If It Was So
Easy... EVERYONE Would Be Doing It!
"It is not the
critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or
where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the
man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and
blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because
there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive
to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends
himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high
achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring
greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who
know neither victory nor defeat."
HOW TO HOST A
IKF WORLD CLASSIC
So your thinking about being a REGIONAL
Director/Promoter for the IKF Amateur
Championships? Well, we would like to take a moment to say THANK YOU
for being interested. We say this to begin with because hosting a REGIONAL
Tournament is very different than Promoting a regular Kickboxing Event. There
are of course advantages and disadvantages. Let us first start with what you
need to determine and know.
- WHEN do you want to HOST your Regional?
- ALL regionals must be completed by
JUNE 1st of each year.
- WHERE will you hold the event? What venue, town and state? Keep in
mind that you DO NOT need to host your regional at a PLUSH Casino or Expensive
Event Facility. A "REGIONAL" Event can be hosted at your GYM.
YOUR GYM. All we ask is for you to provide an opportunity for fighters
to prove they are deserving to attend the IKF
World Classic Championships. With this in mind, think again now about where you
would like to host your Regional Event. Here is what you will need for the
- An Official Boxing Ring (20' X 20').
- Room for judges and officials tables on all 4 sides of the ring.
- Officials Tables...(4-8)
- Changing Rooms/Areas for both male and female fighters.
- Ample space for fighters to warm-up before their bout.
- Availability of seating a minimum of 150 spectators. We say 150 because
these events do not draw large crowds. HOWEVER, they COULD if you market them
right so plan accordingly as to what you feel you could draw.
- Bathrooms with Showers for the fighters.
- Amply lighting for the ring.
- Weigh-in Scale.
- IKF Booth or Table:
IKF "Could" bring IKF
merchandise to EVERY Regional Event to sell. However, some promoters would
rather have their own merchandise to sell. If a table is provided for IKF sales, the sales income from these booths will
go into the world Classic Awards fund for tournament medals and of course, our
World Classic title belts which are over $250.00 each.
- You as the Regional Promoter will receive 10% of all sales from this
booth. This extra income to the IKF is
a much needed part of the regionals and we thank you in advance for helping out.
- These are just the main things you will need to have for your event.
- YOUR REGION
- The Regional territories need to be easy for fighters to attend in regards
to distance for traveling to and from the event. In the past, their were only 8
Regions in USA. Regions OUTSIDE of USA vary as to territory and regions.
- Your region and boundaries determine the area that you will draw fighters
from. Once this is determined you will know where you need to market to.
Marketing will include sending out fliers to all the Kickboxing Gyms, Clubs and
Karate Schools... Yes, KARATE SCHOOLS. MANY Kickboxers who attend the
Championship Finals train at Karate Schools. If we depended on just kickboxing
gyms, the Championship Finals would be a VERY SMALL event.
- HOW HARD YOU WORK at FINDING Your Fighters will determine the
success of your tournament. Some promoters in the past just sat back and WAITED
for people to come to them and sign-up just from magazine ads or the IKF Web Pages. They thought these things were
- You need to go out and WORK AT THIS. Sure, our website makes a lot
of people aware of the Championship Finals Tournament along with Magazine ads,
but you need to go out and register these fighters on your own. DON'T EXPECT
them to come to you, you will need to go to them. Even after you mail out fliers
to your region, ALWAYS follow this up with a phone call to those you mailed
fliers to. As mentioned, some promoters in the past just sat and waited. Later
wondering WHY they only had about 20-30 fighters register for their event.
- REGIONAL REGISTRATION FEES
- All fighters register with the Regional Promoter/Director directly paying
between $25.00 and $35.00.
- Do the math here. A Good Tournament will feature about 60 to 80 fighters.
That's $1,500.00 to $2,000.00 in your pocket before the doors open. However, we
now know it's highly possible for a Regional Event to draw 80+ participants. Add
in your sponsor income, ticket sales & concession income and your regional
should easily turn a profit. Oh and your expenses? Well, you won't be paying any
fighters expenses (Travel, Hotel, Meals) which is a MAJOR PLUS, but you
will have some. They are listed below.
- Unlike promoting a regular kickboxing event, you'll have a lot less
expenses for your Tournament. As for the fighters, the regional tournaments are
run just like in Amateur Boxing, they pay their own expenses. Your required
expenses will include;
- Bringing in your IKF Representative
At your event this person will do a lot of work from assisting in final
registration, weigh-ins, fighter bracketing, witness each and every fighters
bout and last but not least, writing up your event article and sending in to
the IKF Headquarters all the fighters stats and
event results. Whoever this Representative is he/she must be pre-approved by
- Your IKF Representative "CANNOT"
be from your region or have fighters on your event. You will be required to pay
for their Tournament Regional Representative Fee ($200.00) PLUS their
travel expenses, food and hotel room for the 2 nights they are there. We say 2
nights because they are most likely to come in the day before the event for your
fighter registration and weigh-ins and leave the day after your event.
- EVENT VENUE RENTAL
Again, you don't need an expensive event
facility. Your gym may be a great location.
- You will provide the judges, referees, timekeeper and kick counters upon
IKF approval of them. Because of this it's
best to either bring in some
IKF certified judges and referees OR at
least offer an IKF
Officials Seminar for all of your event Officials instructed by the
IKF Representative coming to your event. The
Seminar is best done the evening before your event. Depending on your
arrangements, you may have to pay your referee a fee ($250-$500) since he will
work the hardest of all your officials. You should also plan to pay some
expense money for travel, hotel and food for these officials. You could also
include an officials dinner which has been very successful for past Tournaments.
- Although each fighter is required to sign a release form, we suggest every
promoter still have their event covered by insurance because you never know what
can happen. To insure the event may cost between $450.00 to $700.00, sometimes
even more depending upon state commission requirements or the venue you choose.
This may be your largest expense. For information on the Official IKF Insurance Company please click
- If you are serious about hosting a regional event, check with us about
insurance. Sometimes your own Gym/School policy will cover your events as well.
We suggest you look into this for your own protection. For fighter "Release
of Liability Forms" Please click
- For Medical-Physical forms, please click HERE!
- MAILING & ADVERTISING
- Plan to spend some money on mailings to all your area karate and kickboxing
gyms/schools. Don't forget your phone bill as well. You will also have printing
costs for Fliers, Posters and possibly event Tickets you sell.
- If you don't have a ring you will need to rent one. Rings rent between $400
up to around $1,000 for the day. If you think your tournament will take 2 days,
make sure you can rent the ring for the same fee as 1 day. The only difference
is in TIME and the cost of rental is more focused on setting up and tearing the
ring down. If your ring crew is from out of town, plan to put them up in a hotel
and cover their meals at least if you want to run the event over 2 days.
- "IF YOU REQUEST IT OF THE IKF" You will have ZERO
Cost for your fight equipment. However, you must request to the IKF your need for fight gloves to use for your
event, how many and what sizes. The
IKF will ship you your fight gloves, shin
pads and even headgear if you need it.
- However, you will be asked to inform each fighter to bring their own (IKF Approved) Headgear."
- "NO FULL JAW BAR ALLOWED.
- CENTURY HEADGEAR IS NOT IKF APPROVED!
- Your fighters will be required of course to provide all other mandatory
equipment (Groin Cup & Mouth Piece). It would be good if you had
extra headgear available if needed.
- We request that at a very minimum you provide some type of medal award
for your winners and at the least, a certificate to non winners.
- As in any event, TROPHIES are more appreciated, especially since these
fighters are paying YOU to participate in your Regional tournament.
- BELTS are FAR too expensive to give out at a REGIONAL tournament,
especially since you may have 20-30 Division winners.
- If you need assistance in finding a good price for such medals, please
contact us here at the IKF.
- You will be able to receive the following income:
- FIGHTER REGISTRATION FEES:
- Each fighter pays $25 to register for their Regional.
- You will need to set your Regional Registration Deadline approximately 8-10
days prior to your event because you need to have a complete list of fighters
sent to the IKF by e-mail (NOT ON A
PDF SPREAD SHEET) which will include their name, city, state, fight record,
weight, height, age, date of birth, trainers name, trainers contact number
AND a copy of their actual regional registration form a *MINIMUM of 5 days prior to your event. This will
give us enough time to create a full press release for your event with a fighter
- (*) If not, you will be charged $5.00
per fighter MANDATORY late fee PLUS all ADDITIONAL EXPRESS mailing fees.
- The IKF will allow you to have
outside sponsorship as long as it is not a company already sponsoring the IKF for the IKF
Amateur Tournament Circuit. The goal of EVERY Promoter is to
"Have ALL your Expenses paid BEFORE you sell 1 spectator ticket."
If not, you'll be worried about how much your losing instead of how the
event is going.
- Sell ad space on the fliers you plan to mail out to cover your mailing
- Sell space on the posters, in your event programs.
- Your ring corner cushions, banners at the fight.
- The selling and attaining of financial sponsorship is the #1 Thing
you should focus on for your event to be a success.
- If you have your expenses covered it will give you more time to focus on
registering fighters. Remember, each fighter is paying you $25 and you will
earn every penny of it. Rather than scrap by, we'd like to see you make a
great profit so you will be willing to provide the same opportunities for these
fighters in your region in future years.
- TICKET SALES
- This needs little explaining. The only question is, how much? Well, if your
planning a 2 day event, make sure you offer a 2 day discount. Ticket prices for
a tournament are always less than on a regular kickboxing promotion. Offer some
free tickets in your sponsorship packages as well. Remember, you need to give in
order to receive...
- Depending on WHERE your Tournament will be held, you need to plan your
concessions. Who gets what? Will the venue allow you to sell anything? Do they
require you to pay them a percentage of sales? Do you get a percentage of what
they sell? What will you sell? Snacks, hot dogs, sodas, etc. concessions is
often a missed opportunity. don't miss out. Plan your sales with the number of
fighters who register.
- As stated above, you will receive 10% of all sales from the
IKF apparel and equipment booth if there
is one at your Regional Tournament.
- RULE STYLES
- You will need to determine what RULE STYLES you want to feature at your
regional. If you want to feature all of them, make sure you have an officials
staff that is knowledgable in ALL of them. There are "3" different
Rule styles in both Junior Amateurs (Ages 8-17) and Adult Divisions (Ages 18-40)
for the tournament and they can be reviewed at these links;
- A KEY POINT HERE IS
- The FORGOTTEN Market of Junior Fighters as
well as Women Fighters.
- The numbers keep growing every year for Junior Fighters!
- What many don't see is the untapped market of both the Junior Fighters
(Ages 8-17) as well as the many great
Women Fighters in Muay Thai & Kickboxing. Those of you who attended
IKF Finals event will witness some GREAT
BOUTS between the Women Fighters as well as all the Junior Fighters. If there
ever was a division that seems to be unnoticed by many promoters, it's the Junior
League of fighters out there who all have great family and school support.
NO ONE has EVER tried to create a strong Junior Kickboxing program like the IKF Tournament has. This explains why Kickboxers
don't get started until the ages of 16-25 most of the time. Because there is no
arena for them at the earlier ages as in Amateur Boxing. Well now there is.
- Make it your mission to register Junior Fighters in your Tournament. If
not, your missing a major market of not only fighters but fans who want to come
see them compete. And don't forget the Women Fighters. They've proved at
past Finals Tournaments that they're VERY SERIOUS in this sport and they need
our support. They, the Juniors, and of course every fighter has that Support
from the IKF. The question is, do they
have it from you? Don't forget about them....
- From these numbers along with the Adult Men's registration numbers, we
could someday have 3 individual Championship Tournaments. One for each rule
style or a combination various ones instead of one tournament for all styles.
This has been talked about quite a bit with one of the greatest advantages being
the ability for 1 fighter to win 3 if not 4 Tournament Titles.
- WEB PAGE
- If you have a web page that can feature details about your regional let us
know. Keep in mind that we will maintain a General Web Page for EACH REGIONAL
here within the IKF web pages which is all
included in your Director/Promoters Registration.
- INTERNET ACCESS
- It's a MUST that you have Internet Access to follow all the news
and information about the Regionals. We make weekly updates regarding the Finals
Tournament on our pages here at the
IKF Website and it's important that you
have access to this news all the time. Many fighters will have questions about
your event and it's much easier for you and them to be able to communicate
through e-mail and it also saves time and phone costs. E-mail is also the most
efficient way for us here at the IKF to
keep in contact with you as well. So if your not on the internet, we suggest you
look into it.
- REGIONAL TOURNAMENT
- Fighters are NOT REQUIRED to attend your regional unless they WANT
to attain a higher seeding at the World Classic in July.
- Single State Regional Event
- For each added State that you will soliciate for Fighters, the fee is $200.00
- ALL of these fees must be received here at the IKF
Office by ***January 31st of the Regional
Tournament Year to secure your region.
- These will go on a first come, first approved basis.
- (***) Some exceptions are made when
tournaments are confirmed after this date.
- You will need to to pick a date for your regional, if nothing else, the
month of the event. If you have not done this, we need you to e-mail us your
- When scheduling your event, keep in mind that ALL REGIONAL events must
be completed by June 1st.
- There are "2" Main reasons for this fee being implemented.
- "Talk The Talk" or "Walk the Walk?"
- Every year, we've had first time promoters who say they will host a
regional but never made it happen for whatever reasons. This caused
A lot of Problems back here with us with all the fighters who might have
past up one regional in hopes of going to another. This is something we DO NOT
want to EVER have happen again.
Will You Step Up And Be A Regional Promoter?
not YOU, WHO? If Not NOW, WHEN?"
It's Up To YOU To
"MAKE IT HAPPEN!"
Well, if you choose to apply as an IKF
Amateur Championship Regional Tournament Director, we WELCOME YOU
GREATLY! You and your co-Director/Promoters will provide an opportunity for
Amateur Kickboxers that no one else can. This makes you a Unique Leader among
your Peers of the Sport and a great asset to the IKF
"True leaders are not those who strive to be
first but those who are first to strive and who give their all for the success
of the team. True leaders are first to see the need, envision the plan, and
empower the team for action. By the strength of the leader's commitment, the
power of the team is unleashed."
If you feel your the kind of Leader who can handle such a
task, Click The Link Below for Your Regional Promoters Application
Amateur Regional Promoters Tournament - Directors Application
Print out and fill out the Registration form and mail it in with your deposit as
determined above to
IKF, P. O. Box 1205,
Newcastle, CA, 95658. Attention:
IKF Regional Director
We hope you will "Walk The Walk"
as a Regional Director/Promoter for the
Amateur Kickboxing Championship Tournament!
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