Master Kurt Podany

“As a formidable opponent, Podany has earned the respect of many fighters, and as a humble teacher, he has won the hearts of his students.”

A true veteran of striking arts, Kurt is well known throughout the martial arts community for his skill and wisdom. With more than 30 years of fighting and coaching experience, he is what many consider to be an “OG”.

  • 1989 KICK Amateur Regional Heavyweight Champion
  • 1989-1992 Nebraska Heavyweight Karate Champion
  • 1994 Nebraska Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion
  • 1995 IKBO Inter-Continental Cruiser Weight Champion
  • First American to compete and win a Gold Medal in the Prince’s Cup in Thailand
  • 1996 World Amateur Heavyweight Thai Boxing Champion
  • 1997 IKF US Cruiser Weight Muay Thai Champion
  • 1998 IKF World Light Cruiser Weight Muay Thai Champion
  • Bushido Karate Black Belt
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt in American Karate
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt in Mu Gen Do Kickboxing

In loving memory of Master Kurt Podany,

whose indomitable spirit and unwavering dedication to martial arts and his students will forever inspire us.

Despite battling stage 4 cancer, Kurt’s resilience and passion never wavered. His tireless efforts to coach, train, and establish the Apex Combat Academy throughout his entire battle embody the essence of a true warrior.

As we bid farewell to our beloved mentor, let us honor his legacy by continuing to uphold the values he instilled in us.

Though his physical presence may be gone, his teachings and spirit will forever live on through those he entrusted with his torch.

Master Podany’s final wishes will guide us as we carry forward his legacy with pride, and gratitude.

Your impact on our lives will continue to shine bright, even through the most difficult and dark of challenges. Forever.