A short Biography of some of my 27 years experience in Martial arts , fighting , teaching ,promoting and coaching Team USA.
Tommy "BEE" Bottone
Bronx Born , Long Island Strong !
Born in the Bronx ,NY in 1966 Tommy moved to Long Island at 8 years old . After having a troubled youth always fighting
since grade school . Tommy was expelled from high school in the tenth grade (1983). He then opened a car service for 2 years
in the Bronx and later a successful trucking company which he ran until having 12 profesional fights and opening ( AFC ) American
Fighting Concepts in 1996 which has developed 15 World champions . After retiring from his Professional fight career (2007)
Tommy finished school and became a Correction officer while still maintaining AFC and coaching Team USA . Tommy maintains
that Martial arts saved his life and that is why he has dedicated his life to teaching kids in the neighborhood where he grew
World Championships (Profesional Kickboxing)
10 Successful World title defenses
WPKA / USKBA / WPKO / PKF / IKC / UKC
World title defenses against other great World champions such as Tony "TNT" Ventura ( ISKA ) , Chris "The
Cannon Wagner ( KICK ).
International titles :
WPKO / USKBA / PKF / KICK
North American titles :
ISKA / USKBA / PKF
U.S titles :
USKBA / PKF / WPKO
KICK / USKBA / WPKO
Amateur : 1991-1994
Sanshou ( Chinese Kickboxing )
Punches - Kicks - Throws
NYS / US / International titles .
Wrestled for Longwood High school prior to martial arts training and trained in boxing so fighting in San shou ( Chinese
Kickboxing ) Punches / Kicks / Throws was a normal progression .
Continuous fighting champion and many open karate / Kung Fu tournament titles .
Team USA Member 1994 - Puerto Rico
1994 - Ranked number one by inside Kung Fu Magazine
1994 - Won NYC Sanshou
( Chinese Kickboxing ) Championship vs United states champion Josh Bartholomew ( Boston Sanshou )
1994 - Sanshou / Kickboxing / Self defense Full certified Instructor under Sifu Moises Arocho
1995 - Won first Professional Kickboxing fight . Promoted by Joseph Puleio.
1995 - Won first Pro Kickboxing title ( WPKO ) World Professional Karate Organization regional Middleweight Championship
1996 - Won professional Kickboxing WPKO / PKF / USKBA Untied States titles
1996 - Founded AFC Kickboxing / MMA / Self defense ( American Fighting Concepts ) which has trained / managed 15 World
champions and continues to be a top fighting team .
1997 - Ring of fire charity Fight Promotions
In New York and Florida Founded by Tommy Bottone and John Bottone
1997 - Won ( KICK ) International title by first round KO vs Dushan Zakar on MSG-TV
1997 - Created the popular Martial arts web site with over 2,000,000 hits www.ringoffirekickboxing.com
Kenny Davis ( Howard Davis JR brother )
Became my Boxing coach .
1997 to 2000 Tropicana Casino Hotel
Atlantic City , Nj fought all World ranked fighters in featured fights on MSG-TV
Mike Sexton - KICK US Champion
John Kenny - KICK US Champion
Randy Pogue - USKBA World Champion
Chris Wagner - KICK World Champion
1998 - World ranked in Full Contact Kickboxing / Low Kick / Sanshou / K-1 Rules in all major professional sanctioning
bodies Including ISKA / IKF / KICK / WPKO / WPKA / PKF / USKBA
1998 - Boxer Vs Kickboxer
Tommy beat World ranked Professional Boxer Carl “Baby Hulk “ Sullivan in Brooklyn NY on NYC cable
tv promoted by Louis Neglia
1998 - First round KO on ESPN2
Against Anthony Biganini .
1998 - ISKA 165 lbs World Title Main Event vs undefeated Erik Regan - 12 Rounds , California
1998 - Won first Profesional Kickboxing
World Championship WPKO / PKF / USKBA by beating Tony "TNT" Ventura in a hard fought 10 round War .
1998 - Team USA coach for the first time
to Ukraine for Kickboxing ,Muay- Thai , MMA and Professional Boxing .
1999 - World title defense against Peter Keljavick
1999 - World title defense against John Kenny on MSGTV .
1999 - World title defense against German fighter Giacomo Etano on ESPN2.
2000 - Team USA coach to Greece
WPKA World Championship tournament.
2000 - Won the ( WPKA )
World Championship against Melvin " The Beast " Robbinson in a 10 Round War .
2000 - World title defense at the Tropicana - Atlantic City , NJ against Chris "The Cannon" Wagner on MSG -
2001 - Guest on Chuck Norris
Walker Texas Ranger "Legends" episode
2001 - Featured headline Life story on
WWW. World Black Belt . Com
Founded by Chuck Norris and Bob Wall .
2001 - World title defense against Tony "TNT" Ventura at WWF-NYC on MSG-TV
2001 - WKC - Main Event California
( Low Kick ) World Championship 12 Rounds vs Muay Thai World Champion Craig “The Bullet “ Buchannon
2002 - Low Kicks - Win over Mike Corleone
2002 - Tommy Bottone vs Don "The Dragon" Wilson 9/11 Charity match for the Widows and orphans fund of NY .
2003 - Professional Sanshou ( Chinese Kickboxing ) Punch / Kick / Knee/ Throws Win by first round KO vs Kalid Murray
of New Jersey .
2004 - World K-1 / Glory rules 4 man tournament champion .
2004- Strike force Main event ( California )
12 rounds for 172 lbs ISKA World Title
vs undefeated Brian Schwartz .
2005 - World title defense against Ed Vorsak Promoted by Joe Pulieo .
2006 - Trainer / Coach for Chuck Norris
( WCL ) World Combat League
2006 - Coach Team USA / Team AFC “King Ken” Hewski which Won the ISKA Pro World Championship in
Canada by TKO
2007 - World K-1 / Glory rules Super fight
2008 - Team NY coach to the WAKO championship in Virginia Beach .
Team AFC John Gilliam wins Gold , Mina Walker and Erika Deleone win Silver .
2009 - Team AFC John Gilliam wins ( USKBA ) amateur World championship .
2010 - Team USA Coach to China
World Professional Sanshou Tournament .Team AFC John Gilliam was the only foreigner to win in the first round by TKO .
Tommy Began fighting in 1991 in all styles of full contact fighting sports turning Pro in 1995 and retired Undisputed
World Kickboxing Champion in 2007 .
Tommy never lost any of the 19 professional championships that he won after many title defenses .
Team USA Coach - 1998 to Current -
Profesional and amateur for Kickboxing, Muay -Thai ,Low Kick , Sanshou , MMA and Boxing to Ukraine, Greece , China, England
and Canada many times as recent as February , 2018 .
Coach of Team New York - NJ,CT,RI,Mass,Maryland,Virginia,Florida,
Nevada and California.
2015 - Promoted ( Battle for Bartoli ) in cooperation with Boldest Sports which was A 100% Law Enforcement benefit to
help A officers family raising over $20,000 in one night .
2016 - Team USA coach - Ottawa , Canada
2016 - Inducted into the ( USKBA ) United States Kickboxing Association Hall of fame .
2016 - WKL - World Kickboxing League
Lifetime Member - Kickboxing Instructor
2016- WSCL - World Sports Combat League Lifetime Member - Kickboxing instructor
2016 - 2017 Worked with The ( FLEOA ) foundation to promote a 100% police charity car raffle giving away a new ZO6 custom
Corvette built by Unique Rides Tv show on the Velocity Channel . This Police Charity raffle raised $260,000.00 for families
of fallen officers .
2017 - Coached Team USA member -
Team AFC Timmy Persaud to victory against England .
2017 - Coached Team USA v Canada
in Montreal PKA style Kickboxing for the Bushido Battleground Tv Documentary on the Elrey Network .
2018 - Coached Team USA / Team AFC Timmy Persaud to Victory for Team USA vs England in the Main event winning the Amateur
PKA / WKL World Kickboxing Championship .
2018 - Coached Timmy Persaud to Victory in 2 weight classes in Ring Contact sports at the Battle of Atlanta 50 Anniversary.
2018 - Received. the prestigious
Joe Lewis Eternal Warrior award nominated by Bill Wallace ( PKA ) First Middweight Kickboxing Champion and Jeff Smith
( PKA ) First Light Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion at the Battle of Atlanta 50 by Master Joe Corley ( PKA ) .
Professional Record :
54 Total fights: 45 Wins ,28 Ko's 5 Losses,1 Draw ( 3 no contest )
Tommy was 12-3 in Profesional World title fights.
Tommy defended his Pro World titles 10 times against all top ranked fighters ,Never losing one of his titles in the ring
Tommy "BEE" Bottone Pro Sanda Rules Fight
Punch- Kick- Low Kicks- Knees - and all throws allowed
TOMMY has fought under many different rules of kickboxing such as Full conatct,Low kick,Sanda,Sanshou and
Tommy is head Coach of Team USA which has traveled to China,Ukraine,Greece,England,and Canada fighting Kickboxing
/ Muay-Thai / Pro Boxing / Sanshou / MMA.
Tommy is also co-promoter of Ring Of Fire Kickboxing www.ringofirekickboxing.com with his brother John which is well known for holding many charity kickboxing events which Tommy sucessfully defended
his titles many times.
Tommy is the founder of AFC Kickboxing / MMA in middle island,NY 11953 since 1996 which has sucessfully
trained many World class amateur and Pro kickboxers in all styles recognized Worldwide as one of the top fighting schools
in the US.
Tommy has conducted training seminars in Grade schools as well as martial arst schools for many years demonstrating
all aspects of Full contact fighting and self defense .
Here is an article written about a 4 hour training seminar that Tommy held in Rochester NY in 2004 :
Written By Don Burns:
An abundance of information--this is the only way I can adequately sum up World Kickboxing Champion
Tommy “Bee” Bottone’s seminar at Mountain Storm, in Charlotte, N.Y., on July 14, 2001.
Having a martial arts background, I have attended, participated, and held many martial arts and self-defense
seminars. Tommy’s was different. While other seminars focus on self-defense, kickboxing, or ground fighting, Tommy’s
incorporated all three. At first, the thought of a four-hour seminar seemed daunting, but Tommy’s charisma, obvious
experience, and especially his love for this art kept me wanting more (as any good public speaker can do).
What impressed me most was Tommy’s preparation. Although he prepared for the seminar, Tommy took the time
to watch the fighters at Mountain Storm so he could tailor his lesson to their specific needs. So, while he displayed proper
technique and angles, Tommy also brought to light the strengths and weaknesses of the individual fighters in an effort to
help them adjust their own styles. As for the grappling segment of the seminar, to say I was
impressed would be an understatement. Tommy performed each escape, take down, and submission hold without flaw, taking time
to show the counter for the respective move. Each of Tommy’s movements was performed effortlessly and fluidly, clearly
revealing his mastery of the art. Tommy’s visit to Mountain Storm was action filled.
He didn’t pause once or reflectively stop to think of what would come next. In fact, Tommy continually stated, “You
want more? I always have more!”
From magazine article :
"As I was putting
gas in my car I looked across the street and I see this little guy beating up all these big guys through the window of this
karate school" said Tommy. "I went over to the school and watched for a while, and when there was a break I went up to the little guy and
told him that I wanted to come and fight in his school" he continued.
The little guy was kung fu master Sifu Moses Arocho, who then began formally training Tommy. He appeared with Chuck Norris
at his AFCKickboxingschool and has trained numerous champions including world championship
title holders.Shihfu has been teaching the art of Shaolin
Lohanand, in addition to his rankings in various other arts, a 4th degree Black
Sash in the in the Shaolin System. He is adisciple
of Shih Jiao Moses Arocho, the current head of the system,