In an effort to acquire new blood for its world renowned martial arts fighting circuit, the K-1 organization will stage its second-ever open tryout at Las Vegas, Nevada’s Mirage Hotel and Casino on Thursday, August 11th and Friday, August 12th, one day prior to its “Mayhem At The Mirage” mega-card.
The two-day trial will be open to all fighters who meet the weight requirements of either of K-1’s two weight divisions – the 154-pound limit “Max” class and the 200 pounds and above, super heavyweight group.
Participants will partake in various exercises that test a wide array of skills including speed, power, coordination, flexibility, and knowledge of the sport. They will also engage in sparring sessions with one another.
During its first open tryout in history last August, K-1 played host to over 100 contestants who hailed from various regions of The United States and whose combat sports training background included experience in a wide range of disciplines ranging from kickboxing to western boxing to wrestling. Both Max and super heavyweight finalists were later enlisted to compete in K-1 events held in Las Vegas, Hawaii, and Japan.
As he did last time around, K-1 USA Fight Coordinator Sven Bean will oversee and direct all activities during the two-day trial period. A group of judges as well as executives from K-1 Japan and K-1 USA will observe the tryouts and make recruiting decisions. Last year, judges included legendary K-1 competitor Sam Greco as well as three-time K-1 tournament champion, Michael McDonald, and “Big Daddy” Gary Goodridge.
Those who wish to register for the tryout should contact Mr. Bean via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or should fax a request for an official tryout application to 303-400-1756. Candidates will be required to make their own arrangements for travel and stay in Las Vegas during the tryout period.
Leading martial arts equipment supplier, Fairtex, will provide all gear necessary to conduct the tryout sessions.
K-1 is a martial arts fighting sport that derives its name from its inclusion of a wide array of combat disciplines, including Karate, Kung-Fu, and Kickboxing (“K”), and its intent to determine one champion in one ring (“1”). After being staged for the first time in Japan in 1993 under the direction of founder Master Kazuyoshi Ishii, it later evolved into the country’s most popular sport and achieved popular culture status there as its athletes turned into larger-than-life celebrities.