Before the Women MMA Stars graced the
screen, there was
Kathy "The Punisher" Long.
Kathy Long Fights
- Kickboxing and Boxing Highlight Reel
"Queen of Mean"
Princess of Pain"
"The Dancing Destructress"
Kathy is proficient in Kickboxing, Boxing, Muay Thai, Kung Fu
San Soo, Aikido, CDT, and other styles.
Although retired from the ring for several years now, Kathy Long is
still one of the most recognized woman in kickboxing today! She is still active
in the sport from doing special appearances and giving seminars to serving as an
event official. She's also been in several movies as well. During her career she
won 5 World Kickboxing Titles.
Kathy began her studies in the martial arts with Aikido and has also
studied in arts such as Shorin Ryu Karate & Kung Fu. She currently holds 4
different Black Belts in 4 different styles
(Kung Fu San Soo, Aikido, Kung Fu and Shorinryu Karate)
including a Masters Rank in Kung Fu San Soo. She is an expert in handling
firearms, knives, swords and all other weaponry.
As a Professional Kickboxer Kathy has been known as as a well conditioned
and hardened fighter. Although Kathy retired from fighting before we could book
her a shot at an IKF World Title, the IKF would have been proud to have
sanctioned one of her World Titles.
Regardless, she was a very successful kickboxer winning a total of 5 World
Championships and they include:
- 2, KICK World Titles
- 1, WKA World Title
- 1, ISKA World Title
- 1, WMAC World Title where she pummeled Japanese fighter Kyoko Kamikaze in
Las Vegas, breaking her ribs and bruising her kidneys as Kathy walked away with
(at the time) the highest purse ever paid to a Female Kickboxer of $20,000.
Her ring career included wins over Ramona Gatto,Bonnie Canino,
Japanese star Kyoko "Kamikaze" Miyazaki, French champion Dani
Rocard, Canadian champion Nora Daigle and two defeats over Denise
Her only loss as a professional kickboxer (18-1-1/5) came in a Muay Thai
match with Britain's Lisa Howarth at Pickett's Lock near London in
There was to have been a rematch later that year and Kathy trained
in the Thai style with that in mind. But then Lisa got badly cut in a
loss to French savate champion Nancy Joseph, and had to cancel.
A two time Black Belt Hall of Fame Inductee (Woman of the Year 1991 &
Full Contact Fighter of the Year 1992), she retired from kickboxing in the
mid 1990s choosing to concentrate on her film career and other interests.
She has appeared on more than 35 martial arts magazines covers in the United
States, Europe and Asia. Her work in the movie industry includes stunt work and
fight choreography: She was Michelle Pfeiffer's stunt double in "Batman
Returns" (1992) and fight choreographer for the "Death
Becomes Her" (1992). She has appeared on several television shows,
including "Walker, Texas Ranger" with Chuck
She has written several monthly columns, titled "Long Shots"
for Black Belt Magazine and has also appeared in movies such as
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997), Under
the Gun (1995), The Stranger (1995) Natural Born Killers (1994), Knights
(1993), Rage and Honor (1992)
Kathy has a long list of other accomplishments as well. She has appeared
on numerous television shows and in publications ranging from People magazine to
a full-color layout in the National Enquirer. She is also an accomplished
musician who plays proficiently musical instruments such as the Harp, Violin and
She also wrote a book entitled "No! No! No!: A Woman's Guide to
Personal Defense and Street Safety "( Paperback / Berkley
Publishing Group / October 1993) along with Kickboxing Fitness Videos such
as, "Kickboxing for Fun & Fitness" &
"Championship Kickboxing with Kathy Long - "Round 1"
Kathy is also a model and spokesperson for Century Martial Arts
Yes, we may remember her as "The Punisher"or "Queen
of Mean" in the fight ring, but she will always be remembered as
Kathy Long to us here at the IKF.
A Champion in as well as Out of the ring.
If you are interested in booking Kathy for special appearances,
seminars or interested in having her as your IKF
representative or judge at your kickboxing event, please contact the IKF at Main@IKFKickboxing.com for booking info or
e-mail Kathy directly by clicking
The below "2" articles were written
by Blackbelt Communications, Inc.
Black Belt Magazine Full Contact Fighter
Few people can make Bill Wallace
admit that he's stuck his "Superfoot" in his supermouth.
Kickboxing champion Kathy Long is one of them.
Wallace slammed women's kickboxing as "a novelty,"
referred to women's matches as "not real fights," and chided
Long for "not having knockout power." But after the
blonde bombshell pummeled Kyoko Kamikaze last year (1992) at the
World Martial Arts Challenge in Las Vegas, breaking the Japanese fighter's ribs
and bruising her kidneys, Wallace became a believer in Long's
skills. "She went out there and looked really good," the
gallant Wallace wrote in his monthly BlackBelt column before later
apologizing to Long in person. "It is a slap in my own face . .
. but that was a good fight."
Long, the renowned "Princess of Pain," has no
grudge against her fellow fighter, to be sure, but it's illustrative of
Long's power that she could change the mind of even hardcore nay-sayers,
who believed that women should step through the ropes only as ring girls. (On
another historical note, Long has championed the introduction of "ring boys"
for her fights.)
Other female champions paved the way for Long's acceptance in the
fight game, but Long used her stunning looks to get spectators'
attention, and then kept it with a blend of ferocity, power and skilled
technique once a bout began. In the long run, however, she's not out to promote
women's kickboxing; she just loves to kickbox.
She likes the opportunity to go full-out against an opponent, and she enjoys
winning which she has done in 18 of her 20 fights. Her obvious enthusiasm has
brought a new audience to the sport, increasing ticket sales whenever she's on
As a result, she's brought kickboxing as a whole both women's and men's
fights more mainstream publicity than male champions Dennis Alexio and
Jean-Yves Theriault combined. She has appeared on numerous television
shows and in publications ranging from People magazine to a full-color layout in
the National Enquirer. For people who want to see full-contact kickboxing get
off the mat, Long is literally worth her weight in gold.
Long brought out her entire arsenal of techniques against
Kamikaze at the World Martial Arts Challenge. Black Belt reported that
Long "aggressively stalked the shorter Kamakaze and
tagged her repeatedly with rights, lefts, roundhouse kicks, and an occasional
front kick." Without going into the faults of the evening's other
fights, suffice to say that Long held up kickboxing's honor. What could
have been a total loss wasn't, because Long came out of her corner with
Now Long, Black Belt's 1991 Woman of
the Year, is at the forefront of professional women's kickboxing.
She holds four world-championship belts, and she's paid for every one with
sweat. She trains regularly against male sparring opponents, runs stairs with a
150-pound partner on her shoulders, and has folded many a heavy bag with her
side kick. Her protruding biceps and washboard stomach are testimony not only to
her dedication to training, but to the workout that trainer and manager Eric
Nolan has devised for her.
Perhaps the only disconcerting aspect of this tale is that it's anyone's
guess how much longer Long will stay in kickboxing. Hollywood has
already begun to make Long pleasing offers of well-deserved fame and fortune.
After gaining notice in the movie industry by performing the fight scenes for
Michelle (Catwoman) Pfeiffer in Batman Returns, Long
no longer has to double for anyone. She is the star of the film Knights, with
Kris Kristofferson, which was due out in January, and has been appearing
virtually every week on a talk or news show. If she does continue in kickboxing,
be sure that her fighting price has gone up.
But whether duking it out in the ring, or bringing martial arts to the
public eye aka Jean-Claude Van Damme, Long has helped kickboxing gain
attention worldwide. For that, she is deserving of Black Belt's 1992
Full-Contact Fighter of the Year award.
Woman of the Year
Question: What's black and blue and red all over? Answer: Kathy
Long's latest opponent.
Make no mistake: Long is not short on kickboxing talent. She is
tough, and justifiably proud of it. Referred to as the "Punisher,"
the "Queen of Mean" and the "Princess of Pain,"
Long's caustic kicks and pummeling punches make even the heartiest
opponents flinch as they climb into the ring.
What's more, her technique and determination demanded and receive respect
outside the ropes, from promoters and spectators who used to think of women's
full-contact kickboxing as a novelty act. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, the
26-year-old, 122-pound champion has a record of 15-1-1, with five knockouts.
A seven-year black belt, the hard-hitting
Long surprisingly began her martial arts training in the soft style of
aikido, then went on to study shorin-ryu karate, and later kung fu. Growing
disdainful of tournament-style point fighting, which she calls "tag,"
she decided to try full-contact karate literally on the spur of the moment when
a 195-pound competitor challenged her to a demonstration bout in 1984. "Call
me crazy, stupid, or both," says Long, who had just nine days
to prepare for the fight.
"I thought it would be fun to try."
Admittedly "scared to death" as she entered the ring, and
in spite of suffering a split lip during the proceedings, the Bakersfield,
California, resident soon impressed even herself as she kickboxed an opponent
around the ring who out-weighed her by 70 pounds, a feat Long admits was "pretty
Inspired, Long trained specifically for kickboxing, progressing to
the World Kai rate Association and Karate International Council of Kickboxing (KICK)
feather-weight titles, and the International Sport Karate Association and KICK
bantam-weight titles. In the last two years, she has won 15 unanimous decisions
against only one loss, a controversial decision to a Thai-style fighter in a
bout shortened to three rounds.
Long credits much of her success to a back-breaking training
schedule so rigorous that the battle's half won when she steps into the ring. A
typical workout includes running bleachers, grueling weigh/lifting, and
focus-mitt and heavy-bag sessions augmented by 12 rounds of sparring a day
against four rotating partners generally men.
Once in the ring, Long relies on her natural power and speed.
Although the talented southpaw may toy with an opponent during an exhibition
match her opponent wearing the haggard look of a mouse being batted about by a
cat she'll cut like an executioner when the fight's for real. Her kicks and
punches are delivered with both ferocity and pinpoint accuracy, and it's not
uncommon to see her opponent's head snap back amidst a spray of sweat as Long
connects with yet another blow.
Now with Hollywood beckoning
(Long is presently training and doubling for
Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns),
there are cinematic fights in Long's future. As usual, she's
well-prepared. When her punches don't floor you, her drop-dead good looks will,
and she's got the intelligence to match. Expressing her opinions with insight
and confidence, she backs up her bravado with superb fighting form. It's no
wonder that Kathy Long is arguably the most popular kickboxer on the
circuit today regardless of gender and possibly the best female kickboxer ever.
And it's no wonder that she has been named Black Belt's 1991 Woman of the Year.