July 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 2021

Orlando, Florida, USA


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Don Wilson Biography

Once Again...

Don "The DRAGON" Wilson
Will Be In The House At The
2021 IKF World Classic!

The "DRAGON'S" Home Page Here On The IKF Site!

The Dragon After He Won His
IKF World Title in 1999!
- His 11th World Title!-

Don "The Dragon" Wilson has been globe trotting all around the world the past several years spreading the word of Unity among Martial Arts.

One of his most recent Movies is The Martial Arts Kid which is an Action /Family movie about a troubled teen from Cleveland (Jansen Panettiere) who experiences bullying in Cocoa Beach, Florida. He soon learns Martial Arts to gain confidence and self defense skills.

The film is directed by Michael Baumgarten and was written by Michael Baumgarten and Adam W. Marsh. Wilson is one of the stars of the film which also includes Martial Arts Star Cynthia 'Lady Dragon' Rothrock.

For a trailer of the film click

Here is an additional short teaser made for and played at the 2014 Comic Con in San Diego. The film addresses the serious issue of bullying and raises the issue of responsibility that martial arts instructors should have for their students. The film represents all martial arts rather than a single style. Click HERE

Since work on The Martial Arts Kid Don has been working on other films set to debut in 2015 or still in production such as;

  • Killing the Seeds
  • The Masters Legacy
  • The Reel Deal (TV Series)
  • Devotion (pre-production)
  • White Tiger (post-production)
  • One More Round (post-production)
  • Marta Steel
  • The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power
  • The Whole World at Our Feet

His film schedule is not the only thing getting him out of the house and on a plane. Don has been hoping around the world this past year doing special Martial Arts appearances and Martial Arts and Kickboxing seminars crisscrossing the USA and jumping around from continent to continent.

With all this, we are once again proud to announce
"The Dragon" will take time out of his whirlwind schedule to be
In The House At This Years
2021 IKF World Classic.

A little more about "The Dragon"...
In 1999 at 45 years of age, Don won his IKF World Title on May 15th, 1999 in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA, when he defeated Dick Kimber. (Lynn, Massachusetts, USA PRO: 23-3/21, AM: 25-0/25 5'9" 197 ) Kimber swore to everyone that he'd have the fight over before the fifth round. However when the Dragon unloaded on Kimber in round three, Kimber dropped to the mat and referee Dan Stell counted him out on the floor, a count that went into the round break. Kimber never stood during the count and to this date, Kimber never fought again. It had been over eight years since Don last entered the ring, but his trademark sidekick was stronger than ever. Wilson picked up the IKF Cruiserweight World Title for his efforts and Kimber kept his promise when this one was over in round 3. Still to this day, Don's purse of $150,000 (Plus travel and some additional training expenses) is the highest purse EVER paid for a single bout . Having never been challenged for his title, Don voluntarily retired it to move down to the Light Heavyweight Division.

Don's Professional Kickboxing Record is 71 wins, 5 loses and 2 draws with 47 wins coming by the Knockout. He's been regarded as one of the greatest kickboxer of all time. Up and coming Amateur Kickboxers will get a chance to rub shoulders with him all weekend long because he will be "In The House" at the 2021 IKF World Classic Amateur Championship Tournament on July 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 2021, in Orlando, Florida, USA.

During his career Don won a total of 11 World Titles with several Sanctioning bodies that included the IKF, WKA, KICK, ISKA, STAR and the PKO. Never backing down from a challenge, Don has fought champions all around the world, in Hong Kong, Japan, Italy, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Thailand, Las Vegas and countless other locations.

Over his career Wilson fought and defeated many Great fighters such as James Warring, Demetrius Edwards, Maurice Smith, Dennis Downey, Dennis Alexio, Branimir Cikatic, Mike Winkeljohn, Herb Thompson, Greg Smith, Muhammed Ashraf Tai, Panya Sornnoi, Pongdienoi Prasobchai, Rob Salazar, and a very controversial Draw against Jean-Yves Theriault which many thought Wilson clearly won.

After his first retirement from the ring, Wilson went on to yet another level of stardom as an action movie star. Movies to his credit include: The Last Sentinel (2007), Soft Target (2006), Sci-Fighter (2004), Stealing Harvard (2002), Redemption (2002), Moving Target (2000), The Capitol Conspiracy (1999), Whatever It Takes (1999), Inferno aka Operation Cobra (1998), Hollywood Safari (1997), Papertrail (1997), Night Hunter (1996), Virtual Combat (1996), Bloodfist VIII: Trained to Kill (1996), Cyber-Tracker 2 (1995), Bloodfist VII: Manhunt (1995), Batman Forever (1995), Ring of Fire 3: Lion Strike (1995), Bloodfist VI: Ground Zero (1995), Terminal Rush (1995), CyberTracker (1994), Red Sun Rising (1994), Bloodfist V: Human Target (1994), Out for Blood (1993), Ring of Fire II: Blood and Steel (1993), Bloodfist IV: Die Trying (1992), Blackbelt (1992), Bloodfist III: Forced to Fight (1992), Ring of Fire (1991), Future Kick (1991), Bloodfist II (1990), Bloodfist (1989) and Say Anything... (1989).

During this time Don married well known Film and Television Makeup artist Kathleen Karridene in 1996. They have three children together; Jonathan, Drayden, and Aubrianna. Over the course of his career Don won 11 world titles in 3 different weight divisions, something no other fighter has accomplished. Here is a list of his 11 World titles and some of his awards.

  • Wilson's World Titles
    1. 1999, IKF Cruiserweight World Champion (190 lbs.)
    2. 1989, PKO Light-Heavyweight World Champion (170 lbs)
    3. 1988, ISKA Cruiserweight World Champion (182 lbs)
    4. 1984, STAR Super Light-Heavyweight World Champion (184 lbs)
    5. 1984, WKA Super Light-Heavyweight World Champion (184 lbs)
    6. 1983, STAR Cruiserweight World Champion (184 lbs)
    7. 1983, WKA Cruiserweight World Champion (190 lbs)
    8. 1983, KICK Light-Heavyweight World Champion (175 lbs)
    9. 1982, WKC Light-Heavyweight World Champion (175 lbs)
    10. 1980, STAR Light-Heavyweight World Champion (175 lbs)
    11. 1980, WKA Light-Heavyweight World Champion (175 lbs)
      • Additional Titles
        • 2000 - ISKA North American Cruiserweight Title
        • 1979 - PKA Middleweight United States Champion (170 lbs)
        • 1978 - PKA Middleweight Florida State Champion (170 lbs)
  • Awards
    • 1988, STAR Fighter of the Year
    • 1985, STAR Fighter of the Year
    • 1984, STAR Fighter of the Year
    • 1984, STAR Career Champion: Highest Rated Kickboxer of All Time
    • 1984, Black Belt Hall of Fame
    • 1984, Official Karate Hall of Fame
    • 1983, Official Karate Magazine's Fighter of the Year

For more about Don Wilson click HERE!

For a fun "Comedy" clip with Cynthia and Master Ken Click

Exhibition with Bill Wallace - 1979-
-They never actually fought-

Don VS Kimber

A Tribute to the Legend of Kickboxing Don "The Dragon" Wilson During his Seminar in Palermo, Italy.

To schedule domestic or international seminars, appearances or fights: ddragonw@aol.com


Wikipedia - Don The Dragon Wilson - Full Fight & Acting Bio

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