Earlier today the IKF
Officials Board approved the Ringstar®
Sparring shoe known as
The Maxx (Right) for both
IKF Point Kickboxing and IKF Full Contact Rules Kickboxing. If you have never
tried these shoes, you need to get a pair because it will literally change the
way you fight!
"I find the shoes as a great source of comfort and
protection for my feet." Said IKF
Point Kickboxing Director and former two time Professional (FCR) World
Champion Johnny Davis.
(Left) "As I sparred with the shoe, I felt the
padding was exceptional because as I made contact, I didn't feel much shock at
all on my foot that delivered the strike. When you get hit with this shoe its
more like being hit with a pad than a shoe and that's a good thing."
Those who have tested the shoes here at the IKF have come to the same conclusions such as, If
two fighters doing IKF Point Kickboxing or
IKF Full Contact (American Kickboxing)
style fighting wanted to wear the shoes it would be interesting and perhaps may
add some excitement and intrigue to some of the fights as well as an added
safety factor for both competitors.
It is true that the shoe protects the foot better than the
currently accepted kick footpads. However, although the impact was safe and
padded, the impact of the kick is harder with the shoe on than the foot pads due
to the confidence in the use of the shoe as compared to the non stability of the
"The protection of the shoe in sparring to the person
wearing them is far better than the old style pads." Said former
Kickboxing Champion, co-founder of the IKF
and now head of Officials for the
IKF, Dan Stell. (Right) "I no
longer worried about jamming my toes, the pad coming off, and the padded instep
was a major addition as well. I would without a doubt highly suggest them for
The first Kickboxing Fighter to use them in actual competition
was former IKF World Champion
Don "The Dragon"
Wilson (Right) "I loved them!" Said
Wilson. "I used the very first pair, (-which has been greatly
improved upon since then-) in a real kickboxing fight in Atlantic City at the
Tropicana. The shoe gave me better footing and the safety on that first shoe was
easily comparable to a regular foot pad."
The shoes have greatly improved since then, but back then, the
shoes worked great in that bout which was Wilson's last kickboxing bout
(So far...) as Don won by KO in the 10th round over Eddie
Some other well known IKF
Champions that have been using the shoes are Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson
and Peyton Russell. "We have been
working out in them and sparring with them a lot and tall my students love them,
both full contact kickboxers as well as regular martial artists." Said
their coach Ray Thompson.
(Right). "These shoes are a major addition for safety in the
sport, not to mention the added hygiene issues fighters had to deal with walking
around in bare feet while working out."
This was a point Wilson
made as well. "How many fighters pick up germs from the floors of gyms,
athletes foot or whatever. Wearing these shoes while working out takes away the
worry of this." Said Wilson.
"This is a great shoe that will without a doubt
promote safety to the Full Contact Kickboxing arena." Said IKF Chief Medical Advisor
Dr. Allen Fields. (Left) "We
have been watching Steve (Shepard's) progress with the shoe and I must say, the
outcome of what he has produced is outstanding!"
Like in any new product, IKF
will closely monitor the use of the shoes in regards to the decline of foot
injuries as well as impact and contact feedback of this full contact Kickboxers
that use the shoe. I think the fact that the shoes form to the foot better than
the old foot pads, they offer a lot more affective kicking potential.
This is the second alignment deal that the IKF has made with Ringstar
Products®. Previously the IKF announced they, along with their sister
organization for MMA, the ISCF. had come
to a sponsorship agreement with Ringstar Products® to be the official sponsor for Officials
Shoes for all IKF & ISCF Certified Referees for ALL IKF & ISCF
Events with their Flexx Pro Trainer Martial Arts Training Shoe. The
sparring or "Competition" shoe is a different shoe itself.
"Making ailments such as this one for us here at the
IKF are a 'Win-Win'" Said IKF President Steve Fossum. (Left) I don't
just mean for both companies, which it is of course, but what I mean is when you
find a good product like the Ringstar Shoes and you are dealing with a Martial
Arts and Kickboxing Icon who is as successful yet as humble as Steve
Shepard, this is what we look at as a big 'Win-Win' for the IKF organization."
The founder and **President and
CEO of Ringstar Products®
is Former Professional Kickboxer
Steve Shepherd. "Making our relationship with the IKF has been one of the best moves for our
connection with the sport of Kickboxing." says Sheppard.
"All of us here at Ringstar are excited about the future of this
relationship as well as the future of the sport. Together, Ringstar and the IKF have some great things planned."
no longer owns Ringstar.