In the first round of the title bout of the International Kickboxing Federation World Kickboxing Muay Thai Championships in Orlando, Fla., the Antioch fighter found herself defending a spurt of early blows from opponent Shannon Bass.
But “The Storm” unleashed a deluge of combinations that sent Bass to the floor in just 1 minute, 7 seconds. Her trainer, Dennis Guila, said it was probably the quickest, most impressive knockout of the event.
“She was actually defending the other fighter’s striking and 30 seconds into the fight, Katrina put on a flurry of combinations that made the girl feel the power,” Guila said. “The girl couldn’t get up for 10 minutes.”
The victory earned Nahe, a 14-year-old Deer Valley High student, her third IKF World Kickboxing belt. She previously claimed the title in 2007 and 2009. Nahe said this belt probably meant the most to her.
Nahe wasn’t the only local kickboxer to shine at the event, which brought nearly 300 fighters to Orlando. Antioch’s Hugo Rivera earned his IKF World Championship title by unanimously defeating two-time reigning champ Albin Kaziu of Brooklyn, N.Y. Rivera also claimed victory over another two-time winner in a different weight class.
Two other members of Guila’s Team G-Force Fighters made honorable showings at the championship event. Sammy “The Jet” Sosa and Gary Grant put in impressive performances.
In addition to the three world titles, Nahe also has a 2010 IKF West Coast Regional belt to her name, as well as two other international championships.
“She’s matured quite a bit in the way of understanding what it takes to become a true champion,” Guila said. “Given the years of physical training, mental preparation and the spirit from within that she also has managed to develop, she understands that once the bell rings, she knows she has to turn on all the switches.”
Nicknamed “The Storm” because of her relentless energy inside the ring, Nahe is calm and reserved when she steps outside. She started competing in kumite, a form of sport karate, when she was 7. But Guila sensed that Nahe’s aggressive spirit made kickboxing a perfect fit.
“I just like to kick and punch people and win titles,” Nahe said.
Nahe would like to continue kickboxing for a few more years and attend college after completing her studies at Deer Valley. Guila, who runs Guila Hawaiian Kajukenbo-Kickboxing in Antioch, feels that Nahe has the talent and the drive to make it as a professional kickboxer.
“If she continues on with the success rate that she’s at now, a couple years down the road, we definitely might want to consider her going pro,” Guila said. “By the time she reaches a certain age, she’ll have a lot of magnificent experience under her belt.”
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