FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th, 2007, AT 7:55 PM, PT
Warrior Fitness & Fight Promotions Presents
The wait is over, it's time to
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th, 2007, AT 11:50 PM, PT
The IKF and the (ISCFInternational Sport Combat Federation) would like to Thank Tim Lueckenhoff and the staff of the State of Missouri's Office of Athletics Department of Professional Regulations for accepting both the IKF and the ISCF as officially approved Amateur Sanctioning bodies for the State of Missouri earlier today.
A new Law in Missouri goes into effect this coming Monday. The new law requires all amateur sanctioning bodies to go through an official application and approval process to be allowed to sanction either MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) or Kickboxing in the State of Missouri. Sanctioning Bodies applying had to submit all documents to the State of Missouri's Office of Athletics Department of Professional Regulations to be approved. Sanctioning Body applications not received and approved by September 30th, 2007 will not be allowed to sanction events in Missouri until they become compliant. We here at the IKF and the ISCF look forward to another exciting year of both MMA and Kickboxing in the State of Missouri.
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-Martial arts mega-star featured on History Channel's hit documentary Series-
From Mike Afromowitz Strikeforce - www.strikeforceusa.net
Undefeated IKF World San Shou Kickboxing Champion and Strikeforce mixed martial arts superstar, Cung Le (20-0), will be featured during a segment of The Human Weapon, The History Channel's hit martial arts documentary series, on Friday. Le's appearance on the 9th episode of the 17 part weekly series, will showcase the 34-year-old middleweight (185 lb. limit) knockout artist as he educates co-hosts Jason Chambers and Bill Duff in powerful kicking techniques as the pair attempt to learn the various components of mixed martial arts by visiting several, top training sites in California and Las Vegas, Nevada.
"Cung was a perfect fit for this episode because he's one of the premiere MMA fighters," said Christie Elwin, Post Producer for Jupiter Entertainment, the production outfit behind The Human Weapon series. "Kicking is an essential part of MMA and Cung is one of the best in the world when it comes to this. He's amazing to watch when he competes."
Episode 9 of The Human Weapon will premiere on The History Channel at 10 PM EST (7 PM PST) on Friday. Le's appearance on the show comes seven years after The Discovery Channel premiere of On The Inside Of Chinese Martial Arts, a documentary program that chronicles Le's journey to become the top pound for pound fighter in the world.
Over the last several years, Le's kickboxing bouts and K-1 Superfights have been showcased repeatedly on both ESPN and ESPN2. During the same span of time, he has graced the covers of nearly every major martial arts magazine including the two top selling monthly publications, Black Belt and Inside Kung-Fu. Last month, Black Belt named Le as Kung Fu Artist Of The Year.
On June 22nd, Le notched a career-best performance by stopping longtime mixed martial arts warrior, Tony "The Freak" Fryklund, in the third round of their highly-anticipated meeting during "Shamrock vs. Baroni," the first live SHOWTIME PPV mixed martial arts event in history.
Le will be a guest at Strikeforce's highly-anticipated mixed martial arts event at The Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California this Saturday. The first-ever mixed martial arts event at the world-famous home of entertainment mogul Hugh Hefner, "Strikeforce At The Mansion" will feature 12 world-class bouts and treat all of its guests to a buffet style gourmet dinner; top-shelf open bar; and a wine tasting party. Various celebrities and Playboy Playmates will be on hand to enjoy the historic extravaganza.
Cung won his IKF Light Heavyweight Pro San Shou World Title on December 15th, 2001 in San Jose, California when he defeated Shoni Carter of Chicago, Illinois, USA by unanimous decision. Le also promotes a yearly IKF Sanctioned Kickboxing event in San Jose, California every year known as "Born to Fight". For more info on this event go to www.BornToFight.com - For more info on Cung Le, go to www.CungLe.com
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th, 2007, AT 10:45 PM, PT
IKF Welcomes Two New Directors - Promoters
Keith Nathan & Tricia McKeary
It's been a slow but organized process as the IKF rebuilds it's strength in Europe. The IKF Europe Team has already had some prominent individuals join the Team such as Neil Holden, Duncan Arlie James, Colin Payne and Carl Sams but it is now known that Keith "Pele" Nathan and Patricia McKeary of Manchester England have just been added as IKF Junior Directors who will also be involved in adult fights as well. Patricia (Right) holds the WAKO and ISKA British Thai Boxing titles along with the WAKO Pro Commonwealth title. She holds a fight record of 17-7-1.
To many, Keith "Pele" Nathan (Left) needs no introduction. His titles include the ITBF World Title, WKA Title, WAKO Title, British Champion and many other British, Area & National Titles. His fight record was an impressive 47-6. He has trained many World, European and British Champions such as Frankie Hudders, Kevin Harper, Warren Brown, Ashley Guishard, Mary Hart, Lisa Howarth, Jonny Roye, Trisha McKeary, Gavin Sterritt, Steve Holt, The Riley Twins, Charlotte Thompkinson, Amy Thompkinson, Rebecca Maxwell, Pete Dwan, Richard Jones, Steven Jones, Richard Weston, Ewart Liburd, Leroy Atkinson, Morris Riley and Glen Skellhorn.
World Champion Ronnie Green, Pele's friend, got him into Thaiboxing. He used to play a lot of football, he was football mad, that's where he got his nickname 'Pele'. He actually did a trial for Manchester City. He was always getting injured and being kicked and bruised. Ronnie said, 'look at me I'm fighting in the ring and I'm not getting as injured as you are - Why don't you come and train with me in Muay Thai.' This was at Master Toddy's gym in Manchester. At first he actually went to the gym to teach Judo because he did a lot of Judo at the time, but Judo went out of the window when Pele fell in love with Thai boxing. When he first saw it he loved it.
Pele has had a long and prestigious career originally trained by Master Toddy in Manchester, he then went on to train with Master Chana in Preston. Early in his career Pele met dutch stars Andre Brillerman, Fred Royers and Orlando Weit, Then Thailands Fanta and Sitisat, Pele's fist major title success was in 1991 when he challenged for the IMF (International Muay Thai Federation) World Title. He faced Thailands Kitisak under full muay thai rules which allows kness and elbows to the head. The match was staged in London and was broadcast live to Thailand by Thai TV and later aired on Sky Sports. Pele defended Kitisak by a unanimous points decision to win the championship belt. In 1994 Pele was invited to Moscow in Russia to challenge Russian Hardman Valery Kulubaba for the WKA World Thaiboxing title. In front of 15,000 spectators at the Moscow Olympic Stadium Pele battered Kulubala stopping him in the third round. The fight was broadcast by Russian national TV to an audience of millions. Later the Russian promoters called Pele a bone-crushing machine and added "We won't be inviting him back to Moscow".
After his third world title he decided to stop. He already had a club running at Sale West Thai-boxing club (in Cheshire) whilst he was still fighting and ran it for fifteen years, it was a very successful club and produced a lot of champions.
The name Beastmaster came from one of his students from Leeds. He used to get lots and lots of people knocking on the gym door asking him to train them. They'd been training in Thai-boxing elsewhere and wanted Pele to polish them up and finish them off, then he would turn them out as better fighters who even if they got beat, always looked good, they were defeated in style, no tempers and no tantrums, so hence the name 'Beastmaster'. Several years ago Pele decided to go full-time with it, before then it had only been part-time, He decided to be a full-time martial arts instructor. He got a New place in Altrincham, (in Cheshire) opened up there, and called the gym 'Beastmaster Gym' from the nick-name that had been given to him. He had a new gym with a new name in a new town, Pele looked upon it as a blank sheet of paper to start again "doing it my way, in my style."
Pele has trained many fighters who have go on to become champions in their own right. One of his first would be Mary Hart who became the World WPKL - (World Professional Kickboxing League) Thai-boxing Champion. She's still fighting and currently holds the WKA European title now as well. Amy Tomkinson has been with Pele since she was six years old. She's now fourteen and has thirteen championship belts so far, nearly a decade down the line she still has the hunger for it. Warren Brown was already a World Champion when he came to Pele's gym, but recognized that Pele's skills could improve him further, that says a lot for his character. He came to Pele's as a WAKO Pro World Champion and he's achieved another World title since joining Pele. Pele's also trained Frankie Udders, who's recently won an ISKA World title. Also Kevin Harper who won the WKA World title. Rebecca Maxwell, she won a junior world title at a young age which she kept. She's never been beaten, she's nearly sixteen now. Then there's Gavin Sterritt who's a European champion and of course, Patricia McCarey.
Both Pele and Patricia are Great additions to an already Strong IKF Team. The knowledge and experience this Team has from Fighters to Promoters will surly bring more prestige to the IKF World Team! There is yet one more big name we hope to announce soon to add to this already GREAT TEAM. After that, it's time to focus on a Great Future of IKF Kickboxing around the World!
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Sharing IKF In Singapore
IKF Malaysia and Singapore Representative Andre Thomas (Left & Right) of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia is getting geared up to do more IKF Kickboxing Instructor Courses in Singapore with RML Fitness. Check out the Great Promo on You-Tube by clicking HERE!
The program entitled "IKF Fight Class" comes with an Official IKF Fight Class Certification for Instructor. All certified instructors will be linked back to a page here on the IKF site for confirmation of their certification in the course. Due to such high demand, this same certification may soon be available here in North America. Although nothing has been confirmed yet, Thomas's program is a "Winner" that can be adopted in any country. We hope to have more info on it all soon.
Andre comes from a strong, disciplined martial arts background of at least 20 years. His training came in a varied form of martial arts, for example, Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu, Boxing and Kickboxing. Much of this training was conducted overseas, in England and Australia with the majority of that time being spent with the Choy Lee Fut Federation of Australia.
This also included five years of Boxing training with The Boxing Association of UNSW, Australia. Over the past ten years, Andre has successfully competed in several full contact Kung Fu tournaments and Kickboxing Championships and has held several titles. Returning home 4 years ago, he noticed a void in the martial arts world in Malaysia. There were, of course, the strictly disciplined arts, ( taekwondo, karate, etc. ) however, a full-contact Kickboxing circuit / school was non-existent in Malaysia. He decided it was time to introduce Malaysians to the World of Kickboxing - and thus TNT Kickboxing was founded.
Having realized that there were no martial arts schools or training grounds that were properly regulated, accredited or run under specific International rules, Andre sought to achieve the highest possible International recognition for TNT Kickboxing. Andre is the IKF Representative for Malaysia now as well as Singapore. TNT Kickboxing and his trainers are all accredited, sanctioned and certified by the IKF.
In July 2001, after several years of hard work, planning and determination, Andre was responsible for bringing the First World Title Kickboxing Championship to Malaysia. It also provided Malaysians a first time opportunity to showcase their talent in the amateur kickboxing arena. It was a dream that finally materialized, and was the highlight of the year. The fight featured multi time IKF Champion Dave "The Madman" Marinoble of Roseville, CA, USA against the 'Then' IKF Pro FCR Middleweight World Champion, Tommy Kimber of Massachusetts.
Marinoble (Pictured at left and on the left at right facing Kimber at the press Conference before the Event) took the IKF World Title from Kimber by TKO at 1:08 of the 8th round. The event was in Kuala Limpur Malaysia at the Shah Alam Stadium.
To this day TNT Kickboxing remains the one and only martial arts school in Malaysia to be acknowledged by any worldwide establishment such as the IKF.
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HAS THIS MAN DONE?
The question is,
"What has John Greubel (R) of Augusta, Georgia, USA done that no other fighters has?"
Well yes, there was the most devastating and quickest spinning backhand we have ever seen at this years 2007 IKF World Classic when Greubel unloaded on Rolando Luna of Dalton, Georgia, USA in their Championship bout. Yes, the result was a KNOCK OUT victory at 38 seconds into the first round... but that's not the answer.
No it wasn't what he did at last years 2006 IKF World Classic when he won the Super Lightweight IR Title when he defeated Jessy Jimenez of Camp Verde, Arizona, USA by Unanimous decision 30-27, 29-28 & 29-28. It wasn't his victory at the 2004 IKF North American Classic either where he defeated Matthew Thomas of Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA by unanimous decision 30-26, 30-26 & 30-27 to win the FCR Super Welterweight Title.
And sorry, but it wasn't his victory at the 2003 IKF USA Nationals over Marcelo Bezon of Wavonda, Illinois, USA by majority decision 28-28, 29-27, 29-27 to win him the FCR Welterweight title. And no it wasn't his win at the 2001 IKF USA Nationals either over Jason Kuhn of Douglasville, Georgia. Although that win was pretty exciting considering at the end of 3 rounds it was 29-27 Greubel, 28-28 even and 28-28 even. So they had to fight an extra "Overtime" round which Greubel won a Split decision on 2 of the 3 judges cards. Exciting... But no, that wasn't it...
Come on now, it wasn't that win at the 2000 IKF USA Nationals either! Sure, he fought an incredible fight when he won a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) victory over Mario Williams of Calumet City, Illinois...for the Light welterweight title at age 16... Give up?
Well, after his brother Mark Greubel became a Champion at the very first IKF USA Nationals in 1999 when he defeated KC Giwa of Bloomington Minnesota by Split decision, 29-28, 29-28, 28-29 to win the IKF FCR Light Welterweight title, John decided he needed to follow in his brothers footsteps... Mark went on to win yet another IKF tournament title, but John.... Well, he followed all right, but he also travelled a little farther.
Did you bother to count as we walked you through it all? John Greubel has won more IKF Tournament titles than any other fighter! Greubel has won a record SIX IKF Tournament titles, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006 & 2007... count em... SIX! John also has a PERFECT amateur record of 21-0 to go with it all.
Oh and lets not forget, John and his brother Mark also run a very successful, not to mention, AWESOME martial arts school in Georgia, but don't take our word for it, check it out at their web site at www.GreubelsMMA.com
What has he got planned for the future? Well, he hopes to land a spot on Chuck Norris' new fight league, the WCL, World Combat League. lets hope he does so we can all watch him on TV! Good luck John.
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Plenty of "Dragon Action" on TV this week! Several movies of former IKF World Champion Don "The Dragon" Wilson will be on TV this week so don't miss the Action! Here are the air dates and times for the next two weeks.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th, 2007, AT 7:00 PM, PT
"Midwest Fight Fest"
September 22nd, 2007 - St. Louis, Missouri, USA
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th, 2007, AT 4:00 PM, PT
Superfoot Vs The Dragon!
OK, it never did happen. (Don's Fight record) But what if it did? What a great fight it would have been! The photo at right was when the #1 contender (Don "The Dragon" Wilson) and the Champion (Bill "Superfoot" Wallace) did a sparring exhibition. Check out that "GUN" on Bill's right arm! Although he was known for his "Leg!" And Wilson, was simply known for winning "11 World Titles!"
Over the years there were a lot of great fights that many in the fight game as well as the fans "Wished" would have happened. some that come to mind were Dennis Alexio Vs Rick Roufus in a full contact rule style match-up. This has probably been the most talked about "I wish they would have fought" bouts in history. It's also the one so many have brought up to us over the years.
There were several offers put on the table, the last being in 1999, but it just never happened. Alexio retired a few years back but Rick is still in the ring. Makes you wonder, if it happened.... Who would have won that bout?
How many other "What if" bouts are out there? Countless! Here is another one that comes to mind...
How many more can you think of? Answer up on the message board on this topic by clicking HERE!
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A Statement From
IKF UK Full Contact Directors
Colin Payne & Carl Sams
It has by now been made public that we have been appointed by Mr. Steve Fossum as the United Kingdom (UK) Directors responsible for Full Contact representing the International Kickboxing Federation. This has come about following lengthy discussions and negotiations with both Steve and IKF Europe Director Neil Holden. It's a step we have not taken lightly but is one that excites both of us.
With gossip and rumor being rife in any sport, but particularly ours, we wanted to make public our reasons for doing so and to make clear our intentions for the future. Intentions that we would openly admit have been influenced by some of the recent debate on the internet with regards to British Full Contact.
Our biggest disappointment is that we weren't able to secure enough commitment from the other sanctioning bodies to form a 'Board of control' and believe us, we tried! For the time being we can see that this is not going to happen so we have done the next best thing within our capabilities.
We (along with others it must be said) have long felt that a change in direction was needed for our sport in this country. It has been held back by the never ending fight, it would seem, for supremacy of the sanctioning bodies, each one looking to establish domestic control, but with very little hope of doing so. Well minded and well meaning bodies & individuals are forever locked in a battle for the 'business' that is out there.
Domestic titles have ceased to mean anything in our sport, fighters have 4, 5 sometimes 6 titles! The ever growing number belittling each of them by the fact that the more there are, the harder it is to find the real champions. This has been made even more obvious to us by the way in which the independent rankings have been accepted by the vast majority of people in the sport. The big fights the sport needs are taking place, fighters want to be number 1 and that has surpassed for most, the desire to obtain a further title.
There has also been a move towards a clear amateur/pro structure in the sport. This certainly needs to be moved forward and this was further highlighted with some of the heated debate recently regarding the 'amateur' status of some fighters. For the long term development of the sport the establishing and acceptance of the difference between the two is for us vital. Simply put, the better the amateurs, the better the pros.
Having expressed our views on the sport in THIS country (England) and what we see as pretty standard needs for the progression here (that go beyond political ambition). Steve Fossum and the IKF have supported us wholeheartedly. This goes beyond what would be called the normal association/representative relationship. Most reps see the promoting/sanctioning of as many title fights as possible as the way to go. Each one further spreading the influence of the association that they work for. We have no wish to repeat the failings of the past and together with the IKF will adopt a different policy and agenda here in the UK. The IKF will work to support a strong independent British based organization whilst giving it the much needed support of a major international association.
We have no wish to repeat the failings of the past and together with the IKF will adopt a different policy and agenda here in the UK.
The IKF will NOT sanction ANY domestic professional Full Contact title fights in the UK. They will support totally the work of the Independent British Kickboxing Ratings to establish the true contenders for the International titles sanctioned by the IKF, one of the PREMIER kickboxing sanctioning bodies.
The IKF has one of the few, in fact we believe the ONLY established and working (that is ones not just updated once a year!) set of International Rankings, and through the British Independent Rankings, British fighters will be ranked only through results and achievement, not because of political affiliation or because they just happen to be linked to a promoter who sanctions through them. We will not be repeating the recent trend that has appeared of a 'major opportunity' being offered to a fighter who just happens to be linked to a promoter who has recently gone on board with an organization. We realize this could make our 'business' slow, but quality will be the foremost factor in those decisions and whatever the initials we believe that is in the best interests of the sport here.
So, no British Champion??... Well for now we believe that the title has become worthless and for the time being has become unnecessary. We recognize this is possibly a controversial idea, but we feel strongly that the title madness has got to stop sooner or later. Can it be right for nearly EVERY town/gym to have a 'champion'? When you have countless 'pretend champions' (and please we mean no disrespect here but it has to be said) is it any wonder that our true PREMIER fighters such as John Orchard, Fran Zuccala, etc etc (we have deliberately not mentioned more to avoid upsetting anyone) are not the superstars they should be. The average guy that actually goes to kickboxing would probably struggle to name more than just 2 or 3 of our true top fighters, and yet can probably reel off the names of most of the top fighters in UFC. If 'our fans' have trouble, what about the poor guy in the street?
We will be encouraging good quality professional fights pure and simple, that will create true competition for being number 1 rather than for the attainment of titles that if truths be known have very little meaning. (Bear in mind that today there are probably as many as 10 Southern area champions alone in some divisions and this is not the biggest country in the world!)
The IKF has a clear and distinct amateur structure that we in the UK will work to support. We will in the near future be working on the first set of rankings for amateurs that has been produced for the UK. Working within their guidelines there will be domestic titles but all amateur title fights will be strictly that, AMATEUR. NO fighter proven to have fought under generally accepted professional rules will be allowed to fight for them. We will work towards establishing a clear amateur structure with which to produce better professional fighters.
We believe we have a unique opportunity to take on board the needs of the British Full Contact community and that's ultimately why we have made this decision, although of course it will be for others to judge whether we are correct in this belief. Because we can forgo the 'business' targets which are probably the main cause of compromising the standards, we can continue freely to work on the much needed industry requirements WITH the backing of a worldwide association. We feel that we have proven our commitment to that with what we have already achieved and negotiations with IKF have been secured specifically with the aim to compliment what we already have started and to continue to raise the standards of British Kickboxing.
Finally having said all the above, we really would like to extend a professional handshake to the other bodies. The last thing we want is another industry split. The board of control may not be happening for the moment but there is no reason for good relations not to continue. Cooperation rather than competition would be far more beneficial to the whole of kickboxing. We appreciate and accept that the agenda of some organizations and governing bodies differs from ours, but so long as integrity remains intact, cooperation is possible. It is those who lack code and integrity that we would seek to distance ourselves from.
Rankings and Possible Conflict of
We realize that people will question our involvement with both the 'INDEPENDENT' rankings and representatives of a sanctioning body. Well, with no titles to sanction (professionally) we do not see the conflict. Also our colleagues in the rankings Neil Kelly and Mark Gibbs have no obligation to the IKF and no matter what happens, Neil & Mark will retain an independent position for what they do within the rankings. We anticipate that further people will be invited to help us with this task, and involvement with the IKF, or any other body for that matter will have no bearing on that.
We have stated this here as a matter of record. We welcome anyone of any capacity to contact us direct if they have any comments or questions. Our respective e-mail addresses are, Colin Payne: email@example.com and Carl Sams: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Getting A Jump On
IKF World Classic PKB Registrations!
Registration Now Open For 2008 IKF World Classic Point Kickboxing Tournament!
Early registration is requested
September 24, 2007: IKF World Classic Point Kickboxing registration is now open. The event will be held on July 18th, 19th & 20th, 2008 in Orlando, Florida at the outstanding World Marriott Center... the Largest Marriott in the World! Like the Full Contact Kickboxing divisions this years Semi contact, point kickboxing will have open registration and you will be able to see how many people are in your division. We wanted you to know up front who is in your division so that you know that you will more than likely have competition if you attend to the event...barring last minute injury etc.
Moreover, you will be able to move to another division if for some reason your first choice is not available. Therefore, we want you to sign up as early as possible if you are even thinking about attending the mega event for Kickboxing! Don't wait to see who's there because someone else may be waiting too. The only way to assure that someone is in your division is for you to sign up first! Click the PKB Logo at left to Register.
IKF Point Kickboxing was presented as an exhibition style this past year as several champions emerged and were really tested as the competition heated up! Many who witnessed IKF /PKB for the first time found out that this semi contact competition is real minus the knockouts as they are not allowed. But IKF /PKB is a big challenge for those who try it...be it- beginner or advanced fighters. The comments and popularity of the 2007 Tournament assures us that many more will come from around the world as they did from country's like Canada, Egypt and across the United States. We hope to see you there this year...in shape and ready to do battle!
Some of the 2007 Champions have said they will be returning to recapture their 2008 Championship, and it's only up to you to change this course! Bring It On and sign up early! It's going to be a great 10th Anniversary Celebration for the 2008 IKF World Classic!
For more information contact IKF /PKB World Director Johnny Davis by email at email@example.com or by calling (916) 205-4762.
For more info on the 2008
IKF World Classic!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st, 2007, AT 8:15 PM, PT
THIS WEEKENDS IKF ACTION!
Shamrock Promotions Presents
"Midwest Fight Fest
St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 63026
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Mark Matthews & Neil Holden's
IKF/AKA Championship Kickboxing!
A.K.A. England in partnership with Warrington Kickboxing Studio staged their fifth event of the 2007 season. The venue for this competition was THE PARR HALL, in Warrington, Cheshire, England. The top of the billing for this event were three international titles. These were the IKF World Super-Middleweight Title, the IKF Inter-Continental Middleweight Title and a ladies IKF Commonwealth Featherweight title bout.
International bouts represented England vs India, England vs Iran and England vs Poland. making up the remainder of the event were athletes that travelled from across the United Kingdom, to make up an exciting support card that featured several national titles.
This competition was organized thanks to the support of the official 2007 sponsor of the A.K.A. 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 International Kickboxing Federation for his support of the new IKF Europe Team.
All bouts were fought under the AKA/IKF European Open Scoring rules with open scoring. To learn more about these rules Click HERE. Here are the event results below.
Steve Hogan is the official photographer for the Amateur Kickboxing Association of England. His website has photos online ready to view, showing all of the days action. Please take a few minutes to view the action on this website. All athletes that competed on the event, have a free photo that they can order from Steve Hogan. This was paid as part of the entry fee. Go to www.SHOGAN63.com. and click "Sports Events".
For 2008, Holden and the rest of the IKF Europe Team and IKF World Headquarters are already planning for the first ever, IKF European Amateur Grand Prix Championships Tournament. This will be a European version of the IKF World Classic Grand Prix Tournament held annually in the USA. This years IKF World Classic will be in July. The IKF European Amateur Grand Prix will be an open event that will feature athletes from across Europe competing in their favored rule styles of Open Scoring Rules (OSR), Muay Thai Rules (MTR), Full Contact Rules (FCR) and international rules (IR).
Holden's next IKF event will be on the 8th of December in Birmingham, England promoted by Steve Logan. The event will feature England vs Holland and Italy. The main event will feature the IKF Amateur OSR, World Middleweight Champion, Graham Sayer of Warrington England against Fillipo Cala of Italy in a defense of Sawyer's IKF World Middleweight title
For more info contact Mr. Neil Holden at U.K. : 07973 - 43 - 18 - 18 or by e-mail at NARHolden@aol.com or go to www.AKA-England.org
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Colin Payne & Carl Sams
To Head Up IKF Leadership In
This past June the IKF Announced the first part of the new IKF Leadership in the United Kingdom, Neil Holden (Left). Today we are proud to announce the remainder of the IKF United Kingdom (UK) Team, along with Holden who will actually organize the IKF throughout Europe. Please welcome to the IKF World Team, Colin Payne & Carl Sams. Payne and Sams will hold the official titles of Full Contact co-Directors for the United Kingdom.
Soon they will be announcing 2 IKF sanctioned full contact events to be held before the end of the year with several dates already in place for 2008. The strong addition of these three top names will assist with the Official IKF World Rankings with regards to British fighters as well as any other fighters around the world that they are aware of.
"We do not see our job as solely to push the claims of British fighters but any that we feel are worthy of ranking." Said Payne. "This in turn will strengthen them even further. No other sanctioning body has the working set of rankings that the IKF does and we will do all we can to improve them even further."
In addition, as Holden has already done with the new Open Scoring Rules, Payne and Sams are also working with IKF Headquarters to create the new amateurs British rankings which will be followed with other detailed rankings for Full Contact style fighting. Their plans do not stop at the UK boarders though. "We will also be working through our European contacts to promote the IKF on mainland Europe." said Payne.
Europe's situation with sanctioning bodies is much like it is here in the USA or anywhere in the world for that matter. While the IKF and a few other larger sanctioning bodies sanction events across the globe, many smaller sanctioning bodies are found in small geographical areas. The situation in the UK as well as in other regions of the world is such that there are no restriction on any and all sanctioning bodies to claim they are a sanctioning body. Although some would applaud this freedom such as promoters who have their own sanctioning bodies, it does have it's downfalls, such as too many unrecognized Champions and a dilution of the sport. This has lead to a situation in England for example, where there are more sanctioning bodies than any other country and when you bear in mind that the UK is less in size than that of many USA states, it has inevitably led to a situation where no one body has any strength across the country and most have just high activity in very small geographical areas. The goal of the IKF is to unite the sport as was done with the IKF Leadership in the United Kingdom, spreading it among three prominent leaders.
A strong part of Colin Payne & Carl Sams history has been their establishment of the British Independent Kickboxing Ratings, which have now been in place for 2 years and have gradually been given increased backing by all the main players in the sport, particularly by the fighters. The ratings are now published every month in FIGHTERS Magazine, the leading combat sports magazine in the UK. The IKF will be fully supporting the British Independent Kickboxing Ratings, to help create a more honest and true ranking system for the sport and to enhance the Official IKF World Rankings as well.
"We would like to see a strong and well structured sanctioning body, which the IKF certainly is, as being an international support network for the sport in this country." says Payne. This is exactly what the IKF plans to do for those in the United Kingdom as well as for those in other parts of the world. To serve as a central location for the sport of Kickboxing.
A Little About Our New
Along with Carl and with the involvement of highly respected UK Kickboxing figures Neil Kelly and Mark Gibbs he has helped to implement the British Independent Kickboxing Ratings, the first set of ratings in the UK that were not attached to any particular sanctioning body. By using the structure and stability that the rankings have brought to the UK kickboxing scene, he now believes that with the backing of a major worldwide sanction body such as the IKF that this can only help to move the Full Contact sport forward in the UK and provide greater exposure for the top fighters.
Carl Sams (Right) has been involved in the martial arts for over 20 years and is the Chief Instructor at the renowned Bulldog Gym. The gym has been producing world class fighters for many years including World Champions Trevor Ambrose, John Orchard & Janine Davis.
Originally a Thai Boxer, Carl has chosen to represent the code of Full Contact in this instance but his versatility and well rounded outlook take him into the areas of Muay Thai, Kickboxing & MMA where he trains, promotes and officiates. As a businessman he owns the Bulldog Sports Martial Arts & Boxing Equipment outlets and as a promoter his "Absolute Adrenaline" fightsport brand has been running for over 15 years and is one of the most successful in the country, being recognized across Europe as one of the premier brands for Kickboxing, Thai Boxing & MMA.
Within full contact he is committed, along with Colin Payne and their various associates, to establishing the industry by re-building a solid foundation that can be built on for the future. He believes that the British Independent Kickboxing Ratings system supported by a market leading World body is the way forward and will significantly contribute to the development of Full Contact in the UK. Additionally he intends to work closely with European contacts in order to make the UK the gateway into mainland Europe for the IKF.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th, 2007, AT 11:50 PM, PT
Women & Children First!
It may seem like a slow few weeks with news, and we apologize for that. However, we assure you all that we have been very busy here with work finalizing the IKF World Classic venue contracts and many other things related to next years 10th Anniversary Tournament.
Adding to all this, we have been working on the massive task of adjusting all the Amateur Rankings to the new Amateur weight classes as introduced at this years IKF World Classic. (Click Here to see them). Less divisions means more competition for the weightclass titles.
We have also started the long and tedious process of updating all the Amateur rankings to reflect results from this years 2007 IKF World Classic. So far all the Children's (Boys & Girls) rankings along with the Women's rankings have all been done. Friday we hope to complete all the Men's rankings. To find the Rankings pages, Click Here.
We still plan to post our IKF Europe news this week so be patient, it's surly coming!
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th, 2007, AT 11:50 PM, PT
Planning Ahead To
Bring It ON!
The Location for The 10th Anniversary of The IKF Tournament Is Announced!
"A World Class Venue for a World Class event." Those were the words several said when discussing this years 2007 IKF World Classic venue in Orlando Florida. Special guest and former 11 time kickboxing World Champion Don "The Dragon" Wilson said it was not only the nicest resort hotel he has ever seen, but the 2007 IKF World Classic was the most impressive and most organized Kickboxing Tournament he has ever attended, and Wilson has truly travelled the World. Don has already accepted to once again be a special guest at the 2008 IKF World Classic.
Over the last month we have been sorting through nearly 100 location proposals and speaking with many more locations that were in the running for the 10th Anniversary, 2008 IKF World Classic Tournament. In keeping with past years, we wanted to top the location of this years event or at the very least, one that would equal it. Well, you may have guessed by now that it just didn't happen...
Although the Midwest is central to us here in the USA, and a much shorter drive for us here at the IKF (1,500 miles shorter), our future is to assure the IKF World Classic is indeed, a Prestigious "WORLD" Championship event. As the saying goes, "With great power comes great responsibility." The purpose is to assure one does not abuse that power. Our Power is within the massive Team effort that it takes to host this event for what will be in 2008, it's 10th straight year. The Responsibility comes in assuring it stays a World Class event for Amateur kickboxing, as it has been for the last 9 years.
As many know, the IKF World Classic (Many refer to it still as 'The Nationals') has become a "Who's Who of Amateur kickboxing in America and North America and now the WORLD! As the last three years have proven, it's also been a place that former World Champions like to go to help support the sport they love. it's not uncommon at all to see many World Champions in attendance, many who are given the honor and privilege of awarding the Champions awards at the end of some of the Championship bouts. It IKF World Classic is indeed "THE TRUE" elite amateur kickboxing event in the World for "AMATEURS ONLY!"
Starting as a special exhibition sport at this years Classic, IKF Point Kickboxing will be a full tournament rule style in 2008 and it will surly be an exciting addition to this already prestigious event. This is a TRUE AMATEUR Kickboxing Tournament and with those outlines, it's the Largest AMATEUR ONLY Kickboxing tournament today for "REAL" Kickboxers!
So without any more delays, click the poster below for the winning location of the 10th Anniversary of the IKF World Classic Amateur Kickboxing Championships, we hope to see you all there because it's going to be a Glorious Event!
SORRY, BUT YOU WILL HAVE TO WAIT TILL TOMORROW...
Will Have To Make Headlines
Although we said yesterday that we had some big IKF Europe News coming today, the building of the 38 web pages for the 2008 IKF World Classic took longer than we thought... So, we must apologize to all of you for not being able to bring you the results and announcements of the new Champions of Mark Matthews & Neil Holden's /AKA Championship Kickboxing event tomorrow.
We also apologize for not being able to finish the story about our official announcement and welcome of England's power Team of Colin Payne & Carl Sams and their new leadership positions to head up IKF Leadership In Europe With Neil Holden. Sorry for this delay, but both will be worth the wait!
FRIDAY, September 14th, 2007, AT 10:00 PM, PT
THIS WEEKENDS IKF ACTION!
Mark Matthews / Neil Holden Present
"IKF CHAMPIONSHIP KICKBOXING"
Amateur OSR World
Graham Sayer ( Warrington ) vs Rajeet Singh ( India )
Amateur OSR World
Chris Heath ( Warrington ) vs *Ilhami Isiktan ( Turkey )
(*) Awaiting Confirmation for Isiktan
Inter-Continental Middleweight Title
Darren Langthorne ( Sedgefield ) vs Mohamviad Rahmati ( Iran)
Amateur OSR Ladies
European Featherweight Title
Paige Farrington ( Warrington) vs Sukran Teba Onar ( Turkey )
(*) Awaiting Confirmation for Sukran Teba Onar
Amateur OSR British
Cruiserweight Title Defence
Defending Champion, Gavin Rogerson ( Leigh ) vs Carlos Dait ( Altrincham )
Amateur OSR British
Light Cruiserweight Title
Paul Quayle ( Warrington ) vs Robbie Harrison ( Tee-Side )
Amateur OSR English
Featherweight Title Defence
Defending Champion, Leif Taggart ( Tee-Side ) vs Dale Turton ( Leigh )
Amateur OSR English
Ben Holguin ( Warrington ) vs Ross Ridpath ( Cornwall )
Amateur OSR British
Mark Platts ( Newcastle ) vs Jamie Muldowney ( Tee-Side )
MORE INFO AT
For More Info Contact Mr. Neil Holden at U.K. : 07973 - 43 - 18 - 18 or by e-mail at NARHolden@aol.com
TUESDAY, September 11th, 2007, AT 1:00 AM, PT
We here at the IKF Stand Silent Today For Those Lost and Those Remembered On 9-11-01
Where were you when the
world stop turning on that September day
From the Song, "WHERE WERE YOU" by Alan Jackson
WEDNESDAY, September 5th, 2007, AT 9:25 PM, PT
IKF Europe - England Representative Neil Holden (Right) has just announced his new IKF-AKA England Rankings. To see them all, CLICK HERE!
While Neil Holden keeps moving forward on all the IKF Europe growth for Muay Thai, we will soon be announcing who is handling the Full Contact Rule Style in Europe. We have a lot of great news to announce associated with this years new and exciting growth for IKF Europe which will be announced here within the next 2 weeks!
This news will surly shock many of those who left the IKF for what they were sold by others that was to be a better organization to work with. However, as others have discovered in the past, the grass was not at all greener on the other side... In fact, it was pretty brown.
Many of these former IKF people have expressed that they have been greatly let down by what they were told was a "Better Organization to work with" and many want to come back and be a part of the newly structured IKF Europe. You think things are looking better with Neil Holden's work so far... Wait till you hear what we will be announcing next... Look out UK... The IKF is back with a KNOCKOUT!