SATURDAY, December 31st, 2005, AT 3:30 PM, PT
WEDNESDAY, December 28th, 2005, AT 1:30 PM, PT
TUESDAY, December 27th, 2005, AT 3:40 PM, PT
Pure Force... The
Tinley Park, Illinois on January 6, 2006
Pure Force the Beginning is coming to Tinley Park, Illinois on January 6, 2006 at the Holiday Inn Select Tinley Convention Center. The show features 15 sanctioned IKF Kickboxing and ISCF Mixed Martial Arts bouts.
Pure Force will feature fighters from top gyms all over the Midwest including: HCX Mixed Martial Arts/IL, Team Toro/IL, Peoria Athletic Club/IL, Minnesota Martial Arts Academy/MN, Warrior Way/MI, Team Lucky Strike/WI, Olympic Arena/IL, Southside Dojo/MI, Torres Martial Arts/IN, and many more.
Additional live entertainment to include a performance by DJ Aftermath and the Girls of Standing Ground live.
The Pro MMA Main Event bout will be between Billy Stamp (Right) of Peoria Athletic Club in Southern Illinois and Andre Garcia of Warrior Way in Detroit Michigan.
Billy has been a very active fighter with 7 fights this year and has a professional record of 4-4-1. Andre Garcia is out of Warrior Way in Michigan. Andre has made two appearances in King of the Cage (KOTC), of which one was in Australia. He is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt and a Black Belt in Sambo.
Pure Force will be held Friday January 6, 2006 at the Holiday Inn Select Tinley Convention Center, 18501 S Harlem Ave, Tinley Park Illinois 60477. Doors open at 6:PM and the event starts at 7:PM. For more info and ticket information, please contact Brian A. Thompson (Left) at (815) 730-3800 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, fighters looking for matches on Pure Force II "March Mayhem" March 25, 2006 in Joliet, Illinois should contact James Hill (Right) at Jhill@productionality.com For additional info please go to
FRIDAY, December 23rd, 2005, AT 11:20 PM, PT
A Thank You To Central
Recognizing The Values Of The
The yearly IKF Tournament (Nationals, North American and now WORLD) has been a value for fighters of all weight classes, ages and rule styles. It has provided an EVEN playing field for all fighters to compete against the "Best of the Best" no matter who they are, what their record is or where they live. All they had to do was make their journey to the event and "Walk The Walk!"
Those who have attended the IKF Tournament know that it is much more than "Just another Event!" Last years record breaking year saw 240 Amateur Kickboxers from around USA and Canada make it to Orlando Florida, USA to "Walk The Walk" and strive to be a Champion. A combination of ALL the other Kickboxing tournaments in the USA and Canada put together still don't equal the number of fighters at last years IKF Tournament. This is a record the IKF Tournament keeps "Every Year" and is proud of.
Today we would like to show some appreciation for someone who has also noticed something the IKF tournament provides... Opportunity, and a place to SHINE! A special "Thank You" to the crew at the CKO - Central Kickboxing Organization (www.centralkickboxing.org) over in Japan for the recent article they did entitled, IKF Nationals: Pipeline to the K-1 USA. The CKO is not a sanctioning body but it has served (In our opinion) as one of, if not the best DETAILED information sources for the many K-1 events around the world. Although the article is only focused on the Heavyweight Men, it's a very good article. Now we need to bring even more exposure for all the other ages, weights and rule style fighters so they can all receive the recognition they truly deserve.
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To You ALL!
TUESDAY, December 20th, 2005, AT 10:40 PM, PT
And The Winner Is...
US Cellular Center & Crowne Plaza Hotel
In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA
It had come down to 5 locations of the over 160 Bid Proposals we received from around North America. Two locations in Iowa, one from Indianapolis, Indiana. One from Nashville, Tennessee. One from Naperville, Illinois and One from Joplin Missouri.
In the end, it was the combined efforts of the US Cellular Center (Right, The same Event Arena used for the 2003 IKF/TKO Nationals), the Crowne Plaza Five Seasons Hotel (Left) and the Cedar Rapids Convention Visitors Bureau in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA.
The US Cellular Center is a beautiful 28,000 square foot "Stadium Seating Arena" which has held the title of the FINEST Venue we have ever had over all the years of the tournament. There is a total of 16,200 square feet on the actual arena floor, and add in the Stadium Seating area and there is plenty of seating for spectators. It is one of the most impressive entertainment venues in the Midwest. It also has 4 locker rooms for the participants and plenty of warm-up area surrounding the outside of the arena bowl. As far as sporting events, in the past it has hosted the UFC, Taekwondo Nationals and many Wrestling Championships and even WWF wrestling (Now WWE), not to mention many stars like the Harlem Globetrotters as well as concerts including KISS, Prince, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Amy Grant, Diana Ross, Pantera, Motley Crue, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Styx, AC/DC, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Diamond Rio, Martina McBride, Gaither Homecoming, Barry Manilow, Chicago, Bon Jovi, Blue Collar Comedy, Chicago, Beach Boys and Bob Dylan.
The 275 room Crowne Plaza Five Seasons Hotel is also Fantastic! The 16-story hotel is situated in the heart of downtown Cedar Rapids is conveniently located just 10 minutes (eight miles) from Cedar Rapids Airport (Eastern Iowa Airport). The Hotel will provide Free Shuttle service for all tournament Attendees (Fighters, trainers, officials and of course, fight families and fans!)
It is connected by hallway to the US Cellular Center and connected by 12-block skywalk system to numerous shopping and dining options and 2 theatres, the Theatre Cedar Rapids and the IMAX Theatre. All 275 rooms in the 16-story hotel feature cable TV and in-room movies, coffee maker, hair dryer, ironing board/iron and there are of course, non-smoking rooms available. There is also a business center, fitness center, indoor pool, and sauna. Top of the Five rooftop restaurant and Front Street Lounge, serving lighter fare, are both open 7 days a week. The room rate for a weekend at the Crowne Plaza Five Seasons Hotel is usually $140.00 per night, however our special IKF Kickboxing rate will only be $99.00 per night.
The Hotel layout will be able to provide the IKF Headquarters Suite for all event organizations duties and a Hospitality Suite for after event gatherings. The "Hospitality Suite Host" will be named soon. The hotel layout also allows the IKF to block off a private floor for all the Officials to book their rooms on.
The US Cellular Center is simply down an elevator and a hallway from everyone's hotel room.
"Ultimately the final factors came down to dates, facility and our past working relationship with Mary Lee Malmberg, the Director of Sports Tourism at the Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau." Said IKF President Steve Fossum. "The Cedar Rapids bid offered as much or more than all the other bids and with an availability date of July 28-30th, it was a major factor in the final decision."
The July date was a major factor because in the past two years, many attending clubs asked for the event to be moved earlier in the summer so more Juniors could attend.
For more info about the 2006 IKF North American Classic, Amateur Kickboxing Championship Tournament, Click HERE! Please note that some pages have yet to be updated from 2005.
THE WORLD IS WELCOME!
Many don't realize this but when you see a WORLD Amateur Championships in Europe, 98% of the attending countries have ALL their travel and entree fees paid by their government. Few of you reading this know that many of the participants make very little and could never afford to make such travel on their own. Often the plane ticket alone is as much as some make in a years wages. Since the USA does not have such a perk, (Where the USA Government funds amateur Kickboxing) it would be hard to have a LEGIT Amateur World Championship Tournament here in the USA.
However, we have had "MANY" request from around the world from "AMATEUR" teams to participate. At last years NAC in Orlando, Florida, Mr. Fossum asked if those attending would like to see a WORLD tournament where Amateurs from around the world can attend. Nearly everyone yelled a positive "YES!"
So, this years 2006 IKF North American Classic will still be called a "North American Classic Tournament"... At least for now. However, ANY AMATEUR Fighters who wishes to attend the event from ANYWHERE around the World will be welcome to come "Walk The Walk" with the rest of us!
Yes, we will be very strict on making sure these fighters have NEVER fought as a Professional fighter. There may even be some fighters who will be disqualified once at the finals if we discover they fought as a professional fighter once there and they have lied on their applications. Still, the offer has been made. Further discussions with our tournament staff will determine whether we re-name the Tournament the IKF WORLD CLASSIC or not, so watch here for more info on the actual name issue...
With that being said, we challenge every True "AMATEUR" Kickboxer from around the World to get prepared for the Greatest Amateur Kickboxing Championship Tournament YET!
Fighters... It's time for us all to stop "Talking The Talk!" If you think you are the BEST Amateur Kickboxer in the World, It's time for you to come join us, and prove so to the WORLD as we all "WALK The WALK" at this coming years 2006 IKF North American (World) Classic Amateur Kickboxing Championship Tournament! We look forward to seeing you all there...
FRIDAY, December 16th, 2005, AT 11:20 AM, PT
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
IKF/ISCF Missouri, USA
Tonight, December 16th, IKF & ISCF Promoters Jesse Finney, his Shamrock Promotion Team and Benjamin Nogueras Jr. and his The Blue Corner Promotions Team will once again team up to host "MIDWEST FIGHT FEST". The event will take place at the Clarion Hotel located next to Arrowhead Stadium at 9103 E. 39th Street, Kansas City, Missouri. The event will feature IKF Amateur Kickboxing, ISCF Amateur Mixed Martial Arts and Amateur Boxing.
For more info on this event please call Mr. Jesse Finney at (314) 608-3104 or by e-mail at email@example.com or see their website at www.ShamrockPromotionsLLC.com or contact Mr. Patrick Harrington of the Blue Corner Group at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. Benjamin Nogueras at email@example.com or go to www.TheBlueCorner.com
WEDNESDAY, December 14th, 2005, AT 7:00 PM, PT
The Waiting is Almost Over!
For those wondering, it appears we will soon be making the announce of the winning location for the 2006 IKF North American Classic Tournament by the end of this week. We have narrowed down the selections from over 160 bid proposals to a final 10. By tomorrow, this list will cut to a final 5. If there are still a few unanswered questions about the final 5 bid locations, at the latest we may wait until Tuesday, December 20th. Regardless, we will have our location finalized within a week.
As many requested, we have tried to push the event date earlier. The date we are looking to confirm is August 11th, 12th and 13th. We hope this is a good date for those Juniors who may be starting school in August. Keep a watch here for the winning location for the 2006 IKF North American Classic Tournament!
It will be announced SOON!
FRIDAY, December 9th, 2005, AT 9:30 PM, PT