Amputee Jason Brown Secures MMA Coaching License With Aspirations to Assist Other Disabled People Through MMA

By IMMAF.org lead writer: Jorden Curran

Over 20 years year’s ago, Jason Brown of Durban, South Africa, suffered a Traumatic Brachial Plexus Injury at the age of 19 due to a motorcycle accident, resulting in the amputation of his left arm. Now age 46, Jason is a practicing martial artist with aspirations of passing the skills he has learnt to other disabled people.

The former Lieutenant Colonel of South Africa’s Police Service this year secured his Level 1 coaching license under IMMAF-WMMAA, as one of the earliest pioneers of the global governing body’s pathway for certified coaches, adopted by South Africa’s MMASA, the national governing body for the sport of mixed martial arts.

“To have a structure, a syllabus and a way forward will escalate the sport of MMA in leaps and bounds,” he stated. A standout feature of the IMMAF-WMMAA coaches licensing seminar is the presentation of a global syllabus, tailored for MMA practitioners starting with beginner’s Level 1.

“To think that the youth of the sport is tomorrow’s possible Olympic champions is inspiring to hear. MMA is strategical and analytical athletes who have followed a process and reaped the rewards. Coaches providing professional training like any other business requires training so the client can walk away knowing they have learnt a skill set. This (the IMMAF-WMMAA Progression Pathway) is an international syllabus meaning that wherever I may travel too, I can fit in or provide coaching assistance in MMA.” 

Jason first took up kickboxing at the age of 38, and earned Provincial and National Colours through kickboxing for the South African Police Service, competing against able-bodied athletes.

“I then took up MMA as well as Muay Thai,” he added, “and I’m now doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I entered the UAEJJF Africa Continental event last month against able-bodied competitors (white belt masters 2 division).

Having risen to the challenges of adapting to his amputation, further hurdles were encountered years later as Jason, alongside his coaches, were forced to adapt martial arts techniques to work with the limitations of his body. Since then, he has become motivated to work with people in similar situations, and revealed the beginnings a South Africa Para Jiu Jitsu association.

“Before the accident I was left handed and had to adapt to only using my right hand. I was fortunate to have joined the police prior and remained in active front line service until January of this year.

“Initially I was despondent [towards martial arts] because the limitations from being an upper limb amputee are relative to punching and blocking, but over the years I have learnt to adapt my fighting as well as the various drills to suit my disability. 

“Imparting knowledge and a skill set is critical to the growth of you as a person as well of the sport. My wife is a MMASA judge and referee, and I wanted to be able to assist disabled people to learn martial arts and to understand that the apparent inability does not mean in any way that you don’t have the ability to do MMA.” 

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