July 27th, 2008, AT 1:55 PM/PST
IKF World Classic
Slowly but surly the final results of the 2008 IKF World Classic are being entered into the 2008 results page. So far all the Junior and Women's results have been posted and we are working on the Adult Men's results.
This was a record breaking year in a lot of areas for the Annual IKF Tournament. We will have loads of stats for you when Mr. Fossum returns from their East Coast tour along with photos and stories. So for now, keep checking the results page for the 2008 IKF World Classic as we continue to update all the results.
The 2008 RESULTS
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MORE FIGHT NEWS
Don "The Dragon" Wilson
Meets Turkish Fans
Turkish Daily News
From the IKF World Classic in Florida, USA to Turkey!
The seminar was held in one of the sports club's exercise rooms and started at 7:PM. It attracted a number of kickboxing fans, several of them in gear, who later took the opportunity to be photographed with Wilson.
Born in 1954, Wilson has an impressive kickboxing career record, having accumulated a substantial number of titles and awards since the late '70s. "My sidekick and my defense are the two things that separate me from other fighters," he told the audience. He gave the audience tips on punching and technique and then gave a demonstration of his famed kick. He said that, though some say he is the only one who can pull off the kick that carried him to so many victories, he believes anyone can do it.
Wilson's film career had its debut in the 1989 film "Say Anything" where he played an unnamed sparring partner. He went on to star in the martial arts movie "Bloodfist," released later the same year. "Bloodfist" grew into a franchise of films, all starring Wilson, the latest of which, "Bloodfist VIII: Trained to Kill," was released in 1996. He starred in several other movies, the most recent being 20, the 2007 film "The Last Sentinel."
He said that with his movie career it is hard to keep up with kickboxing, but added, "The fighters are getting better every year." Wilson did come out of retirement for a few matches. The latest, in 2002, he won, showing that at 47 he still retained his former excellence. When asked, Wilson said he would like to star in a movie set in Turkey and that he would want the Turks to be the good guys. "Of course, I'd want a Turkish leading lady," he added.
July 21st, 2008, AT 11:50 PM/PST
A Few Bumps...
A LOT Of Success!
For those who have attended the IKF World Classic in the past, you may know there have always been some internal bumps along the way. However, from the outside looking in, the the only thing two things those attending actually saw were some late starts and late nights. Although expected, the IKF didn't take the two late starts lightly. "The first unexpected bump was that the IKF Point Kickboxing (PKB) was more of a success than planned." Said IKF President Steve Fossum. "We thought we would start the bouts around 9 and be done by 11. However, with all the 'at event' registrations, this part of the tournament was an unexpected as well as exciting success." The extended PKB Tournament delayed the start of the regular tournament out of courtesy to several trainers who had fighters participating in the PKB. In addition, several regular IKF Officials were assisting with the expanded PKB Tournament.
This was in addition to what the majority of the attendees did not see. computer issues through the night kept IKF President Steve Fossum, Head of Officials Dan Stell and several staff up the entire night. This meat they had not slept since around 7:AM Friday morning. The computer issues delayed the posting of the fight brackets to about 9:AM Saturday morning, but this was just the beginning of a long weekend...
IKF PKB was an exhibition sport at the 2007 IKF World Classic but this year it was a fully scheduled event. "I can't be more excited for the PKB at this years event." Said IKF PKB President and two time professional kickboxing World Champion Johnny "Superfoot" Davis. "If this was any indication of the future for PKB we need to look into getting more space reserved for the future."
The success of this part of the tournament this year has indeed forced the IKF to start thinking about how much more room they will need in 2009 at the The Orlando World Center Marriott Resort. At this years event the IKF utilized over 37,000 square feet of space for the event. The main portion of the Grand Ballroom (Around 12,000 sq. ft.) housed the main event area with the two rings, spectators and merchandise vendor booths. (This is something else that grew a lot and could easily double if nit triple in 2009). Directly attached next to the main event area was the two main fighter dressing room and warm-up areas. This was another space of over 6,000 sq. ft. in size. The PKB venue was next door with again, over 6,000 sq. ft. Adding to this was another semi private fighter warm-up area that was another 12,000 sq. ft. in size. Fighters had plenty of room to spread their wings.
Having fighter room was great, however at about 11:AM on Saturday, the IKF was officially informed by the Marriott staff that the main venue room was now at, and we will quote, "Standing room only". Yes everyone, this was the first time the IKF Tournament had a "Crowd!" This was again, another unexpected "Bump" in the tournament that was quickly fixed by the excellent Marriott Staff by adding in more chairs.
Once the main tournament started on Saturday, which was just after 12 noon, the prelim bouts were loaded with tons of exciting action. However, the next unexpected bump came from a previous successful decision. Earlier in the registration stages the IKF decided to expand their fighter brackets past 8 fighters. Great for the many brackets that filled far past 8, but bad for the unexpected timing of the Saturday portion of the event.
With quite a few fights to go in their Saturday schedule, the IKF choose to air on the side of safety and stopped the competition around 10:PM with the plan to pick-up Saturdays schedule first thing in the morning. It was a decision that was applauded by nearly everyone and those who questioned it Saturday night made a point to thank the IKF Staff and inform them that they were thankful for the rest.
With the excitement of a planned earlier start time on Sunday to accommodate the extra bouts, it was that never ending attempt to please everyone that jinxed Sunday's schedule as well. In total, 19 fighters had asked for changes in their fight schedule so that they could make their scheduled plane flights. Eleven of those were made as the event was trying to start and the remainder kept coming throughout the day.
The changes caused internal problems mainly unnoticed to those in attendance, but frustrating for the IKF Staff which was forced to move entire divisions to accommodate one fighter. In doing so, they needed to attain approval from every fighter and trainer in the division of the requested change... Still, the IKF Officials kept moving forward to still try and "Please everyone", and by the time Championship Sunday ended around 8:PM, it was clear that had pretty much accomplished that duty... Again!
In the end, of the 241 fighters (Not counting the IKF PKB) still scheduled to show up at the event, 229 did. Of them, two did not make weight and one transferred to the IKF PKB. The final number of 227 did not break the 240 record set in 2005 at the Wyndham Palace in Orlando Florida but it clearly made a statement with a strong second to the 220 from 2004, again, at the Wyndham Palace in Orlando Florida.
Along with the 229 fighters, 110 additional trainers, staff and officials made up the 339 attendees to the special IKF Welcome Banquet dinner on Friday night. "This was something we received a lot of thanks for and turned out a lot better than expected for us all." Said Fossum. "It was suppose to only be something special for our 10 year anniversary but we are now considering it as an included part of the tournament from here forward."
As many know, Don "The Dragon" Wilson was the Tournament's Special Guest. However he and Johnny Davis were not the only superstars in the house over the weekend. Legendary World Champion Mike Bell was in attendance as well as two other legends in the sport of Kickboxing and Martial Arts. Both Joe Lewis and Bill Wallace dropped in to be a part of the action on Saturday and see the amateur fighters from around the world, "Walk the Walk!" Lewis had such a great time he was back on Sunday supporting the sport. It was simply the place to be for Kickboxing!
In all, 43 IKF World Classic Champions were crowned this past weekend. That number seems less because the division brackets were expanded in regards to weight and there were less "Two fighter" brackets as in the past. This was a SOLID event that saw thousands of dollars in awards go home around the world. Over and over again there was a phrase the IKF Staff heard from those in attendance, "Past the hype talking and the politics, the bottom line is, Nothing else comes close to the quality of the IKF World Classic!" This "IS THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR AMATEUR KICKBOXING!"
Drop the Gauntlet!
July 13th, 2008, AT 1:20 AM/PST
Hit The Road!
Truly tired from the final prep work by everyone here at the IKF, IKF Photographer and International Fight Belts director Glenn Berg (Left) and IKF President Steve Fossum know they have a mission to do "For Everyone!" In a few short hours they will be leaving IKF Headquarters, Excited about the Journey ahead. A 3,000 mile plus Journey from IKF Headquarters in Newcastle, California to the
This year they have added a new addition to their travel crew, the new International Fight Sports (IFS - www.IFightSports.com) trailer. It will be hard to miss them flying down the highway. The trailer is plastered with 6 different logos. The International Fight Sports logo along with the IKF Kickboxing logo, IKF Muay Thai, IKF Point Kickboxing, ISCF MMA and the IBL, International Battle League logo!
IFS is the parent company that Fossum is President and CEO of that oversees several fight sport companies from Sanctioning to Equipment, Promotion to Awards. To learn more about IFS go to www.IFightSports.com
Now that you know what they will look like driving back, if you see them, give them a wave and a honk! If you can catch them stopped or flag them down, who knows, maybe you can get a free hat or one of the new IKF Beanies!
As we post every year for this event, we try to educate those asking that yearly question... "Why drive?" Well, lets just say this trip is.. "For The TEAM!"
For those who know the story, feel free to skip down. For those who don't know it, a little history... At the 2000 IKF Tournament, the event official shipping sponsor, UPS (United Parcel Service) was anything but... Official. They "LOST" ALL of the the IKF National Championship belts (Shown at left, before they left IKF Headquarters......) for the tournament. Although UPS found them... 3 weeks later, and did help us ship them out to all the Champions, it just took a lot of the excitement out of winning the title that year.
For example, it's common practice for ALL Tournament Champions to wear their IKF Championship Belt
Throughout the Entire Day on Championship Sunday
after winning it. Heck, it's a TRADITION that NO ONE Questions!
It's also not uncommon for all the fighters to wear their championship medals throughout the weekend as well, even if a fighter loses his or her first bout, the medal alone is a sign of "I made the trip, and Walked the Walk against the BEST Amateur Kickboxers in the World!"
At the 2000 Tournament, the IKF had to borrow one of the 1999 Tournament Champions IKF Title belt (Right) and just presented it over and over again, but still... No Champion was able to proudly wear their belt home. With this yearly drive, this will never happen again!
There was nothing worse that year than seeing all those Champions walk away from the ring with a "BORROWED" IKF USA National Title Belt knowing they had to give it back after a quick picture. So, from those thoughts, we have what we call here... "THE RoadTrip!"
Although it's called the "World Classic" now, many still refer to the yearly tournament as "The Nationals". It's a marathon weekend for the IKF staff and assisting officials, and a long weekend for all others involved as well. We can't speak for others but we know the direct IKF Staff will be lucky if they get 8 hours sleep from Thursday night to Sunday night. However the excitement of everyone there gives them more energy than they will experience throughout the year. It's been the "Who's Who" of Amateur kickboxing in America and North America and now the WORLD! It is indeed "THE TRUE" elite AMATEUR Kickboxing event in the World for "AMATEURS ONLY!"
This year the Tournament will feature IKF Point Kickboxing ( PKB ) as an actual tournament rule style. Registration for this style is open until 5:PM Friday, July 18th (Registration day) and there are no late fees for this style. PKB bouts will take place Saturday morning before the beginning of the full contact Tournament. Since it's still new, we expect this first official year to be only a little bigger than last years "Exhibition Year". IKF Point Kickboxing is an exciting addition to the already prestigious event. There will be no Pro's fighting as amateurs like in some of the European Tournaments here. This is a TRUE AMATEUR ONLY Kickboxing Tournament and with those outlines, it's the Largest AMATEUR ONLY Kickboxing Tournament in the World!
Next weekend those in attendance will be surrounded by some of the greatest Fighters and Trainers in the world. Their presence will humble us all. "THEY" are the Champions on this weekend. Their desires make us all proud just to work hard and make things happen. The many officials and staff that will be volunteering their time to help, what can be said of them other than "THANK YOU!!" Without them, this event couldn't happen.
If you have ever been to this event, you know what we are talking about... This event will change your life in so many ways. The trainers who give their time, effort and knowledge to their fighters with no financial compensation in return. Their sacrifices they make is rewarded when their fighters proudly enter the ring of battle to "Walk The Walk!"
In addition to the many great amateur fighters, we will be surrounded by many great current and past Pro fighters and trainers as well. Some of them include Special Guest of Honor and Former 11 Time World Champion Kickboxer Don "The Dragon" Wilson who will be surrounded by others such as Steve Shepard, Chuck Wolfe, Dan Stell, Elliott Cooper, Ray Thompson, Gary Brown, Johnny Davis, Mitz Bandiera, Eric Marshall, Colin Payne, Rudi Ott, Trevor Smandych, JP Perelmutter, Ben Kiker, Danny Dring, David Cummings, Steve Ventura, Jonathan Border, Ray Sarkine, Joe Sampieri, Greg Ardon, Craig Monyelle, Dominique Simmons, Dan Rawlings, Mark and John Greubel, Leon Ramsey, Eddie Monger, Ken Hudson, Jennifer Han, just to name a few. Many more will be coming to see these great amateurs in action who have either won the title at this great tournament or somehow been a part of it as a trainer, official or fight fan that will be coming to talk about the past "9 Years" of this event!
While in their presence, we are sure to be humbled greatly by what they have accomplished in their lives. Their work, dedication, determination and persistence to accomplish their goals cannot be measured in just words for their greatness is far too much to type here tonight.
For those who will be in attendance at this years IKF World Classic Tournament, make sure you make the most of the event. Win or lose, stop and look around at who surrounds you. Many of the greatest Amateur fighters and their trainers and officials the World has to offer. This will, as always be a Journey where we all find ourselves again. A Journey where we all gather together to see what our sport is all about. A house of our Peers.
As Ol Duke (Roufus, below left with one of the first ever IKF Tournament Champions, Jason Johnson at the very first IKF Tournament, the 1999 IKF/RINGSIDE USA National Amateur Kickboxing Championships in Council Bluffs, Iowa.) use to say in the early years of the tournament, "It's all about filling the spaces between the places, the grass roots of America."
Now this work extends outside of America as the event grows. This Journey will humble us all who won't be fighting in it. It will show us how great Amateur Kickboxers are today and give us a chance to think about when we fought as they did and with the same desires but far less the rewards. We will share stories, laughs as well as ideas and in the end, this weekend will truly change us all as we will become someone different than we arrived as, and hopefully a better person than we were at the beginning of the weekend. We will be stronger both mentally and physically from having experienced it. We will be wiser and we will take this wisdom we gained from the others and move forward to make next year even better for those who will "Walk The Walk" again. As trainers we will learn new ideas, new techniques on how to advance our fighters skills. As fighters, we will learn from others by watching their every move and eventually making some of those exciting moves our own.
When were among our peers for these days, it's as if nothing else around the world matters other than what's happening inside the Grand Ballroom at the Marriott World Center in Orlando, Florida on July 18th, 19th and 20th. There may not be 10,000 spectators in the stands, but those watching are our peers, and they are the only "Critics" we care to have. Those who know what it is like to train hard and "Walk The Walk!" These are the people who will be there this weekend.
So as we say Goodnight to many of you who will be sleeping in a few hours, Steve and Glenn are soon to depart on their "Journey" or as we called it, . "THE Roadtrip," where they will find Gold at the end... or, could it be something different this year, for the "10th Anniversary Year?" Who knows for now, but in a week, EVERYONE will be so pumped and excited about this years awards, they may not get much sleep before day one...
Enough "Talkin" everyone... time is running out before we ALL...
See You At The FIGHTS... or On the ROAD!
WEDNESDAY, July 9th, 2008, AT 11:55 PM/PST
The Field Has Been
Commitments Have Been Made... Forward March...
We have all been doing a lot of "Talking"over
the past few weeks and months. Talking promises, ability, hopes and dreams...
Through it all, you have been "Dared To Dream of becoming a Champion!"
However, the question is, "Can we all "Walk Our Talk?"
BELOW POSTED AT 4:50 PM/PST TODAY
2008 IKF WORLD CLASSIC
TUESDAY, July 8th, 2008, AT 11:55 PM/PST
IKF WORLD CLASSIC UPDATE
ONE MORE DAY!
Value Your Time... TRAIN HARD And Be Responsible For Your Results!
Ignore The Words Of The Critics Of Your Success...
With one more day to go, everyone reading this needs to take a deep breath and remind yourselves... "Kickboxing is NOT DEAD!"
Funny to say that, but with all the hype for MMA, take a look at how many amateur kickboxers are preparing to travel to Orlando Florida next week to "Walk The Walk" and Bring it ON! How many faced critics that said "Don't go to Orlando, go to another tournament." It was the critics who voiced such an opinion. But who made them experts? Themselves!
The IKF World Classic has faced it's so called critics and walked through them as if they were not even there. Faced it's challengers who are far from being a contending tournament and walked right on by. Over the years the IKF has "Defended" itself to these critics who make up stories to try to discredit the factual results of the IKF. But in the end, those made up rumors and lies fall away and the truth comes out, that the IKF World Classic "Is What It Is..." The Best opportunity and rewards any Amateur kickboxer can experience, year after year for the last 9 years.
Lets be brutally honest here... The IKF World Classic is not about the IKF. The IKF World Classic has become bigger than the IKF. The IKF has been overshadowed as simply the host and organizer for the Greatest Amateur Kickboxers in the World to meet up and "Walk The Walk" to find out who is the BEST! The IKF Can't take credit for this. However, YOU CAN! You the fighter who "Dares to Dream!" you the trainer who day in and day out, shows up to train those who dare to dream. you the officials who make sure those dreams are attained safely and fairly. YOU are the reasons for the success of the IKF World Classic. Not the IKF.
The IKF is PROUD to be a part of this great event. Proud to invest the thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours in time to assure everyone attending will have a first class venue with first class rewards, win or lose. It will be an experience that will indeed change you from that moment on. Everyone will become a greater and more humble person after the 2008 IKF World Classic. Not by desire... it just happens. To be in a room with ALL your peers, or at least the only ones who truly count, to see you in action. The greatest trainers, promoters, officials and of course, the greatest Amateur Kickboxers in the world. Yes, the IKF may have it's name on everything and is proud to witness it all unfold every year. But come July 18th, remember, it's YOU that makes the IKF World Classic a success... and don't you EVER forget it!
In fact, if we register a few more fighters tomorrow and a minimum of 240 show up, the 2008 IKF World Classic could very well field the HIGHEST number of fighters in the 10 year history of the tournament since the current record of fighters who showed up to fight is 240 set in 2005 when the Tournament was at the Wyndham Palace in Orlando Florida.
Even if we don't reach that magical record number, somewhere in the 200's will be a number to be proud of since no other amateur kickboxing tournament has even cracked the 200 registered fighters mark, let alone a "Show-up" total of near 200.
As we come to a close for fighter registrations for the 2008 IKF World Classic, we can see that we have already broken "8" long standing records. Not bad for a tournament that some thought would have trouble drawing 150 fighters this year due to the other tournament competition. Lets take a look at the records broken in 2008 and the records that are close to being broken if more register tomorrow.
However, numbers are not everything. The BIG Importance will be the individuals themselves that will show up to "Walk The Walk' to become the BEST Amateur Kickboxers in the WORLD!
Second to the individuals will be the thousands of dollars in incredible awards. As a surprise, we have decided to not show everyone two awards. The Adult Title Belts and the additional awards for the Full Contact & International Rule Champions. Although we already showed the additional awards for the Muay Thai Champions (Above Right) and the Junior Belts, we ASSURE YOU Full Contact & International Rule Champions will not be disappointed!! As for the Adult title belts, we can say they weigh twice as much as ANY previous years belt and cost about $60 more than any other years belts, but that's the only hint we are giving you.
Going back to the Junior Belts, we had a change here... The center plate shown on the Awards Page is the same, but the side plates were changed to be more like the Adult Champion Belts...
Also, going back to those special Muay Thai awards, we made some changes on them too. They will have a larger wood base on them so we can place an engraved IKF World Classic Muay Thai Champion plaque on them.
Additional awards will include Glass Plaques, Autograph Gloves, and for EVERY fighter, Medals and Full Colored Embossed IKF Certificates. Not to mention the free gifts every fighter will receive.
POINT KICKBOXING DEADLINES
JUNIOR MUAY THAI - CHEST PROTECTORS
WE ARE RE-POSTING
Several registered trainers or trainers who try to register on registration day may be a little embarrassed when they discover they will not be granted an official Trainers pass for the entire weekend. We have already informed several who have attempted to register family and friends as cornermen or cornerwomen to get a free dinner and a cheaper ticket to watch the event. Ladies and Gentlemen, this just isn't right...
To assure we will be able to afford future IKF Tournaments, PLEASE do not register your friends and or family as trainers and cornermen/women. PLEASE be honorable and inform us that they are not trained cornermen or women and if you have already registered them, or are one of these individuals we are talking about, ask us to put your $10 fee towards your event pass and just buy your dinner ticket at registrations at the dinner ticket table for $25.00.
You know who you are, whether we have already spoken to you or not. PLEASE do not come and try to register as a trainer or cornerman/women or pick up your pass when you know you will either be questioned or denied. We have done our best to provide a low fee for the TRUE and REAL trainers and cornermen/women and also provide a free meal for them and the fighters and officials of this tournament. This is more than ANY OTHER Tournament has done or will ever do for you. Please allow us to have a positive experience. Please be honest and honorable. "What we do in life echoes in eternity."
Trainers and Cornermen of this years
2008 IKF World Classic,
your registration DEADLINE is this
FRIDAY, July 4th, 2008, AT 9:10 AM/PST
THIS WEEKENDS IKF ACTION!
MAGB PROMOTIONS PRESENTS
"IKF AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL
FULL CONTACT KICKBOXING
West Midlands, England
MORE IKF ACTION THIS WEEKEND!
Lee Hasdell and S.S.J. Studio Present
IKF THAI BOXING MMA COMBUDO 1
Milton Keynes, England
Kickboxing ( Modified M.T.R. K-1 Rules )
IKF Southern Area England
Ben Abbott ( Milton Keynes - Lee Hasdell ) vs Russell Goodin ( Eagles Gym - Nigel Howlett )
IKF Amateur Muay Thai and
With supporting card including ISCF Sport Combat MMA Bouts.
THURSDAY, July 3rd, 2008, AT 4:10 PM/PST
WORLD CLASSIC UPDATE
This years IKF World Classic Fighters will be fighting with all New Gloves provided by Combat Sports International. They will be supplying both Red and Blue Wendy Fight Gloves along with Combat Sports Shin Pads for the fighters who need them.
CSI will also be giving the IKF a special deal on two new ring canvas' for the event. One will feature the main IKF Kickboxing logo and the other will have the new IKF Muay Thai logo. CSI will also donate Handwraps for every fighter in the tournament.
Additional gifts will be announced later next week.
TUESDAY, July 1st, 2008, AT 5:10 PM/PST
2008 WC Registers More Fighters Than 2007!
At 5:10 PM today it was Official! Despite Ringside and Combat Sports International merchandise catalogs making an error that left several IKF World Classic Tournament ads out of their sales catalogs this past year, the IKF World Classic Tournament held it's own name in proving it can still exceed without a major marketing campaign. Imagine what the numbers would be if there were an actual advertising budget for this event!
Today the tournament officially surpassed the total Registration numbers from last years 2007, IKF World Classic Tournament. The record to break was 201 "Registered Fighters". Currently, with still 8 days to go until the final registration Deadline, this years 2008 IKF World Classic Tournament is at 202 fighters, 203 if you count the one fighter who had to drop out due to passport issues. The margin of victory is officially 2, but the IKF is not stopping there. "This is the first year we have allowed brackets over 8 fighters." Said IKF President Steve Fossum. "We felt bad turning fighters away in the past, not because of potential fees lost, but because those fighters were forced to either fight where they didn't want to or not attend."
Several weightclasses have either reached or surpassed the old limit of 8 fighters. Those with more than 8 fighters will see the division champion having to fight twice on Sunday before being crowned the 2008 IKF World Classic Tournament Champion. those divisions with 8 or more include;
The top Adult Women's division is the Adult Women's Muay Thai Rules Bantamweight (110.1 - 120 lbs. - 50.04 kg - 54.54kg ) Division which currently has 7 registered fighters;
The Women's Bantamweight above is followed closely by the Adult Women's Muay Thai Rules Featherweight (120.1 lbs. - 130 lbs. 54.59 kg - 59.09 kg ) Division which currently has 6 registered fighters;
Rounding out the most popular Women's divisions is the Adult Women's Full Contact Rules Bantamweight (110.1 - 120 lbs. - 50.04 kg - 54.54kg ) Division which currently has 5 registered fighters;
Tops in the Junior Divisions is the Junior Boys Muay Thai Rules Light Middleweight (50.1 lbs to 160 lbs. 68.22 kg - 72.72 kg ) Division which currently has 4 registered fighters;
Tops in Girls Junior Divisions is the Junior Girls Muay Thai Rules Light Flyweight (110.1 lbs. - 120 lbs. - 50.04 Kg - 54.54 Kg ) Division which currently has 3 registered fighters;
Did someone say kickboxing was dead?
Better tell that to the 200 plus fighters who will "Walk The Walk" at this years
2008 IKF World Classic
in Orlando Florida in a few weeks.
It was suppose to be a year that would be a miracle if 100 fighters attended the IKF World Classic. High gas prices, expensive plane tickets and 2 Midwest Tournaments to compete with where to have been the attendance killers.
One main issue was to have been a Tournament that some thought would take the majority of the Amateur Muay Thai Fighters away from this years IKF World Classic. However, as we approach this years 10th Annual IKF World Classic Tournament we see more Amateur Muay Thai fighters than ever before and more fighters than last year, when the Tournament was... in the Midwest
The numbers will continue to rise up until the final deadline, especially in the Muay Thai divisions which still have more fighters entering which include Neil Holden's Team from England. With the magic "200" number reached yet once again, the focus now turns to finishing up all the Awards, fight programs and more details related to the annual tournament.
As for the yearly record books, no one thought any records would be broken this year, but we were all wrong there. There has already been several "Pre" Tournament Records broken this year. They include:
From a marketing standpoint, we have had a lot of Muay Thai fighters and trainers ask us if we could start promoting IKF Muay Thai more. This became an issue during the IKF Jamaica Muay Thai event (Which we are still awaiting photos on so we can post our article...) Many there asked us if we had IKF Muay Thai Gear? IKF Gear that said just "Muay Thai" on it. Well IKF Muay Thai fighters, trainers and fans, your wishes have been answered. We present to you an additional web address that will bring you to the main IKF Kickboxing site, but also focus on your sport of MUAY THAI. We present to you
This is not a different web site, just a different address. This way, when our Muay Thai Fighters & Fans want to promote Muay Thai, they can do so with the IKF. We will have IKFMuayThai.com items at this years IKF World Classic. Hope you like it!
Trainers and Cornermen of this years
2008 IKF World Classic,
your registration DEADLINE is this
If you are missing info or we later discover you have not given us your TRUE info (Such as height or more so, fight record) you will be dropped from the tournament. This includes your fight record in other fighting styles such as Boxing and or Mixed Martial Arts. We need you to inform us of this info NOW, BEFORE July 9th, NOT LATER via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org - Thank You.