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WEDNESDAY, March 14th, 2001, AT 10:25 AM PT

Amateur Rankings Soon To Be Posted!

We sincerely apologize for the new Updated ISCF Amateur Rankings taking so long. We had a proiblem with this particular web page over the last couple of weeks but it appears these problems have been solved. The newly updated ISCF Amateur Rankingas as well as Pro Ranking updates should be announced and up soon. The Newly updated ISCF Amateur Rankings can be found by clicking HERE when done. Keep in mind now, (3/14/01) that all you will see is the format of the rankings page, (With only 1 ranked fighter who was typed on the page for formatting purposes) not the newly updated rankings. Thanks for being so understanding...

More News Of 3-14-01

We Will Soon Have Some GREAT
Insurance Packages For ALL OF YOU!

For years now, we've talked about having a blanket policy for all IKF and ISCF Sanctioned Event Promoters that covers Spectators Liability as well as fighters medical on all IKF & ISCF Sanctioned events. However there were always things that kept making Insurance Packages difficult to accomplish. But as things have been going around the IKF & ISCF Headquarters here...
"This Game is Soon to Change Too...!"

NOTE: Our IKF TEAM EUROPE under the direction of Alby Bimpson of England has a Great Insurance package for all IKF Europe members.

They also have a great membership program in place that includes fighter insurance, gym and trainers insurance as well as official hardcover IKF Fighter Passport Books (See Cover Left & Inside Pages Right & Below) which are something that the IKF needs to make available worldwide.

Currently, IKF Membership books are ONLY offered through Mr. Bimpson's IKF European Headquarters with the Official IKF Stamp and Endorsement Seal attached to make them official.

So if your in another part of the world and someone's selling you an IKF Membership Booklet/Passport, you better let us know because no where else has the IKF ever approved, authorized or endorsed the sale of any type of IKF License Books or any other type of IKF Licenses or Memberships.

To make such reports, please contact the IKF Legal Department at this e-mail address:

It finally appears the we will soon be able to offer to "ALL" IKF & ISCF Promoters (Starting with North America, and quickly following, Worldwide) a great insurance package that will cover EVERYONE from spectators to the fighters on all IKF & ISCF Sanctioned Kickboxing Events. We should have this new policy in force within 30 days (Hopefully MUCH Sooner actually) of this posting if all goes well. So if your an IKF or ISCF Promoter, or looking to be an IKF or ISCF Promoter and the issue of INSURANCE has held you back, this will no longer be an issue, especially when you see what we can do for you.

This is just another area where we have been working this year to improve the quality and services available to those associated with the IKF & ISCF. We're also working on Insurance Policies for IKF & ISCFGyms/Clubs, Trainers (While training at their gyms as well as while during the matches) Fighters Training Policies (Insurance for training injuries) and Officials (Event liability as well as Injury Insurance). Keep watch for the official announcement soon.

THURSDAY, March 8th, 2001, AT 4:55 PM PT

Provides Plenty Of

IKF & ISCF Action!

There was plenty of action in IKF Kickboxing and ISCF Submission at Newby's Restaurant in Memphis Friday night, March 2. IKF / ISCF Promoter Jeff Mullen of Mid South Karate & Kickboxing hosted "KICKSHOOT 2001". This event featured both IKF & ISCF amateur bouts. Here's the nights results;

  1. Micah Duncan did a kickboxing exhibition with Kelley Duncan. No decision, it was an Exhibition.

  2. ISCF MMA: Dirk Hamilton defeated Joseph Bernidini by rear naked choke at 2:26 of the 1st round.

  3. ISCF MMA: Scott Marlin defeated Richard Lee by keylock at 3:11, of the1st round.

  4. ISCF MMA: Jay Shackleford defeated Trey Gandy. by armbar at 3:29 of the 2nd round.

  5. Drederick Reading did a kickboxing exhibition with J. Reading. Again, no decision, it was an Exhibition.

  6. ISCF MMA: Jason Turnage defeated Jody Stephens. by armbar at 2:19 of the 1st round.

  7. ISCF MMA: Grady Hurley defeated Neil Ferrill by tap out from strikes at 4:09 of the 1st round.

  8. ISCF MMA: Cliff Riley defeated D.J.Speck by triangle at 1:57 of the 1st round.

  9. ISCF MMA: Charles Church defeated Ricky Jackett by tko strikes at 1:57 of the 1st round.

  10. IKF Kickboxing: Tojo Harris defeated Brandon Woo. In the main event Tojo Harris. dominated the first round with various combinations. In the second and third round Woo totally controlled the fight doing all his effective scoring by kicking Harris on the outside and tying him up on the inside. Harris was unable to counter. However, in the end, it was too little, too late for Woo as the judges award Harris a split decision victory. .

For more info, please contact Mr. Mullen at (901) 757-0985 or by e-mail by clicking HERE!

FRIDAY, March 2nd, 2001, AT 1:00 PM PT

Memphis Tennessee USA

MARCH 2nd 2001: IKF Kickboxing and ISCF submission fight return to Memphis Friday March 2 at Newby's Restaurant as Mid South Karate & Kickboxing Presents "KICKSHOOT 2001". This event will feature both IKF & ISCF amateur bouts starting at 9:00 PM. Weigh ins will be held at 6:30 PM. Tickets will be available at the door. All seats are $15. For advanced tickets call Mid South Kickboxing at (901) 757-0985.

This event is being promoted by IKF regional tournament promoter, UFC and K-1 judge, Mr. Jeff Mullen. For more info, please contact Mr. Mullen at (901) 757-0985 or by e-mail by clicking HERE! Here's the nights line-up:

  1. Micah Duncan IKF kickboxing exhibition Vs Kelley Duncan
  2. Nomi Davidson grappling match Vs Tony Watts.
  3. ISCF MMA: Joseph Bernidini Vs Dirk Hamilton.
  4. ISCF MMA: Scott Marlin Vs Richard Lee.
  5. ISCF MMA: Jay Shackleford Vs Trey Gandy.
  6. Drederick Reading kickboxing exhibition Vs J. Reading.
  7. ISCF MMA: Ernesto Byrd Vs Jody Stephens.
  8. ISCF MMA: Jason Turnage Vs Ian Watts.
  9. ISCF MMA: Grady Hurley Vs Neil Ferrill.
  10. ISCF MMA: Cliff Riley Vs D.J.Speck.
  11. ISCF MMA: Charles Church Vs Ricky Jackett.
  12. IKF Kickboxing: Brandon Woo kickboxing Vs Tojo Harris.

THURSDAY, March 1st, 2001, AT 10:00 PM PT


IKF GEORGIA: On Saturday, February 24, 2001, IKF & ISCF Promoters Mike (IKF Georgia Representative & ISCF World Representative) & Elizabeth Carlson (Both Pictured Right with Marika) of Augusta Georgia, USA Promoted what IKF President Steve Fossum called "The most organized event the IKF has EVER Sanctioned, Winter Wars 2001!" "This is not to downplay ANY other IKF or ISCF Promoters," said Fossum, "but this was clearly the first time that I have ever attended an IKF event and did nothing. The Carlson Team handled everything from pre event weigh-ins to ringside officials and scorekeeping. They invited me there to be a guest, but I was thinking, heck, I'm sure I'll be doing something, but there was nothing I needed to do. What a GREAT TEAM Effort on their part."

In front of a record crowd of over 1,200 spectators, thirty-six kickboxers and submission fighters battled for victory at Fort Gordon's Gym 1 in Augusta, Georgia. This years Winter Wars 2001 event was held, following a successful daytime karate tournament which included kata, weapons kata, sparring, grappling, and submission sparring divisions. The daytime tournament was sanctioned by the Professional Karate Commission (PKC) and had more than 120 participants. The evening event featured kickboxing bouts sanctioned by the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF)) and the (PKC). The International Sport Combat Federation (ISCF)) sanctioned the mixed martial arts bouts.

In addition to the eighteen exciting bouts, the crowd was treated to a virtual who's who in the martial arts world. Mr. Steve Fossum, IKF and ISCF President, was in attendance, as well as Mr. Glenn Keeney, PKC President. Mr. Cary Wilson, CEO and Chairman of Midori Yama Budokai (MYB) was present at Winter Wars 2001 and Mr. Joe Corley, owner of several Atlanta-based karate schools.

BOUT 1: The evening began with a Light Heavyweight bout pitting Toty Otarola (Greer, SC) against Gary Williamson (Gainesville, GA). Dominating the first round with an assortment of kick and punch combinations, Otarola scored a knockout in 1:52 into round 2.

BOUT 2: The second fight of the night was a meeting of first time fighters. Phillip Pye (Augusta, GA) went head to head against Sean Gildea (Augusta, GA) in the Light Welterweight division. While both fighters traded an incredible number of punches and kicks, Pye pulled ahead early on to win by unanimous decision.

BOUT 3: ISCF MMA: In the first mixed martial arts bout of the evening, Joel Weldon (Valdosta, GA) faced Charles LaFave (Tallahassee, FL) in the Light Middleweight class. The first two minutes of the first round seemed to be spent with both fighters getting used to each other and the ring. Few blows were exchanged until the match went to the ground, and Weldon (Pictured right as he's announced the winner) was able to win by referee stoppage at 3:45 in the first round due to unanswered punches.

BOUT 4: In the first women's bout of the night, Terrie Hicks (Augusta, GA) faced Christy Lindsey (Carrolton, GA) in a Light Welterweight *Exhibition Bout. both fighters showed great boxing skills to go along with their kicks. Although an exhibition, the judges scored this one which was a questionable decision for Hicks.

BOUT 5: ISCF MMA: Shaun Gay (Valdosta, GA) battled Ken Calhoun (Augusta, GA) in the Light Middleweight mixed martial arts division. Being aggressive from the time the bell rang, Gay was quick to throw a barrage of leg kicks. Once on the ground, Calhoun put Gay in the guard but didn't anticipate Gay's quick escape. A series of knees and punches finally sent Calhoun to the ground, giving Gay a TKO in 2:12 of the first round.

BOUT 6: In what was easily one of the most exciting fights of the night, 2000 IKF/RINGSIDE National Amateur Tournament Champion John Greubel (Facing camera, Augusta, GA) faced 2000 IKF/RINGSIDE National Amateur Tournament Finalist Tom Poey (Back to camera, Virginia Beach, VA) in the Light Welterweight division. In a very close match, with both fighters delivering combinations at an incredible speed, Greubel emerged victorious. Poey threw many difficult techniques while Greubel seemed to be hitting his targets more often. Greubel threw a particularly effective sweep with a powerful round kick, which was a real crowd pleaser. In the end, Greubel won by a very close split decision in a bout that could have easily went to Poey. Both proved on this night that they are not only great fighters, but ready to give the pro division some heat as well.

BOUT 7: The next bout had Welterweights Chris Moncrief (Hartwell, GA) against Bobby McGee (Buford, GA). Moncrief made his presence early on by scoring several knockdowns against McGee. In a flurry of largely unanswered combinations, Moncrief scored a TKO in 1:14 of round one.

BOUT 8: In a much-anticipated bout for the local fans, veteran fighter Paul Pearman (Augusta, GA) squared off against Jason Laitsch (Lawrenceville, GA) in the Light Heavyweight division. Pearman, sporting his usual flair in the ring, threw numerous spinning punching and kicking techniques. Laitsch, successfully dodged many of the blows, but Pearman proved he had one strike too many for Laitsch as he landed a spinning backfist on him, thus ending the fight by knockout in 1:51 in round one.

BOUT 9: ISCF MMA: The third mixed martial arts bout of the night pitted Mike Robinson (Simpsonville, SC) against Brandon Hewson (Plevna, MT) in the Light Heavyweight division. With the match ending in by submission :31 seconds into round one, Robinson worked quickly by taking Hewson down with a front heel trip and executing an armbar.

BOUT 10: The next exciting bout of the evening had PKC National Champion Summer Miller (Augusta, GA) in the ring against 2000 IKF/RINGSIDE National Amateur Tournament Champion Trish Hill (Right, Kennesaw, GA) in the Featherweight division. From the very start of the bout, both fighters began exchanging blows at a very fast pace. While Hill was able to execute her game plan, Miller landed a couple of good shots that hurt Hill including a strong round kick to Hill's head. In the end, the judges' scorecard rendered a questionable majority decision for Hill since it appeared she had won all 3 of the rounds.

BOUT 11: ISCF MMA: The next bout featured Rory Singer (Athens, GA) in a Light Heavyweight mixed martial arts match against Jared Pettitt (Huntsville, AL). One of the most colorful fights of the night, the match began with Singer taking control. At one point, Singer had Pettitt in a triangle lock, but was unable to finish the choke on the ever-tiring Pettitt. In the third round, while Singer attempts a takedown, Pettitt landed a sharp knee to Singer's forehead that instantly split it open spilling blood. However, the bout referee couldn't see the cut since Singer's back was to him as both fighters went down to the ground with Pettitt on top. Several more knees were landed by Pettitt before the referee finally saw the blood covering the matt where he quickly stopped it. This cut was so large it amazed us at ringside that Singer's corner first didn't throw the towel in to prevent further damage and secondly, that their corner doc actually wanted to just tape it up and let him continue. Good thing the ringside physician and ISCF President Steve Fossum didn't even entertain such an idea. Once Singer was attended to and his head bandaged, five minutes later, the bout was awarded to Pettitt by doctor stoppage at 2:13 in round three. Too bad for Singer who was ahead big on all the judges cards at the time of the cut.

BOUT 12: ISCF MMA: The next bout, in the Heavyweight mixed martial arts division, pits Mike Farrow (Augusta, GA) against Joshua Hancock (Harlem, GA). Lasting only 48 seconds into round one, Farrow quickly gets into the mount position, begins to ground and pound, and ends the match by referee stoppage.

BOUT 13: After the final intermission, Walter McCall (Adel, GA) faced John Groves (Buford, GA) in the Light Middleweight kickboxing division. Exchanging punches and kicks, both fighters were off to a fast paced start. However, after only 1:15 seconds into round one, Groves dislocated his shoulder, and the match was declared a TKO for McCall.

BOUT 14: In the Light Heavyweight division, Eric Green (Piedmont, SC) went head to head with Willis Ivy (Atlanta, GA). This was an exciting match with Ivy scoring a knockout at 1:44 into round two.

BOUT 15: ISCF MMA: In the next mixed martial arts bout, Joe Merit (Atlanta, GA) faced Houston Grant (Augusta, GA) for the ISCF East Coast U.S. Light Heavyweight Title. This match was over at :43 into round one, with the fight never going to the ground. Both fighters began the match by exchanging leg kicks, with Merit scoring a round kick to Grant's chin (Striking the pressure point on the chin directly) and winning the match by TKO. Merit is pictured at right with his trainer, IKF/ISCF Champion Trainer & Official Gary Brown of Atlanta Georgia, USA.

BOUT 16: In the Light Heavyweight kickboxing division, Ken Laurette (Daytona Beach, FL) went up against Luke Colling (Simpsonville, SC). This bout went the distance, with Colling dominating the match and winning by unanimous decision.

BOUT 17: In the final kickboxing match of the evening, Adrian Turpin (Starr, SC) squared off against Sylvester James (Eastman, GA) for the IKF Southeastern U.S. Heavyweight Title. This was an exciting match with the heavyweights working hard to get the job done. Turpin had the advantage with punches (despite coming off of kidney stone problems the week of the fight), but James (Pictured at Right with Promoter Mike Carlson and his trainer) still maintained control of the match and won the fight by unanimous decision.

BOUT 18: ISCF MMA: In the final bout of the night, Chris Cromer (Travelers Rest, SC) faced Roger Waters (Lawrenceville, GA) in a Light Heavyweight mixed martial arts match. In a bout where the decision went to the judges, Cromer and Waters remained tied up and on the ground most of the match. While neither was able to execute a finishing technique, Waters won the bout by split decision.

The complete fight results are listed below. For more information, please call Augusta Martial Arts Academy at 706-855-5269 or e-mail to



  1. Toty Otarola def. Gary Williamson by TKO (1:52 Round 2)
  2. Phillip Pye def. Sean Gildea by unanimous decision.
  3. Terrie Hicks def. Christy Lindsey by unanimous decision (Exhibition)
  4. John Greubel def. Tom Poey by CLOSE split decision.
  5. Chris Moncrief def. Bobby McGee by TKO (1:14 Round 1)
  6. Paul Pearman def. Jason Laitsch by KO (1:51 Round 1)
  7. Trish Hill def. Summer Miller by majority decision.
  8. Walter McCall def. John Groves by TKO (1:15 Round 1)
  9. Willis Ivy def. Eric Green by KO (1:44 Round 2)
  10. Luke Colling def. Ken Laurette by unanimous decision
  11. Sylvester James def. Adrian Turpin by unanimous decision


  1. Joel Weldon def. Charles LaFave by referee stoppage (3:45 Round 1)
  2. Shaun Gay def. Ken Calhoun by TKO (2:12 Round 1)
  3. Mike Robinson def. Brandon Hewson by submission (:31 Round 1)
  4. Jared Pettitt def. Rory Singer by doctor stoppage (2:13 Round 3)
  5. Mike Farrow def. Joshua Hancock by referee stoppage (:48 Round 1)
  6. Joe Merit def. Houston Grant by TKO (:43 Round 1)
  7. Roger Waters def. Chris Cromer by split decision.

TUESDAY, February 27th, 2001, AT 11:30 AM PT

"Winter Wars 2001"

Results and Story Coming Later This Week!!!

THURSDAY, February 22nd, 2001, AT 8:30 PM PT

Augusta's "Winter Wars 2001"

Prestigious Source Lends Predictions of Selected Feb. 24, 2001 Bouts

PRESS RELEASE, Augusta, Georgia: Editor's note: The Doctor is a familiar face to many in the Southeastern fight scene. This avid fight fan is a staunch political supporter of the martial sports and widely considered one of the Augusta area's most eligible bachelors.

Capable of quoting Shakespeare and a professional MMA fighter's record in the same breath, The Doctor is known to offer fight picks which have consistently shown uncanny reliability and insights. The following then, are the prognostications - or, more appropriately, prog Doctorstications -- for some of the more "high profile" bouts, in the upcoming Winter Wars 2001 fight card.

Terrie Hicks vs Rebecca Preacher
The Doctor:
"I see this bout as being a Panzer Tank against a Porsche. Hicks possesses incredible power, and is quite aggressive, like the Panzer, but Preacher (Below right, 2000 IKF/RINGSIDE National Amateur Tournament Welterweight Champion. ) is a sleek, relentless, high-performance machine, courtesy of her work ethic and trainer Ray Thompson. If Hicks could land the heavy artillery, Preacher might have problems. I just can't, however, see Terry getting the chance to let go of her big guns in the face of the kind of non-stop punishment I have borne witness to Rebecca dispensing over the years. Furthermore, these two fought in the PKC Amateur Championships in 2000, with Preacher coming out on top and conditioning being a real factor. As rematches are generally slanted in favor of the original victor, I am taking Rebecca Preacher, for the win, by unanimous decision."

Mike Farrow vs Joshua Hancock
The Doctor:
"Farrow is an incredibly powerful man. I am reminded of Longfellow's description of the "village smithy" when I see him in person. Hancock has an extensive and impressive competitive karate background, but his grappling skills are suspect. This being the case, I am taking Farrow for the win, via submission, due to strikes on the ground, in round two."

John Greubel vs Tom Poey
The Doctor:
"Examining the records and accomplishments of the combatants could lead one to conclude that we will end this bout with two men at equipose. Both are young. Both are hungry. Both are talented. Both were in the 2000 IKF/RINGSIDE National Amateur Tournament. (Gruebel won the FCR Light Welterweight Title and Poey took second in the FCR Welterweight division.) Well, notwithstanding the fact that world champion Curtis Bush coaches Poey, I am picking Gruebel to win the fight. Ponder for a moment the pedigree. John and his bother Mark are both IKF National Amateur Tournament Champions. (John in 2000 and Mark in 1999) They have both been willing to compete against anyone, anytime, and have "jumped up" in weight classes to do so. Between the two of them, there have won kickboxing championships in two different sanctioning bodies with not one kickboxing loss, ever, for either. That being the case, I predict that Gruebel will emerge victorious, via a split decision."

Summer Miller vs Trish Hill
The Doctor:
"This is a vexing contest to call. Hill (Right, 5 Time IKF National Champion: IKF Woman's Amateur MuayThai Rules U. S. Featherweight Champion, 2000 IKF Woman's FCR Lightweight National Amateur Tournament Champion, IKF Woman's Amateur IR U. S. Bantamweight Champion, IKF Woman's Amateur IR U.S. Featherweight Champion and IKF Woman's Amateur FCR U.S. Lightweight Champion) is certainly a physical specimen, but Miller is a very intelligent fighter. What I see as being dispositive is the weight loss issue. Miller has come down considerably to take this fight. That could be her undoing. Accordingly, I am selecting Hill for the win, by a split decision."

Jared Pettitt vs Rory Singer
The Doctor:
"Being something of a prodigy myself, I can certainly relate to Pettitt. Furthermore, the professional fashion in which he carries himself credits his esteemed forbearer, father/trainer Mark Pettitt. This can be juxtaposed and sits antipodal to the cacophony of equine waste that emanates from that putrescent website of Singer's. The uninitiated might glance at that piece of "spam" and believe that the Singer brothers were spawned by gods of Mount Olympus, or at least touched by their hands, and bestowed with powers beyond those of us mere mortals. In reality, they hail from less lofty environs. I think that they are in Clarke County, Georgia, which is Athens, Georgia, not Greece. This digression aside, I will take Pettitt as the winner, via unanimous decision. I believe that the "Prodigy's" athleticism will prove too much for Singer, even if Rory gets Hephaestus to forge him a special pair of gloves, and has Athena and Apollo running his corner."

Houston Grant vs Joseph Merit
The Doctor:
"Grant is one of the South Side's (Augusta-Richmond County) most popular fighters. This is a guy who you can wake up at 3:28 am on Wednesday and he will be ready to fight. In Merit, however, I believe that he will meet someone who is up to the task. For all of his spirit, I believe that Grant does not possess the technical skills to defeat Merit, who will wear the larger, stronger, Grant down, and win by submission in the third round."

Paul Pearman vsJason Laitsch
The Doctor:
"When I evaluate the fight career of "Pollyanna" Pearman", I find it hard to bet on a guy who is old enough to have sired just about every other fighter on any given bout card. Of course, I would prefer that he keeps competing, however, because then he won't be able to serve as ring announcer. This is the one guy whose on-the-mic shenanigans made me long for the unthinkable. That is, to see (ring announcer Johnny) Markwalter back in the "squared circle", clad in a tuxedo and calling fights. In spite of himself, Pearman (Second place finisher in the 2000 IKF/RINGSIDE National Amateur Tournament Light Heavyweight Division), inexplicably, manages to stumble into victory and win more than he loses. Even though legendary trainer Gary Brown coaches Laitsch, I am leaning on Pearman's experience here, and foreseeing a win for the Peter Pan (Pearman is the boy who just won't grow up) of kickboxing, by a unanimous decision. I am truly torn here, because should Pearman lose, fans might well be rewarded with a peaceful evening, free from his self-obsessed proselytizing, smothered in Pearman's personal brand of shrill sanctimony."

Adrian Turpin vs Sylvester James
The Doctor:
"The Big Cat (James) is another fan favorite from the South Side of Augusta. He has size and experience over Turpin. In this bout, however, I am selecting the younger, hungrier Turpin to win by TKO in the third round."

The views expressed in the foregoing column are strictly those of The Doctor. They do not represent the feelings, thoughts, or expressions of the IKF, PKC, ISCF, Karate Masters, Inc. d/b/a Augusta Martial Arts Academy, any of their representatives, employees, and/or assigns, including but not limited to Steve Fossum, Glenn Keeney, Mike and/or Elizabeth Carlson. Fight card subject to change.

Pictures were selected by availability.
We did not have pictures of all these fighters.

WEDNESDAY, February 21st, 2001, AT 3:45 PM PT

"Winter Wars 2001"
Augusta Georgia, USA

Augusta Georgia, USA: Mike Farrow has been a rodeo bull rider. Mike Farrow has been an emergency rescue team member.Mike Farrow has been a competitive body builder. But none of that fully prepared him for the world of mixed martial arts competition.

"A lot of guys out there think that this is all about being big and strong, or having a tough guy attitude," says the 28 year old Bridgestone/Firestone employee, "But all that will do is get you in the ring. From there, you had better have a lot more to lean on".

Farrow stands 5'10" and fights at 219 pounds with 8% body fat. He eats around 3500 calories a day, and burns it all off in training."It is not something most people like to hear, but I have to make myself eat, in order to keep my strength up during training."

Farrow does cardio work, lifts weights, and trains in both kickboxing and jujitsu at Augusta Martial Arts Academy. "You have to be a lot more than in shape to succeed", says Farrow, "You have to be a well rounded fighter. That means being able to punch, kick, take people down, and handle your self on the ground. It is a great deal to learn, and a whole lot to watch out for."

Mixed Martial Arts bouts were first made popular in America in the 1990's. They have revolutionized martial arts training and provided opportunities for local athletes like Farrow. "I got to fight on pay-per-view this summer here in Augusta as part of the WEF show. Even though that was a loss, I learned a great deal. Now that I am back in shape, I am looking forward to a strong showing on Saturday night."

Farrow's opponent in Saturday's match is Joshua Hancock of Harlem, GA. Farrow says he is ready. "I respect Joshua and hear that he is an excellent striker. That doesn't change what I am planning to do in the ring though." With a victory over Hancock, Farrow could set himself up for another foray into the sport's big time. "We had an influential and highly connected scout come by last week to watch me train. I heard that he like what he saw. None of that will matter much if I don't win on February 24." Farrow can be reached at Augusta Martial Arts Academy at 706-855-5269.

MORE NEWS OF 2-21-01

Who's Who in the Martial Arts
To be in Command at
Winter Wars 2001

Augusta Georgia, USA: Fans at Winter Wars 2001, a combination daytime karate tournament and nighttime full contact rules kickboxing and mixed martial arts event to be held in Augusta, Georgia's Fort Gordon on Saturday, February 24, 2001 will get the chance to "rub elbows" with some of the most accomplished and influential personalities in the martial arts world, who will be "in the house" and present for the numerous "battles" which will rage in the ring.

A full list of all of the martial arts dignitaries who will be in attendance would not be possible. Here is just a sampling of the luminaries scheduled and expected to be in attendance.

IKF and ISCF President Steve Fossum will be present, along with his counterpart from Indiana, PKC President Glenn Keeney. The son of the late Midori Yama Budokai multi-discipline martial arts organization founder Leo Wilson. 10th degree black belt Cary Wilson (Oregon, USA). MYB President Jack Allbritten. MYB District Leaders Larry Brooks (Texas, USA), Greg Allbritten (Georgia, USA), and Mark Pettitt (Alabama, USA). Mr. Pettitt also will be present to run the corner for his son Jared's ISCF bout Saturday night. Full contact karate pioneer fighter, promoter, and Battle of Atlanta Founder, Joe Corley is expected. Hall of Fame trainer BROOKS MASON World Rated Heavyweight kickboxer Lane Collyer (Georgia, USA) will be present to judge. World Champion kickboxer Curtis Bush will accompany his fighter Tom Poey to the Garden City.

California, USA

Indiana, USA

Nebraska, USA

Georgia, USA

Virginia, USA

South Carolina, USA

Georgia, USA

Stars will also shine behind the fighters as FCR World Kickboxing Champion Kevin Hudson will be pulling fighters through. Speaking of judges, MMA pay-per-view promoter Brett Moses will be scoring the ISCF bouts, along with ISCF promoter Matthew Waller. Judging the kickboxing bouts will be veteran judges Pat Munk and James Watkins. One of the South's successful martial arts school owner and trainer, South Carolina's Ray Thompson. Some of the trainers expected to be present include;

The person who deserves credit for bringing all of this together, Elizabeth Carlson, (Pictured at right with husband Mike & Marika) will be present, directing the troops as usual. The third men in the ring include the dedicated kickboxing referee, Gerald Bush, and UFC referee Tony Mullinax. Noteworthy fighters like George Allen, Clint Wiggins, and Jack Nilsson are expected to be seen in the crowd as well. On top of that, 1998 USA Boxing Coach of the Year, Tom Moraetes will be present, and Assistant District Attorney Johnny Markwalter will serve as ring announcer.

These are just a few of the "faces in the crowd" expected to hear and see the artillery at Winter Wars 2001, February 24, in Augusta, Georgia.

For more information on Winter Wars 2001, please contact Augusta Martial Arts Academy at 706-855-5269 or e-mail at

TUESDAY, February 20th, 2001, AT 8:00 PM PT

"Winter Wars 2001"

The Forces are Aligned and Preparing for Combat!

Augusta Georgia, USA: A megalithic fight card awaits fans in greater Augusta, Georgia area as the "troops" are preparing to mount major offensives in the ring as they ready themselves to compete in "Winter Wars 2001," a combination kickboxing and mixed martial arts event to be held at Augusta's Fort Gordon on Saturday, February 24, 2001. WW 2001 is scheduled to present eleven IKF and PKC sanctioned American/full contact rules kickboxing bouts and seven mixed martial arts matches, sanctioned by the ISCF. Clearly, with that much action, martial sports fans will get more than their money's worth for the price of admission.

Doors will open for the nighttime bouts at 6:00 PM, with the first match beginning at 7:00 PM, in Fort Gordon's Gym One. Ticket prices are $12 ($10 with a military ID), with children's tickets $5 and children under 4 are free. Those who bring two cans of food for the Golden Harvest Food Bank will receive $2 off of the admission price. The kickboxing and mixed martial arts bouts will follow a PKC nationally rated daytime karate tournament, which will begin in Gym One at 10:00 AM on February 24, with registration starting at 8:30 AM.

For more information, please keep an eye in the IKF and ISCF web pages and/or contact promoters Mike and Elizabeth Carlson at (706) 855-5269, Fax: (706) 855-7119 or

The WW 2001 fight card (subject to change) is set forth below, with their home state listed beside each fighter's name.


BOUT 1: IKF PKC Light Heavyweight Kickboxing (172-181.9)
Toty Otarola (South Carolina, USA) Vs Gary Williamson (Georgia, USA)

BOUT 2: IKF PKC Light Welterweight Kickboxing (140-147.9)
Phillip Pye (Georgia, USA) Vs Sean Gildea (Georgia, USA)

BOUT 3: Light Middleweight ISCF MMA (155.1-170)
Joel Weldon (Georgia, USA) Vs Charles LaFave (Florida, USA)

BOUT 4: IKF PKC Women's Light Welterweight Kickboxing (140-147.9)
Terrie Hicks (Georgia, USA) Vs Rebecca Preacher (South Carolina, USA)

BOUT 5: Light Middleweight ISCF MMA (155.1-170)
Shawn Gay (Georgia, USA) Vs Ken Calhoun (Georgia, USA)

BOUT 6: IKF PKC Light Welterweight Kickboxing (140-147.9)
John Greubel (Georgia, USA) Vs Tom Poey (Virginia, USA)


BOUT 7: IKF PKC Welterweight Kickboxing (148-155.9)
Chris Moncrief (Georgia, USA) Vs Bobby McGee (Georgia, USA)

BOUT 8: IKF PKC Light Heavyweight Kickboxing (172-181.9)
Paul Pearman (Georgia, USA) Vs Jason Laitsch (Georgia, USA)

BOUT 9: Light Heavyweight ISCF MMA (185.1-200)
Mike Robinson (Georgia, USA) Vs Brandon Hewson (Montana, USA)

BOUT 10: IKF PKC Women's Featherweight Kickboxing (126-132.9)
Summer Miller (Georgia, USA) Vs Trish Hill (Georgia, USA)

BOUT 11: Light Heavyweight ISCF MMA (185.1-200)
Jared Pettitt (Alabama, USA) Vs Rory Singer (Georgia, USA)
BOUT 12: Heavyweight ISCF MMA (200.1-220)
Mike Farrow (Georgia, USA) Vs Joshua Hancock (Georgia, USA)


BOUT 13: IKF PKC Light Middleweight Kickboxing (156-163.9)
Pee Wee McCall (Georgia, USA) Vs John Groves (Georgia, USA)

BOUT 14: IKF PKC Light Heavyweight Kickboxing (172-181.9)
Eric Green (South Carolina, USA) Vs Willis Ivy (Georgia, USA)

BOUT 15: ISCF East Coast US Light Heavyweight MMA Title (185.1-200)
Houston Grant (Georgia, USA) Vs Joe Merit (Georgia, USA)

BOUT 16: IKF PKC Light Heavyweight Kickboxing (172-181.9)
Ken Laurette (Florida, USA) Vs Luke Colling (South Carolina, USA)

BOUT 17: IKF Southeastern US Heavyweight Kickboxing Title (195-209.9)
Adrian Turpin(South Carolina, USA) Vs Sylvester James (Georgia, USA)

BOUT 18: Light Heavyweight ISCF MMA (185.1-200)
Chris Cromer (South Carolina, USA) Vs Roger Waters (Georgia, USA)

FRIDAY, February 16th, 2001, AT 3:45 PM PT

ISCF Launches
NEW Internet Page!

Since the IKF took over the operations of the ISCF a few years back, it has always been an addition to the IKF Web Pages. However, as of today, all that has changed and the ISCF is now ready to venture out on it's own. The New ISCF Web Page is

The ISCF concept was created by Nick Carroll, Jiro Shiroma and Tom Proctor, all from Arizona, USA. The group originally approached the IKF to design an ISCF title belt. As the IKF and IKF President Steve Fossum became more involved, he requested the IKF take over the sanctioning operations of the ISCF to build a bigger organization. With all eager to see the ISCF grow the decision was easy and Fossum and his staff took over the ISCF operations and went to work.

The first step was to have a logo created that was similar to the IKF logo. So Fossum contracted with Foster Graphics (The same design firm that designed the new IKF logo) to design the ISCF logo and the true beginning of the ISCF had taken shape. IKF President Steve Fossum and his staff soon went to work on building the ISCF much the same as the IKF with structured rankings, updated news and an active website. However, the website will become even more active now since it will be a solo site without the back-up of the IKF pages. "The two will still share links but creating an independent site for the ISCF will provide an easier marketing strategy for the ISCF in regards to advertising the web page worldwide now." says IKF/ISCF President Steve Fossum.

Although Carroll & Shiroma are less active in the Mixed Martial Arts Sport, Tom Proctor, (Pictured Above Right with Belt) went on to win the ISCF Pro Heavyweight Title. Proctor is still active in fighting and also has produced an intense training program that can be found for sale in Black Belt Magazine.

A major help to the ISCF growth was Augusta Georgia Promoter Mike Carlson. (Pictured far left in picture at left & Below in ISCF Press Conference) Carlson is now the ISCF Director Of Operations and his work includes the organizing of the well known mixed martial arts promotion called WEF "New Blood Conflict Part 1". In the event, Din Thomas (of Team Rival, Pictured with Title Belt at Left with Carlson) defeated Jens "The Pulverizer" Puiver (Team Extreme) by heel hook at :35 seconds of round 2 to win the first ever ISCF Pro WORLD Title on August 26th, 2000 at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center in Augusta, Georgia, USA. Carlson has also been busy refining all the ISCF rules and regulations along with promoting his own events. One of them is coming up next Saturday night, February 24th, which is titled "Winter Wars 2001" The event will begin at 7:00 PM in Gym 1, The Sports Arena, at Augusta's Fort Gordon, Georgia, USA.

ISCF promoters have included WEF Promoter Jamie Levine, Jeff Mullen of Memphis Tennessee, USA, James Corbett & Matthew Waller of Georgia, USA and Donnie Michael & Terry Gruel of Indiana, USA just to name a few. Once again, the NEW ISCF Web Site can be found at:

THURSDAY, February 15th, 2001, AT 6:00 PM PT

Explosive Action Awaits at
"Winter Wars 2001"

Augusta, Georgia, USA

Augusta, Georgia will play host to kickboxing and mixed martial arts action on Saturday, February 24, 2001, as Winter Wars 2001 is about to be waged.

Beginning at 7:00 PM in Gym 1, The Sports Arena, at Augusta's Fort Gordon, the Central Savannah River Area will see some of the Southeast's finest athletes in real martial arts competition. With twelve kickboxing and six mixed martial arts matches scheduled, it promises to be a full night of action.

"We have found that more and more competitors want to come to Augusta and test themselves on our cards," said Mike Carlson of Augusta Martial Arts Academy, "It seems like the more bouts we have, the more fighters we wind up having to turn down, because the momentum to fight here keeps building." Carlson added, "I think that says a lot for the quality of the events Augusta hosts, and the high degree of fan support this area steadily provides."

The kickboxing bouts will be under the American or full contact rules, with only above the waist kicks being legal, and sanctioned by both the IKF and the Professional Karate Commission (PKC). The International Sport Combat Federation (ISCF), under its newly enacted rules, will sanction the mixed martial arts bouts. Those bouts will allow striking, grappling and submission techniques.

The nighttime kickboxing and mixed martial arts event will follow a PKC sanctioned daytime karate tournament, at the same location, which will provide competitors of all ages and experience levels opportunities to compete in forms, sparring, grappling and weapons divisions.

One of the most anticipated bouts of Winter Wars 2001 will be a Light Welterweight kickboxing match between Augusta's John Greubel and Tom Poey, of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Both Greubel and Poey were tournament champions in different weight classes at the 2000 IKF/RINGSIDE USA National Amateur Tournament Champion, held on Labor Day weekend, 2000. These are two young, exciting, and well-trained kickboxers who are ready to prove who is best!

Tickets for Winter Wars 2001 are available at Augusta Martial Arts Academy and at the door the night of the event. General admission is $12 ($10 with a military ID) and fans will receive two dollars off if they bring two cans of food for the Golden Harvest Food Bank. A portion of the evening's proceeds will also benefit Augusta Child Advocates. Children's tickets are $5 and children 4 and under are free. The daytime tournament registration is $30-$35 depending on the number of events entered. Registration begins for the day tournament at 8:30 AM, with the competition beginning at 10:00 AM. Doors open for the night bouts at 6:00 PM.

For more information contact Augusta Martial Arts Academy at 706-868-0178.