To be qualified for an IFS title belt, fighters must have either a minimum of five sanctioned fights along with a winning ratio or a minimum of four undefeated sanctioned fights. Champions must defend the title within one year or forfeit the title.
Want to fight for the IFS?
The IFS accepts fighters of all weight classes, gender, and nearly all ages even if it’s your first fight. First, you must be approved by your coach and dedicate time to training. Secondly, you must be willing to develop a fan base and social media presence. The IFS will provide you with materials needed and a step-by-step method of how to do so.
Step 1: Submit Your Application
Fill out and submit the online form in detail with your coach. You must provide your current information and disclose your complete fight history. Make sure to include your minimum and maximum fight weight. Once matched, the IFS will send your coach a detailed confirmation agreement. You and your coach must reply in agreement.
Step 2: Sell Event Tickets
For each fighter, a batch of 50 sequentially-numbered General Admission tickets and a Commission Sheet will be sent to the coach (at the gym’s address) to sell; Premier Admission tickets are available to sell upon request. You and your coach are responsible for the face value of all tickets; therefore, it is your responsibility to safeguard them. The IFS requests that you sell at least 20 tickets because of the high-quality production costs of IFS shows. The IFS will reward the gym with a percentage of the tickets sold. Fighters who sell at least 20 individual tickets will be eligible to purchase VIP Ringside Table Seating separately if available.
Step 3: Post Your Digital Banners
To promote his/her fight and ticket sales, each fighter will receive social media banners. On your IFS Fighter Application form, attach a high quality Fighter’s Fight Pose Photo. See the example below and understand the Do’s and Don’ts.
1) Wear dark clothing.
2) Don’t wear white.
3) Stand in front of a white wall.
4) Step away from wall to reduce harsh shadows.
5) Shoot to include entire body from the thighs up.
6) Upload the largest image size (high resolution, actual size) when you submit your online fighter application.
Step 4: Promote Your Fight
As a fighter, this is your opportunity to market yourself to enhance yourself for future success. Here’s how:
- Share your digital banner on Facebook and Instagram to announce your fight and repost it with updates on your progress up to the day of the fight.
- Create a Facebook event such as “John Doe’s SuperFight at the IFS” and invite everyone on your list. Include all the details. If you need additional information, the IFS promotion team can help.
- Let your fans know how important your fight is and how their support will help. Tell them the fights are not televised and cannot be live streamed. They will want to see you up close and in person to cheer you on.
- Let them know you have tickets available and purchasing them through you will earn the gym a commission.
- Have tickets on hand when you ask “Are you coming to my fight?” Let them know that tickets purchased at the door are $5 more and the gym will not earn commission from tickets sold at the door.
- Ask your fans when they will get their tickets and let them know the different forms of payment you can accept such as PayPal, Venmo, Apple Pay, cash or check.
- Post training photos and videos on Facebook and Instagram. Show off your hard work daily.
- Continuously talk to your gym mates, friends, family, and co-workers about the fight. Express your excitement!
Promote yourself and you will see the rewards of your efforts in all aspects of your career with a fan base. You put in the hard work. You deserve to be seen. Let’s do it!
Step 5: Meet IKF Requirements
All Muay Thai / Kickboxing bouts are sanctioned by the IKF: International Kickboxing Federation. All questions regarding the forms below should be directed to the IKF.
IKF Fighter Requirements & Forms
- Fill out the IKF fighters registration form below and bring it to weigh-ins. Make sure you understand the licensing fees as dictated by the IKF.
IKF CALIFORNIA AMATEUR FIGHTER LICENSE APPLICATION FORM
- Even if it’s your first fight, you will also need to fill out the IKF’s past bout history form below.
IKF PAST BOUT HISTORY / EXPERIENCE FORM
- You will need a full physical done either at weigh-ins or in advance by your physician. Fill out the physical examination form below. It must be signed by the physician and not a nurse or nurse practitioner. Make sure you understand there is a cost for the yearly physical if it’s done at weigh-ins.
IKF FIGHTER FULL PHYSICAL EXAMINATION FORM
- If you come ill or injured and are not able to compete, please do not notify the IFS last minute. It is disrespectful to the opposing fighter and his/her team, the IKF, and the IFS. If in any doubt, inform the IFS ASAP even if it’s just a precautionary advance warning. Read and be informed of the Fighter Bout Drop Rules below.
IKF FIGHTER BOUT DROP RULES
- Fighters, see if your license is still valid here:
IKF CALIFORNIA LICENSED AMATEUR FIGHTERS
- You must bring valid I.D. (such as birth certificate, passport, state I.D., driver’s license) at weigh-ins to show proof of age.
IKF Cornermen Requirements & Forms
- Talk to your coach/trainer and determine who will be in your corner as corner people. All bouts require two cornermen. Title fights require three cornermen. To become a cornerman, the IKF application for a one-year license must be filled out and submitted along with the IKF Fee no later than the weigh-ins.
IKF CALIFORNIA CORNERMAN/SECOND/TRAINER LICENSE APPLICATION
- Trainers/cornermen, see if your license is still valid here:
IKF CALIFORNIA TRAINERS: LAST UPDATED OF TRAINER’S / CORNERMEN LISTED
Additional Requirements & Forms for Junior Fighters (under 18):
- Any trainer or cornerman who wants to work a Junior bout needs to meet the MANDATORY requirements for Assembly Bill 2007. Your cornermen must take a mandatory Concussion Protocol Test at least a week in advance. The test is free. Follow the IKF instructions below on how to take the test and where to send the PDF file of your certificate of completion.
MANDATORY REQUIREMENT FOR ALL TRAINERS WHO TRAIN “JUNIOR FIGHTERS”
- For EVERY bout (sparring or actual bout), EVERY PARENT of any Junior Fighter needs to fill out and sign the following IKF form:
IKF JUNIOR AMATEUR KICKBOXER / MUAY THAI PARENTAL RELEASE FORM
- EVERY PARENT of any Junior Fighter needs to acknowledge acceptance of the following IKF form:
IKF CONCUSSION PARENT FORM
- A Junior Fighter must bring valid I.D. (such as birth certificate, passport, state I.D., driver’s license) at weigh-ins to show proof of age.
IKF Contact Info
Step 6: Reconcile Your Ticket Sales at Weigh-Ins
In order for your gym to earn its commission, you must reconcile your ticket proceeds and unsold tickets with the IFS at weigh-ins. NOTE: If you do not reconcile your ticket sales at this time, then you will not be allowed to compete and you risk suspension from future fights.
Step 7: Gear Up for Fight Night
Official IFS equipment such as gloves, shin guards, elbow pads, and head gear are available on loan or for purchase on fight night. If head gear is required, you can use your own provided that it meets IKF regulation. To loan equipment from the IFS, you must provide ID in exchange and must return the equipment after the competition. NOTE: You must use IFS gloves, shin guards, and elbow pads when competing in IFS events.