International Sport Karate Association
The International Sport Karate Association (ISKA) is one of the major international bodies regulating sport karate and kickboxing matches, and is based in the United States. It was established in 1985 as a response to legal and revenue issues that sent the Professional Karate Association (PKA) into decline.
From 1974 until 1985, the PKA had been the most recognised worldwide kickboxing sanctioning group. It was instrumental in establishing public relay of the sport via ESPN, helping to introduce the burgeoning sport to a wider audience, and had also developed the first fighter's ratings systems. Five major U.S.-based promoters and resigning PKA executives created the new body, the International Sport Karate Association (ISKA), with an official announcement on July 16, 1986. The first U.S. directors were Mike Sawyer, Karyn Turner, Tony Thompson, John Worley and Scott Coker. It currently runs the biggest martial arts tournament in the world, The U.S Open. Thousands of competitors from around the world participate every year.
Many of the major PKA promoters began sanctioning their events with the ISKA and several also joined its administration. ISKA also secured ESPN broadcasts of its major title bouts in 1986, thus helping bring quick credibility and recognition to the new association.
Since the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO) was mostly active in Europe and the World Kickboxing Association (WKA) in Asia, ISKA was quick to expand through its own European Directors starting October 1986 with Olivier Muller, Jérome Canabate and Mohamed Hosseini. American Richard Mayor oversaw the establishment of this European wing as European President between 1986 and 1988.
By 1991, the worldwide control of the ISKA was shared by two co-chairmen: Mike Sawyer and Olivier Muller. International TV coverage was secured, and united separate organisations were formed worldwide to handle responsibility for international sanctioning and grading. ISKA has conducted its official activities under ISKA ASIA since 2008 with Dr. S. A. Moinshirazi the President of ISKA ASIA. Paul Zadro is the President of ISKA Australia, which is the biggest martial arts tournament circuit in Australia.
ISKA's Martial Arts World Championships are held yearly at the US Open of Martial Arts in Disney World, Orlando, Florida. The US Open ISKA World Martial Arts Championships celebrated its 40th anniversary the July 4th weekend, 2013. More than 4,000 competitors and 10,000 spectators attend the two-day event each year. The event closes with the Night of Champions featuring the ISKA World Martial Arts Championships. The Night of Champions airs live on ESPN3, while a highlights show airs later on ESPN2. The US Open is the longest continuously running martial arts event on ESPN. The US Open highlights continue to air throughout the year on CSI Sports networks, reaching approximately 85 million households.
|Style||Flyweight||Bantamweight||Featherweight||Super Featherweight||Lightweight||Super Lightweight|
|Oriental Rules||Vacant||Tenshin Nasukawa||Franck Gross||Miguel Martinez||Adam Bouarourou||Benjamin Horvath|
|Full Contact Kickboxing||Mathieu Damiano||Vacant||Jerome Ardissone||Jonathan Pastorino||Yoann Portaller||Vladislav Melmik|
|Freestyle Kickboxing||Vacant||Martin Blanco||Tenshin Nasukawa||Vacant||Mohamed Karbal||Enzo Bonio|
|Muay Thai||Andrii Mezentsev||Vacant||Carlos Coello||Jonathan Haggerty||Vacant||Shunsuke Oishi|
|K-1 Rules||Akram Hamidi||Eisaku Ogasawara||Yanis Goucef||Ján Szajko||Koji||Yannick Reine|
|Style||Light Welterweight||Welterweight||Super Welterweight||Light Middleweight||Middleweight||Super Middleweight|
|Oriental Rules||Mo Abdurahman||Vacant||Armen Petrosyan||Mustapha Haida||Karim Ghajji||Karim Ghajji|
|Full Contact Kickboxing||Vladislav Melmik||Vacant||Gaetan Delacher||José Rodríguez||Mehdi Kada||Mondhor Yacoubi|
|Freestyle Kickboxing||Modibo Diarra||David Mejia||Sergio Sanchez||Edouard Bernadou||Cedric de Keirsmaeker||Lukasz Plawecki|
|Muay Thai||Khumsab||Malker Garcia||Fabio Pinca||Nauzet Trujillo||Youssef Boughanem||Patrick Madisse|
|K-1 Rules||Cedric Peynaud||Malker Garcia||Giorgio Petrosyan||Youssef Assouik||Mickael Lopes De Veiga||Patrick Madisse|
|Style||Light Heavyweight||Light Cruiserweight||Cruiserweight||Super Cruiserweight||Heavyweight||Super Heavyweight|
|Oriental Rules||Cyril Benzaquen||Reda Ougdou||Alberto Tapia||Moises Baute||Vacant||Murat Aygün|
|Full Contact Kickboxing||Jon Durrant||Emmanuel Mahout||James Green||Riyadh Al-Azzawi||Vacant||Vacant|
|Freestyle Kickboxing||Frederic Kowatz||Luca Adreani||Florent Kaouachi||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant|
|Muay Thai||Atakan Arslan||Henry Bannert||Bejan Ahmedi||Emmanuel Payet||Vacant||Thomas Froschauer|
|K-1 Rules||Kevin Ward||Madani Rahmani||Francis Jorge||Turpal Tokaev||Mamoudou Keita||Frederic Sinistra|
As of July 14, 2020
|Oriental Rules||Vacant||Michelle Newell||Gloria Peritore||Serin Murray|
|Full Contact Kickboxing||Emilie Machut||Djouarha Chafia||Gloria Peritore||Lizzie Largillière|
|Muay Thai||Anna Shiratsuki||Amy Pirnie||Kim Townsend||Vacant|
|K-1 Rules||Cristina Morales||Ludivine Lasnier||Djouarha Chafia||Cynthia Gonzalez|
|Oriental Rules||Vacant||Mellony Geugjes||Lara Fernandez||Deniz Batinli|
|Full Contact Kickboxing||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant|
|Freestyle Kickboxing||Vacant||Chiara Vincis||Aurélie Froment||Nili Block|
|Muay Thai||Melillo Sveva||Vacant||Vacant||Vacant|
|K-1 Rules||Anissa Meksen||Martine Michieletto||Sabriye Şengül||Aurélie Froment|
|Style||Super Lightweight||Light Welterweight||Welterweight||Super Welterweight|
|Oriental Rules||Deniz Batinli||Anke Van Gestel||Vacant||Vacant|
|Full Contact Kickboxing||Irene Mertens||Vacant||Vacant||Cathy LeMee|
|Freestyle Kickboxing||Cindy Perros||Cindy Perros||Vacant||Vacant|
|Muay Thai||Veronica Vernocchi||Vacant||Vacant||Anna Rantanen|
|K-1 Rules||Anke Van Gestel||Johanna Kruse||Vacant||Vacant|
As of August 31, 2020
- Bill Wallace (October 1988). The Decline and Fall of the PKA Empire (Digitized by Google Books). Black Belt Magazine. p. 13. Retrieved 29 July 2010.
- Corcoran, John and Farkas, Emil. Martial Arts: Traditions, History, People. Gallery Books, New York (1983) p. 317.
- "What is ISKA?". iskaworldhq.com. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
- "From A to WKN". Worldkickboxingnetwork.com. Retrieved 2015-10-08.
- "A HISTORY OF KICKBOXING". Archived from the original on 19 March 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
- "National Coverage Map". Usopen-karate.com. Archived from the original (JPG) on 2013-12-11. Retrieved 2015-10-08.
- International Sport Karate Association (I.S.K.A. Head Office)
- International Sport Karate Association (I.S.K.A. ASIA)
- International Sport Karate Association (I.S.K.A. EUROPE)
- International Sport Kickboxing Association (I.S.K.A. CZECH REPUBLIC
Books and articles
- (in French) "A History of Full Contact Karate
- "A History of Kickboxing" – Mikes Miles
- "A History of kickboxing" – « black-belt »
- (in French) Delmas Alain, Callière Jean-Roger, Histoire du Kick-boxing, FKBDA, France, 1998
- (in French) Delmas Alain, Définition du Kick-boxing, FKBDA, France, 1999
- Miles Mikes, site An interview with Joe Lewis, 1998