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Kurt Podany

KRU/OWNER

Kru Kurt has spent his last 15 years teaching and coaching at local MMA gyms and even being co-owner of Premier Combat Center for 9 of these years. Helping in the Striking careers of some of Omaha's finest such as, Jake Ellenberger, Houston Alexander, Jason Brilz, Drew Dober and Anthony Smith. In 2018, Mr. Podany opened and is currently running his own facility teaching traditional style martial arts. Kurt Podany began his Martial Arts journey at the tender age of 16 with Steven Welch of the American Karate Association. During his time with the American Karate Association he trained, taught and competed in the Karate circuit in which he won and placed in over 30 thirty Karate Tournaments and was the National Finalist for three years running from 1987-1989. In 1989 he began competing in Full Contact Kickboxing

That same year Kurt acquired the Nebraska Heavy Weight Karate Champion title and kept this title until 1992 when he chose to no longer compete in Karate. Also in 1989 he had his first Kickboxing match in August then won the title of KICK Amateur Regional Heavy Weight Champion in November of the same year. During the following few years he returned to Omaha and spent most of his time teaching and training in his off hours and being a carpenter during the day. He partnered with another martial artist to create his first Martial Arts Academy for the next twelve years of his career. During these twelve years he specialized in youth programs and Street Defense. He received local awards and recognition for his work as an instructor who cares.

In 1994, Kurt won the Nebraska Heavy Weight Kickboxing title and the following year won the IKBO Inter-Continental Cruiser Weight Champion Title. In 1996 was among the first Americans to compete in Utteradit, Thailand in the Prince’s Cup where he took the Gold Medal in the Heavy Weight Division giving him the title of first American to win the World Amateur Heavyweight in Thai Boxing.

Biography:

Kurt Podany, Born, September of 1965, began his Martial Arts journey at the tender age of 16 with Steven Welch of the American Karate Association. During his time with the American Karate Association he trained, taught and competed in the Karate circuit in which he won and placed in over 30 thirty Karate Tournaments and was the National Finalist for three years running from 1987-1989. In 1989 he began competing in Full Contact Kickboxing.

Professional Life:

He began his Professional career in 1998 during the Ultimate Fighting Challenge in Alatmay, Kazakstan. This competition was at the beginning stages of Cage Fighting which has transformed into what is now a Multi-Million dollar industry. This same year he went on to acquire two more professional titles, IKF US Cruiser Weight Muay Thai Champion and IKF World Light Cruiser Weight Muay Thai Champion.

Kru Kurt has spent his last 15 years teaching and coaching at local MMA gyms and even being co-owner of Premier Combat Center for 9 of these years. Helping in the Striking careers of some of Omaha's finest such as, Jake Ellenberger, Houston Alexander, Jason Brilz, Drew Dober and Anthony Smith.

Coaching
100%
Striking
98%
Defense
97%


In 2018, Mr. Podany opened and is currently running his own facility teaching traditional style martial arts.