December 31st, 2007, AT 6:40 PM,
Our Good Friend Joe Corley of Atlanta, Georgia past this
on to us today, and we would like to pass it on to you.
At a Time When So Many of Us Face So Many Challenges
From All of Us at the
IKF & ISCF
December 26th, 2007, AT 9:45 PM,
Submitted by IKF/ISCF Representative Michael Storm: Some
drove for hours through a snowstorm to make it to Tinley Park, Illinois just to
be a part of an all amateur Mixed Martial Arts, Muay Thai and Full Contact Rules
extravaganza"Pure Force VI-The Return". The crowd of
spectators was treated to a full night of hard hitting action put on by the guys
at HCX International Entertainment at the Tinley Park Convention Center.
In addition to this outstanding fight card, we would like to recognize Mike Bleecha and Jimmy Bullock as well as Anthony Fearn and Cameron Law for putting on two fine Muay Thai Rules exhibitions. The two sets of fighters train together everyday in the gym. They trained for other opponents but when no one could be found to compete against them, they decided to get in the ring and give the fans a lesson on what to expect in a muay thai match-up.
December 21st, 2007, AT 4:00 PM,
JOINS THE IKF
The IKF Team in Europe is now expanding further, as many promoters and trainers look to give their fighters the opportunity to contest TRUE Championship titles that carry real international recognition. The most recent addition is well known and respected trainer and promoter, Steve Logan (Right)
Logan is one of the UK's leading promoters of Professional rules Thai-Kickboxing. A respected trainer, his leading charge is no other than Damien Trainor, one of Englands hottest prospects, and currently the IKF Professional Muay Thai Rules European Featherweight Champion.
Logan's school, K-Star Academy, is a highly successful martial arts brand in the city of Birmingham, where Steve incredibly runs no fewer than three full-time centres! As well as running his trio of K-Star Academys, Steve promotes an active circuit of 6 events per year, which will now sanction IKF Professional Muay Thai Championships.
The IKF would like to welcome Steve to the IKF Team and we look forward to a Fantastic 2008 with the entire IKF World Team!
Satori... The word literally means "to understand" or "Ahhh... I get it!"
While working today, I came across this word in reference to a fellow Martial Arts Instructor who has become quite a success in his life. This individual liked the word Satori so much that he changed the name of his Karate/Martial Arts schools to "Satori Academy". I have known about him and his school as well as the name change for awhile, however, somewhere in todays work, his own meaning of the word brought some enlightenment to my work. The Martial Artist is Dave Kovar (Right) and Dave and his brother Tim placed their own definition on the word Satori. Their definition is "in the moment at your best."
This definition came up today when talking with a student about fighting and training. I was trying to explain to him how to let everything around you go and place your focus directly at the task at hand, his opponent across the ring. Within the conversation, I thought of Dave and Tim's Satori definition. I explained it to the student and saw a drastic change in his fighting, almost instantly. He finally became "In the Moment!"
The definition Dave and Tim use should be used by us all in every day life. Dave himself is a great martial artist, great motivator and more so, an overall great person. His definition made the theory of focus brighter... He made Satori an everyday thought... To not just focus on our opponent in front of us, but on our work, "The task at hand!"
Looking back at 2007, I can recall where a lot of time was wasted arguing as to who was better, whether it be about people, sanctioning bodies, tournaments, whatever. As we all argued and fought in kickboxing, Mixed Martial arts FLEW past our sport and onto Prime Time TV! The fact is, "WE" have all wasted a lot of time arguing about things that in the end, will mean nothing. During our task of arguing, we lost time, energy and more importantly, we lost focus as to what we were doing at the moment. We lost our passion, our drive and our goal of making Kickboxing a larger sport. The question is, can we regain that once vibrant Passion that drove us strong as little as 3-4 years ago? with Satori I believe we ALL can.
Everyone wants to make a new years resolution... Well here is mine... "To focus on the moment and in doing so, be at my best while doing it." Ok, you say, "Well your a martial artist Steve, shouldn't you already know this?" Well, yes, but "Knowing" and "Doing" are often far apart.
For example, before I closed my karate schools to work full time with the IKF and ISCF, I created a saying that was to address those who knew a lot, talked a lot, but couldn't put their skills to use in the ring, or more so, in a real self defense situation. The quote was meant to direct attention to the emotional factors that come into a fight. Fear, adrenaline and the tricks our own imagination plays on us that somehow takes us out of focus... Out of the moment... or as I have always called it in my teaching, "The Freeze Zone". Where eventually our own imagination of what is going to happen to us, or what we Imagine will or could happen, forces our bodies to freeze up and stops us from movement, or at least "Necessary and or Logical" movement. We all see this in a lot of first time fighters, even more experienced fighters. It's what FEAR does to us mentally. The saying was, "It's not what you know, it's what you are willing to do."
So as we head into Christmas, I ask you all to share with me
the theory of Dave's Satori...
"In the moment
at your best."
And Thank's Dave for looking past the "Ego" of Martial arts and reminding is all that in reality, Martial Arts is exactly what Gichin Funakoshi (Right) tried to tell us it all was years ago, that
"The ultimate aim of the art of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the characters of its participants."
Happy Holidays everyone,
Steve Fossum, IKF President
Dave Kovar is the head instructor of Kovars Family
Martial Arts Centers but now known as
Academy of Martial Arts. He has been teaching karate since he
was 15 years old and currently holds Black Belts in 6 different styles of
Martial Arts. In 1982 he was rated "California Competitor of the Year,"
and in 1988 he won the United States Martial Arts Championships Men's
Heavyweight Division in Reno, Nevada. He has operated his own Martial Arts
School in the Sacramento area since 1978, making Kovars Martial Arts one of the
oldest and most respected Martial Arts schools in Sacramento.
TUESDAY, December 18th, 2007, AT 4:00 PM, PT
- The Recovery... -
Back on November 30th, (2007) we posted an article about IKF Pro Muay Thai World Champion Giuseppe DeNatale and the car accident he was in that almost took his life. Today we were sent a web link by Duke Roufus about DeNatale's recovery written by Shamona Harnett of the Winnipeg Free Press. We copied the article word for word because we wanted to keep it as a part of our site, not knowing if it would be removed soon from the Winnipeg Free Press site. Shamona did a great job on the article and we thank her for her interest in "The Godfather!" She can be reached by e-mail at Shamona.Harnett@freepress.mb.ca
To Read About "The Godfather" recovery and more about him, click HERE!
MORE IKF NEWS COMING LATER TODAY!
MONDAY, December 17th, 2007, AT 5:00 PM, PT
FOLEY AND IRELAND
JOIN THE IKF
We are pleased to announce that Mr. Peter Foley has taken up our invitation to join the International Kickboxing Federation, IKF and has become the representative for Ireland.
Peter is the chief Instructor for the Black Dragon Gym in Galway and has been responsible for most of the competition between Irish and UK fighters for many years now and with the link up with the IKF and with Peter being the P.R.O. and Overseas Director for the Irish Kickboxing Federation we see even more co-operation (and competition of course) taking place between Ireland, the UK and the rest of the world.
Peter has said that plans are already in place for a
large Irish contingent that will be competing at the 2008 IKF World Classic in
Florida next July so you have been warned! This is great news for
the International Kickboxing Federation
and we welcome Peter to the IKF.
It is just the latest addition to the expanding IKF Europe Team.
Colin Payne & Carl Sams
IKF Co-Directors UK Full Contact
MORE IKF NEWS!
Adds Two More Promoters!
Marinoble-Perry Join West Coast Circuit
December 2007: IKF Point Kickboxing President Johnny Davis of California announces yet another group of prominent promoters who are joining the IKF Point Kickboxing craze. The semi contact tournament division has been around for as little as five years but is now getting high honors as a great new sport to be included in the booming martial arts tournament scene.
The International Kickboxing Federation ( IKF) is proud to welcome former IKF World Kickboxing Champion Dave "Mad Man" Marinoble of Roseville, California (916-786-0333) to the IKF/PKB 2008 West Coast Circuit. Mr. Marinoble also runs a successful gym in Roseville, CA and teaches many forms of martial including karate, kickboxing, boxing, grappling and a host of weapons and self defense classes, has agreed to host an IKF/PKB tournament in the month of March as part of the exciting packed year of other Point Kickboxing events.
Another local promoter who joined the IKF/PKB Circuit was well know California Martial Artist Mr. Jay Perry of Grass Valley, CA. (530-273-8121) Mr. Perry runs a successful martial arts school in his home town. He is frequently seen at many martial arts tournaments where his fighters are always some of the most talented in attendance. Mr. Perry has committed to host at least one IKF/PKB event in June and perhaps another in the month of October 2008.
The IKF Point Kickboxing West Coast Circuit is sure to be a huge hit in 2008! The semi contact competition is attracting men, women, juniors and seniors (over 40) from around the world to participate in exciting kickboxing action where knockouts are not allowed.
True fans of Kickboxing will be treated to many rounds of action and excitement at each of the slated events for 2008. Every month is set to have an event with the exception of the month of December. At the end of 2008 and, or the beginning of 2009, the IKF/PKB will host an exciting banquet style event where they will recognize and award the fighters that accumulated the most points. Fighters that perhaps had some of the most exciting bouts and, or techniques will also be recognized. Awards like the Courage Awards etc. may also be given.
No doubt that IKF Point Kickboxing will hit the ground running in 2008 with the first event being on January 26th, 2008 in Sacramento, California. Immediately following that will be another event in Antioch, California on February 23rd. Everyone is encourage to get in the best shape of their lives as many of the events will have the two -two minute rounds and one round tie breakers in affect which will certainly challenge ones conditioning to the max. Finally, as long as everyone remembers the semi- contact concept of IKF Point Kickboxing as well as the potential for this type of competition to rebuild the sport of kickboxing...we are on the verge of the resurrection of one of the most exciting contact sports on the planet! Read more on IKF Point Kickboxing events etc. at www.IKFPKB.com
MORE IKF NEWS!
Congratulations to New
IKF/PKB North Carolina Representative
Mr. Sean Griffin
December 7, 2007 - Indian Trail, NC, USA
The International Kickboxing Federation's (IKF) Semi Contact Point Kickboxing Division announced today the appoint of a new representative for one of the fastest growing tournament fighting styles in the United States...IKF Point Kickboxing! Mr. Griffin (right) is based out of Indian Trail, North Carolina, USA and has been a long time advocate of IKF Point Kickboxing as he was the first to promote this type of competition in North Carolina. Since his first tournament several years ago, he has continued to promote his tournament with more success each time. Mr. Griffin, a martial arts instructor, revealed that he will be promoting an additional event next year to make a total of three events. Men, women, juniors and seniors competing in exciting semi contact kickboxing action where no knockouts are allowed is really catching on and spreading across the country rapidly.
When Mr. Griffin was asked about accepting the appointment of IKF/PKB rep., he was delighted and stated "I have always been a been fan of the semi contact kickboxing and have continued to promote it because I truly believe in it."
Mr. Griffin will hold the two year post with the responsibility of growing IKF/PKB in the State of NC just as IKF/PKB West Coast Representative Ms. Rubi Navarro is doing in the State of California, USA. She continues to play a huge role in establishing the IKF/PKB West Coast Circuit based out of California.
Mr. Griffin will also oversee all events to assure that rules are being followed and everyone gets a fair shake. Moreover, he will make sure that the ever important semi contact rules are enforced to protect all participants. Mr. Griffin will report to IKF/PKB President Johnny Davis, as the two of them will coordinate and increase IKF/PKB activity in the State of North Carolina.
For more information on IKF Point Kickboxing go to
For more on Mr. Griffin go to www.magym.net
WEDNESDAY, December 12th, 2007, AT 1:50 PM, PT
THIS WEEKENDS IKF FIGHT ACTION
No Xclusions, Inc. Presents
"FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS!"
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
MORE IKF ACTION THIS WEEKEND!
HCX International Entertainment LLC Presents
"PURE FORCE VI - The RETURN!"
Tinley Park, Illinois, USA
IKF CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS!
December 9th, 2007 - Bournemouth, England
With an estimated audience of 1100 excited spectators, both IKF title bouts gave the crowd all, plus more than expected! The IKF Pro FCR Middleweight World Title was noted as one of the best fights of the year! Although John Orchard dominated Fran Zuccala in every round, it was clear that Zuccala was dangerous until the end. In the IKF Pro Woman's FCR Title bout, Natalie Bee of England held the edge in endurance as her stamina proved to be the difference in a win over Grete Helle of Norway as she simply got stronger in the later rounds to take home the vacant IKF Pro Woman's FCR European Super Lightweight Title.
This was a good showcase event for the IKF who has just recently created a strong IKF European Team to take over where former leadership left off. Photos and more info will follow up next week but for now, here are all the nights results below.
TUESDAY, December 11th, 2007, AT 5:50 PM, PT
"Prize Fighting Mecca?"
It is safe to say that Augusta's (Georgia, USA) roots as a boxing town were sewn many years ago by Tom Morates' Augusta Boxing Club... and the stable of many champions it has produced. But how Augusta became known as a fighters mecca is anybodys guess. Check out Augusta's most recent IKF Champion in this news clip...Click HERE!
MORE FIGHT NEWS
Extends Far Beyond The IKF!
When former IKF Amateur Tournament Champions such as John Greubel and Jennifer Han made the decision to turn pro and join Chuck Norris's World Combat League, it came as no surprise when they won their debut bouts with the St. Louis Enforcers (Coached by former IKF Amateur Champion, Jesse Finney) at the recent WCL event at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
John faced up against Craig Oxley of the Miami Force. Craig is the only fighter to have beaten Jason Bourelly and he did so by KO! He also would go on to KO Tim Connors before he would face John Greubel in the second half of the event. Greubel came out in the second half and beat Oxley 15-11 on the judges score cards.
Multi time IKF Amateur Tournament Champion Jennifer Han was an alternate for the very popular, and fellow multi time IKF Tournament Champion Fellice Herring. Felice was a girl featured on the television show "Fight girls" with master toddy in Las Vegas. Han came out in the second half as well and easily defeated Angie Woolhum in her debut. Both John and Jennifer came into the WCL as amateurs and defeated seasoned pros. "I think this is a good indication of the level of competition in the IKF." Said John's brother and yet another former IKF Champion Mark Greubel.
Other former or current IKF Champions seeing action on the event were;
some of the other current or former IKF Champions currently fighting in the WCL include Katie Meehan, Kornelija Numic, Patrick "PJ" Reilly, Kurt Hasley, Ryan Madigan and Shannon Hudson.
MORE FIGHT NEWS
WHERE TO FIND MORE
Based out of Minnesota, USA is an exciting new Kickboxing site
for News and Information about the sport. The site is called
The developers of the site came to the decision to launch the new site to bring kickboxing back into the spotlight. "Let's face it mixed martial arts is exploding, while the sport of kickboxing has been pretty stagnant at best." says Chris Cichon (Current IKF Amateur FCR Light Middleweight Central USA Regional Champion) of GoKickbox.com "I started looking around, and there really isn't a major news source for the sport of kickboxing in the U.S. There are some great organizations doing a lot of work for the sport, but information is slipping through the cracks because there are too many independent sources. My hope is for GoKickbox.com to become that online resource!"
What does GoKickbox.com offer?
There's a lot of information out there, and a lot of it isn't being reported. The spread of information may be the key for the growth of the sport. This being said, take some time and send the staff at GoKickbox.com any newsworthy information you have. To do so, click HERE! or send your info to GoKickbox@gmail.com
It's time to work together and Advance the Sport! To check out the site go to www.GoKickbox.com
MORE FIGHT NEWS LOCATIONS!
Based out of the United Kingdom, Muay Thai fans have another site to check up on daily. Muaythai Online (www.muaythaionline.net) has relaunched and it's harder, faster, slicker and technically superior than before. A bit like Muaythai is to other martial arts! "This is the first phase of our relaunch, the second part of which will take place in the new year and add some other additional nice new features to the site." Said the staff at Muaythai Online.
Check out their latest exclusive report from Thailand featuring a top One Songchai show on a floating barge in the Chao Praya river! The show featured Bovy, Nopparat and others! Check out their interview with pound for pound one of Europe's finest Andrei Kuelbin. Kulebin is world champion in several sanctioning bodies.
Where can you watch these top English fighters: Steven Wakleing, Andy Howson, Kieran Keddle, Dave Pacquette, Richard Cadden, Richard Fenwick, Mike Showers, Damien Trainor, Tricia McKeary, Mary Hart, Lisa Houghton-Smith, Rebecca Donnelly and more? In Muaythai Online's Video Downloads Member section that's where!
Check it out by clicking HERE! You can watch full Muay Thai fights in good quality video on your PC. Access to their members section is available at an introductory special offer of just £20 (approx 38 US dollars) per year. That's less than 40p per week! Every week a minimum of 1 new fight is added to those available. That's a minimum of 52 fights a year for just £20!!!! They will be featuring high quality fights from all over the world including England, Thailand, Holland and others. Their server has a 10Mbps connection enabling the fastest possible downloads (members section is recommended for broadband users only). It's as easy as 1, 2, 3... 4...
Any returning members since the relaunch who renew their
membership can get an additional two months membership free. Just take out
membership again and once complete send an email to
A new fight will be added to the section every Friday... www.muaythaionline.net - It's Back!!!!!
Check out their sister site at www.kickboxingonline.net
MONDAY, December 10th, 2007, AT 4:45 PM, PT
AKA & Steve Logan's K-Star Gyms
December 8th, 2007 - Birmingham / Milton Keyne, England
Saturday 8th December 2007 was the date AKA England in partnership with Steve Logan's K-STAR Academy staged the final event of the 2007 season. The venue for this competition was THE ROYALE SUITE, in Birmingham, England.
This IKF Sanctioned Kickboxing competition was conducted under The AKA's European "Olympic Style Rules" (Also known as Open Scoring Rules here in the USA since the USOC does not allow the use of the word "Olympic" in any definition here in the USA) similar to Olympic Amateur Boxing featuring 'Open Scoring' using electronic score boards. The OSR Rules are proving very popular now with even more schools in attendance at this event, as more athletes look to compete in a safe competition format.
Of particular attraction to the OSR format is the 'Outclass' rule, that ensures an athlete is protected form taking too much punishment. This comes into effect through the 'Open Scoring' on the electronic scoreboards, and should an athlete be losing to an opponent by 20 points or more a contest is stopped due to 'Outclass'.
The top of the billing for this event were three international titles.
International bouts represented England vs India, and England vs Iran. Supporting this, athletes travelled from across the United Kingdom, to make up an exciting support card that featured several national titles.
One in particular that was added to the event at short notice was for the British Junior Amateur Title ( 29.5kgs ). This was filmed by Channel 4 Television who are running a documentary on children who compete.
Also too, a first in the UK was an amateur MMA contest under the rules of the ISCF, International Sport Combat Federation, the sister association to the IKF ( www.iscfmma.com ). In this bout Robbie Harrison won by Tap out at 1 minute,m 45 seconds of Round 1.
This amateur martial arts championships was organised thanks to the support of the official 2007 sponsor of the AKA England Circuit, one of the worlds leading martial arts equipment suppliers M.A.R. International (www.qualitymartialarts.com).
Everyone that was involved in this event would like to thank Mr Ali proprietor of M.A.R. International for his support, as well as Steve Fossum, the president of the IKF International Kickboxing Federation.
More results and photos to follow!
MORE KICKBOXING NEWS
K-1 World GP Champion
By Monty DiPietro, K-1 International Publicist - Photos "Courtesy FEG"
December 8, 2007:
The 15th annual K-1 WGP Final followed the sport's classic eight-man tournament format: Four first-tier bouts advancing a quartet of fighters to the semifinals, the winners there squaring off in the final. All bouts were contested under K-1 Rules, 3 minute x 3 Rounds, with two possible extra tiebreaker rounds.
Choi's 28cm/11" height advantage was strikingly evident when the pair met center ring for the referee's pre-fight instructions. LeBanner had joked beforehand that he would have to "bring down a tower," and took up the task from the start, darting in with a left straight and pumping in a right to the body. Throughout the first round LeBanner circled with good evasions, coming forward quickly to score with the left and low kicks. In the second the Frenchman led with the left, and brought a nice right cross over his opponent's guard. Choi did not appear to be bothered by the blows, and rattled LeBanner with a hard left hook late in the round to stay close.
LeBanner made the third thrilling, closing fearlessly with the overhand before coming round from behind to tag the retreating Choi's chops with a right. Surprisingly, Choi made few attempts to bring the knees into this fight, connecting for the first and only time midway through the third. It was too late, though, as the big Korean was now fatigued.
As Choi slowed, LeBanner intensified his punching attacks, putting up points with tight combinations to earn a unanimous decision and a trip to the semifinals.
The second quarterfinal pitted Semmy Schilt against Brazilian kyokushin master Glaube Feitosa. This was the first of three wins on Schilt's road to victory, and it was also the hardest.
The two fighters traded low kicks to start, Feitosa with speed, Schilt with power. Feitosa made partial contact with a high kick, while Schilt closed to fight with the knees. No significant damage in the first. The second saw Feitosa with his guard high and close, patiently taking what Schilt was dishing out -- before suddenly firing up a beautiful kyokushin kick that caught the side of Schilt's head hard. It was the strike of the fight, and the crowd rose to their feet as a stunned Schilt wobbled awkwardly backward. Schilt very much looked like he was going down, but his fall was arrested and his balance restored by the ropes. Seeing his chance, Feitosa chased the dizzy Dutchman with fists, but could not finish. The round ended with a recovered Schilt throwing hard low kicks, jabbing with the left and again coming in with the knees. In the third Schilt repeatedly tossed in the jab and hoisted the knees, while but for a decent left straight punch Feitosa could not bring any hurt to the big guy.
A spirited contest, and the WGP laurels might well have graced a different head had Schilt gone down in the second. But as it was Schilt came out of the bout having clearly put more strikes through, and took the win by unanimous decision.
The second bracket opened with Moroccan bad boy Badr Hari, the K-1 Heavyweight Champion, taking on two-time WGP Champion Remy "The Gentleman" Bonjasky of Holland. There is no love lost between this pair, who have lashed out at one another in interviews. This one was expected to be a war.
And it was. An explosive start, speed and power characterizing the countless low kicks that flew in the first. Hari launched a nice high kick here, Bonjasky a flying knee; and both men also went pugilistic, Bonjasky going for the nose, Hari pumping the right to the body. More punch and low kick combinations to start the second before the fighters stood off some, searching for openings. Both kept the guards high and showed good blocking, a hint of animosity evidenced when Hari refused to touch gloves after Bonjasky had signaled a low blow. The pair did not touch gloves at the end of the round either. In the third, legs were further brutalized. Bonjasky threw several left hooks then smacked in a right kick to the top of Hari's leg, and the Moroccan looked to have slowed some by the final bell.
A close one, Bonjasky taking the third on all cards to prevail by the narrowest of majority decisions. But after absorbing so many hard low kicks, one had to wonder whether Bonjasky would be fit for the semis.
Aerts has competed in all 15 K-1 WGP finals, and the "Dutch Lumberjack" displayed his experience here, cutting his opponent down in just 89 seconds. Aerts started fast with low kicks to put Sawayashiki off-balance. A deftly-placed high kick then caught the Japanese fighter hard on the head for a down. Sawayashiki beat the count, but on resumption Aerts coolly threaded a right straight punch through for a second down and the win. Aerts looked nothing like his 37 years, while Sawayashiki just looked out of his element.
In the first semifinal it was Jerome LeBanner -- the lone non-Dutch fighter remaining in contention -- stepping in against Semmy Schilt.
From the bell LeBanner was the aggressor, and why not -- Schilt must have appeared small after Choi! The Frenchman cocked his head to the left and threw the overhand right to good effect, and Schilt was forced into retreat, pushing LeBanner back with front kicks. Schilt threw some hard low kicks and decisively reversed the flow at the clapper, bringing a hard right knee up to LeBanner's face then laying in with punches to end the round.
There was some confusion at the start of the second, when it appeared that LeBanner's cornermen might not leave the ring. LeBanner pulled rank, waving them out and starting in with a series of punch attacks. However it soon became clear from LeBanner's movement that his right leg was compromised. Schilt exploited this by firing in a low kick for a down. A distressed LeBanner beat the count, but his corner had seen enough and threw the towel, giving Schilt the win.
The second semi featured Remy Bonjasky, who had taken a heap of punishment in his first fight; and Peter Aerts, who had barely been touched in his.
If Bonjasky was hurt he wasn't showing it, exhibiting fluid movement and throwing high kicks from the bell. Bonjasky went to the mat after an exchange of kicks, but this was ruled a slip. Aerts stood his ground, stepping in with the right straight punch, working the body and throwing low kicks along with a knee that slowed Bonjasky down some. Aerts went to the body again in the second, and the closed-up Bonjasky was now hopelessly on the defensive. After being cautioned for a lack of attacks, Bonjasky fired the fists onto his opponent's guard, Aerts responding by mockingly dropping his gloves and inviting Bonjasky in.
Fatigue had caught up with Bonjasky, who was listless in the third, rarely throwing anything and missing badly when he did. Aerts put low kicks in, worked the body again, and picked up enough points to win by comfortable unanimous decision.
The final between Schilt and Aerts marked the third meeting between these two -- Aerts taking the first fight, in Auckland in March of last year; Schilt equalizing in the Championship bout at the WGP 06 Final. The repeat of last year's final showdown provided a dramatic opportunity for the fighters to settle the score.
Aerts may have been the crowd's sentimental favorite, but Schilt would not be denied. The bout began with Aerts moving in ambitiously with overhand punches. Schilt fended off the attacks with low kicks, and went to the clinch when the distance closed. Schilt soon corralled his opponent into the corner and brought up the knee, but Aerts escaped and found the space to resume his pursuit. Schilt put through a left straight punch that didn't look especially dangerous, but caught Aerts square on the chin. Unfortunately for Aerts, as he stumbled backward his right knee buckled, and he fell to the canvas smarting less from the punch than its side effect. With pain etched on his face, Aerts grasped his failed knee, and could only listen in frustration as the count progressed. Aerts could not get up, and Schilt had the Championship.
"I'm very glad to win tonight and to make history by winning the Championship three years in a row," said a beaming Schilt in his post-tournament interview. "It was a good final, there were no easy fights. I think the first fight [against Feitosa] was the hardest, but the first fight is always the most difficult, it decides what happens in the other fights."
Asked if the final with Aerts was a "dream fight," the normally stoic Schilt attempted a joke: "I think if you really want to see a dream fight you have to rent a DVD, like one of the Rocky movies " Ok, now we know why Schilt is stoic.
Schilt's victory continues a Dutch domination of K-1 that is nothing short of astounding. The three Dutch fighters in tonight's WGP Final all won their quarterfinals, and were only eliminated by fellow Dutchmen; the K-1 WGP Champion has been a Dutchman for the last six years; and in K-1's 15-year history, a Dutch fighter has won the WGP 12 times.
In the tournament Reserve Fight it was Mighty Mo of the United States and Paul Slowinski of Australia. The squat Mo's right hook has been the bane of many an opponent; while Slowinski's karate background and conditioning afford him a more varied repertoire of attack strategies. Slowinski also had one of the greats in his corner -- Ernesto "Mr Perfect" Hoost.
Slowinski answered Mo's early punching charge with a series of low kicks, but Mo stepped through these to persist with the fists, a right opening a cut near Slowinski's eye and prompting a doctor's check. Mo was aggressive again after resumption, closing repeatedly and connecting well with the fists. In the second Mo again took the initiative, but now Slowinski made good on counters, leading with the left straight then firing in a hard low kick to drop the big Samoan. Mo looked like he might just beat the count, and the referee gave him ample opportunity to assume a fighting pose, but Mo could only respond with a grimace, and the fight was called, giving Slowinski the victory.
A Superfight saw veteran Japanese seidokaikan fighter Musashi take on David Dancrade, a French kickboxer making his K-1 debut. Dancrade threw low, middle, high and spinning back kicks in the early going, while Musashi blocked and took his time, testing with the occasional jab or low kick. But suddenly, at the clapper, Musashi fired in a left kick that caught Dancrade on the midsection and sent him to the canvas. The French fighter stayed there, unable to beat the count. A good fighter makes winning look easy by picking his spots, and Musashi's K-1 experience proved the difference here as he did just that.
Also on the card, Jan "The Giant" Nortje South Africa beat Dong Wook Kim by TKO when the South Korean could not continue after bashing his foot into The Giant's knee; Takashi Tachikawa of Japan scored a KO win over Ki Min Kim of South Korea; and Mitsugu Noda of Japan beat Noel Cadet of France by TKO.
The K-1 World Grand Prix 07 Final drew a boisterous sellout crowd of 17,667 to the Yokohama Arena. The event was broadcast live in Japan on the Fuji TV network; in Korea on XTM; in Hong Kong on PCCW; in Australia on Main Event; in Brazil on Globosat; in Canada on The Fight Network; in Romania on ProTV; in Hungary on RTL; and across Scandinavia on Viasat. Delay-broadcasts will bring the K-1 WGP 07 to a total of 135 countries -- for scheduling information contact local providers. Visit the K-1 Official Website (www.k-1.co.jp/k-1gp) for official results and comprehensive coverage of this and all K-1 events.
FRIDAY, December 7th, 2007, AT 11:55 AM, PT
THIS WEEKENDS IKF & ISCF FIGHT ACTION
Shamrock Promotions Presents
"Midwest Fight Fest"
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
MORE IKF & ISCF FIGHT ACTION THIS WEEKEND
The Amateur Kickboxing Association
of England In Association
With Steve Logan and the Famous K-Star Gym Present
Birmingham / Milton Keyne, England
Main Bouts 7.PM - 10.PM
Headlining with International Championship Bout
ENGLAND vs TURKEY
IKF Amateur OSR Featherweight Title
Laura Arnold, England ( IAKA World Champion ) vs Sukran, Turkey ( National Champion )
IKF Amateur OSR WORLD Welterweight Title
Lee Green, England ( Former World Champion ) vs Guven Zencir, Turkey ( Current IAKA European Champion)
With Supporting Card Including IKF Amateur Kickboxing andISCF Mixed Martial Arts Bouts.
Event to be featured in 'FIGHTERS' - Martial Arts Magazine!
PRO WORLD TITLE IKF ACTION THIS WEEKEND!
Bulldog Sports & Absolute
Littledown Leisure Center, Bournemouth, England
The countdown has begun to the much anticipated "Superfight" re-match. John Orchard VS Fran Zuccala was 2005's fight of the year. Both men thrilled a huge audience with 10 rounds of pure skill and mayhem which established the (then) best middleweight Kickboxer in the world. On that occasion Orchard emerged victorious, handing Zuccala the first defeat of his career. Intense negotiation has brought these two back together again for your enjoyment!
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4th, 2007, AT 11:55 AM, PT
"Elite Kickboxing Championships"
December 1st, 2007, Port Orange, Florida, USA
MORE IKF NEWS...
It's official, 5 Time IKF Tournament Champion
"Bad" Chad Monyelle
of Team Thump out of Beloit, Wisconsin, USA (29-6/7, 127, IR) has become the first entree into the
2008 IKF World Classic Tournament!
According to his father and trainer, former IKF Pro FCR Bantamweight US Champion Craig "Thumper" Monyelle, Chad is looking to even the record John Greubel of Augusta, Georgia, USA set last year with 6 Tournament Titles. However, Chad's real hope is to set a record of his own as he hopes to be the first Tournament Fighter to win the "Triple Crown" which would be a title in ALL THREE of the Tournament rule Styles. (Full Contact, International and Muay Thai)
Coach Craig has also made it clear that he will be following up with several additional fighters that will include a Mom and Son and an 8 year old, 48 lb junior, who Coach Craig says is their biggest warrior!
Chad had competed two other years but suffered losses. In 2001 he lost in the title bout to Jordan Moore of Pacific, Missouri, USA by unanimous decision, 30-27, 30-27 & 29-28 in the FCR Junior Welterweight, 70.1-75 lbs. division.
In 2003 he lost in the preliminary round to eventual champion Justin Lawerence of Pacific, Missouri, USA, (19-0/10) by TKO at 33 seconds into round 1 in the FCR Light Atomweight, 100.1-105 lbs., 11-12-13 Year Old division.
Chad's father Craig (Right, 25-4/14, 5'4", 118, 7-21-63) won his IKF Title on February 12th, 2000 in Rockford, Illinois, USA against Dan Seiwerth. Craig later retired on May 14th, 2005 and currently owns and operates National TaeKwonDo & Kickboxing in Beloit, Illinois.
MORE FIGHT NEWS
International Picks For
K-1 World GP 07
By Monty DiPietro, K-1 International Publicist - Photos "Courtesy FEG"
TOKYO, December 3, 2007: The worldwide preliminary, regional and elimination tournaments are all done -- and now the world's eight best remain, poised on the threshold of greatness. The K-1 World Grand Prix Final is fightsports' most prestigious event. The format has not changed since K-1's debut in 1993 -- four first-tier bouts advance a quartet of fighters to the semifinals, the winners there square off in the final. As such, the man who would be crowned the King of Kings will have to get past three different opponents in a single day. The 15th K-1 World Grand Prix Final is set for the Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa, Japan on December 8.
This year's finalists, in order of their bouts on Saturday, are veteran kickboxer Jerome Le Banner of France; South Korean Hong Man Choi, a 218cm (7'2") former Ssireum Grand Champion; K-1 Super Heavyweight Champion and two-time and defending WGP Champion Semmy Schilt of Holland; Brazilian kyokushin master Glaube Feitosa; the K-1 Heavyweight Champion, Moroccan bad boy Badr Hari; two-time WGP Champion Remy "The Gentleman" Bonjasky of Holland; veteran three-time WGP Champion Peter Aerts, also of Holland; and 23-year-old Japanese kickboxer Junichi Sawayashiki.
With just days remaining before the decisive clash, K-1 writers and commentators from around the world weighed in with their WGP predictions and comments.
From the respected Japanese martial arts magazine Kakutogi Tsushin, Takao Matsui confidently predicted that this would be the year that Peter "The Dutch Lumberjack" Aerts captures his fourth WGP crown.
"Peter is in form," says Matsui, "his low and high kicks are both working, and he looks stronger than ever. I think we'll see a repeat of the '98 K-1 World Grand Prix Final, when Peter won all three of his fights by KO. He could do that again this time."
Matsui names Badr Hari as his dark horse candidate this year.
From the Tokyo-based English-language web site kakutougi.info, Stewart Tonkin also has a soft spot for Peter Aerts:
"Looking at the match ups I think Peter Aerts has the easiest opening fight," says Tonkin. "His semi-final match would be against someone carrying damage from the war that Hari vs. Bonjasky promises to be. Last year Peter went all the way to the finals after having trained for just one fight, and he gave Semmy a serious run for his money. This year he is in form, and barring a training injury I can see him equaling Ernest Hoost's record of four WGP Championships. A final between Peter Aerts and Jerome LeBanner would be enough to bring a tear to the eye of all long-time K-1 fans."
"But the easy pick, and perhaps the smart one, is that Semmy Schilt will be getting his hands on his third WGP belt. Aside from being dropped by Ray Sefo in his first fight of the year, no one has gotten close to even looking competitive when facing Semmy."
"Having said that, 2007 has been the year of upsets and I have a feeling there might just be another one at Yokohama. He is an underdog here, but I never count out Glaube Feitosa. His is the opening match that most resembles Masato vs. Buakaw in K-1 Max. If Glaube does manage to clear the insanely high hurdle that is Semmy Schilt, his confidence will be so good that I think it will be difficult for anyone to stop his momentum."
We move across the Pacific to the United States for the thoughts of one of the world's most respected martial arts experts, Stephen "The Fight Professor" Quadros (StephenQuadros.com).
"I see no reason that Semmy Schilt should not repeat this year as K-1 World GP Champion, if he has no significant injuries going into the tournament," says Quadros. "Schilt can only be beaten by age in my opinion because he, like Ernesto Hoost and Peter Aerts before him, is the ultimate natural-born physical prototype for K-1 fighting; a tall, quick Dutchman with knockout power."
Quadros backed up his prediction with detailed fight-by-fight fight predictions:
"Jerome Le Banner has been a sentimental favorite to win the GP for several years running, but has always come up short, pardon the pun. And it will once again be that very area, his height disadvantage when facing Hong Man Choi, that denies him becoming the 2007 K-1 WGP champ. Choi by decision."
"Semmy Schilt will have a few problems early on with the athletic Glaube Feitosa, but will use his natural gifts of linear attack to eventually catch, hurt and dispose of the Brazilian. Schilt by TKO."
"Badr Hari is relatively new to this level of competition and will be fired up emotionally. Multiple titlist Remy Bonjasky will need to put all his focus and experience to use to win this one. Caution is an audience's worst enemy, but it will be the Dutchman's best friend. Bonjasky by decision."
"Peter Aerts has been here since the beginning, literally. He lost a close if not controversial decision to Hoost in the first ever K-1 back in 1993. Since then he has won the tournament three times. But age and wear are catching up to him. Will Junichi Sawayashiki be the one to oust him one final time from the tournament? No. Aerts by KO."
"A semifinal of Choi versus Schilt II is another classic Godzilla clash. Semmy will use his quickness to hurt Choi to the body with his front kick. That weapon will dictate a less than crowd-pleasing win. Schilt by decision."
"Whenever you have two legends who have both captured the Grand Prix several times meet in the finals you have something beyond the norm. Remy is the new guard in this particular match and will be sharper in the punching and kicking exchanges. Bonjasky by decision."
"Part of me wonders if Schilt and Bonjasky ever get tired of facing each other. Schilt will always be a bad matchup for Bonjasky, simply because of reach and quickness of penetration. I cannot see Semmy losing this. Schilt by decision."
Adds Quadros: "If Hong Man Choi duplicates his unbelievable victory over Schilt on this special night in the semifinals, he will be my dark horse choice for Champion this year. Ever-improving speed and agility for the Korean giant spells the same kind of trouble that Schilt has presented opponents for years."
Finally we move to Europe.
In Sweden, Anders Eriksson of Fighter Magazine (fightermag.se) offers a unique take in his fight-by-fight predictions:
"In the first quarterfinal, with Choi's size, LeBanner has to catch him making a crucial mistake. Hong Man has newfound skills and mistakes are becoming few and far between. Choi by decision."
"Feitosa's strengths, as a tall, tricky, and a little awkward karate fighter, are basically the same as Semmy's. But Semmy is bigger and probably better. Nothing Feitosa does will surprise Semmy. Schilt by 2nd round TKO."
"In Badr Hari vs Remy Bonjasky, I believe this will be entirely up to Remy. If he comes hungry, well-prepared and determined to win, he will beat Hari, even if it won't be an easy fight. If he is even a little resigned or off, Hari will run away with it. Bonjasky by decision after an extra round."
"Junichi Sawayashiki will make a name for himself, fighting against Peter Aerts as if there were no tomorrow, but he won't upset Aerts' experience in the end. Aerts by decision."
"In the semis, Choi upsets Semmy by applying pressure in a fight where neither connects cleanly; and Remy beats whomever of the two he is fighting."
"So I think the final will be Remy Bonjasky vs Hong Man Choi. A strange fight, difficult to judge, but Remy's style is more orthodox and easier to reward on the judges' score cards. Remy becomes champion after two extension rounds."
And from Tim Leidecker, of the German web site groundandpound.de.
"Even though it is not the most creative pick, I think that Semmy Schilt will three-peat," says Leidecker. "He has beaten his first round opponent Jerome LeBanner before and will certainly seek revenge in a potential semifinal clash against Hong-Man Choi. In a possible final I could imagine him again winning a decision over his compatriot Peter Aerts, provided that the "Dutch Lumberjack" makes it through the previous rounds unhurt."
"The dark horse in the tournament certainly has to be Moroccan shooting star Badr Hari. His bout with two-time winner Remy Bonjasky has fight of the night written all over it. It will be too early for him to go all the way though, as a possible semifinal meeting with wily veteran Peter Aerts should prove too much for him. But at only 23 years of age, Hari has at least another ten chances to make it better."
A quick survey of other comments, predictions and readers' polls from international fightsport websites and magazines also points to Schilt as the favorite. But as any long-time K-1 fan will tell you -- once the bell rings, anything can happen!
The K-1 World Grand Prix Final 07 kicks off at 5:PM on December 8 at the Yokohama Arena. It will be broadcast live in Japan on the Fuji TV network, and delay-broadcast in some 130 countries around the world. For scheduling information contact local providers. Visit the K-1 Official Website (www.k-1.co.jp/k-1gp) for official results and comprehensive coverage of this and all K-1 events.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3rd, 2007, AT 9:20 PM, PT
Wins IKF Pro US Title
December 1st, 2007 - Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Zack Attack Day (Augusta, Georgia, USA 22-3, 8 KO's) took home the vacant IKF Pro FCR United States middleweight title this past Saturday night with a TKO victory (3 knockdown rule) in round 3 over fellow contender JJ Barnes (Kansas City, Missouri, USA 21-5, 17 KO's). Day dominated Barnes from the opening bell with several techniques that included front leg sweeps, overhand rights and body shots that simply took the fight out of Barnes.
Congratulations to the new IKF US Champion, Zack "Attack" Day!
Today we received an e-mail from IKF Super Heavyweight North American Champion Raoul Doucet of Hawkesbury, Ontario, Canada that he has officially retired from Kickboxing.
Doucet won his IKF title on April 26th, 2003 in Glenville, West Virginia, USA when he defeated Mike Sheppard of Palestine, West Virginia by unanimous decision. he defended the title on May 15th, 2004 in Simpsonville, South Carolina. The bout was stopped due to a nonintentional foul in round 9 of the scheduled 10 round bout when Doucet's knee was coming up on his kick and his challenger Ronnie Copeland ducked into it and his knee hit Copeland in the temple knocking him out. The bout decision went to the score cards where Doucet was ahead by unanimous decision. Judge Tony Gouge had it 87-84, Judge Randy Pogue had it 88-84 and Judge Paul Pearman had it 86-85, all for Doucet.
Doucet fight record was 15-4-1 with 7 wins by KO/TKO. "It sure has been a long road since my first tough man full contact fights in Michigan back in 1990-91 and my first amateur kickboxing fight of 1997 in Montreal." Said Raoul. "I would like to have a couple of my fights back and be able to have that IKF World title similar to the titles won by my initial inspiration to compete in this sport, Jean-Yves Therrieault."
Doucet had a shot at the IKF Pro Full Contact Rules Super Heavyweight World title when he met up with Mark Selbee on September 11th, 2004 in Atlanta Georgia, USA. Selbee stopped Doucet by Three Knockdown Rule at 1:09 of round 1. Selbee had announced his retirement from the sport in October of 2006 but has come back to fight for the WCL.
"However I am still very proud of my IKF North American title and Canadian titles. I thank my coaches over the years, Johny Mucciarone, Victor Therrieault, Costas Liakapoulos and Nabil Katib while on average about 90% of my workouts were done all alone. I'm surprised I had the motivation to get prepared for such fights. I also wish to thank the IKF and all promoters who allowed me to fight in nine states of the USA. I sure met wonderful people along the way...thank you." Raoul 'Axeman' Doucet
We wish you the best in your future Raoul. You have
proven to EVERYONE you meet, that you are a Champion both IN and
OUT of the ring.