2012 IKF
Amateur Muay Thai Kickboxing Championships

Orlando, Florida, USA - JULY JULY 20th, 21st & 22nd 2012


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WEDNESDAY, May 2nd, 2012, AT 5:15 PM/ PST

Get Ready To
"Walk The Walk"
At This Years
2012 IKF World Classic

"The most prestigious, all Amateur, Kickboxing and Muay Thai Tournament in the World!"


It's that time of year again as everyone is training hard to get ready to "Walk the Walk" at the IKF World Classic Tournament.

This years 2012 IKF World Classic Amateur Kickboxing & Muay Thai Championship Tournament "Return Of The Gladiators" will also be the "20th" Year Anniversary of the International Kickboxing Federation!

This years IKF World Classic will be held on July 20th, 21st & 22nd.
The event will also be at a new Resort Hotel, the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida, USA!
We will have a 60,000 square foot Ballroom at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort that is twice the size as last years Classic.


Fighters, Trainers, Family & Friends, use the IKF Kickboxing name and book your rooms for not only the days of the Tournament,
but you can also book at the IKF Rate of Only $135 Per Night,
5 Days Prior to the IKF Tournament and 5 Days After!

(July 15th Through July 27th!)

There are only a limited number of "Additional Room Nights" Available outside our IKF Event Date Room Block,
So you need to book these early while they last.
- Hotel Phone Number: (407) 996-6338 or from inside USA (866) 996-6338 -

Don't just make it an Event, Make It A Vacation!

For Hotel Booking Info Click HERE!



At This Years
2012 IKF World Classic


As some may remember from last years IKF World Classic we were forced to create weight gaps between some of the weight classes to assure the weight spreads between weightclasses met Florida State requirements. Well, this year we decided to eliminate the weight gaps and simply ADD more weight classes. We added in 5 More Adult Men weight Divisions. We added in 4 More Adult Women weight Divisions and the best news for the Juniors out there is that we added in 10, yes, TEN More Junior Weight Divisions.

This will help a lot of people decide easier what weightclass they can register in to. Keep in mind though that as in every previous year of the IKF Tournament if a bracket does not have at least two fighters in it you will see notes by certain fighters names asking them to confirm or deny certain bracket moves. In some cases fighters may be asked to do what is called a "CATCH WEIGHT" division. For example, lets say we have 2 fighters in the Light Welterweight division (137.1 lbs. - 142 lbs.) and 2 fighters in a Welterweight division (142.1 lbs. - 147 lbs.). Well, as most know by now, it takes a minimum of 4 fighters to make a legit "Tournament" bracket (Legit Tournament bracket meaning each fighter has at least 2 fights to win the title). For this reason, we would be asking all 4 fighters to meet at a determined weight division between the two weight classes such as between 140lbs and 145lbs. Fighters will also be asked other options such as moving to a different weight division or different rule style.


Dates To Note About

Of The 2012
IKF World Classic



There Are "FIVE" Registration Deadlines

  1. REGISTRATIONS Received After JUNE 8th, 2012
    will be charged an ADDITIONAL $30 Late Fee "IF" Your Registration is accepted at all.

    This Late Fee May Be Paid At the Finals Weigh-ins PRIOR to your weigh-in.
    Regional Seeding DOES NOT APPLY for any fighter registering Late - After the first deadline

  2. REGISTRATIONS Received After June 14th, 2012
    will be charged an ADDITIONAL $40 Late Fee "IF" Your Registration is accepted at all.

    This Late Fee May Be Paid At the Finals Weigh-ins PRIOR to your weigh-in.
    Regional Seeding DOES NOT APPLY for any fighter registering Late - After the first deadline

  3. REGISTRATIONS Received After June 20th, 2012
    will be charged an ADDITIONAL $50 Late Fee "IF" Your Registration is accepted at all.
    This Late Fee Must be paid along with your registration.
    Regional Seeding DOES NOT APPLY for any fighter registering Late - After the first deadline

  4. REGISTRATIONS Received After June 26th, 2012
    will be charged an ADDITIONAL $60 Late Fee "IF" Your Registration is accepted at all.
    This Late Fee Must be paid along with your registration.
    Regional Seeding DOES NOT APPLY for any fighter registering Late - After the first deadline

  5. REGISTRATIONS Received After July 2nd, 2012
    will be charged a FLAT FEE of $135.00 - "IF" Your Registration is accepted at all.
    This Late Fee Must be paid along with your registration.
    Regional Seeding DOES NOT APPLY for any fighter registering Late - After the first deadline




Say it Aint So!

Well, after being asked every year for the last 4 years to add a NOVICE division (FIGHTERS WITH *3 FIGHTS OR LESS ) to the IKF World Classic Championships we finally did so. However, the responses we have been getting from this decision are actually more negative than positive so the jury is still out as to if we will have a Novice division in the future.

Many have noted to us that this has been a "Cry for numbers" move as other tournaments have done around the World. They have noted where other tournaments do this, the actual tournament itself loses it's legitimacy of determining true Champions of the weightclasses and rule styles they represent. In doing so, the loss of credibility make the tournament title worth much less. When this has been added, the actual "OPEN" division shrinks considerably and the vast majority of the tournaments title contenders are simply beginners (Or those claiming to be beginners as there is no true way of checking a fighters fight record) that will now win the very same Tournament Title Belt as the "OPEN" Tournament Champions do. In doing so, although the event will pack more registration dollars, it's credibility ends up sinking to the bottom of the Tournament credibility scale... Or at least with the "Experienced" fighters and trainers it does.

The IKF Tournament system was the first ever Amateur Kickboxing and Muay Thai Tournament in the United States. For the last 13 years, the IKF has worked to make each year better than the last with more and better awards, more fighter gifts, better venue for the contending fighters to fight in and on and on. Every year the IKF has accomplished this. Every year the IKF World Classic has been better than the year before.

Sure, the IKF could just pick an inexpensive hotel maybe even charge less and give less and most likely, make a lot more money. However, the IKF Tournament has never been about making money. The IKF is not a promoter. The IKF created the IKF Tournament system so that every fighter from first the USA, then North America and now worldwide can come and have the opportunity to win a WORLD Tournament Title against other fighters looking to do the same. To TRULY be "The Best of the Best!" No fighter has ever been turned away from the IKF tournament.

The true question now is,

"Will a Novice Division be a welcome addition to the IKF World Classic?"

To make sure the Novice Division is separated from the OPEN Division, Novice Division fighters will fight for large Trophy cups, as did the Novice Division at last years IKF West Coast Classic Tournament. (See photos L & R). Although it's not a belt, these are not cheap or light Trophy Cups either. They weigh as much if not more than the awarded Title Belts.

One of the e-mails we received summed it all up and it went as so...
"According to the IKF West Coast Classic Tournament results page, you (IKF) had 39 Championship Divisions. Of them, 11 were Novice Divisions or roughly 28% of the total number of fighters. Of those Novice Divisions, all were adult divisions. Three were adult Novice women's divisions and 8 were adult men's Novice divisions. Within those Novice divisions, of the 120 or 130 fighters that fought (185 had Registered) at the IKF West Coast Classic Tournament, only 24 were Novice Division Fighters or roughly 18%."

He finished with,
"What I'm trying to say is, when your novice numbers exceed your open division numbers, it's a clear indicator that the true open class fighters are not taking your tournament seriously or as a legit or credible championship tournament. Although a novice division is a great place for real beginners to start, how can you be sure they are true beginners? I know for a fact of some fighters that attend events as novice fighters and they are far from novice, but no one knows because you can't be sure. A lot of them attend if they can still win the same belt the open champions do, thus making them appear to their friends as good as an open champion, which is why a true open fighter will be looking for the tournaments without or with very few novice division fighters. The worse thing that can happen though is if your novice numbers get up to like 40, 50 or even 60 percent of the total number of fighters fighting. When this happens, your tournament becomes no more prestigious that your weekly karate tournament. I hope this doesn't happen to the IKF Tournament."

Regardless of what we have been reading from others, we hope the IKF World Classic Novice division will add another option for the beginning fighters wanting to attend this years Tournament. If the novice division numbers are low, maybe it's a good thing. Maybe the e-mailer above has a point. That he and others want to keep the the IKF World Classic as "The most prestigious, all Amateur, Kickboxing and Muay Thai Tournament in the World!" As for us here, we would be proud to just be included as one of them...


See You In Orlando!


TUESDAY, May 1st, 2012, AT 5:40 PM/ PST

2012 North Central Regional
Featuring: Kickboxing / International Rules (leg Kicks ) & Muay Thai
& Junior Divisions ( 8yrs and Older 60 lbs and Over )

Beloit Wisconsin is home for the 2012 IKF North Central Regional Seeding Tournament this coming May 25th, 26th and 27th. Stateline Warriors and the Monyelle Family have been involved in Kickboxing Tournaments since 1988 when Mr. Monyelle won his Amateur Title. This year they have combined their resources with the Wisconsin visitors beau to do the 2012 IKF North Central Regional Seeding Tournament.

At present time they have 38 entry and counting. ( Entry to be listed on Statelinewarriors.com ) Gyms such as Z's Martial Arts (Huntly ,IL), National MAA/Team Thump (Beloit, WI), No Joke MA (Rockford, IL), United MMA (Dekalb,IL), Core MA (Rockford ,IL), Dean'Z Kickboxing (Moline, IL), Sharbite MMA (Fort Atkinson ,WI), Combat Do (Cicero, IL), Top Ten (Chicago, IL) with more coming from Rufus Sports (Milwaukee, WI), Old School Wrestling (Huntly, IL), Bushido MA (Chicago, IL), Attrition MA (Rockford, IL)

Special Guest will be former IKF Super Heavyweight World Champion of Cable, Wisconsin, USA, "Mean" Mike Labree.

The target plan is for a majority of the event proceeds to help with the expensive for participants from the North Central Region who are going to the IKF World Classic Tournament in Orlando Florida this coming July 20th, 21st & 22nd.

Although the Regional Tournament is not mandatory, along with the hope of financial help, keep in mind that participation in a Regional Tournament will help gain you better seeding at the IKF World Classic Tournament. Stateline Warriors reports that entries to come from Rufus Sports, Combat Do, Team Top Notch, CUMA and many More.

More Info Contact Craig Monyelle at 608-365-5425 or E-mail at nat365kick@yahoo.com


SATURDAY, April 7th, 2012, AT 7:55 PM/ PST

Get Ready To
"Walk The Walk"
At This Years 2012 IKF World Classic

Celebrating The "20 YEAR" Anniversary Of The IKF!

It's that time of year again as everyone is training hard to get ready to "Walk the Walk" at the IKF World Classic Tournament.

This years 2012 IKF World Classic Amateur Kickboxing & Muay Thai Championship Tournament "Return Of The Gladiators" will be held on July 20th, 21st & 22nd. We have a NEW RESORT Location This Year! The Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida, USA! As Always, we strongly suggest you


Fighters, Trainers, Family & Friends, use the IKF Kickboxing name and book your rooms for not only the days of the Tournament, but you can also book at the IKF Rate of Only $135 Per Night, 5 Days Prior to the IKF Tournament and 5 Days After! That's about $150 less per night as compared the the regular rate! (July 15th Through July 27th!) There are only a limited number of "Additional Room Nights" Available outside our IKF Event Date Room Block, So you need to book these early while they last. Don't just make it an Event, "Make It A Vacation!"

For Hotel Booking Info Click HERE!

Dates To Note About
JUNE 8th, 2012!


Don "THE DRAGON" Wilson

Will Be In the House At The
IKF World Classic!

Although he would still step into the ring with anyone today, in 2002 at age 47, Don "The Dragon" Wilson entered the ring for what would be his last real kickboxing bout. Wilson had continued his undefeated comeback streak since winning his IKF World Title back in 1999 with his 3rd victory in 3 tries (2 wins by KO/TKO and 1 by decision). in the bout, Wilson faced off against pro kickboxer Eddie Butcher of Baltimore, MA, USA where in round 6, Wilson landed an overhand right that put an end to Butcher.

After that fight his Professional Kickboxing Record stood at 71 wins, 5 loses and 2 draws with 47 wins coming by the Knockout. He has been regarded as one of the greatest kickboxer of all time. This year, as every year, up and coming Amateur Kickboxers will get a chance to rub shoulders with him all weekend long because "The DRAGON" will be "In The House" at this years 2012 IKF World Classic Amateur Championship Tournament! in Orlando, Florida, USA.

During his career Don won a total of 11 World Titles with several Sanctioning bodies that included the IKF, WKA, KICK, ISKA, STAR and the PKO. Never backing down from a challenge, Don has fought champions all around the world, in Hong Kong, Japan, Italy, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Thailand, Las Vegas and countless other locations.

In 1999 at 45 years of age, (Left) Don stepped back into the ring to fight for the vacant IKF Pro, FCR Cruiserweight World Title on May 15th, 1999 in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA against Dick Kimber for what is still this day, the highest kickboxing purse EVER paid, $150,000.00 and some additional training expenses. Kimber swore to everyone that he'd have the fight over before the fifth round. However when the Dragon unloaded on Kimber in round three, Kimber dropped to the mat and referee Dan Stell counted him out on the floor, a count that went into the round break. Kimber never stood during the count and to this date, Kimber never fought again. It had been over eight years since Don last entered the ring, but his trademark sidekick was stronger than ever. Wilson picked up the IKF Cruiserweight World Title for his efforts and Kimber kept his promise when this one was over in round 3. In 2001, having never been challenged for his title, Wilson Voluntarily Retired it to move down to the Light Heavyweight Division.

Over his career Wilson fought and defeated many Great fighters such as James Warring, Demetrius Edwards, Maurice Smith, Dennis Downey, Dennis Alexio, Branimir Cikatic, Mike Winkeljohn, Herb Thompson, Greg Smith, Muhammed Ashraf Tai, Panya Sornnoi, Pongdienoi Prasobchai, Rob Salazar, and a very controversial Draw against Jean-Yves Theriault which many thought Wilson clearly won.

After his first retirement from the ring, Wilson went on to yet another level of stardom as an action movie star. Movies to his credit include: The Last Sentinel (2007), Soft Target (2006), Sci-Fighter (2004), Stealing Harvard (2002), Redemption (2002), Moving Target (2000), The Capitol Conspiracy (1999), Whatever It Takes (1999), Inferno aka Operation Cobra (1998), Hollywood Safari (1997), Papertrail (1997), Night Hunter (1996), Virtual Combat (1996), Bloodfist VIII: Trained to Kill (1996), Cyber-Tracker 2 (1995), Bloodfist VII: Manhunt (1995), Batman Forever (1995), Ring of Fire 3: Lion Strike (1995), Bloodfist VI: Ground Zero (1995), Terminal Rush (1995), CyberTracker (1994), Red Sun Rising (1994), Bloodfist V: Human Target (1994), Out for Blood (1993), Ring of Fire II: Blood and Steel (1993), Bloodfist IV: Die Trying (1992), Blackbelt (1992), Bloodfist III: Forced to Fight (1992), Ring of Fire (1991), Future Kick (1991), Bloodfist II (1990), Bloodfist (1989) and Say Anything... (1989).

During this time Don married well known Film and Television Makeup artist Kathleen Karridene in 1996. They have three children together; Jonathan, Drayden, and Aubrianna. Over the course of his career Don won 11 world titles in 3 different weight divisions, something no other fighter has accomplished. Here is a list of his 11 World titles and some of his awards.

To read previous IKF articles about Don Wilson click HERE!



Get Your Ads IN
For This Years 2012 IKF World Classic Program Book!
FRIDAY, JULY 6th, 2012!

As many here know, every year now "Foster Graphics" - www.FosterGraphics.com has been creating a top quality IKF program book for the IKF World Classic Tournament. Along with the usual sponsor ads comes something very unique... EVERY Fighters Name!

Yes, over 250 names will grace the inside pages once again and will, as always, include each fighters name, city, state, country, weight, height, trainers name and contact numbers. Not only is it a great souvenir for every fighter and their families, but it's also a "Matchmakers DREAM Book!"

Every year, matchmakers and scouts from promotions around the globe attend the IKF World Classic looking for top talent for their events. If they would allow is to, we would love to tell you who has been hidden in the crowd in the past and who plans to be there this year. However, they have always respectfully asked us to keep quiet about who they are and who they represent. What we can say is that this year there will be some big names there representing both Kickboxing/Muay Thai and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts).

The program is a full 8&1/2 X 11 inches in size. Ads very from a business card size ad starting at $50 up to a full page, full color for the back cover and inside back cover. All inside ads are done in black and white but the outside cover pages will be color ads. As of today, the back cover is still available, but we have had 2 sponsors that say they want it.

There will be some other additions to the program as well such as some feature articles and of course, LOADS OF PHOTOS From Past IKF Tournaments!

To check out the various program ad sizes and fees as well as
vendor booth info, sponsor info etc. click

Keep watching the 2011 Registered Fighters Page for this years 2012 IKF World Classic Amateur Kickboxing Championships
As we see who will "Walk The Walk" with the Best in the World and win the original

Amateur Golden Gloves Of
Kickboxing & Muay Thai
World Tournament Title!

We look forward to seeing "The BEST" Amateur Kickboxers & Muay Thai Fighters In The World...
In Orlando!

To see all the Tournament Records from the past 13 years, CLICK HERE!



As many here know, the IKF Tournament has ALWAYS Provided The
of ANY Amateur Kickboxing or Muay Thai Tournament in the World!

However, it doesn't stop at the Belts! Every Year the IKF makes sure that EVERY FIGHTER walks away with special gifts that value far more than the entree fee they pay to register into the tournament. Keep in mind we are talking about an entree fee that has stayed the same since 2002 of only $55.00! To add, when you become an IKF World Classic Champion, you better have help at ringside to carry out more than just your IKF World Classic Title Belt! Every year the IKF awards additional gifts to all the Champions. Over the years, these additional "Champion Awards" have included items such as Champion Hats, Champion Sweatshirts, Champion Jackets, Special Trophy Awards, Autograph Gloves, Champion Certificates, just to name a few. This year will be no different as the IKF already has a LOAD of Awards scheduled to give out to the 2012 IKF World Classic Champions!

Below you can see some of the belts of past IKF World Classic Tournaments. This years Belts will be revelled in May, and we can assure you, if your looking for something DIFFERENT than in past years, THIS WILL BE THE YEAR! We can't give any hints just yet, but we assure you, this years IKF World Classic Belt will be the most Dynamic Belt EVER! Lets hope your wearing one around your waste come Championship Sunday!

See you in Orlando!

"The saying in football is that on any given Sunday any team can win. The champions of our sport will have no easy time at the IKF Championships as the best of the best come to meet the challenge. Fighters rise to the task when faced with great talent and our returning champions surely provide that. Don't hand out the belts quite yet as new talent will certainly emerge and increase the field of fighters to watch. I am positive there will be great fights for all the belts and we will enjoy the best tournament in America. Looking forward to seeing all of you."
By IKF Ambassador Brooks Mason




This coming July we will all celebrate the "20 YEAR CREATION" of the International Kickboxing Federation (For full History, click HERE) Sitting in a Denny's Restaurant in July of 1992, Steve Fossum (Left) & Dan Stell (Right) and a few kickboxing students found themselves complaining about the status of the amateur kickboxing ranks in California. No one knew who the top fighters were because no one kept track of any rankings. Titles were simply put together from two fighters a promoter happened to match up, not from being qualified. There was clear frustration coming from true, credible competitors and trainers in the sport at the time as it was basically a "Good Ol Boy" system, at least in California at the time. If you knew the top promoters, your fighters would get a title shot. If you didn't, no matter how good you were, you may go unnoticed for your entire career. Still, even those getting title shots were not given these shots because they were top contenders. They were simply given these shots because their trainers were "Friends" of the promoters or if they promised to sell a lot of tickets or they were buying their own belts and paying their own sanctioning fees. However, sanctioning fees were a JOKE during these times! All a promoter got from paying a sanctioning fee was the rights to put some letters and a logo on their poster. There was no media coverage offered by any of the sanctioning bodies, let alone a website. There was no central media database that announced upcoming events. Heck, as a trainer, if you were not in the "Matchmakers Book" of the only "THREE" matchmakers on the west coast, you had to pretty much BEG to get your fighters on an event, and lord help you if you didn't have a trainer... Needless to say, the sport was an unorganized MESS!

From the frustration though came an idea... An idea to TRULY organize the sport! Within the night, Fossum and Stell decided they could either continue to complain or they could do something about it. So they decided to do something all fighters are asked to do on any and all IKF sanctioned events today... Instead of talking about what they could do, should do, or how good they THOUGHT they were" they made a decision to "DO" something about the unorganized frustration and from their thoughts which turned into action, the very first act of "Walking The Walk" in the IKF was born, as the IKF itself!

The very first IKF logo with a
Muay Thai Fighter and a
Kickboxer in a boxing stance.

That night Fossum and Stell laid out the beginning ideas of the IKF along with the logo idea on a napkin... Yes... A Napkin... On this night the two created the foundation of the IKF from their knowledge and experience as past Kickboxers (Over 100 bouts between them and multiple titles), Trainers of Champions and Kickboxing Event Promoters. They didn't just want to make up letters like many promoters did to form their own sanctioning body and their own champions (As many still do today). They wanted to "JUSTIFY" to everyone else why their organization was going to improve the sport and be better than any of the others. They felt if they couldn't make a "Better Product", WHO would ever want to associate with them? Anyone can COPY something but if it were BETTER, than the sport would benefit along with its participants on every level. So the goal in the beginning was always to be BETTER the sport, make it more organized and offer MORE for the price one paid for it. Not just duplicate another organizations rules as many continue to do today around the world. Fossum and Stell were not making the product for themselves to use on their own promotions. They wanted to please the entire kickboxing world. So they looked at the state of kickboxing and came up with several great ideas that all focused around their main goal, To "ORGANIZE Everyone Together." This included Trainers, Promoters, Fighters and Officials. They wanted to somehow give them all recognition for their work!

The Second IKF logo keeping the
Muay Thai Fighter but
showing the Kickboxer Kicking.

How? Well to begin with, they decided to create an official IKF Rankings book, known eventually by all kickboxers as "The BOOK!" However, what made this book exceptional was their idea to list the TRAINERS along with the fighters AND the Trainers CONTACT NUMBERS so any event promoter who read the book would be able to contact trainers of fighters they may have seen or heard about to book them for their events. It began as a single 8½" x 11" sheet of paper folded in half. Over the course of 5 years, the books had grown to over 50 pages. Promoters from other organizations along with IKF Promoters started using "The Book" for matchmaking because it made their job A LOT easier than trying to track down fighters and trainers phone numbers through other sources. This was probably the MAIN reason for the IKF's success in the early years. No other organization had helped make fighters so easily available to everyone before "The BOOK!" It was a FIRST for sanctioning bodies and one all should follow today, yet oddly enough, NONE do.

The monthly books included rankings, news stories about events, upcoming events calendar, rules & regulations, trainer's names, IKF Rules & Regulations, officials names some advertising of sponsors and fighters pictures. The books became extremely popular in California and soon they were being mailed around the country as well as around the world. Fighters outside of California were calling to see how they could be listed in what California Kickboxers were calling "THE BOOK!"

The IKF logo as we know it today
with the addition of the
IKF web address.

However, from the beginning of the IKF in 1992 until late 1997, the only way a fighter could get placed into the IKF Rankings was to fight on an IKF event. In late 1997, the IKF started allowing non-IKF event fighters to be ranked in the rankings, which continue to fill today. Fossum wasn't content with just ranking fighters though. He also wanted to separate the rankings of different rule styles since he thought it was simply stupid to rank leg kick fighters with full contact fighters. Or Muay Thai fighters with Full Contact fighters. So in the monthly rankings books there were 3 divisions for men and women amateur kickboxers. (Full Contact, International & MuayThai). Later these same divisions were added for pros along with adding San Shou to the rule styles.

The monthly rankings books and the rankings themselves were the foundation of the organization. They were the true reason Fossum and Stell wanted to start the IKF. Not money. Not power. Not Control but "Organization" of the sport they loved. They made it a requirement to interview each fighter at every IKF event and find out all about them. A fighters real fight record was the most important piece of information the IKF needed for the rankings so the mismatched bouts would stop between the fighters with say an 8-1 record fighting a first time fighter. Many times, trainers would never offer a fighters true record just to get them fights. Record tracking became very important for matchmaking as well to see who was truly worthy of a title shot. Even today, the IKF Rankings are still used by promoters and matchmakers of many other organization, not just the IKF because again, they included the fighters trainers name and "CONTACT NUMBER". For every fighter in the IKF Rankings, even a first time amateur, the rankings include their name, hometown, record with KO's, height, weight last fought at, date of birth, trainers name and as said, a contact number. Today with the usefulness of the Internet, e-mail addresses are also included for many trainers.

On August 1st, 1992, IKF President Steve Fossum and then IKF Vice President Dan Stell hosted the first ever IKF Kickboxing event entitled "The Making of Team USA" at the Roseville Fairgrounds in Roseville, California. Some of the special guest included Eugene Ray who was the original trainer of Dennis Alexio and World Champion female Kickboxer Ramona Gatto, both who would later become IKF Pro World Champions. The first recorded IKF bout that night was between amateur fighter's Dave Griffiths of Fairfield, CA against John Hahn of Roseville, CA. Hahn won the bout. Also featured on the night were 2 IKF titles. The IKF Light Heavyweight Title and the IKF Heavyweight Title. Andy Sanchez (Right) defeated Nathan Patterson by TKO to win the first ever IKF title, the Light Heavyweight FCR Title. On that same night, well known referee Jon Schorle made his debut as an amateur Kickboxing referee.

Jim Brown defeated Ken Morgan for the 2nd IKF title awarded, the Heavyweight FCR Title. After their first event, Stell and Fossum's IKF quickly caught the respect from several other promoters and the IKF trail had begun. Following Fossum's opening IKF event were other promoters willing to work with the IKF. Jacob "Stitch" Duran (Now a famous Cutman with the UFC), World famous KungFu Master, Tat Mau Wong, Bob Solano, Abe Belardo, Scott Coker, (Creator of Strikeforce) Joe Corley (Former Fighter and President of the PKA) just to name a few. Fossum made a promise to the IKF promoters that he wouldn't do as a lot of promoters did when they crated their own sanctioning bodies... Keep promoting their own made-up champions...

So Fossum assured them that after he promoted 3 IKF Sanctioned events, he would not promote again to avoid conflicts of interest. From there, even more promoters became involved in the IKF. Promoters such as current and former Kickboxing World Champions like Duke Roufus, Dennis Alexio, Johnny Davis, Cung Le, Jimmy Stewart, Dave Marinoble, Mick Doyle, and other promoters who once sanctioned with other organizations as Fossum and Stell did, moving to the IKF because of one valuable offering... Recognition for their work, and the accomplishments of their fighters.

As we all know now, "The BOOK" was eventually replaced by the IKF website, IKFKickboxing.com. In December of 1996, IKF Web Designer Yancey Gillis and IKF President Steve Fossum worked together to create the first IKF Website at www.jps.net/ikf to see if it was a value to the IKF. Well, it took less than a year to prove that it did and soon after the IKF registered their official domain name as IKFKickboxing.com.

Almost overnight, the IKF and their "First and only" Kickboxing Rankings were a hit, worldwide. The IKF had fighters, trainers and promoters who had seen the IKF website contacting them from around the world now wanting to be in the IKF Rankings and part of the IKF News pages! It was basically an overnight success because the IKF was doing something NO Other sanctioning body had ever done, and still don't. Although the IKF was not the largest Kickboxing/Muay Thai sanctioning body, their philosophy of being "DIFFERENT" and offering MORE to the sport was exactly what those in the sport needed! By being DIFFERENT and offering more, the two concepts together eventually grew the IKF into one of the largest Kickboxing and Muay Thai sanctioning bodies in the world where it remains today.

Imagine how big the book would be today with all the information you find on the IKF Web Site? Everything on the IKF Web Site was once in the Monthly IKF Rankings books. The Monthly books were like a small "Who's Who" Kickboxing Magazine. Fossum's main goal of the IKF was to establish a ranking system for amateur fighters so the amateurs could determine who their competition was, as well as always know WHO held WHAT Title. As a kickboxer and trainer himself along with Stell, they went through their careers with little recognition. This made even a more important reason for the rankings, which was to register ALL amateur champions so the titles wouldn't be duplicated as in the case of all the other sanctioning bodies at the time. A practice that happens with some organizations still today, simply because NO other Kickboxing or Muay Thai sanctioning body keeps track of their Amateur Champions. Some don't even keep track of their pro champions, only collecting a check in exchange for the use of their letters. In addition, a champion could show someone their name in the book to prove they were for real.

Promoters once only known in their local area were now being headlined around the world on the IKF website. Finally they were getting recognized for their contributions to the sport. People worldwide would see their names along with IKF Promoters, trainers, fighters and officials. Most unknown outside their own community were now becoming well recognized names among Kickboxers and Muay Thai practitioners around the world.

The IKF would go on to create many "FIRSTS" in the Kickboxing world. One of those "Firsts" was the creation of the first ever Amateur Kickboxing Tournaments in the USA. What started as a USA Amateur Championship Tournament eventually grew, as the IKF Organization did, to become an Amateur World Championships. To read more about the IKF Tournaments, click HERE.

With all this being said, at this years IKF World Classic in Orlando Florida, those who also choose to "Walk The Walk" as Fossum and Stell did 20 years ago to prove to the world they can be the best, will celebrate 20 years of the IKF. In doing so, there will be some special "Limited Edition" THROWBACK shirts, jackets, T's and other things for those in attendance. Make sure you pick yourself up some while in Orlando. As we get closer and closer to the Tournament, we will unveil more and more about what the IKF plans to do with their 60,000 square foot ballroom. A Ballroom TWICE the size as in the past Tournaments.

Over the next few months we will post news stories that will highlight the past 20 years of the IKF and those associated with the IKF organization. A "Who's Who" of who helped build the IKF and the sport of kickboxing as well as some who along the way, tried to do what the IKF has done, but fell far short, and in doing so, fragmented a once fast growing sport that was eventually past up by the new sport of Mixed Martial Arts. We will share how the IKF created the first ever Mixed Martial Arts sanctioning body in 1999 and some of the stories that bring the IKF and Mixed Martial Arts together. In all, lets just say you want to keep an eye on the IKF News pages between now and July as we will unfold the many memories, both good and bad for the sports of Kickboxing and Muay Thai as well as the IKF and the eventual creation of a global fight sport organization known as International Fight Sports. We hope you continue to take the journey down memory way with us...

Oh and not to forget...

See You In Orlando!


MONDAY, January 2nd, 2011, AT 6:00 PM/ PST




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