French Wrestling Comments on Government Tender for MMA

Since French Sports Minister, Roxana Mărăcineanu, stated her plans to legalise MMA in France and called for bids from recognised combat sport federations to house the sport, French judo is not on the only one to have been approached by the media for comment.

Pictured above: Set-up for different age-groups and levels at the MMA National Championships in Italy  under the Italian MMA and Grappling federation, FIGMMA

Speaking to arcynety.com French Wrestling Federation President, Alain Bertholom, stated that he stands ready to welcome MMA:

“We have a project that is well underway for us to be able to take on MMA, as voted by our general assembly in April 2018 by more than 80%. So we will be ready to respond to what looks like a kind of departmental tender. What is certain is that we must now decide to properly supervise this practice, otherwise there will, one day or another, be problems … ”

IMMAF – WMMAA, President Kerrith Brown, commented:

“The warm response from French Wrestling is heartening. A number of our MMA federations enjoy a positive working relationship with wrestling sports through similar structures, which evolved previously under FILA. A notable case is Italy, where we are to hold our European Championships and Youth Championships this year. Wrestling is a fundamental component of the discipline of MMA and the Federazione Italiana Grappling Mixed Martial Arts (FIGMMA) has developed a highly effective progression pathway for MMA from these roots.

“I am heartened by the openness of other combat sports, at a national level, to a collaboration with MMA. Our sports share so many more commonalities than differences. I look forward to observing the progression of these discussions in France through the CFMMA in the best interests of our sport.”

French Wrestling Comments on Government Tender for MMA

Pictured: Set-up for different age-groups and levels at the MMA National Championships in Italy  under the Italian MMA and Grappling federation, FIGMMA

Since French Sports Minister, Roxana Mărăcineanu, stated her plans to legalise MMA in France and called for bids from recognised combat sport federations to house the sport, French judo is not on the only one to have been approached by the media for comment.

Speaking to arcynety.com French Wrestling Federation President, Alain Bertholom, stated that he stands ready to welcome MMA:

“We have a project that is well underway for us to be able to take on MMA, as voted by our general assembly in April 2018 by more than 80%. So we will be ready to respond to what looks like a kind of departmental tender. What is certain is that we must now decide to properly supervise this practice, otherwise there will, one day or another, be problems … ”

IMMAF – WMMAA, President Kerrith Brown, commented:

“The warm response from French Wrestling is heartening. A number of our MMA federations enjoy a positive working relationship with wrestling sports through similar structures, which evolved previously under FILA. A notable case is Italy, where we are to hold our European Championships and Youth Championships this year. Wrestling is a fundamental component of the discipline of MMA and the Federazione Italiana Grappling Mixed Martial Arts (FIGMMA) has developed a highly effective progression pathway for MMA from these roots.

“I am heartened by the openness of other combat sports, at a national level, to a collaboration with MMA. Our sports share so many more commonalities than differences. I look forward to observing the progression of these discussions in France through the CFMMA in the best interests of our sport.”

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NORWAY MMA FEDERATION ACHIEVES GOVERNMENT RECOGNITION

Pictured: Norway’s Camilla Mannes received her silver medal from MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, at the 2016 IMMAF World Championships.

By IMMAF.org lead writer: Jorden Curran

[London. 5 April 2019] The Norwegian MMA Federation (NMMAF) has confirmed the groundbreaking achievement of recognition for Amateur MMA under the Norwegian Sports Federation.

IMMAF – WMMAA, the World MMA Governing Body, has today been notified that the Norwegian Sports Federation (Norges Idrettsforbund – NIF) has agreed to accept the applications of the Norwegian Combat Federation (Norges Kampsportforbund – NKF) on behalf of MMA and Muay Thai.

The NKF serves as Norway’s umbrella body for recognized combat sports such as Karate, Jujutsu, Wushu and Krav Maga. Both Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Muay Thai are now officially members of NKF.

“This is great news for the sport of MMA, both as a recreational sport and for the athletes,” NMMAF President Henning Svendsencommented. “Amateur MMA has gained official recognition in Norway. This will make it much more efficient to manage and evolve the sport in solid and secure way.”

Previously, full contact MMA has been banned in Norway with significant obstructions placed on competition and no formal recognition, due to law banning any sport where victory or points could be scored via knockout. Previously, “Merkekamper” competition has been allowed with athletes able to compete in an inter-club setting under “sparring” rules agreed by the NMMAF with the Norwegian government.

In 2016, the 33-year “knockout law” ban was lifted for the sport of boxing following a Parliament vote in Oslo. Recognition for the NMMAF will now enable the national Amateur MMA body to begin government discussion with a view to implementing formal, sanctioned competition.

The positive development follows recent headlines in France where Minister of Sports, Roxana Mărăcineanu, has stated her plansto regulate MMA practice and (eventually) permit MMA competition in France. Currently, over 30 IMMAF – WMMAA member nations have achieved government or National Olympic Committee recognition.

“The NMMAF would like to thank NKF for all the assistance and help. Trond Søvik (NKF General Secretary) and Mari H. Pettersen(NKF Finance Secretary) have worked hard to make this happen. We are grateful to the NIF for a solid and fair decision to include MMA and Muay Thai.

“The NMMAF would also like to thank the IMMAF for its support over the years. August Wallen and George Sallfeldt (IMMAF founders) have helped and inspired us a lot. Last but not least, a big thank you to all the gyms and athletes in Norway that have supported the NMMAF since 2011. We are all one!”

BREAKING NEWS: Norway MMA Federation Achieves Government Recognition

Pictured: Norway’s Camilla Mannes received her silver medal from MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, at the 2016 IMMAF World Championships.

By IMMAF.org lead writer: Jorden Curran

[London. 5 April 2019] The Norwegian MMA Federation (NMMAF) has confirmed the groundbreaking achievement of recognition for Amateur MMA under the Norwegian Sports Federation.

IMMAF – WMMAA, the World MMA Governing Body, has today been notified that the Norwegian Sports Federation (Norges Idrettsforbund – NIF) has agreed to accept the applications of the Norwegian Combat Federation (Norges Kampsportforbund – NKF) on behalf of MMA and Muay Thai.

The NKF serves as Norway’s umbrella body for recognized combat sports such as Karate, Jujutsu, Wushu and Krav Maga. Both Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Muay Thai are now officially members of NKF.

“This is great news for the sport of MMA, both as a recreational sport and for the athletes,” NMMAF President Henning Svendsen commented. “Amateur MMA has gained official recognition in Norway. This will make it much more efficient to manage and evolve the sport in solid and secure way.”

Previously, full contact MMA has been banned in Norway with significant obstructions placed on competition and no formal recognition, due to law banning any sport where victory or points could be scored via knockout. Previously, “Merkekamper” competition has been allowed with athletes able to compete in an inter-club setting under “sparring” rules agreed by the NMMAF with the Norwegian government.

In 2016, the 33-year “knockout law” ban was lifted for the sport of boxing following a Parliament vote in Oslo. Recognition for the NMMAF will now enable the national Amateur MMA body to begin government discussion with a view to implementing formal, sanctioned competition.

The positive development follows recent headlines in France where Minister of Sports, Roxana Mărăcineanu, has stated her plans to regulate MMA practice and (eventually) permit MMA competition in France. Currently, over 30 IMMAF – WMMAA member nations have achieved government or National Olympic Committee recognition.

“The NMMAF would like to thank NKF for all the assistance and help. Trond Søvik (NKF General Secretary) and Mari H. Pettersen (NKF Finance Secretary) have worked hard to make this happen. We are grateful to the NIF for a solid and fair decision to include MMA and Muay Thai.

“The NMMAF would also like to thank the IMMAF for its support over the years. August Wallen and George Sallfeldt (IMMAF founders) have helped and inspired us a lot. Last but not least, a big thank you to all the gyms and athletes in Norway that have supported the NMMAF since 2011. We are all one!”

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Brown Responds to Judo President’s Statement on Legalisation of MMA in France

On Tuesday, Roxana Maracineanu, the French Minister of Sports, announced wanting to legalize the practice of MMA and competitions in France. A call was then made to the martial arts federations to host the discipline.

Wednesday, Jean-Luc Rougé, president of the French Judo Federation (FFDJA) and long standing opponent of MMA issued a statement on the subject.

This morning, IMMAF President Kerrith Brown issued a response. Here’s what they had to say:

Rougé on Values:
“The legislator must first question what sport is and what is not…We must not limit this reflection only to MMA but also include military arts where we learn to kill and hurt as well as other violent combat sports, some of which are taught at large, and publicly in municipal sports halls. The impact on education, health and the values ​​of respect for people, both physically and morally, must be assessed. Sports champions set an example to the youth, and their actions, actions and attitudes must be part of  this education through sport. ”

Rougé on Technicalities of MMA:
In the second point of his statement, Jean-Luc Rougé considered the integration of MMA into his federation: “Recreational MMA is not a problem. […] Our federation, with some technical adjustments can quite manage this activity with its clubs and teachers, and very quickly. With regards to “amateur” competitions, if we are free to define the technical content and the cultural and ethical aspects, we can also take care of them.”

Rougé on Professional MMA:
On the other hand, Jean-Luc Rougé expressed his opinion that, for professional fights, “it is quite otherwise”. “The fighting is organized by private companies that do not have, among them, the same requirements for medical checks and monitoring,” he explained. There are also variants in arbitration that can be important, especially when a fighter is in physical difficulty. If we were to integrate or support MMA, we would ask for the possibility of banning certain events. […] The State must decide on general rules to which all sports..must submit. ”

IMMAF President Kerrith Brown’s Response:

“At IMMAF – WMMAA, we have been interested to hear Mr. Rougé’s most recent comments about MMA and welcome his expressed interest in possibly housing the sport under judo in France. As someone who has personally dedicated most of my life to judo, I alongside the IMMAF -WMMAA board, hold the sound structures and ethos of judo in high regard. We stand in agreement with Mr. Rougé on the importance of education, health and respect. We believe that the practice of well governed MMA fosters these values, and that we share a mutual cultural tradition and ethical values.

“However, we question Mr. Rouge’s assertion that he would like to see technical adjustments to our sport, since MMA already operates under its own complete and universal rule sets. These include the use of the Octagon (or ‘Safety Area’, as under IMMAF – WMMAA) as an integral part of the game for elite level competitors, protecting the integrity of a match as well as their safety. Further to this, IMMAF – WMMAA has been evolving technical education and competition pathways for participants from novice and youth levels up to elite amateur, which notably prohibit the use of head strikes for under 18s.  I do not believe that Mr. Rouge would perceive anything controversial in our progression scheme or education guidelines, or on our competition platforms should he accept our invitation to attend and inspect all aspects.

“IMMAF – WMMAA also shares Mr. Rougé’s view that professional MMA should be regulated in order to safeguard the sport’s participants. He is right in citing variants in arbitration and safety standards across private MMA events for as long as the sport is unregulated – Indeed, top level professional promoters, such as UFC, uphold extremely high standards in medical safety and arbitration, but while the sport is outlawed it remains a Wild West at the grass roots, and our unrecognised governing bodies have not been empowered to tackle this.

“On behalf of the IMMAF – WMMAA board I would like to invite Mr. Rouge to attend our European Championships in Rome in June: Here he will be able to witness for himself our processes in athlete preclearance, onsite and post-match medical provisions, anti-doping, rules and regulations, officiating, inspection, hygiene control, equipment control, record-keeping and all other operational aspects. He will be able to speak freely with our athletes, their coaches, our volunteers, Medical Committee, officials, staff and representatives from our National Federations. I cannot see how on witnessing our elite Amateur MMA Championships first hand he could possibly continue to harbour his reservations. Our door is open.”

 

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