Texan Troy Dorsey has not received the accolades he deserves. Although few fighters in the history of the […]
Who was the first athlete from Switzerland to become a world champion kickboxer?
It was Jean-Marc Tonus of Geneva.
Here’s a champion whose techniques are as smashing as her looks. So don’t let her beauty fool you. […]
Milana Bjelogrlic is a kickboxing champion from Serbia. She won the WAKO world championships in amateur K-1 kickboxing […]
Although he spent the last ten years of his life in Florida, transplanted Texan Walt Bone, like all […]
Promoter Georg F. Brückner put together the greatest WAKO Kickboxing World Championships in 1987 to unite the organization. He used Munich’s Olympic Hall to gain attention for his vision of kickboxing becoming an Olympic sport.
At age 10, Helen Chung Vasiliadis chose to make karate a part of her life; today, at 26, […]
The man who moved from Germany to Norway to pioneer the sport of kickboxing (sport karate). Wedde is one of the original founders of WAKO.
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.
A pioneer of Okinawan Karate and competitive point fighting, Chuck Merriman has influenced American martial arts for decades.
Poland’s first woman to become a professional fighting sports champion in both, kickboxing and boxing. Rylik was widely known as Miss Tyson.
His explosive musical katas made Canadian Jean Frenette a legend of modern martial arts. Who hasn’t seen his amazing karate forms?
Long reigning as president of global kickboxing organization WAKO, Italian academic Ennio Falsoni presents his view of kickboxing history. Find out what drove him away from karate kata and into contact sports.
Mister Budoland is one of the most important sponsors in martial arts competition.
Poland’s first point fighting champion from Warsaw who later bacame the most powerful man in Polish kickboxing.
One of the flashiest kickers and hardest punchers in Worldchampionship fullcontact fighting. Dimitroff outscored or knocked out all oponents queued up against him.
The longest reigning president in kickboxing’s history, a true pioneer from Italy with organisational talent.
Best German fullcontact fighter as a professional. Michael Kuhr has transcendet to becoming a celebrity bodyguard.
The most successful martial arts women of all times. Have a look at her kicking skills.
Charming and tough. Linda Denley of Texas simly wins all of her matches.
Texas karate has a reputation of creating tough fighters. Meet former world champion Rudy Smedley.
An outstanding American athlete who dominated point fighting and fullcontact during the late 80ies.
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.
George was a pioneer of martial arts who was unparalleled in his skills and devotion. His roots date back to the 50ies when he started training self defense based on JuJutsu, a European version of Jiu Jitsu. Driven by curiosity he observed US-American soldiers stationed in occupied West Germany training Taekwondo and Karate. He started learning this new, modern way of Oriental combat. One of the best known American instructors was Mike Anderson. George heard about Anderson’s exceptional skills and traveled to Garmisch Partenkirchen – around 700 Km south of West Berlin – every weekend to learn the art of Taekwondo. Both became friends and partners who were instrumental in changing the landscape of martial arts in Europe.