Steve Fossum

sfgiheadshot 204x300 Steve FossumMr. Fossum started his martial arts training in 1976 in Tae Kwon Do. He later studied Shotokan, an American freestyle known as System 5 Combat Karate and a military system known as STIHC (Pronounced Sti-Hick, Special Training In Hand to Hand Combat.) Other styles he has trained in include Kenpo, JuJitsu and Aikido. Today he holds ranks in several martial art styles including Black Belt ranks in 4 different styles of martial arts. He has also won numerous titles in karate point fighting, full contact kickboxing and hand to hand combat competition. He’s been operating a martial arts school since 1982.

  • TIMELINE
    • JUNE, 1976:
      • First started formal karate training – American Tae Kwon Do. Went on to achieve a 2nd degree Black Belt in this style.
    • MAY, 1977:
      • Begin training of Shotokan karate along with Tae Kwon Do. Went on to achieved the rank of Shodan in December of 1999. (1st degree Black Belt) in this style.)
    • APRIL, 1978:
      • Achieved 1st of 2 Degrees of Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.
    • JANUARY, 1979:
      • Started training in System 5 Combat Karate.
    • MARCH, 1979:
      • Begin training in Full Contact Kickboxing.
    • DECEMBER, 1979:
      • Achieved Shodan in Shotokan Karate.
    • APRIL, 1980:
      • Begin training in STIHC (Special Training In Hand To Hand Combat)
    • MARCH, 1981:
      • Achieved 1st Black Belt in System 5 Combat Karate. Went on to achieve *Masters Black Belt Rank (9th Degree) in this style and continues to teach this style today.
        • sfsidekick 255x300 Steve Fossum(*) In System 5 Combat Karate, a Masters Rank is very different than in “Traditional Karate”. System 5 Combat Karate is NOT a followed path of traditional karate with traditional aspects such as Katas and Forms. Although many of the movements and techniques are exact movements as one would learn in traditional karate (side kick, pivot punch etc.) it is more like attaining a certification in a specialized combat course. This is mainly due to the testing and attaining the material of the system which is tested by a hands on practical application method that must be proven in active combat drills as opposed to standing movement of single techniques. Better put, “It must be experienced in order to be known.” For words alone, as many things, cannot describe it.
    • JUNE, 1984:
      • Achieved civilian certification for Drill Instructor for STIHC.
  • COMPETITION
    • fossumjumpkick 268x300 Steve FossumBetween 1977 and 1985, Sensei Steve Fossum along with 11 other individuals competed in a league that was not sanctioned or licensed by any state athletic commission. The matches they participated in were held on military bases. Although he was not in the military himself, he was able to compete in many of the military competitions due to the fact that he was a training assistant to his martial arts instructor during this time who was a special forces military instructor. Many of the matches were held before, during or after training of special tactics groups. He and all ll other team members agreed not to use their competition achievements or training for financial gain or prestige for 5 years after their last competition. The team was known as the “HEADHUNTERS”.
    • While in this league, he won various titles (State, Regional, National and International) in all 3 International divisions in the “Open Heavyweight Class” (180 lbs. and up) Fighting between 185-190 lbs. The fighting divisions were Semi Contact Point Sparring, Full Contact Kickboxing and Hand to Hand Combat Training where the participants were judged by their speed and skill in 5 different categories.(Weapons Defense, Takedowns/Throws, Group Combat, Combat Fighting and Power/Speed Combinations)
  • ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS
    Martial Arts Related

    • 1982: Opened first of what would be 11 karate schools. Auburn CA. USA.
    • 1982: Designed “ROLLING TIGERS”. Self Defense system for the wheelchair bound.
    • 1982: Formed an award winning karate demonstration team known as “THE FALL GUYS”.
    • 1985: Developed CMT Certification training for Military, Law Enforcement & Security: Control Movements & Takedowns.
    • 1985: Begin teaching STIHC solo to the USMC with USMC Staff Sgt. Mike Woods.
    • 1987: Hosted Cable TV show-”SURVIVAL SELF DEFENSE”.
    • 1986: Begin working with the Placer County Child Assault Prevention Program. Instructing practical skills self defense at schools throughout California and Nevada.
    • 1987: Designed “Motivation Corporation” A motivational company giving seminars Nationwide on self esteem, self confidence, motivation etc. Tour Title: “Victory By Knockout!” Knockout the negatives in your life and focus on the positives.
    • 1989: Created Dynamic Woman’s Self Defense Program: “Women Making A Stand!” Instructed it to grade schools, high schools, colleges, business, groups and organizations around the USA. Featured on all major TV Networks.
    • 1990: Consolidated 3 martial arts schools into the Largest training center in Northern California. Newcastle, Over 10,000 sq. ft. in size.
    • 1991: Expanded new training center to over 17,500 sq. ft. Said to be the largest on the West Coast and one of the largest in the Nation: by Black Belt and Inside Kung Fu magazines.
    • 1992: Became a licensed promoter and matchmaker of kickboxing events in California through the State of California Athletic Commission.
    • 1992: Co-Founded the IKF – International Kickboxing Federation with Dan Stell. An amateur and professional kickboxing sanctioning body organizing and sanctioning kickboxing worldwide.
    • 1993: Appointed to the CA State Athletic Commissions “Martial Arts Advisory Board”.
    • 1993: Wrote 2 Self Defense Books: 10 Magical Movement Points & 10 Best Weapons of the Body.
    • 1994: Wrote, Produced, Directed and hosted TV Program, “The World Of Martial Arts” which ran a successful 14 episodes.
    • 1997: Created IKF Website with Yancey Gillies.
    • 1998: Opened new 11,000 square foot facility for Ringside Gym, Foothill Self Defense, and of course, the world offices of the IKF and later, the ISCF.
    • 1999: Co-Founded the now yearly IKF USA National Amateur Kickboxing tournament with Joe Taylor of Ringside Inc. The largest amateur kickboxing tournament in North America.
    • 1999: Took over as World President of the International Sport Combat Federation – ISCF.
    • 2001: Created the IKF Community Foundation.
    • November 2nd, 2002: It wouldn’t last forever, and the long time bachelor, Steve Fossum married Toni Rae Foster.
    • 2003: July, Inducted into the Hawaii Martial Arts International Society Hall of Fame.
    • 2003: July, Awarded the Title of Professor and the Degree of Ninth by the Executive Board and Constituents of the Hawaii Martial Arts International Society.
    • 2003: August, Created the IKF Kickboxing TV Program.
    • 2004: Expanded the yearly IKF USA National Amateur Kickboxing tournament to a North American format. It continues to be the largest amateur kickboxing tournament in North America hosting over 200 amateur kickboxers each year.
    • 2005: With a new remodel, he doubled the size of the IKF/ISCF Headquarters.
    • 2005: Announced official launch of Gladiator Gear with energy drinks and supplements.
    • 2006: Expanded the IKF North American Amateur Kickboxing tournament to the IKF World Classic so that Amateur fighters from all over the world could attend. It continues to be the Largest Amateur Kickboxing Tournament in North America hosting over 200 amateur kickboxers each year.
    • August 15th, 2006: Mr. Fossum welcomed a new edition to the Fossum Family when his wife Toni gave birth to their daughter Fallyn Brooke.
    • 2007: With the boom of Mixed Martial Arts, the ISCF became the Largest Sanctioning Body for Mixed Martial Arts in the World sanctioning over 300 Pro and Amateur events during 2006 alone.
    • 2007: Promoted the first ever Amateur Golden Gloves of Mixed Martial Arts. An OPEN Tournament much like the IKF Kickboxing Tournaments called the ISCF MMA World Classic, to determine true Amateur MMA World Champions. The event was held at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA in April of 2007.
    • 2007: MMA continues to grow as the ISCF sanctions over 400 Pro and Amateur events during 2007.
    • 2007: While MMA grows in North America, the IKF is successful in rebuilding IKF Europe with the work of the new IKF Team Europe which includes Neil Holden, Colin Payne, Carl Sams, Duncan Airlie James, Keith Nathan, Tricia McKeary, Dawn Willock, Steve Logan and Peter Foley.
    • 2007: Expanded the IAA Awards Company by changing the name to “International Fight Belts” – www.FightBelts.com and adding in new products.
    • 2007: Showing great success with IKF Point Kickboxing he promotes Johnny Davis to IKF – PKB President and creates the new www.IKFPKB.com web site.
    • Early, 2008: With a successful year in sanctioning the MMA events of the IFL, – International Fight league, which is the first ever Pro Mixed Martial Arts Team League, The ISCF creates the IBL, International Battle League. ( www.IBLFights.com )
      The IBL is an Amateur Mixed Martial Arts TEAM League.
    • Spring, 2008: Officially Formed the Chief Company that oversees all of Mr. Fossum’s Fight Sport organizations & Companies, IFS – International Fight Sports. ( www.IFightSports.com )
    • Summer, 2008: With high demand to do so, the IBL, International Battle League announces it will form a Pro MMA Fight League to work in association with the IBL Amateur Fight League. Official launch date Fall, 2008.
    • Summer, 2008: IKF host it’s “10th Annual IKF World Classic Tournament in Orlando Florida, USA marking an incredible 10 years of the longest running AMATEUR ONLY Open Kickboxing Tournament in the World.
  • ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS
    • Actor and stuntman in martial arts programs.
    • Fight chorographer for martial arts scenes.
    • Set director for TV programs and live presentations.
    • Experienced as a Bouncer, Bodyguard and Bail Enforcement Officer.
    • Law Enforcement and security personal trainer in empty hand combat.
    • Motivational and self esteem speaker to schools, clubs and organizations.
    • Seminar instructor for topics such as self defense to motivation training.