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Kevin VanNostrand
Liverpool, NY

With difficulties in in keeping up with his school work, Kevin Van Nostrand's parents signed him up for martial arts at the age of 8 years old. He started competing after winning several ‘in-house’ tournaments, and his coaches encouraged him to move forward with his training. Currently training at Impact Martial Arts and Fitness, his “home away from home,” he credits the gym to being the best in the world. With an atmosphere that is peaceful, calm, and respectful, coaches that constantly give a positive influence over his life and teammates unlike any other, it is easy to see how he holds a 13-1-2 record and won the WKA Northeastern Light-Middleweight Champion in October 2011. After a very success run of wins, Kevin was offered a WKA World Amateur Light-Middleweight Title vs. (22-4) Axel Pingarron from Team Evolution, IL. The fight was contested May 11th, 2013 at Thunder & Lightening, in Syracuse, NY with Kevin winning by way of TKO in the 3rd round.

While training, Kevin visualizes himself “against a giant pit bull that will eat me alive if I fail to prepare myself for the war at hand.” His trainer, Sheehan Andrello, has a talent of being able to read the opponents strengths and weaknesses, which he feels, gives him the upper hand in the training room and the ring. While in the ring he is unpredictable and can zone in clearly to his coach’s instructions. “Being able to fight is only half the battle. The other half is being trainable and following of the coach’s leads.” Kevin’s last three fights have all ended by way of TKO.

Outside of martial arts, Kevin’s hero is his father, who recently passed away. He also enjoys spending time with his family (in which he is the 6th out of 7 siblings), training his dog and relaxing by the pool.

His advice for new fighters: “Goals set are goals you get,” “No matter what you do – you will get hit,” and “Everyone has a game plan until they get punched in the face.”

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