1999 IKF /
RINGSIDE USA National Amateur Tournament
A RINGSIDE Sponsored Event
It doesn't get any more "LEGIT" than this Kickboxing fans! The "Best of the Best" Amateur Kickboxers all at ONE EVENT to decide WHO were TRULY the Nations BEST Amateur Kickboxers! Oh, you say the BEST fighters weren't there because YOU or someone you know wasn't there? Sorry!!! That excuse isn't accepted after this weekends SUCCESS! If you THOUGHT you were truly one of the best, you should have found a way to be there to PROVE YOURSELF to everyone else that was there. Now you'll have to wait until next year, even if your excuse was "LEGIT". With that said, we can hardly wait to see more of you there at "Next Years" 2nd annual IKF RINGSIDE National Amateur Tournament. Oh yes... There will be another... and another...and another! This event is here to STAY!
The word was clear the entire weekend. Those who were there, at Harveys Casino Hotel in Council Bluffs Iowa, USA for the 1st annual IKF RINGSIDE USA National Amateur Championship Tournament clearly had "Walked the Walk!" Nationwide, it's CLEAR there are too many amateurs that "CLAIM" to be the Nations best who hold some National title from an organization that's only known in their home state or region of the United States. Or a fighter who holds a title that several other fighters hold across the nation because the organization they fought for never keeps records of their amateur champions. But this wasn't true at Harveys Casino Hotel in Iowa, USA this last weekend. Those who TRULY wanted to see if they were TRULY the BEST among their peers worked hard to raise the money to make the trip to the National Championship Tournament in Iowa.
Now when we say "Raise the money" we don't mean fees to the IKF. We mean their travel fees such as gas or plane fare, hotel and meals. For there were no Registration fees to pay to the IKF for this first National Championship Tournament. Together the IKFRINGSIDE National Finals Tournament Team of RINGSIDE INC., Harveys Casino Hotel, Tournament Host Mick Doyle, the IAA and the IKF, the event they organized was second to NONE. The event had an Outstanding Venue, Top Class Title Belts for the Champions, Outstanding Equipment to use for each and every fight and all was organized like an Olympic event that ran as smooth as silk! Again, this was truly
Some of you in the USA reading this choose not to attend for various reasons. Maybe you thought the event would be a wash, that there would be no competition or that it would be no big deal like the many other "SO CALLED" National Championships. Well everyone, for your information, as we just said, this event was "THE EVENT" for Every Amateur in the USA who wanted to be recognized as a TRUE National Champion! Those who attended this FIRST EVER True National Amateur Kickboxing Championship Tournament that included fighters from ALL OVER the United States, Sanctioned by a Legit Kickboxing Sanctioning body can now truly say that they have...
"Walked The Walk!"
Our praise goes out to tournament host Mick Doyle of Omaha Nebraska. ( An e-mail link has been given to this article for those looking to pass on your thanks to Mr. Doyle) Mr. Doyle took on the responsibility of helping the fighters, coaches, officials and guests attending the event find a hotel, restaurants as well as organizing all the events officials and various promotional expenses. We thank Harveys Casino Hotel Team Leaders, Verne Welch (Harveys Senior Vice President & General Manager), and Bill Orlando (Harveys Customer Development Manager) who supplied the venue facilities for Saturday and Sunday for FREE when other venues wanted thousands. Your support of this event and future events is Golden to all of us!
If we knew all their names, we would list them all, but there are so many individuals on Mick Doyle's promotional team that we just need to say THANK YOU to them ALL! For without their efforts, many of men and women would not have reached their dream of a National Finalist, let alone, a true National Champion.
We thank the efforts of those behind the scenes that many don't see that helped the event run so smooth that no one ever questioned the events timing. People such as our event Equipment Coordinator Steve Wiley who made sure all the fighters received the correct size and color of gloves along with headgear and shin pads, for without his efforts, such an event would have lasted DAYS!
We thank Vickie Laegeler of Z's Martial Arts in Lake In The Hills Illinois who assisted in finding the CORRECT title belt to give to our many title belt presenters throughout the Finals. Without her, we would have been searching for days.
To all of our event officials under the leadership of Dan Stell and Fred Fitzgerald who worked passionately to make sure the event was fare and safe for everyone. Judges, referees, timekeepers and kick judges. Even though they put in some long hours, their skills and judgement continued sharp as a needle until the end.
We thank Doctor Eric McKillican who kept all the fighters safe throughout the event with the support of our event paramedics. The courage of some of your decisions could have made a difference in a fighters future and we thank you for assuring them all a bright one.
To the trainers, some who travelled as far as 1,700 plus miles by van (HUMAN USMC Kickboxing Team, Camp Pendleton, California) who sacrificed their time, money and efforts to bring their fighters to the event in search of a dream, a goal, a victory. And for some, just to be a part of something so great was victory enough despite a loss, for they could walk proudly away knowing they truly "Walked the Walk", win or lose.
We thank the dedicated commitment to kickboxing excellence by John Brown and Joe Taylor of Ringside Inc. who have supported the IKF throughout the year. Our relationship has been successful for us all who believe in offering more quality to the sport of kickboxing. Ringside Inc. donation of quality equipment for all IKF events and their financial support of paying half the cost of over $5,000.00 in title belts and awards for this event along with the IKF proved their commitment is as good as GOLD! We look forward to many great years in the sport with the IKF and Ringside Inc. connection.
We truly expect next years event to draw double the amount of fighters and we hope to see you there next year to compete to be one of the Best of the Best amateurs in the USA so that you too can say as all these fighters below can, that you truly "Walked the Walk!"
So without further delay, here's the results of this weekends IKF / RINGSIDE USA National Amateur Championship Tournament and the many names of those amateurs who, won or lost, they truly "Walked the Walk!"
These fighters opponents registered to attend the National Finals but did not show up.
Past News on our Page as we Approached the FINALS
"Walkin The Walk!"
Nearly a year ago, IKF President Steve Fossum and RINGSIDE INC. Representative Joe Taylor came up with a dream idea to unite the amateur ranks of kickboxing here in the United States. To bring North and South, East and West together to find out who truly is "The Best of the Best" of the American Amateur Kickboxers. It was an idea that many had talked about, to build a strong and solid foundation for the sport here in America, but that was all with those who discussed it in the past. It was all just talk.
Together Taylor and Fossum knew the challenge would be hard and maybe even impossible with so many different sanctioning organizations in America. Against them would be everything from organizational politics to financial hardships for everyone involved. Finding the fighters would be a task in itself, but finding promoters to fill a card for a regional was to prove even harder. As if that wasn't enough problems in their plan, there were many others... How to please everyone that wanted to participate? Where would the finals be? What rule styles should be offered? How big should the title belts be? How much would the awards cost? How can it be affordable for the fighters yet helpful for the promoters? What would such a challenge cost emotionally, financially and physically for the strain of stress alone could stop such a dream dead in it's tracks.
As the idea grew, Ringside's Taylor put the challenge out to Fossum. "Can it be done?" he asked. "If you think you can, I challenge you to make it happen." What Taylor didn't know though was a challenge is all that IKF President Steve Fossum needed. For Fossum has always lived by the famous quote;
"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
As a martial artist of over 20 years, Fossum achieved a total of 13 degrees of black belt in 3 different styles. As a fighter, he won a combined 6 International and 11 National titles in point fighting, hand to hand combat and of course, full contact kickboxing. As a school owner he built the largest karate & kickboxing training facility on the West Coast, USA at over 17,000 square feet in size. When challenged by other sanction bodies who said, "If you think you can do better, do it." he did, and the IKF has long been proof of that. When challenged the same way by a Title Belt company that had terrible customer service, he started the IAA (International Awards and Apparel) so the IKF promoters would never deal with terrible customer service again. Yes, Fossum's accomplishments have been many, but the fact he says, says it all.
"The ONLY reason "I" have succeeded is because of the TEAM around me."
says Fossum. Knowing the strength of the IKF TEAM, Fossum begin to put the plan into action. This was NEVER a "ONE" man challenge. It was a Challenge to the IKF TEAM to see if they could truly "Walk the Walk". And as ANY successful TEAM would respond, battles have been won, one after another on the way to the final battle of the first ever 1999 IKF / RINGSIDE National Amateur Kickboxing Tournament.
Now, almost a year later, Fossum and Taylor's dream idea has become a reality, but NOT ALONE!!! With THE TEAM! The stage is set for the last chapter of this event. The combined efforts of now "ONE" TEAM, The IKF RINGSIDE INC. TEAM have had a GREAT YEAR working up to this event. All of you who were a part of it worked to prove it could be done if we were willing to put in the time, effort and financial support it needed to succeed. We proved that if we all were willing to do our jobs being what we each do best and "Walk Our Walk" we could make it happen. We are all truly ready for "THE BIG SHOW!" If you want to know who's on stage, check out our Final list of our National Championship Qualifiers by clicking Here!
A reminder to EVERYONE that such an event would never be possible if not for the STRONG SUPPORT of OUR IKF TEAM which includes our Fighters, Trainers, Officials the Regional Promoters and of course their understanding FAMILIES & LOVED ONES who have sacrificed "A LOT" of Quality Time to allow us to prepare for this event. We know it hasn't been easy to "Make It Happen" but together as the IKF TEAM, we can say "We've come this far, now lets Finish WALKIN THE WALK!"
As we have said before, but it needs to be said again, A "MAJOR THANKS" to all our IKF regional promoters that sacrificed their time, money and efforts to bring the fighters together. To provide a quality venue so that these great fighters can challenge their peers in a fare and safe competition. To provide them with a truly worthy goal that shall be contested among their peers.
To our first ever regional promoter, Jeff Mullen of Tennessee, who learned with IKF President Steve Fossum that keeping composed and patient as martial artists have their values under pressure. For together, their organizational skills were tested greatly on this first regional event and many lessons were learned.
To Rob Zbilski of Chicago and Duke Roufus of Wisconsin who used the TEAM concept together to promote some of the greatest Muay Thai and Full Contact Bouts we have seen. Proof that Team Work succeeds in every arena.
To Dan Rawlings of Ohio who discovered promoting and fighting are not as glorious as they seem, but if one stays focused, ones goals can still be succeeded.
To Marshall Hamil of California who entered cautiously into the IKF TEAM from other associations as many of us did but now stands as a proud supporter along with his dedicated Human Marine Team. Semper Fi Marshall.
To Caroline Mixon of Florida who battled politics and the ways of the past of some fighters who wanted to stay home and win a title from an unknown organization and not be truly recognized around the world rather than Walk The Walk with the IKF as some of her own champions have. She has faced battle after battle with the OLD SCHOOL people and succeeded greatly with her perseverance and dedication. She is the example of Stand Strong!
To Mike Carlson of Georgia who for so long flew only the PKC flag but united the efforts and fighters of the PKC and the IKF together to prove no world or sport is too small for those working to improve it. The Team concept has worked together with the IKF and PKC consistently now for over a year and even back as far as 1992 when they combined efforts on an event that included 3 PKC & 2 IKF World titles in South Lake Tahoe Nevada, USA that was aired live on Showtime Television.
To Sven Bean of Colorado who put his heart, time and financial backing into an event for the fighters and sacrificed his personal gain to make sure they had a place compete, no matter what the costs.
And finally, to Mick Doyle of Nebraska and the Team of Harveys Casino Hotel in Iowa who have faced the pressure of organizing us all. Together they have faced the daily pressure of bringing OUR TEAM to the finals and making us feel at home while so far away. From what we can see, they are prepared to truly Walked The Walk to not only bring the TEAM together, but to offer us all an atmosphere worthy of winners. for remember everyone, no matter who wears the belts home, you are ALL WINNERS because you have all "Walked the Walk!"
And on that note, we salute you all out there on the IKF TEAM "WORLDWIDE". Together we are ALL a part of something great for the sport of kickboxing. In the beginning, founders Steve Fossum and Dan Stell had a dream, but that dream could have never become a reality as it is today without ALL OF YOU! For all of us on OUR TEAM must remember to do our jobs and do them well. We all have our special talents and we need to focus on them. For as the saying goes;
"Great things can be accomplished by those who don't care who gets the credit!"
OK TEAM... We hope to see you at THE
We will ONLY have 1 Juniors Bout; Anthony Kindel, (13) Milwaukee, Wisconsin (85 lbs) vs Carlos Flores, (11) Bakersfield, California (85 Lbs), International Rules. This bout will be fought on SUNDAY.
Carlos Flores Never showed up for this highly anticipated bout. Kindel won by walkover-forfeit.