKBOXING.com (The Magazine) out later this spring. The magazine layout has already been done and will include current pro and amateur rankings, event listings, event and fight results, feature stories about trainers, promoters and of course FIGHTERS! It will also feature tips for fighters, trainers, officials as well as event promoters. Another section will feature news of our sister organization for Mixed Martial Arts, the ISCF. As we get closer to the publish date we will have a link for those wanting to get the first copy so keep an eye out for it in the weeks ahead.

If you are interested in Advertising in the first edition of IKFKICKBOXING.com keep in mind, our first time advertisers will get the best rates! Those who start the first issue with us will be given a special discount rate that will be continued throughout the duration of the magazines publication. For more info on rates and subscription info, again, keep watch of the news page here or you can e-mail us with questions at main@ikfkickboxing.com

Editor-in-Chief: The magazine itself will be published by the IKF. However our Editor-in-Chief will be IKF World Ambassador and Representative Brooks Mason (Left). Many of you have read his event stories and other articles here on the IKF News pages. He will be one of the lead figures for the magazine organizing the various articles, tip sections and of course rankings. His expertise of the martial sports will bring truth to a much needed publication here in North America as well as worldwide. In his vast martial arts background he has several black belt ranks including a masters rank in Aido Tae Kwon Do. Adding to this, Mason "IS" the REAL DEAL!
Mason's worldwide experience as a "RESPECTED" representative of the sport will be welcomed to the readers of IKFKICKBOXING.com He has truly "Walked The Walk" both inside and outside the fighting ring as a fighter, trainer and official and with his knowledge he's sure to bring the best news of our sport to the upcoming pages of IKFKICKBOXING.com He will be joined in his efforts by many other respected figures of the sport in submitted feature articles. The magazine will of course focus on IKF Kickboxing news, events and associates, but it will also feature articles about others doing great things in the sport of Kickboxing no matter what letters they follow.

An important thing to point out here is that Brooks Mason "WILL" get the credit he DESERVES in the pages of IKFKICKBOXING.com Why do we bring this up? Well, over the past year, Mason spent countless hours of work and his own expenses creating a new USA amateur rankings for another new USA based martial arts magazine. This was a magazine we all thought would neutrally represent the sport and those of us who knew of it's coming were eager to see the first edition. Especially since we knew some IKF fighters were featured in it and the IKF rankings were a big part of it. However we were all shocked and sad to read that this new magazine gave no credit for all of Mason's hard work at his own time and expense. We were also shocked to see that the IKF was given no credit either for "ALLOWING" the publisher to take all the IKF Amateur Rankings. Instead, the publisher took the credit as if they did all the work to create the rankings. In addition, the publisher wrote about North American Kickboxing as if we knew nothing of the sport as compared to those in Europe. He slammed trainers, gyms, fighters and EVERY North American based sanctioning body. It was one negative story after another and we wondered, "WHO could possibly support such a magazine..? He slammed all his potential customers!"

We could go on, but it's not worth it. The damage and betrayal has been done. Integrity is important in this sport and it's a lesson that should be learned by everyone. Otherwise, our sport will never grow. We would like to also pass on to this magazine that "Your welcome" for all of Mr. Mason's hard work. For using the IKF Rankings and calling them "Yours" without ANY credit to Mr. Mason or the IKF... But heck, everyone knows where they came from...And who is REALLY "Walking the Walk"...


For More Magazine Info... Click HERE!




MORE NEWS OF 1-9-02


PRIDE Boss
Naoto Morishita
Commits Suicide




01/09/03-01:39 By Zach Arnold
PRIDE/Dream Stage Entertainment boss Naoto Morishita (Right, age 42, President of Dream Stage Entertainment (DSE), which promotes the Pride events) committed suicide in his hotel room in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Morishita's body was found at 12:45 AM today and he hung himself to death with a belt.

The cause of suicide is now being investigated by Shinjuku police. The suicide took place right after Morishita's press release regarding PRIDE Grand Prix 2003 tournaments for heavyweight and middleweights. There was extreme pressure on PRIDE to continue to make more money annually, since Dream Stage Entertainment became so successful. Read the whole story by clicking HERE! and HERE!

www.mmanews.com Reported: "Dream Stage Entertainment is rumored to be going through financial problems lately. It is known that lately Pride was trying to renegotiate contracts in order to cut some expenses. Nothing like this was ever expected." Read more by clicking HERE!




MORE NEWS OF 1-9-02



An interesting article by Zach Arnold of www.puroresupower.com and his views of the mixed martial arts scene in Japan.

Click HERE!




MONDAY, January 6th, 2002, AT 11:30 PM, PT


"Big Fun"
For The IKF At Health Expo!

Sacramento, CA, USA: KCRA Channel-3 and KQCA-58 in conjunction with Network Events Inc. presented a spectacular Health and Fitness Expo at the California Exposition Center in Sacramento, CA USA this past Saturday and Sunday! Network Event, Inc., a company that promotes these type of events all across the United States estimated the two day attendance to be well over 35,000. The IKF took advantage of the crowds by passing out hundreds of flyers and performing two fantastic Kickboxing demonstrations at Center Stage!
The Health and Fitness Expo had something for everyone. Hundreds of companies involved in the health and fitness industry set up booths to inform seemingly never ending streams of onlookers about their products. The event offered all sorts of Fitness Test, Health Screenings, Senior Fitness, Dancing, Aerobic and Martial Arts demonstrations.

The IKF delighted and amazed the crowd with awesome Kickboxing techniques! The demonstrations were led by Johnny Davis and his Art of Kickboxing Promotions, IKF Pro Full Contact Rules Middleweight World Champion Dave "Madman" Marinoble and IKF North American and two time National Champion Robert Elledge, both of Roseville, CA USA. Davis' version of his Kickbox-A-Robics© program completed the show as dozens of people of all ages were invited on stage to participate in this great cardio workout done to the hottest aerobic music! Additionally, head IKF referee Dan Stell and his family were also in the audience and assisted with the demonstrations.
Dave Marinoble never ceases to impress a crowd with flashy techniques. In a power demonstration, Dave almost sent the holder of the kicking shield ( who must have weighed at least 220 lbs.) reeling off the stage with a repeated, powerful and perfectly timed jump spinning back kick that stunned the crowd! Many are looking forward to the rematch between Dave and IKF Pro San Shou Rules Middleweight World Champion Rudy Ott of San Jose, CA, USA on February 28, 2003. Ott defeated Marinoble late last year to win the San Shou rules title.

Throughout the day, Marinoble and Elledge were cornered for autographs and questions about their championship belts as they walked through the Expo floor observing all of the activities.
The KCRA.TV-3, KQCA-58 along with Network Events, Inc. provided a great Health and Fitness Expo that was big fun and provided lots of information to thousands seeking better health for the New Year. The IKF can be proud that they played a major role in bringing some exciting entertainment as well as giving some great ideas to maintaining a healthier lifestyle.




WEDNESDAY, January 1st, 2002, AT 7:00 PM, PT




Deadline Approaching
For February's
IKF Point Kickboxing©

Rocklin, CA, USA - Event Date February 1st, 2003
Pre register for the February 1st, 2003 IKF Point Kickboxing© tournament at the Rocklin, Sunset Community Center in Rocklin, CA, USA for only $25! Pre registration must be post marked no later than January 15th, 2003. After January 15th the registration fee will be $35. Pre-register Now and Save $10!

Men, Women and Children will compete for beautiful 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place trophies in IKF Point Kickboxing© and IKF Point Muay Thai semi contact matches. Beginner and Advanced divisions. See this page for Registration and Rules.

For more info, contact Johnny Davis at Art of Kickboxing Promotions, (916) 780-7483 or by e-mail at johnnyd@netwiz.net

Footnote
IKF Point Kickboxing© was specifically designed for the beginner Kickboxer but will also assist the advanced Kickboxer to better their skills. Point Kickboxing© allows them the opportunity to concentrate on technique as opposed to focusing on not being knocked out. There are no knockouts allowed in IKF Point Kickboxing© and contact is strictly enforced. You can only win a bout on points. The true difference here is the style. For years, Point Karate tournaments have flourished all over the country but the techniques one uses in a Point Karate tournament (backfist, ridgehands etc.) are mostly ineffective in Kickboxing.

Point Kickboxers have to maintain the form and style of a Kickboxer or most certainly face defeat. Competitors who've done Point Karate tournaments and even Domination style fighting find Point Kickboxing© totally different. One big difference is the 16 oz. gloves and "real" boxing techniques. If your guard is not up and chin down, you are more likely to be out pointed in the one to two minute "continuos sparring" bout.

Point Kickboxing allows you to keep the fighting form of Kickboxing as opposed to switching back and forth from Karate. IKF Point Kickboxing© is not only the next step out of the gym for the eventual full contact fighter but is another outlet for the IKF to continue building the sport of Kickboxing's bright future.




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