Board of Directors

Frank Babcock

– Board President

Frank Babcock is President and Director of KICK International Marketing and Broadcast Executive Master Instructor of Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do, Yudo, and Jiu-jitsu, Frank has developed viewer programming covering competitive combat sports for audiences in arenas, on television throughout the United States. Frank has combined 40 years of marketing and advertising experience at CBS and Charter Communications with his extensive expertise in combat and martial arts to become the primary creative force behind competitive combative sport of amateur Mixed Martial Arts in the United States Frank developed the medical safety and legal standards for training and competition that are essential to the safety of competitors in competitive combative sports. His refereeing and judging clinics and seminars are attended by professionals throughout the USA.

Frank’s dedication to building a strong foundation in combat sports for amateur athletes lead him to co-found Karate International Council of Kickboxing / competitive combative sports in 1981 which evolved into Kick International a 501c3, not-for-profit Corporation formed under the federal standards of the Ted Stevens Olympic Amateur Sports Act created to develop amateur combative competition for future Olympic Recognition. Kick International/UMMAF is recognized by a many of the top state athletic directors as the premiere competitive combative sports Organization in the United States. KICK has evolved to become the voice of competitive amateur combative sports for MMA with its “Combat Showcase” Television series providing recognition for regional events to further its athletes’ competition, recognition and opportunity while supporting the formulation the sport for future Olympic acceptance.

Matt Hughes

– Director / Promoter Event Development

A nine-time World Welterweight Champion of the UFC and a record of 45-9, Matt’s career began in 1996 when friend, Chris Dwyer, approached Matt to fight at a small show in the Chicagoland area. One year later Matt won a second time. He then teamed-up with a manager and the fights became more frequent. After his sixth fight in the U.S. he began traveling overseas. Since then, Matt has found himself fighting on the foreign soils of Japan, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Great Britain, as well as, from coast-to-coast and Hawaii in his home country.

Matt’s greatest opportunity came in the octagon during UFC 34 when he took the stage against the then-world-champion Carlos Newton. Hughes made the most of this opportunity knocking out Newton in a come-from-behind victory; earning, for the first time, the belt and title as the “UFC World Welterweight Champion.” Matt continued his assault on the record books with the Welterweight Championship by submitting Georges St. Pierre in October 2004 and successfully defended it against Frank Trigg in their historic April 2005 rematch. In addition, he additionally became one of the coaches for the second season of The Ultimate Fighter, which aired in late-2005. In 2006, Matt saw a tremendous surge in popularity and recognition with his high-profile victory over Royce Gracie in May and his victory over BJ Penn in September. In November 2006, he lost the welterweight belt to Georges St. Pierre in a 2nd round TKO (technical knock-out); but has since defeated other top UFC fighters including Chris Lytle, Matt Serra, Renzo Gracie, and Ricardo Almeida.

 

James (Tommy) Moore

– Business and Sponsorship Development

James holds a Major in Political Science and a Minor in Business Administration. He graduated in 2001 from the PGA School of Business. He is a Class A PGA Professional, Residential and Commercial Real Estate Agent for Realty One Group, Licensed Life and Health Insurance Agent, and Agent for National PEO – an employee services company doing work from payroll services to health insurance and benefits. He’s also current President of Moore Capital Real Estate LLC capable to represent clients all over the country.

 

Robert Lee Hullett

– Director Athlete Compliance

Robert ompeted in Las Vegas as part of Greg Jacksons team. He also fought Amateur MMA and BJJ tournaments for many years. At the Age of 35he became a Pro and fought seven times in four years with a record of six and one. As the owner of his own gym over the last seven years he began promoting fights because he saw how fighters where being treated. His program later became known as the Midwest Fight League promoting many fighters, many of whom later became fighters for the UFC, Strikeforce, Titan, K1 and Bellatore.

Ted Welch

– Treasury Director

Ted has been involved in Amateur Boxing since the age of 13 with over 100 fights. He also participated on the Olympic trial team up-to the semi finals in 1948. As a promoter, Ted sanctioned events with K.I.C.K. After promoting over 300 events, his interests turned to professional fundraising by helping formulate KICK International and contributing to the growth of amateur kickboxing/competitive combative sports in the United States. His knowledge and past contacts have helped to assist in developing fundraising for KICK including a drive to create a multipurpose athletic training facility and National Headquarters for KICK International for amateur competitive combative sports located in the US. Currently serving as Treasurer of UMMAF, as well as a Tournament Coordinator for amateur competitive combative sports throughout the USA, Ted works closely with many state athletic commissions and has developed a support package following strict rules and regulations to help reduce athletic injuries specifically for amateur Kickboxing/ Competitive Combative Sports and Mixed Martial Arts which our organization sanctions and provides athlete insurance through AIG Insurance Group who recognizes and sponsors our efforts.

N. Barrett Braun

– Secretary and Legal Counsel

Barrett is an Attorney with a general civil and trial practice emphasizing the creation operation and business not-for-profit organizations, and entertainment law. His Professional Associations include: State of Missouri 1971, Federal District and Court of Appeals, Eastern District 1971, State of California 1974.Supreme Court of the United States 1976, Missouri Bar Association, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. American Bar Association, California Bar Association, Board of Governors of Missouri Bar Association 1979-1980. Missouri Bar, Interest on Lawyer Trust Account Committee, holding various offices, including chairman, 1993-1998, Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel 2000 to 2007, Division Committee Chairperson and various state and local Bar Association committees and activities. He has also held the office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel from 2000 to 2007 in addition to serving as member and Chairman of a committee of the Missouri Supreme Court investigating and acting upon attorney disciplinary matters. He also has a considerable amount of trial experience earned before state and federal trial and appellate Courts as well as federal, state, and local agencies and the Federal Court of Appeals.

David H. Wang MD, MS

– Chief Medical Officer

David is a Sports Medicine physician with over 20 years of experience in caring for athletes. He works with nonsurgical techniques for musculoskeletal ailments. He holds a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and has a deep understanding of sports and their unique training regimes. Currently, he serves as Medical Director of a large sports medicine facility and concussion clinic. His current research includes concussions and the various ways they affect the athlete. David has published numerous articles in various medical journals in an array of subjects affecting the athlete. He has been involved in the care of kickboxing athletes for over 15 years.

Bob Schirmer

– National Coordinating Director

Master Bob Schirmer founder of the Combat-Do system began training in Mixed Martial arts long before it became popular. John Abbate directed Bob to Military Arts institute and to learn Judo to compliment his wrestling. Master Bob is recognized as a Master instructor and coach in Boxing, Wrestling, Judo, and Tae kwon Do, In 2005 Master Bob Schirmer was instructor one of seven elite Martial Artist inducted into the NAGA Grappling Hall of Fame. Bob was a Division Director NAGA World Jiu-Jitsu Champion, 3 time Arnold Swartzenegger Gracie World Jiu-Jitsu Champion, and Abu Dhabi Elite competitor. Master Bob Schirmer is an Eighth Degree Black Belt, awarded the rank from the United States Jiu-Jitsu Association. Master Bob has fought on five continents representing the United States of America in jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, San Shou, and Tae Kwon Do. Competing in Mixed Martial Arts when there were no weight classes and no time limits, Master Bob fought for twenty straight minutes, against the unbeaten Gracie Family, 10 Time World Champion and six time Greco Champion Carlson Gracie Jr. The 1st place trophy sits in his school. Master Bob Schirmer has been instrumental in the development of Jiu-Jitsu and MMA in the United States. He has been strong supporter of safety Rules and Regulations.