IMMAF Veteran Julia Dorny Represents Germany at the 2017 World Games

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran

Amateur MMA veteran Julia Dorny this week travels to Wrocław, Poland, to represent the German Sumo team at the 2017 World Games. The prestigious, international multi-sport event takes place every four years, one year following the Summer Olympics, and consists of sports and disciplines which are not currently contested at the Olympics Games. Martial arts featured at the World Games include Sumo, Ju-Jitsu, Karate and Muay Thai with Kickboxing also featuring as an invitation sport.

dorny sumo pushAs a Sumo competitor in the -65kg (143lbs) division, Dorny won the German national championship and last year finished 5th at the European Championships (pictured above), contributing to an overall bronze medal finish for the German team. Dorny went on to place 5th at the 2016 World Championships in Mongolia less than three weeks following the 2016 IMMAF World Championships where she earned the Women’s featherweight silver medal in Las Vegas, USA.

A top 10 finish at this year’s European Sumo Championships in Georgia was met with reward as Dorny found herself nominated to compete at the 2017 World Games and she is now set to compete in the Women’s lightweight category on July 22 and the Women’s open-weight category on July 23.

Last year Dorny secured silver at both the IMMAF World and European Open Championships and is currently the second highest ranked competitor in the Women’s featherweight rankings.

The 2017 World Games are set to take place from July 20-30. Full event schedule available HERE.

You can read and subscribe to the IMMAF Newsletter HERE.

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IMMAF Veteran Julia Dorny Represents Germany at the 2017 World Games

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran

Amateur MMA veteran Julia Dorny this week travels to Wrocław, Poland, to represent the German Sumo team at the 2017 World Games. The prestigious, international multi-sport event takes place every four years, one year following the Summer Olympics, and consists of sports and disciplines which are not currently contested at the Olympics Games. Martial arts featured at the World Games include Sumo, Ju-Jitsu, Karate and Muay Thai with Kickboxing also featuring as an invitation sport.

dorny sumo pushAs a Sumo competitor in the -65kg (143lbs) division, Dorny won the German national championship and last year finished 5th at the European Championships (pictured above), contributing to an overall bronze medal finish for the German team. Dorny went on to place 5th at the 2016 World Championships in Mongolia less than three weeks following the 2016 IMMAF World Championships where she earned the Women’s featherweight silver medal in Las Vegas, USA.

A top 10 finish at this year’s European Sumo Championships in Georgia was met with reward as Dorny found herself nominated to compete at the 2017 World Games and she is now set to compete in the Women’s lightweight category on July 22 and the Women’s open-weight category on July 23.

Last year Dorny secured silver at both the IMMAF World and European Open Championships and is currently the second highest ranked competitor in the Women’s featherweight rankings.

The 2017 World Games are set to take place from July 20-30. Full event schedule available HERE.

You can read and subscribe to the IMMAF Newsletter HERE.

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IMMAF Anticipates SportAccord Congress Vote in 2019

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran

In this month’s Newsletter, CEO Densign White (pictured above) updates the membership on IMMAF’s status in its journey to attain SportAccord recognition. Recognition would mark the final checkpoint on IMMAF’s path before amateur MMA can apply to become an Olympic sport.

White explains: “In April, SportAccord voted to accept ‘Observation Membership’ as a stage in the process of applicants becoming a full member. Later on in June we attended a SportAccord membership workshop in Switzerland which provided opportunity for discussion towards fulfilling any outstanding conditions. Once all governance criteria has been met your application can then be presented to the SportAccord Congress who will vote on approving full membership. Based on SportAccord’s message to applicants from various sports federations, we anticipate to be in line for a Congress vote at the 2019 gathering.

“In our opinion, 2019 is not soon enough. I feel we have made enormous strides in many areas, including in our governance structures and processes, international Championships and in our educational courses and pathways. I believe we deserve this vote to take place at next year’s 2018 Congress in Bangkok. If IMMAF can become a WADA signatory before next year’s SportAccord Congress – this in itself is overdue – then there’s the possibility that a 2018 vote could happen. 2019 is currently more likely, due to rivalry issues, including with WMMAA, that we must work to overcome, but our relationships with Sport Accord and WADA are strengthening and the message of what we’re all about is being heard.

“We must continue to champion ourselves collectively under the IMMAF umbrella in order to achieve what MMA deserves.”

IMMAF.org followed up to discuss how the IMMAF leadership has made use of recent months to further strengthen its position in the fight for SportAccord and WADA recognition. Through the experience of Sport Accord’s workshop in Switzerland, it became more apparent that IMMAF’s credibility should very soon be beyond question.

“I feel we have demonstrated that we are worthy of recognition,” Mr. White added. “One area we are keeping a close eye on is the requirement to have 40 members recognised by their National Olympic Committee or highest sports authority. We’re in reach of this as IMMAF closes in on 70 members (66 confirmed) with a high percentage currently recognised. One of IMMAF’s requirements of new members is recognition from their national government or Olympic Committee. We’ve carried out health checks on the membership and have also increased their number.”

A preliminary count this year already lists 40 IMMAF members as having government or IOC recognition with further national level applications in progress. IMMAF’s newest member, the Belarusian Federation of Pankration and Martial Arts, is the largest non-profit, democratic and public national federation engaged in the development of martial arts within the country, in addition to having recognition and support at state level.

In addition, the CEO believes that IMMAF’s educational and certification pathways are what makes IMMAF stand out worldwide in its efforts to cater for all levels of participants.

“We’ve worked on developing educational pathways for coaches and recreational participants in MMA, as well as cutman, referee and judges’ courses which are in high demand globally. We are currently developing Junior MMA rule sets, policies and pathways for 12 – 18 year olds, with plans for our first Junior MMA Championships hopefully in 2018. The whole educational package is going to be a main selling point for IMMAF that stands us above other organisations. This will be our main and unrivalled selling point to SportAccord when it comes to them making a decision.”

You can read and subscribe to the IMMAF Newsletter HERE.

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IMMAF Anticipates SportAccord Congress Vote in 2019

By IMMAF.org lead writer, Jorden Curran

In this month’s Newsletter, CEO Densign White (pictured above) updates the membership on IMMAF’s status in its journey to attain SportAccord recognition. Recognition would mark the final checkpoint on IMMAF’s path before amateur MMA can apply to become an Olympic sport.

White explains: “In April, SportAccord voted to accept ‘Observation Membership’ as a stage in the process of applicants becoming a full member. Later on in June we attended a SportAccord membership workshop in Switzerland which provided opportunity for discussion towards fulfilling any outstanding conditions. Once all governance criteria has been met your application can then be presented to the SportAccord Congress who will vote on approving full membership. Based on SportAccord’s message to applicants from various sports federations, we anticipate to be in line for a Congress vote at the 2019 gathering.

“In our opinion, 2019 is not soon enough. I feel we have made enormous strides in many areas, including in our governance structures and processes, international Championships and in our educational courses and pathways. I believe we deserve this vote to take place at next year’s 2018 Congress in Bangkok. If IMMAF can become a WADA signatory before next year’s SportAccord Congress – this in itself is overdue – then there’s the possibility that a 2018 vote could happen. 2019 is currently more likely, due to rivalry issues, including with WMMAA, that we must work to overcome, but our relationships with Sport Accord and WADA are strengthening and the message of what we’re all about is being heard.

“We must continue to champion ourselves collectively under the IMMAF umbrella in order to achieve what MMA deserves.”

IMMAF.org followed up to discuss how the IMMAF leadership has made use of recent months to further strengthen its position in the fight for SportAccord and WADA recognition. Through the experience of Sport Accord’s workshop in Switzerland, it became more apparent that IMMAF’s credibility should very soon be beyond question.

“I feel we have demonstrated that we are worthy of recognition,” Mr. White added. “One area we are keeping a close eye on is the requirement to have 40 members recognised by their National Olympic Committee or highest sports authority. We’re in reach of this as IMMAF closes in on 70 members (66 confirmed) with a high percentage currently recognised. One of IMMAF’s requirements of new members is recognition from their national government or Olympic Committee. We’ve carried out health checks on the membership and have also increased their number.”

A preliminary count this year already lists 40 IMMAF members as having government or IOC recognition with further national level applications in progress. IMMAF’s newest member, the Belarusian Federation of Pankration and Martial Arts, is the largest non-profit, democratic and public national federation engaged in the development of martial arts within the country, in addition to having recognition and support at state level.

In addition, the CEO believes that IMMAF’s educational and certification pathways are what makes IMMAF stand out worldwide in its efforts to cater for all levels of participants.

“We’ve worked on developing educational pathways for coaches and recreational participants in MMA, as well as cutman, referee and judges’ courses which are in high demand globally. We are currently developing Junior MMA rule sets, policies and pathways for 12 – 18 year olds, with plans for our first Junior MMA Championships hopefully in 2018. The whole educational package is going to be a main selling point for IMMAF that stands us above other organisations. This will be our main and unrivalled selling point to SportAccord when it comes to them making a decision.”

You can read and subscribe to the IMMAF Newsletter HERE.

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Italian National Team Trials: Stage 2 Competitors List

This weekend Stage 2 of the FIGMMA Italian national team trials takes place in Rome on July 15. The second stage is to be hosted by the Hung Mun Martial Society and welcomes representing athletes from registered FIGMMA clubs as they work their way towards a place on the Italian national amateur team.

In past years Italy has been among the world’s most decorated national teams with athletes frequently making their way to the podium. At the 2016 World Championships a squad of 10 athletes with experienced national champions made their way to Las Vegas.

The 2017 IMMAF World Championships take place from 12-19 November in Manama, Bahrain.

Familiar faces bidding to secure their place at the 2017 Amateur MMA World Championships include:

Men’s Lightweight: Francesco Spinola – 2016 World Championships veteran and three-time European Open team member (2015, 2016, 2017).
Men’s Welterweight: Daniele Dell’otto – 2016 World & European Open veteran at middleweight.
Men’s Welterweight: Ehsan Ghandchiler – 2015 World Championships veteran.
Light-Heavyweight: Daniele Matiddi – 2017 European Open bronze medalist at heavyweight.
Women’s Flyweight: Ilaria Norcia – 2016 World Championships veteran and two-time European Open bronze medalist (2016, 2017).

View the full Stage 2 competitors list below featuring 21 representing athletes among a lineup of 10 individual gyms from across Italy. Bouts are set to be drawn at random on Saturday, July 15. For more information and live results visit MyNextMatch.com.

FIGMMA qualifying lineup

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