Isaias Duenas Riestra was born in Mexico, in 1950. In 1976, Duenas is enrolled as a student in law. He begins by practicing Taekwondo.
In 1973, he takes part in the first Taekwondo World Championship, in South Korea. He doesn't win a medal. By contrast, his team, of which he is the leader, finishes 3rd at the event. Duenas doesn't take part in the following World Championships.
In 1974, his Moo Duk Kwan team wins the championships, in Mexico.
Full Contact :
On Sept. 14th 1974, in Los Angeles, Duenas takes part in the famous event during which the first World Champions PKA are designated. He fights in lightweights. In the first match, he meets the German Frank Knittel. In the middle of the 2nd round, Duenas puts his opponent ko. Video of the fight : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIHbej7LtUw
During his 2nd fight of the evening, Duenas faces Ramon Smith, of the Dominican Republic. In the prelims, Ramon Smith has beaten Howard Jackson, the great favourite from the USA. In the 3rd round, Duenas wins by tko, after winning the first two rounds. He becomes World Champion in the lightweights division.
In 1975, the Professional Karate magazine, now defunct,
Paris/France, May 25th1976. Palais des Sports. The team USA meets Europe. He fights against Jörg Schmidt, Berlin/Germany. The match was stopped in the 3rd round, Schmidt loses because his nose is broken. Throughout the beginning of the fight, Schmidt dominates Duenas. Video of the fight : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UP2pkpseSvo
We know no other fight for Duenas.
In December 1976, Duenas is having his title taken away by the PKA., because he had not fought against Benny Urquidez.
Videos and style :
It is possible to see DUENAS on two videos, one on You Tube, during a demonstration against Ramiro Guzman, another Mexican World Champion. This is an excerpt of a broadcast on the French television, serving as a presentation for the fight above cited. http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=_SZyRrFRMlM. Image below.
During this short exhibition, Duenas tents many returned kicks , or even sauteed.
The second is located on the site of the PKA and presents images from the evening of Sept. 14th 1974. http://www.pka-kickboxing.com/pka-kickboxing-history.html.
It has been noted that Duenas, right, does not hesitate to fly in the air.
His nickname is the "Mexico Toro".
Currently, Duenas is presented as a 8th Dan Taekwondo and teaches in his country.