Muay Thai Seminar with Kurt “The Hurt” Podany at Warriors Edge
Kurt Podany – Owner/Head Instructor at Premier Combat Center
Kurt Podany began training in martial arts at the age of 16 with Jim Buton of the American Karate Association. During his time with the American Karate Association 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 and won the title of KICK Amateur Regional Heavy Weight Champion that same year. In 1989 Podany also acquired the Nebraska Heavy Weight Karate Champion title, a title which he held until 1992 when retired from Karate competition.
He then went on to open a Martial Arts Academy that specialized in in youth programs and Street Defense. During the twelve years he ran the academy Podany received various awards and was recognized for his exceptional work as an instructor.
In 1994 Podanhy won the Nebraska Heavy Weight Kickboxing title. In 1995 he won the IKBO Inter-Continental Cruiser Weight Champion Title and in 1996 he 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 (earning him the title of World Amateur Heavyweight in Thai Boxing.)
In 1997 he went on to become the first American ever to fight Muay Thai in the National Boxing Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. As a member of six US Teams, he fought and won against such countries as Canada, Ireland, England and Russia during 1997 & 1998. He also went on to acquire two more professional titles, IKF US Cruiser Weight Muay Thai Champion and IKF World Light Cruiser Weight Muay Thai Champion. In 1998 he began his Professional MMA career during the Ultimate Fighting Challenge in Alatmay, Kazakstan.
Outside of the ring, Podany, who holds Black Belts in Bushido and American Karate, has held the position of Head Coach for the US Youth Kickboxing Team and Coordinator for Referee Seminars for both Kickboxing and Muay Thai. Pudon currently owns and operates the “Premier Combat Center” along with UFC veteran Ryan Jensen. As a formidable opponent, Podany has earned the respect of many fighters. As a Humble Teacher, he has won the hearts of his students.