In recognition of his love of the sport and his dedication to expanding the International Sport Karate and Kickboxing Association’s ability to regulate combat sports safely and fairly throughout Latin America, ISKA has named Carlos Roberto Silva the “ISKA Man of the Year” for 2018. Mr. Silva, who is a 10th-degree black belt in American Kickboxing himself, has served ISKA as the Director for Latin America and Brazil for many years. Under his leadership, ISKA has flourished in Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean Islands. He has been instrumental in establishing a local presence in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay – as well as his native Brazil. He hails from Joao Pessoa City in Paraiba State, where he began his martial arts training in 1973.
In addition to kickboxing, Grandmaster Silva trained in a wide variety of martial arts, including Shorei Ryu karate, Hapkido, Taekwondo, and more. His leadership has brought many new teams to the US Open ISKA World Martial Arts Championships every year. He is the founder of the Brazilian Confederation of Traditional Kickboxing (CBKBT). He’s been honored numerous times in “Brazil’s Greatest Masters,” an annually-published book. He’s been featured on the cover of Fighter Magazine, Brazil’s top martial arts magazine. In addition to his martial arts accomplishments, Carlos Silva also holds two master’s degrees, from Brigham Young University and Southern Utah University.
Carlos Silva possesses the wisdom, integrity, and strength of character that exemplifies the very best of what the International Sport Karate and Kickboxing Association represents. His determination and effort will surely make 2019 an even bigger year for ISKA and combat sports in Latin America and Brazil.