Johnny Davis' Accomplishments 1980 -
- PKA World Welterweight Champion.
- FFKA World Kick Boxing Champion.
- ISKA United States Champion.
"Superfoot" Davis School of Karate.
Eastern Welterweight Champion.
Carolina Light Middle Weight Champion.
Coast Welterweight Champion.
Carolina Welterweight Champion.
- Grand Champion - Battle of Atlanta- Georgia ( Largest
Karate Tournament on the East Coast).
Degree Black Belt in Karate.
over 250 medals, trophies and awards in competition...
- Outstanding Young Men Of America Award.
- "Key to the City", Dillon South Carolina (Presented
- South Carolina State Citation ( Presented in House of
Representative by State Representative James Lockemy)
- Presidential Award ( Presented by Dillon, SC. Chamber
1989: Traveled throughout North America and Europe for Kickboxing.
Created "Kick Box-A-Robics Program"
Co-Founded "KO Kickboxing"
to Promote IKF Triple
F Kickboxing Events.
President of IKF Semi Contact - Point Kickboxing©
for semi contact sport competition.
Appointed to IKF
Certified Seminar Instructors List.
Appointed to IKF
Officials Board as an IKF
Appointed as one of the IKF
Created "Champions Training Tips" on www.IKFKickboxing.com
Appointed to IKF
TV Production Commentary Team.
Created The Johnny Davis "Walk-A-Bout
Fitness Program" Copyright 2000.
Assisted with IKF
Promotions & Marketing.
Winner Of The IKF
Hall Of Fame PRESTIGE AWARD
Authored The Johnny Davis Kickboxing Manual - The Art Of Kickboxing.
Founded "Art of Kickboxing (AK)
- July: Produced and released the Johnny Davis Kickboxing Training Video.
May- Featured in Black Belt Magazine
(five page spread)
- 2003- Met with 2008
Official Olympic Committee in Beijing China regarding
Kickboxing (see below)
- 2004 Executive Producer of
Triple "F" Kickboxing TV Show
and Bonded Promoter For Kickboxing in the
State of California
Freelance Writer- Articles and Essays
- Motivation Speaker - Moti-Fit© Presenter
Present - Owner Rocklin Kickboxing and Boxing
Licensed/ Bonded Amateur Promoter for the State of CA
Co-Promoted with IKF First IKF West Coast Kickboxing Classic in
California (180 fighters registered)
Opened Super Foot Kickboxing and Fitness Club in South Carolina
Johnny Davis of AK Promotions Interview
For those of you who've met Johnny Davis you find out after a
few moments of talking with him that he is passionate about the sport of
Kickboxing. What's even more obvious is his ability to explain and teach
Kickboxing in a way that's unique to the sport. Johnny is no doubt a
natural born trainer and strives daily to encourage participation as well
as increase the visibility of the sport. Davis who had an
extensive career in the martial arts winning many Point Karate
tournaments and two world championships in Kickboxing was highly
recognize in the mid 80's for several memorable fights on ESPN. However, for
about ten years he disappeared from the martial arts scene.
In the past several years Davis' name has made a resurgence in
the Kickboxing community due to his work with the IKF. Although, he retired
in 1988, he never stopped working with the martial arts. In 1995, he
began writing his autobiographical Kickboxing training manual. In 1996,
he and former World Champ Sam Montgomery promoted a few IKF Sanctioned Kickboxing
fights under the name K. O. Kickboxing in the California Bay Area. It was
at that time that he met IKF
President Steve Fossum and began his association with the IKF.
Davis strategy for promoting the IKF is by participating
in functions like the recent Health and Fitness Fair in the Sacramento
area. He had several local IKF
champions demonstrate to the thousands of people in attendance. He also
set up IKF information
booths at the annual DragonFest Martial
Arts Extravaganza held in Glendale, CA and other martial arts
related events. From special events to sending Press Releases, Davis
is attempting to put IKF
Kickboxing at the top of the heap of contact sports around the world.
In (2002), Johnny released his Kickboxing training
manual titled the Art of Kickboxing and started his Art of Kickboxing (A.
K.)Promotions company to further promote, teach and grow the sport of
Kickboxing. He jump started the year with his Kickboxing video series.
Additionally, he was featured in Black Belt Magazine's May edition (2002)
Ringside Inc.who sold his products in their Ringside catalog. There is no
doubt that Johnny Davis is back in the game and has big plans to
take the sport of Kickboxing to the next level!
We thought we would find out more about Johnny and his
relationship to the IKF.
Therefore, we sat down with him for a few minutes to find out what makes
- IKF: Johnny, what
encouraged you to start in the martial arts and how long have you
- JD: "Bruce Lee
movies! I fell in love with Bruce Lee flicks around the age of
eleven or twelve and since that time have never stopped striving to
be the best I could be just as Bruce was the best at what he did.
I've been in the martial arts for about 28 years."
- IKF: Do you have
your own gym?
- JD: "While
living in South Carolina in the early and mid 80's, I ran a gym for
about ten years. Since moving to California, I have chosen not to
do so. However, I've recently started teaching again for the City
of Rocklin, CA, which is where I live and it seems to be going in
the right direction."
- IKF: Who and what
style are you teaching?
- JD: "I've
designed a special program to teach the sport of Kickboxing in a
way that's very different. I stick very close to the discipline,
respect and even the Kia's in my Kickboxing program that is common
in most Karate programs. I teach children, men and women and they
all seem to love it! I truly believe Kickboxing will be bigger than
basic Karate one day because of its simplicity and
- IKF: Do you train
those who want to fight as well?
- JD: "Some. I'm
very selective about who I work with because I'm very busy! If I
think its worth it, I will take the time but they have to be
disciplined and prepared to work hard because I'm not a nice guy in
- IKF: We
understand that you were working with IKF
Middleweight Champ Dave Marinoble?
- JD: "Well to be
honest, I've worked with Dave for many years off and on. Dave
and I became friends some years back. I saw Dave's potential
early in his career and wanted to take him to the next level of
winning a world championship. *We
went our separate ways for a while but stayed in touch. Ironically,
later, I moved to his area, so we hooked back up to train for some
bouts. Dave felt that he probably wouldn't fight much
longer, so he wanted to get in as many good fights as possible
before retiring and he seem to feel that I could further enhance
his skills. I believed in his abilities and he was one I was willing
to work with. But, I've worked with other champions too that have a
lot of potential. I love to teach, train and promote, these are my
that time Marinoble won his IKF world Title.
- IKF: How do you
think people feel about you working with fighters and also so
closely with the IKF?
- JD: "Well, the
way I see it is that most officials, referees, judges etc., are
also trainers and that's fine as long as they are not judging and
officiating their own people. I feel that as long as I'm not making
any judgement calls concerning anyone that I work with there should
be no problem. My goal is to grow the sport and if I have some
marketing and training abilities to assist the growth of the sport,
I should use them! Something must be done to bring the big dollars
to this sport so that fighters can earn a decent living! Fighters
need to have the best training in order to look like professionals
and raise their appeal to the potential sponsor and spectators! I
feel I can help in this area too!"
- IKF: What are
your feelings about the IKF
and how do you rate them compared to other organizations?
- JD: "That's an
easy one. I feel that the IKF
is the best thing that Kickboxing has every had! Ever! I say this
because of the way its has been built from the ground up for the
past several years. Steve Fossum is the most committed
person I know and the best suited for leading the organization!
He's passionate and only wants the best for the fighters,
promoters, trainers and fans of Kickboxing and spends numerous
hours assuring that they only get the very best from the IKF!
- IKF: So, what are your thoughts on other organizations?
- JD: "Not much!
They do what they do and the IKF
does what it does! Simple! There is no time to worry about the
other side! I wish them well!"
- IKF: In the past,
you managed to get a lot of the press to attend the annual IKF! National event in
Davenport Iowa. Do you have any plans or for future IKF National Tournaments?
- JD: "My true
goals for the Nationals from a marketing stand point is that
everyone do their part in their own cities by informing local media
that they will be attending the event as well as getting them the
results after the event. This helps all of us in the long run and
makes the event that much more successful. Fighters should start
early with articles about goals of winning this year's championship
in August. However, we are beefing up the marketing each year to
try and make sure that not only the media is there in good numbers
but to have a large number of spectators as well! This will take
more effort on our (The IKF's)
behalf but the plans are to make it bigger and better than previous
years! Kickboxers deserve to have an event like the Nationals. I
only wish we had such a thing when I was coming up, the sport would
be much farther along."
- IKF: Tell us
about Point Kickboxing. How did you come up with that name?
- JD: "It was
fairly easy because I'd done so much Point Karate fighting (on
the East Coast) and of course Full Contact Kickboxing. The
names just seemed to merge for me. I know this is a concept that
will be huge soon. Once students compete in an event the addiction
sticks! Point Kickboxing divisions and tournaments will be as big
and common as Point Karate tournaments one day! Just another one of
my little predictions!
- IKF: Johnny, one
more question. At age twelve you made a goal to become a world
champion, at age twenty two you accomplished that. Now you're in
your forties, what are some of your goals today and how would you
want to be remembered in the sport of Kickboxing?
- JD: "Hmmm,
that's a mouth full! As I said earlier, I have a passion to teach,
train and promote. Ultimately, I would love to become a great
promoter of Kickboxing events. I'm also very interested in doing
the commentary and announcing for televised events as well because
this is an area that I feel we are lacking. There just doesn't seem
to be enough professional, knowledgeable and exciting commentary
out there to properly educate the general public for the little TV
we currently have! So between the commentary, announcing and promotions,
being successful at either would be very fulfilling for me! As far
as the legacy, I will leave up to the historians! I will say this.
I always try to give my very best to this sport and have committed
much time, energy and money to assist in taking it to the next
level. The Fighters that have learned from my instructions and
carry that "Johnny Davis edge" with them in the
ring, will be my true legacy. But too, knowing that I have assisted
the IKF in its
growth is rewarding and hopefully when I'm done and years gone by,
those yet unborn will learn that I played a role in building the
greatest organization ever for the sport of Kickboxing."
with The 2008 Olympic Committee in Beijing China 2003 (L) and with
IKF President Steve Fossum and Mr. Hugh Heftner at Playboy Mansion
The IKF would like to say
thanks to Johnny for his passion, desire and commitment to the
sport of Kickboxing.