As most here are already aware, we can not do ANY MMA competition in the state of New York and the state of New Jersey only allows for professional matches. My feeling for a long time has been that this is holding back the growth of the sport. It is certainly keeping the average student from developing skills, the only choice they have had is to turn pro and fight the big dogs from day one.
The state of Ohio has hammered out two sets of rules for amateur MMA. They will be used in Columbus on March 6th at the Arnold Event. While my honest opinion is that we in NY/NJ are a LONG WAY from getting such an opportunity, we do have another option.
We are legally allowed to have training sessions and intramurals on the amateur level. For that reason, I'd like to introduce the Tri-State Area MMA training league. This would be an opportunity for anyone interested in getting some people to work with and maybe even getting some cross training to get together in a friendly environment that will be surpervised and safe.
THIS WOULD NOT BE A COMPETITION. This would be one or two Sundays a month that we could get together and work under different sets of rules. The coaches can provide advice, the students can exchange ideas, and we can all grow together. Please, no egos. This is for EVERYONE's development.
At this time, I would like to offer my gym, at 336 W 37th Street for this purpose. We'd begin in January. It will be free to members of
New York Combat Sambo
San Da Training Systems
American Sambo Association
For reasons of insurance, a small fee (probably $2 to $5) will be charged of those who are not members of the above.
If you have any ideas, suggestions, concerns, etc, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks so much