By Stephen R. Koepfer, President,
This weekend saw the loss of Paul
Rosner, (Left & Right) Founder and President of
Paul was extremely instrumental, not only for MMA in
New Jersey, but many other sports in many states and countries. The guy was a
work horse and sacrificed pretty much everything for the USKBA and all the sports he supported - MMA,
Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Freestyle Sambo, Grappling, etc. Paul was a
fixture in the combat sports world. He built the USKBA
from the ground up with literally nothing at the start.
In 2004, when the ASA
was just a small new group, it was Paul who allowed us to tag along and
host our first freestyle sambo tournament. It was at the 2004 USKBA Action
Sports World Tournament. I have very fond memories of that event. There were
several international teams competing including Russia and Mongolia in the
various sports. Many now well known fighters and coaches got their start at Paul's
sanctioned events. Furthermore, during the years, Paul had allowed the
ASA to present two combat sambo
demonstrations at USKBA MMA shows.
He certainly contributed greatly to the ASA's
growth and subsequent notoriety.
The ASA worked in
tandem with Paul on several occasions, most notably, Paul
sanctioned the Battle of Brooklyn (Promoted by Mark Negron and myself).
The Battle of Brooklyn, for several years was a very well respected and popular
event in NYC that offered amateur fighters (Freestyle Sambo, Muay Thai, San
Da, Grappling, and Sogo Karate) an opportunity to shine. Without Paul,
the show may not have been as successful as it was.
Paul was not always easy to get along with (who is,
right?), but in the end, his heart was always in the right place and he
always backed multiple sports and events; often to his own financial detriment.
He was always willing to fight for the sports we loved by taking risks with new
sports, supporting or co-writing legislation, speaking at hearings, etc. The
USKBA was the driving force behind many
shows and events. And, in particular, it was his efforts with the NJSAC
that brought regulated and professionally sanctioned amateur MMA to the public
for the first time in NJ. Without a doubt, Paul was at the center of the
growth of amateur combat sports in the NY/NJ area and many other regions.
For those of us who knew Paul, he was constantly
struggling with health concerns and many of us worried about his health. Despite
his health, he would always be seen in the wings at tournaments and shows all
over the nation and world. He will be greatly missed.
us here at the IKF wish to express our
sincere sadness of Paul's passing. We have known Paul for years
and had discussed fight sports often from the creating of his web site to his
efforts in making the fight sports legal in many states. Paul was a sincere man
with great passion for the fight sports. Our hearts and prayers are with him and
everyone associated with him and the USKBA. He will be remembered with deserving
honors this weekend at the IKF
- PAUL ON VIDEO
- Video of Paul speaking on behalf of MMA, March 3, 2009, in front of the
- COMMENTS FROM THE
IKF MESSAGE BOARD
- Randy Pogue, R.I.P. Paul Rosner
R.I.P. to my favorite person in
the fight game, Paul Rosner. No one but Paul was so consistently devoted to the
development, growth, and safety of all fight sports, often when not in his best
interest. Since 1996, we shared many great times, great travels, and great
experiences, but I will mostly miss having a bright, articulate friend to sit on
the phone with for an hour talking about the fight game. He is missed.
- Ray Thompson
RP, sorry to hear about Paul. I have met him some
years ago. He was very cordial to us. He also ran a great org. He will be
- Jon Lewis
In my brief time knowing Paul and working with Paul,
I can say without question that he always had my best interests in mind. He was
the great president of USKBA and a great person. He will surely be missed by all
who knew him. R.I.P Paul Rosner!
- David Cummings
Paul will be missed, it was a pleasure working
with him an he made a genuine effort to improve the fight game on the east
coast. I am proud to say he was my friend.
I worked with Paul a lot as an amateur he helped me a
great deal making the transition from sport karate to full contact, and was
always there for advice through all my USKBA title fights R.I.P. Paul.
- Funeral Service
- Paul's funeral service was on July 21st, 2009 at 11:30 at Gutterman and
Musicant Funeral Home, 402 Park Street, Hackensack, New Jersey.
service, the burial service was at Montefiore Cemetery in St. Albans, Queens,
After the cemetery service, friends and family were invited to
come to the Rosner home at 61 Lenox Avenue, Dumont, New Jersey.
is asking that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the
World Genesis Foundation. Donations can be
made online at www.Atlantykron.org
or by sending a check to:
World Genesis Foundation, 620 Park Avenue, #308 Rochester, NY, 14607.
- USKBA AFTER PAUL
- United States Kickboxing Association (USKBA) was founded by the
late Paul Rosner. Paul was a huge part of the amateur Mixed Martial Arts
(MMA) movement and helped put rules in place to create safe, well run
leagues in several states.
He was also the first kickboxing figure to
sanction Sanshou and San Da matches. He was one of the few truly selfless people
in this sport. Paul Rosner always wanted to see an event go on fairly,
organized, with the best interests of the athletes being the focus. While his
passing is a terrible loss to all of us, the organization continues under Donnie
Carolei. Please email Donnia Carolei at
group is both a tribute to the late Paul Rosner and to continue his