Mr. Donnie Hair
Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA

Donnie was born on April 15th, 1961.
On May 1st, 2014 at 8:13 PM Donnie past away, he was 53.

He is One Of God's Champions Now...

Donnie Was An IKF & ISCF Fight Promoter & Judge.

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Donnie Hair in the Sabaki Challenge (April 27, 1991)
Donnie Hair performed a wood-breaking exhibition before fighting against Kenshin Orito in the Middle-Weight Division.
Only one of his fights from this event was included on the 60-minute video.
The 13th Annual Sabaki Challenge event occurred April 27, 1991 in Denver, Colorado.
It was a full contact single-elimination tournament pitting the top 24 fighters of all styles and from around the world against each other.
To win this grueling test of might one fighter had to defeat three opponents... in one night.



Donnie Hair

Just after the formation of the Professional Karate Association in 1974, Brevard County became the unlikely nexus of East Coast kickboxing tournaments, and fabled Cocoa Beach night club Brassy's served as the sport's even unlikelier premier venue in short order.

ESPN began broadcasting PKA kickboxing events from Brassy's in 1981, and Donnie Hair, along with the legendary Don "The Dragon" Wilson, his mentor and Brassy's fight promoter, was regularly featured in those first filmed bouts.

"Fighting at Brassy's was awesome," Hair, a Cocoa Beach resident since the age of four, recalls. "The events were always packed, and it was always exciting fighting with Don Wilson as the main event."

A formidable kickboxing champion who was rated 6th in the world, Hair is now the president of the Cocoa-based USA MMA Kickboxing Promotions, and it's through it that Brevard will once again play host to the sport with a series of fights at Levelz night club in downtown Melbourne. It's also a company that prides itself on an adherence to the honorable precepts of pure karate -- and kickboxing, its logical descendant -- that helped make the sport the phenomenon it has since become.

After reading a book called "Karate for Kids" while in elementary school here, Hair fell in love with karate, and his enthrallment with a 7th-grade friend's "Yoshukai Karate" t-shirt is what sparked his interest in the pursuit.

Of the myriad branches of karate, Yoshukai is one that is defined more by mental than physical discipline. Master your mind, to put it simply, and the body will follow.

Hair is still understandably nostalgic about his following the Yoshukai path. "Karate was very different back then from what it is today," he says. "You earned your belts, you didn't buy them. Classes cost $10 a month, so there was no financial interest in keeping you around if you didn't train hard and show respect and discipline. Back then, instructors bragged about how many students they could make quit, not how many black belts they promoted."

"When I heard about a PKA full-contact event being held in Melbourne, I asked my teacher, Sensei Larry Pate, if I could fight," Hair remembers. "He said, 'Meet me at the dojo tomorrow night.' We met there -- it was at the Cocoa Armory -- and he beat the crap out of me and asked if I still wanted to fight full-contact. My answer was 'Yes, sir!'"

"Kickboxing was actually called 'full-contact karate' back then," Hair reflects. "The events were held on concrete floors and the fighters wore newly-invented foam padding on their feet and hands. I knew at that point I would be a full-contact fighter, but I was too young. I wasn't able to fight until I earned a brown belt."

Studying Yoshukai with Pate helped keep Hair in good stead when, at the age of 15, he participated in his first kickboxing bout at the Melbourne Auditorium in 1976 and began fighting professionally four years later. It's the discipline he teaches today, and it was through Sensei Pate that Hair recently earned his 5th-degree black belt.

Apart from the physical skills Yoshukai helped him master, the discipline is also responsible for Hair's disarming humility.

"Although I won more fights than I lost," he says, "the memorable fights that stick out in my mind are the ones that were losses."

One of his first defeats in a professional bout came at the hands one Jeff Overture in Dallas. "It was the first time my grandmother had come to watch me fight," Hair reveals. "It was the first time I was ever knocked out and they carried me out past my grandma. Needless to say, she never came back to watch me fight."

"Another memorable fight was against a guy named A. W. Mohammed. I was told he had four professional kickboxing matches. After he left-hooked me to death after five straight rounds, I found out that he had over 30 pro boxing matches," he laughs.

"But my most memorable win was two years later with him. I knocked him out in the second round, and put six stitches in his top lip."

In 1980, things changed dramatically for Hair when he met Don Wilson, an 11-time World Champion and prolific actor who is widely considered the best kickboxer of all time.

"I knew of Don because he beat two of my instructors in full-contact karate matches in Melbourne," Hair tells me. "Then I ran into him running on the beach. We were both training for the fights at Brassy's and he invited me to his gym. Soon after that, I was Chief Martial Arts Instructor at his studio in Cocoa Beach. That was the beginning of a lifelong friendship."

In 1989, Hair conceived of the "Super Fights" series of bouts and founded his first promotional company, USA Kickboxing, Inc., through which he promoted over 100 amateur kickboxing events and three Pro World Title events.

Impressed by Hair's promotional abilities, Wilson asked him to relocate to Los Angeles to act as Promotions Director and Assistant in his film production company. Through his work in Hollywood, Hair went on to star in a number of martial arts films -- including "Mortal Kombat," "Night Hunter," and two installments of the "Bloodfist" series -- and he's worked as a stuntman, technical advisor, and fight choreographer for several others.

In 1994, Hair and Wilson joined forces to create "The Challenge of the Dragon," a martial arts star search competition that presaged television's current fascination with contest-driven entertainment. Held to a capacity crowd at Prince's Glam Slam nightclub in Downtown L.A., the challenge featured martial arts champions from all over the country vying for a featured role in a Wilson-produced action film. In keeping with the duo's strong ethics, the event also doubled as a fundraiser for a local charity called "Cities in Schools." It's a trend Hair continues with his ongoing support of the Wounded Warrior Project and AVET (American Veterans Empowerment Team), which was the beneficiary of his current company's one-year anniversary.

Hair's belief in sportsmanship and honor is what earned his organization the impressive distinction of having overseen over 60 bouts without any major injuries. "The main thing is to make sure fighters are matched with even skill levels," he explains. "I also use the best referees and medical staff available. Strictly adhering to standards and rules of the sanctioning bodies is essential. A lot of people want to see bloody fights -- 'the ground-and-pound' -- which is not allowed in amateur fighting. You have to keep in mind these guys have to go to work the next day."

The common thread of safety and respect running through all of Hair's promoted events stems, unsurprisingly, from core Yoshukai tenets. The most virulent misconception laypeople might have about the fighters Hair deals with today is that they're arrogant and disrespectful of each other. "That's what you might see on TV," he says, "but in my experience, MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighters show nothing but honor, respect, and sportsmanship towards each other."

Donnie Hair currently promotes Live Cage Fight events as a series of Amateur MMA & Muay-Thai Kickboxing matches sanctioned by IKF Kickboxing and ISCF MMA. Most of his events currently take place at Levelz (4250 W. New Haven Ave.) in downtown Melbourne.

  • Filmography by year for Donnie Hair

    • Night Hunter (1996) [Actor .... Uniformed Cop] [stunts]

    • Bloodfist VIII: Trained to Kill (1996) [Actor .... Emeric Pressburger] [fight choreographer]
      aka "Bloodfist VIII: Hard Way Out" - USA (DVD title)

    • The Power Within (1995) [Actor .... Assistant Instructor]

    • Bloodfist VII: Manhunt (1995) [stunts]
      aka "Manhunt" - USA (video title)

    • Mortal Kombat (1995) [stunt ninja]

    • Lion Strike (1995) [Actor .... Stan]
      aka "Ring of Fire III: Lion Strike" - USA (DVD title)

    • Blackbelt (1992) [Actor .... Dojo Mercenary]

A Day with Donnie Hair - Stuntperson from "Mortal Kombat"

BRASSY'S Night Club - 1981
Donnie Hair just before his First Rnd KO of Bill Kase.
This was the first Full-Contact event filmed for ESPN.
Don Wilson was MAIN EVENT. James Wilson promoted the show.