October 27, 2013

Team USA Returns with Bronze Medal from World Combat Games

ST. LOUIS, MO – After qualifying in the Pan American games in Iguassu Falls, Brazil in 2012, two athletes; Jose Mariscal from Cicero, IL, and Gabrielle Labbee from Collinsville, IL, represented Team USA in Kickboxing in the World Combat Games this past week in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Labbee participated in the Women’s Low Kick 52 kg and Mariscal represented the USA in the Men’s Full Contact 71kg competition taking Bronze in his division.

“It was a first for KICK International™ on many fronts.  Not only the first time Kickboxing was invited as a sport at the World Combat Games, but the first opportunity for the USA to participate and we were very excited to have returned with a medal.  To qualify, our athletes not only had to win in their hometown to advance to Nationals in St. Louis, but they also placed Gold in the Pan American games to become one of the eight best kickboxers in the world advancing to the World Combat Games in Russia.” said Charles Post, Team USA Coach.

Coach Bob Schirmer and Gabrielle

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Last minute patch to add to our warm-up sleeve.

For eight days, the world looked on St. Petersburg Russia and witnessed the SportAccord World Combat Games.  This event promotes values of self-control, determination and technical mastery, the Martial Arts and Combat Sports integrate elements of culture, wisdom, friendship to create an elite sports competition – the Art of Combat.  This year, the games featured over 1,300 of world’s best athletes in 15 Martial Arts and Combat Sports including: Aikido, Boxing, Fencing, Judo, Jujitsu, Karate, Kendo, Kickboxing, Muaythai, Sambo, Savate, Sumo, Taekwondo, Wrestling, and Wushu.

Gabrielle Labbee, represented Team USA in the 117 lb weight class.  She drew a girl from Vietnam as her competitor.  This was the first time that the two athletes had ever competed in kickboxing against one another.  It was a tough mach for Gabrielle who lost in a decision of two-to-one.  Gabrielle comes from rural roots in Illinois where she was home schooled and at the age of 18 crossed three continents, winning 12 championships on her way to become one of the best fighters in the world.

Jose Mariscal represented Team USA in the 155 lb weight class.  Jose drew a fighter from Iraq in the first round.  He was given a standing eight count within the first two minutes.  While things started off bad, he was not counted out.  Jose came back and destroyed his opponent in the second and third round and won through unanimous decision.  His second fight was against a Moroccan fighter.  Like the previous fight, the first round started rough, but he came back in the second round and stopped his opponent twice in the third.  However, it’s points not power that followed the Olympic boxing rules to credit the wins.  Unfortunately, Jose’s power fell short on the distribution of points given by the judges so he lost in a decision of two-to-one, but he still finished with a Bronze Medal for his weight class.

KICK International™ is dedicated to the administration, promotion, development, and unification of amateur kickboxing and mixed martial arts sports in the United States. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, KICK International™ is a 501c3 national sanctioning body that sponsors a host of programs developing the sport and its athletes at the local, regional and national levels. In addition, they participate and sponsor national and international dual competitions and coordinate teams for international events.  KICK is the national governing body in theUSA as designated by the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO) which is the exclusive world governing body approved under the General Assembly of International Sports Federations (GAISF) moving the sport to Olympic recognition.


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