THURSDAY, April 6th, 2000, AT 8:00 PM
California Submission Fighting... Fighters, Trainers & Promoters - Speak Up...
This special article goes out to all Submission Style fighters, trainers, officials and PROMOTERS, mainly in California, USA. The reason for this article is to ask for your support on some issues that concern the acceptance of Submission Style Fighting Events, and of all things, MUAYTHAI Rules in the State of California. Earlier today we spoke with the California State Athletic Commission in regards to the status of State Approval for Mixed Martial Arts Style Events and the rules and regulations surrounding Submission Style Fighting. What we found out about some of the rules and regulations that were discussed has sparked us to write this article to ask that many of you SPEAK UP in regards to a few issues.
Last Friday the State of California had a Martial Arts Advisory Board meeting to discuss the rules and regulations set forward for Mixed Martial Arts (Submission, NHB Style Events) to be approved or not approved by the State of California Athletic Commission. As many of you in the Submission game know, Submission style fighting is illegal in the State of California unless conducted at a Gaming Casino on Indian Reservation land. Many of us have been discussing the issue of making this style of fighting legal in the State. We have also suggested that if they were not going to oversee it, to at least back away from it and allow it to happen under it's own supervision of those involved in the sport.
However, there has always been a concern of Safety in regards to ANY Fighting sport. For instance, if the promoters doesn't want to follow standard safety requirements for a fight event, he/she could put the fighters in great danger. Standard Safety requirements would include such things as having "2" ringside doctors, (Not Chiropractors or medical assistants but real "MD'S") pre fight physicals, protective equipment, knowledgable referee to assure the fighters safety and many other standard safety requirements. Although we here at the IKF, ISCF and many of you may find them standard requirements, it may shock some of you as to how many promoters instead find them a burden. These promoters are not promoting in the view of the public and are not approved promoters by the State of California Athletic Commission. They instead choose to hold illegal/underground events throughout the State of California every month. It is with many of these promoters (Who don't use any good regulating sanctioning body to assure fighter safety and rules) why the Commission has chosen to step into the business of Submission Style events in California. Rather than have many illegal promoters operating right under their noses, the better decision would be to regulate Submission Fighting under the State Athletic Commission. This we support as well.
From a safety standpoint, we here at the IKF and ISCF (ISCF-The Submission Style Fighting division of the IKF) feel that having the State Athletic Commission involved is a positive. If nothing else, for fighters safety. However, when the issue is looked at with politics and commission expenses such as promoter taxes, fighters licenses, officials etc., many frown on the idea of having the State Commission involved. Issues that concern many here are;
So where do you come in? Well, we need "WRITTEN" support from those of you who not only would like to see Submission Style Fighting made LEGAL in the State of California but also to those who would like to see MORE of it. We say More of it in reference to the Ring issue above. Having Submission fighting in a boxing ring has proven to be SAFE at events around the world. The Commission's reply is that fighters can get thrown out of the ring and hurt. Our reply is "Have you ever watched a San Shou match?" The SAME danger applies to San Shou as here. As we have done in the past, when fighters get too close to the ropes, the referee re-positions them to center ring. No problem here. More important is the expense to promoters to rent an octagon. More promoters would support Submission Style Fighting IF it were allowed in a boxing ring.
So once again, in closing, we need your "WRITTEN" Support if you all want to see Submission Style Fighting legalized in California. We ask that you please address the issues above in a letter and mail them to;
P. O. Box 1205
Newcastle, CA, 95658
Address them to the California State Athletic Commission, Re: Mixed Martial Arts. We appreciate your support.
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