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Turn the clock back to 2005 and check out this legendary performance by Steve Terada.

This is the sixth installment of a series that features old school sport karate videos to keep the history of the sport alive. Steve Terada was a member of the prestigious Team Paul Mitchell Karate and gained his reputation as a top competitor with his innovative extreme forms. He is one of the pioneers of martial arts tricking, having contributed to the creation of several tricks including the snapuswipe (an inverted 540 kick with an extra rotation before the landing). He was also the first to land many of these tricks in competition.

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Kick it back to the 1992 U.S. Capitol Classics in Washington D.C., where a clash of sport karate legends ensued between Kevin Thompson and Pedro Xavier.

This is the fifth edition of a weekly series that features old school sport karate videos to keep the history of the sport alive. This time, instead of highlighting a single competitor and their performance, we are reflecting on a point fighting match between Kevin Thompson and Pedro Xavier, two of the greatest to ever live.

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Team: HSK Kickboxing Hopfgarten

Date of Birth: December 1, 1989

Style: Kickboxing

Specialty: Point Fighting

Hometown: Langkampfen, Austria

Location: Hopfgarten, Austria

Experience: 20 Years

Leagues: WAKO, NASKA

Roman Bründl is a star heavyweight point fighter who is known for his mind-boggling kicking abilities. He began training in kickboxing at the age of ten but did not start competing until he was fifteen, at which point he began fighting in WAKO events. He competed in a few NASKA events from 2015-2018 as a member of Team Hayabusa, and found great success during this brief stint by claiming overall grand championships at the AmeriKick Internationals, Quebec Open, Battle of Atlanta, and the prestigious Diamond Nationals.

Bründl's accomplishments in his primary league, WAKO, are even more impressive. He has claimed the most coveted title in point fighting, the Irish Open open weight title, on two occasions and has also secured open weight championships twice at the Hungarian Kickboxing World Cup and three times at the Austrian Classics. Bründl has been a dominant force in WAKO for many years, winning two junior world championships in the league before earning numerous adult titles in addition to his aforementioned achievements. In his private life, he works as an automation engineer in planning and concept development for an international 3-D measurement and metrology company.

Team: Straight Up

Date of Birth: December 30, 1997

Style: Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing

Specialty: Point Fighting

Hometown: Attleboro, MA

Location: Seekonk, MA

Experience: 17 Years

Leagues: NASKA, WAKO, KRANE

Brandon Ballou is a strong point fighting contender who is a threat in any division and serves as a key player in Team Straight Up's team fighting line up. He has trained under coach Joe Greenhalgh since he was very young, and Greenhalgh has even stated that Ballou is like a second son to him. When he was in the youth division, he was a solid weapons competitor who performed a bo routine with power and creativity reminiscent of the great Joey Greenhalgh (Joe's biological son). Today, Ballou has crafted a reputation as one of the toughest fighters on the NASKA world tour.

Ballou's grit and talent have earned him a heavyweight overall grand championship at the Quebec Open, an open weight title at the large regional tournament Queen of New York, and numerous championships in the northeast's largest sport karate league, KRANE. Aside from martial arts, he owns and operates a successful automotive service center with his father.

Despite the cancellation of the NASKA in-person tournament season amid COVID-19 concerns, The Battle of Atlanta proceeded as a ProMAC event with professional safety protocols and pulled off a world-class tournament.

Sport karate competitors, coaches, and their families filed in to the 2020 Battle of Atlanta with their parties spaced at least six feet apart as they passed the mandatory temperature check to enter the venue on both days of the event. Groups of chairs were set up to accommodate the attendees and, miraculously, not a single chair was moved the entire weekend. Promoters Greg and Toby Ruth reported that there were minimal problems concerning mask-wearing, an issue that many expected to be difficult to manage. The success of The Battle of Atlanta's COVID-19 protocols are a testament to the passion and dedication of the promoting and coordinating staff who did an excellent job with their event during such a tumultuous time. The only thing more impressive than the effectiveness of the safety measures was the quality of competition.

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