"The Father of Sport Karate and Kickboxing"
As the creator of the original rules for the sports of Point Karate and modern Full Contact Karate/ Kickboxing, as well as the creator of the rules for continuous sparring and musical and creative forms competition, Mike Anderson has become known as the "Father of Sport Karate and Kickboxing".
Having produced and/or directed over 100 major events in arenas encompassing 4 continents and 25 countries, Mike Anderson is, by far, the most prolific promoter in the history of the martial arts. Being multi-lingual, the energetic American not only produced or directed these events, but served as the television announcer, as well. His greatest achievement as an announcer, perhaps, was together with Bob Wall as the announcer for "The Thrilla in Manilla", Muhammed Ali against Joe Frazier. This historical event was the first time a satellite was used to transmit a televised production all over the world. Here, Anderson and Wall became the first to speak live to over 2 billion people. He opened the "Thrilla" from Washington, D.C. where World Champion Jeff Smith defended his title by overwhelming Kariem Allah, an opponent sponsored by Don King’s associates.
California’s Bob Wall, of Bruce Lee’s "Enter the Dragon" fame, published a book in 1975 called "Who’s Who in the Martial Arts". In order to qualify to be listed in the "Who’s Who", the candidate had to qualify in at least 3 of the following 8 categories: (1) Instruction, (2) Business, (3) Author/Writer, (4) TV/Films, (5) Origination of a tournament, (6) Official, (7) Competition and (8) Promotion. Only one person in the entire world of karate/kickboxing qualified in all 8 categories.....Mike Anderson.....and this was at the age of 33, before he accomplished some of his greatest innovations.
Today, after being retired from the martial arts for 10 years, Anderson has become known as the "Howard Hughes" of the martial arts. This, because he is very reclusive and is rumored to be very rich. He laughs at the "rich" part, but admits to being extremely reclusive. Other rumors about his life have been abundant for years making him, in all probability, the most controversial and mysterious figure in the martial arts today. Says Anderson, with a wink and a smile, "All the rumors about me are true!"
In reality, Anderson lives very modestly and quietly on the West Coast of Florida with his wife of 42 years, former German professional figure skater, Alice Melzer Anderson, his 3 dogs, his grown children and his two grandchildren. He is currently the publisher and editor-in-chief of MAIN EVENT, which, with distribution in over 150 countries, is the world’s largest martial arts magazine.