Curtis "The Battle Cat" Schuster
was born December 9, 1968.
He is a former 2 time World Kickboxing Champion
- Currently living in Kirkland, Washington
- Currently the
- Enterprise Account Executive, BRS at EMC
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- MARTIAL ARTS BACKGROUND
- MARTIAL ARTS
Super Heavyweight Kickboxing World Champion
Muay Thai World Champion
- PAST BOUTS (SEE DETAILS BELOW)
Man Gets A Real Kick Out Of His
World Champ To Open A School In Bellevue
Times News - 1995
By Steve Johnston BELLEVUE: Curtis Schuster
presents an intimidating figure. He stands 6 feet, is 218 pounds of solid muscle
and has a shaved head and a sinister-looking goatee. His shoulders are tattooed
with huge wildcats because he fights as "The Cat." He got the
name from the speed of his hands.
"People say I'm as fast as a cat,"
says Schuster, who lives in Bellevue.
Schuster, 26, also must be pretty fast with his feet and elbows
because he is the world superheavyweight kick-boxing champion for the
International Sport Karate Association, a title he recently defended in Paris
and will defend again Saturday in Reno.
When it comes to kick-boxing champions, the Eastside has more than its share
of bragging rights. Besides Schuster, there are Kim Messer,
world-champion female kick-boxer, and Maurice Smith, holder of the World
Karate Association heavyweight kick-boxing championship and, at age 33,
considered the grandfather of kick-boxing.
Smith is the reason
the three champions in this little-known sport decided to start a kick-boxing
school here, to open next month at 1807 132nd Ave. N.E.
Schuster met Smith three years ago while making the rounds
around Puget Sound as a heavyweight boxer. He'd won a bronze medal for boxing in
the 1984 Junior Olympics.
"When I first met Maurice he told me I could be a
"I was tough and could hit hard, but I didn't have
much knowledge in kick-boxing."
Whatever Schuster lacked, Smith was able to supply. Smith
had been undefeated in championship fights for 11 years. He'd been knocked out
only once, in 1991 by a boxer from the Netherlands in a nontitle fight, and that
was only the second time he'd been defeated. When the two met in Kirkland, Schuster
had a black belt in Thai-Kenpo, and he knew how to use his hands.
"Maurice taught me how to use my legs and knees,"
"You learn how to use every point of your body."
There are three types of kick-boxing. The form allowed in most states
permits only kicks and punches. Modified Thai boxing also allows use of the
knees, and Muay Thai, practiced overseas, includes leg sweeps and elbowing.
Schuster, who has had 17 professional bouts, fights under any form. None
of his challengers has gone past the third round, and all of his victories have
been by knockout.
Although Bellevue may seem an odd place to open a kickboxing gym, Smith
says, "there is more money in Bellevue than Seattle."
Kick-boxing lessons, or working out at a kick-boxing gym, costs from $50 to $75
a month. It's "a good way to work out," Smith says. "We
believe we have the best experienced kick-boxers in the country."
Another reason Bellevue attracts international kick-boxing attention is Kirk
Jensen of Kirk Jensen Promotions, the Don King of kick-boxing.
"I've been involved in kick-boxing for 18 years, and
I'm able to give the fighters an opportunity to fight,"
Jensen says. "I called Paris and said I had a good fighter
(Schuster) to send. They know me and trust me."
Although Schuster has made some money as a professional kick-boxer,
he makes his living in real estate. He acknowledges that people are usually
frightened when they first meet him because he looks like he could beat the
stuffing out of them.
"But once I start talking and show that I know what
I am talking about," he says, you can see relief spread across their faces."
Schuster says he's never had a chance to find out how he would do in
a bar fight because he doesn't go to bars. Besides, he adds, if someone started
a fight with him, he'd try to talk his way out of it.
- PRO FIGHTS
- July 30th, 1994
Destiny VII, Nagoya, Japan, Aichiken Budokan.
Riki Oh (Japan) by KO Round 3, Right High Kick.
- January 27th, 1995
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz,
Defeated Wade Irwin (Canada) by Round 3,
- April, 1995
Defeated Lee Hasdell (Britain)
by KO Round 1, Right Knee.
- Defended ISKA
Super Heavyweight World Title
- May 17th, 1995
Kickboxing Mania, San Jose Event Center, San
Jose, California, USA.
Defeated Valeri Savchenko (Russia) by
KO Round 1, Straight Left.
- June, 1995
Defeated Kenny Gale (Britain)
by KO Round 2, Left Hook.
- August 26th, 1995
Kickboxing Mania V, Reno Hilton, Reno,
Defeated Branko Pavlovic (Britain) by KO Round
2, Hand Foot Combination.
- November 17th, 1995
La Nuit Des Champions II, Palais Des
Sports, Marseille, France.
Defeated Jeff "Duke" Roufus
(USA) by 5 Round Decision.
- Defended ISKA
Super Heavyweight World Title
- June 1st, 1996
Les Choc Des Champions, Salle Du Zenith, Paris,
Lost to Jerome LeBanner (France) by 5 Round
- November, 1996
Reveillon (France) by KO Round 2, Low Kicks.
- February 1st, 1997
Palais Des Sports, Marseille, France.
Stephane Reveillon (France) by KO Round 2, Left Hook.
- May 31st, 1997
Strikeforce World Martial Arts, San Jose Event
Center, San Jose, California, USA.
Defeated Rani Berbachi (France)
by KO Round, 2 Low Kicks.
- Won ISKA
Super Heavyweight Oriental Rules World Title
- September 7th, 1997
K-1 Grand Prix 97' Eliminations, Osaka
Dome, Osaka, Japan.
Defeated Sadau Kitsiongrit (Thailand) by
3 Round Decision.
- April 9th, 1998
K-1 Kings 98', Yokohama Arena, Yokohama,
Lost to Andy Hug (Swiss)
LOSS: 5 Round Decision.
- August 7th, 1998
K-1 USA Grand Prix 1998, Inaugural K-1 USA Tournament, The Mirage, Las
Vegas, Nevada, USA
FIRST BOUT OF THE NIGHT: Defeated Jean
Riviere (Canada) by KO Round 2, Left Knee.
- SECOND BOUT OF THE NIGHT: Defeated Jean Claude Leuyer (USA)
by KO Round 2, Right Hand.
- With a packed house of approximately 4,200 kickboxing fans at the Mirage
Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada, USA, The first ever K-1 USA was
everything the paying audience wanted. Well...that is... until the final
championship tournament bout. When the time came to put the 2 undefeated
fighters together, Curt Schuster and Rick Roufus, Schuster
honorably bowed out due to a knee injury and Roufus won the first ever
K-1 USA title by "Walkover", without throwing 1 punch or 1
Schuster had just went through a round and a half war with
Jean-Claude Leuyer before knocking out Leuyer in the middle of
the second round. Schuster hurt his leg in the bout and when called to
the ring to meet Roufus, Schuster didn't even have his gloves on. This
would have been a great fight! It's too bad for both fighters that it had to end
this way. Bad of course for Schuster and surly, Roufus wasn't
proud of taking this kind of a win as well.
Roufus wents on to the
K-1 Grand Prix in Osaka Japan and word was, because of his showing and the way
he was forced to bow out, Schuster was suppose to go too. However, for
unknown reasons, he wasn't among the final 16 in Osaka who were, Peter
Aerts, Sinisa Andrijasevic, Ray Sefo, Stefan Leko, Sam Greco, Matt Skelton,
Franscisco Filho, Rick Roufus, Andy Hug, Mark Russell, Mike Bernardo, Maurice
Smith, Ernesto Hoost, Tosca Petrides, Masaaki Satake and Glaube Feitosa.
- FIGHT RECORD: 13-2, 11 KO's
Jérôme Le Banner
Jean Claude Leuyer
Lee Hasdell - April 15th, 1995
SCHUSTER WAS EVEN
IN A VIDEO GAME