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1993

While or­ga­niz­ing his an­nual tour­na­ment, Willie John­son draws in­spi­ra­tion from the first UFC. “I’ve al­ways been a kung fu com­peti­tor, and in kung fu, we punch, kick and take peo­ple down,”

he said. “I thought, Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to do all those things in the same com­pe­ti­tion? Wouldn’t it be nice to have ev­ery­body com­pete to­gether — a full- con­tact guy, a wrestler, a shuai chiao guy, a kung fu guy?”

1994

John­son and his wife Kim­berly John­son plan their next tour­na­ment, called Chal­lenge of the Cham­pi­ons. It fea­tures di­vi­sions for point fight­ing and for con­tin­u­ous con­tact, as well as a di­vi­sion that al­lows throws and take­downs, John­son said. “Then we got all the peo­ple who won those di­vi­sions to­gether, and I said, ‘OK, we now have one more, which we’re call­ing open fight­ing. All you guys will go against each other and use strik­ing, kick­ing, throw­ing and grap­pling.’ It was in­cred­i­ble.” It be­comes a per­ma­nent and pop­u­lar fea­ture at their com­pe­ti­tions.

2013

Point MMA of­fi­cially de­buts at Den­nis Brown’s U. S. Capi­tol Clas­sics in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. “It was a historic fight,” John­son said. “My son Marco was doing his ‘ kung fu hip- hop’ against an op­po­nent named Amari, a kenpo stylist from the Black Karate Fed­er­a­tion. Joe Cor­ley was the com­men­ta­tor. The au­di­ence had never seen any­thing like it! Marco was hit­ting him with tor­nado kicks like in the movies, and they were doing for­ward rolls and cart­wheel kicks. It was mind- blow­ing.”

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