It Is with great pleasure that ISKA recognizes our UK Director, Jagtar Singh Johal as 2023 ISKA MAN OF THE YEAR. Known worldwide simply as “Jag,” his contributions reflect his experience in almost every aspect of the game. A practitioner, trainer, promoter, and administrator, Jag’s passion, prowess, and acumen stand as a testament to positive impact he has had on the sport and on the lives of so many. Beyond Jag’s years of dedication and loyalty to ISKA, in 2023 alone, he sanctioned more than 80 ISKA events in the UK and contesting more than one hundred title bouts.
It was in 1990 that Jag founded Leicester Kickboxing Club, which fast became one of the most prestigious and highly respected full-contact Kickboxing gyms. He was at that time one of the very few full-time professional Kickboxing instructors in the country.

Jag’s innate understanding of the sport and how to build a fighter is mirrored in his methods and manifested in the quality of the fighters that he has trained and produced over the years. The results speak for themselves – champions including but not limited to British, Commonwealth, and World title holders, and those who have fought on premier stages such as GLORY and the official K-1 stage in Japan.

Not only has Jag proven his aptitude as an intelligent and effective trainer, but his eye for detail, well-considered thought processes, and sharp mind for business has led to the success of his own Kickboxing shows. His shows reflect his standards, and are renown for the quality of the fights, event production, and never failing to impress the crowd.
And now, through his leadership as ISKA National Director for the UK, a position he has maintained for many years, Jag also works closely with ISKA European Director, Paul Hennessy to ensure that the ISKA’s high standard is maintained throughout the continent.

Amidst this success and achievements Jag has maintained his integrity and humility. His insight, talent, and love of the sport, but most importantly combined with his kindness, selflessness and warming nature is what truly sets him apart as one of the most admired and highly respected figures within the Kickboxing community. This is a man who has selflessly given to the sport; his reputation and achievements are but a testament of the very essence of his being and the invaluable contributions he has made to the Kickboxing world.

Thank you, Jag, for your friendship, loyal support, and leadership.