Edmond, Oklahoma Teen Claims Second World Kickboxing Title

Fifteen year old Kenna Chamlee of Edmond, Oklahoma secured her second IKF World Classic Kickboxing Title on July 21, 2013.  This is her second time to compete in the IKF World Classic Championship.  This year she became the Super Lightweight Champion.

The International Kickboxing Federation’s World Classic Championships is held every year in Orlando Florida. This year 321 competitors representing eight countries came to compete in one of the largest kickboxing tournaments in the world.

Kenna, a sophomore at Santa Fe High School, started training at Pride Mixed Martial Arts at age of nine and started competing in kickboxing three years ago. She holds the rank of first degree Black Belt and works is an assistant instructor helping younger students reach their goals.

Originally, Kenna came to Pride to learn self defense and build her confidence.  Her father, Kenny Chamlee,  reflects on a phone call he received from her principal, shortly after enrolling Kenna in lessons.

“About a year after we enrolled her at Pride Mixed Martial Arts, we get a call from her principal - she said, ‘I don’t know what has happened, but I wish all of our kids had the self-confidence and leadership ability that Kenna has.’  We owe it to her martial arts training and her coaches at Pride.”

Because of her tenacity in the ring Kenna goes by the nickname Kennacious.“Kenna, has come a long way.  She was a shy self-conscious girl when she first started, but now she is confident and has a lot of drive and tenacity!” says, Coach Epps.