A big shout out to the Sam Morrison Band for allowing us to use their music in this video. This video highlights the 1977 kickboxing fights of the Gold Dust Twins taking you back to the late 70's when kickboxing was on the rise through the promotions of Jerry Piddington's NKA and Joe Corley's PKA. The fights include: Randy Smith vs. Mark Garber, Ricky Smith vs. Larry Korb, Randy Smith vs. Don Setzer, Ricky Smith vs. Tony Lopez, and Ricky Smith vs. Hank Farrah. This video is endorsed by The Museum of Sport Karate. Check out SamMorrisonBand.com for some good ole 100 Proof Southern Rock.
The Gold Dust Twins from China Grove, NC go fight and win in 1976. A big shout out to B-SHOCK, a Christian Hip Hop evangelist, for giving us permission to use his song, "Go Fight Win" (featuring Damac), in this video. Randy wins over Atlanta's Mark Garber and Ricky wins over Atlanta's Larry Korb. A special thanks to our teacher, Jerry Piddington, owner and promoter of our undefeated team, The Charlotte Warhawks; Gene Smith, our dad and manager; Dave Adams, our kickboxing trainer and coach; Sam Hopkins, who always filmed our fights or we would not have the memories; Greentree Audio Video for transferring our 45+ year old collection of film; and our families and students at SideKick Karate of Salisbury, NC.
This event was a Telstar Production promoted by Jerry Piddington at the Charlotte Park Center on March 12, 1977. The event was sanctioned by The National Karate Association. Ricky "Flash" Smith won by a 2nd round TKO against Hank Farrah leading The Charlotte Warhawks to victory over The Florida Flyers.
This event was promoted by Darrell Wilson at the Benton Convention Center in Winston Salem on April 5, 1980. The event was sanctioned by Kyokushinkai. Gary Basinger, Ricky and Randy's first karate teacher, won by a unanimous decision over Ricky Bailey scoring dozens of sidekicks which was Gary's trademark kick. This film is dedicated to him and his wonderful family, Debbie, Candice, and Brandon. May Gary's spirit live on through his lineage of teachers and students!
In 1976 the Gold Dust Twins travel to Tampa, Florida to keep up their point karate ratings in the Southeast. This film is unedited raw footage filmed by Sam Hopkins. It is dedicated to our dad who was the ultimate karate parent. He was proud of his twin boys. Appearing in the film is our dad (Gene Smith), Earl Ornsby, Joe Corley, Bill Wilson (RIP), and middleweight world champion, "Superfoot" Bill Wallace! Let's go back to the good ole days, when karate was breaking loose and The Gold Dust Twins were building their brand with satin red and blue uniforms!
This tournament was promoted by Gene Smith and Gary Basinger in 1975 at North Rowan High in Spencer, NC. The video highlights a point karate fight with Ricky Smith and another with Coy Reid. If anyone knows the other people in the video, please comment on who they are.