Ramon Dekkers vs. Namkabuan Nongkeepahuyuth (Thailand) La Nuit des Titans, Marocco, 1997 Photos: K.J. Argyriadis
The Gladiator or The Professor were his nicknames when Dutch kickboxer Fred Rojers captured WKA world championship titles.
The strongman from Croatia.
The first Italian in the history of kickboxing to win a world championship title.
Steve was one of the most iconic champions of American kickboxing. He won countless titles while promoting his own events out of West Palm Beach.
Texan Troy Dorsey has not received the accolades he deserves. Although few fighters in the history of the […]
Andy Hug was a karate and kickboxing champion from Switzerland who rose to fame in Japan by winning […]
Who was the first athlete from Switzerland to become a world champion kickboxer?
It was Jean-Marc Tonus of Geneva.
The World’s first super lightweight champion in fullcontact kickboxing (aka PKA karate).
When kickboxing in The Netherlands took off in the 80ies Rob Kaman was one of the biggest stars of the square jungle.
The first big name kickboxer from Switzerland was Jerome Canabate. His fights in Geneva and Lausanne drew large crowds of fight fans.
An interview with Don “The Dragon” Wilson from 2003 after his comeback fight in Atlantic City.
The most successful and skilled fullcontact kickboxer of all times from Mannheim, Germany.
Multiple world champion in kickboxing and pro boxing. Troy Dorsey is a warrior with a heart made from Titanium and fists chiseled from rocks.
Poland’s first woman to become a professional fighting sports champion in both, kickboxing and boxing. Rylik was widely known as Miss Tyson.
Fighting is my business and business is good.
An expert competitor in weapons forms in the early 90ties, Michael Bernando became a successful action movie star.
Dutch kickbxers are know to be tough and highly skilled. Gilbert Ballantine is the role model of Dutch kickboxing.
During the best days of WAKO and PKO, two fighters consistantly dominated the lighter divisions. One was American Troy Dorsey who was the King of -57 Kg division from 1983 until 1990 in both, semicontact and fullcontact winning WAKO world titles in London and Munich. One division up, German Michael Kuhr of Berlin won world titles and nationals in fullcontact and light contact. Both were accomplished boxers with Kuhr winning Bundesliga matches in Germany and Dorsey fighting for professional world titles in various weight divisions. It was a dream of American promoter Michael H. Anderson to match up these two great fighters.
Sad news: Joe Lewis passed on August 31st, 2012 after suffering from cancer. May he rest in peace. We keep you in our hearts, Joe!
It was in 2000 when I first had the opportunity to meet up with Joe Lewis, the person who became known as the first American Sport Karate Champion, first professional heavyweight World Champion and as a teacher. He is one of the most advanced instructors for self defense and combat principles that are developed to be scaled up for different demands and not just one occasion. Joe Lewis has been a mentor and idol for many martial artists. Some have had the chance to study with him over many years and call him their master while others have just met him on one or two occasions. Yet, both sort of encounters with Joe Lewis have spurred positive developments for martial artists from all over the world.