Coalition to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York. PO Box 5773, Long Island City, NY. 11105. 718-728-8054http://nymmanow.blogspot.com
Memorandum of Support
Establishes protocols for combative sports; authorizes mixed martial arts events in this state; establishesprocedures for applications for licenses; establishes penalties for violations; imposes taxes on grossreceipts of such events.
The Coalition to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York
is a non-partisan group of organizations,gyms, business owners, and individuals who volunteer to support the legalization and regulation of mixed martial arts (MMA) in the state of New York. There are currently at least 260 gyms in New YorkState today where MMA is trained.
The New York Legislature should support A04146 and advocate for an up or down vote on theAssembly floor for the following reasons:
1) In 1997 when "No Holds Barred (NHB)" or "Ultimate Fighting" was criminalized, the target activitywas completely incongruous to the professional and amateur sport practiced today around the worldand in 45 US States. New York is only one of three states with athletic commissions that do not regulateMMA. Since the year 2000 when the unified rules
were adopted in California, and 2001 when the firstregulated event was held in New Jersey, MMA has grown to be one of the most regulated sportspracticed today.
The sport of MMA we see today simply did not exist in 1997
. Inasmuch, the old 1997ban, along with its out-dated rationale, should not apply to the professional sport of MMA practicedtoday.2) Today, MMA has the most stringent regulatory and medical requirements as well as a stellar safetyrecord
when compared to combat and contact sports already legal in New York. Furthermore, all thephysical and psychological benefits of traditional martial arts and combat sports that form thefoundation of MMA (boxing, Karate, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, wrestling, etc) are still present and accountedfor in MMA. Simply put, MMA can be seen as a combination of the
of boxing, wrestling,Judo, and Tae Kwon Do. In the end,
regulating professional sports is the responsibility of NY State
to itscitizens. To not regulate MMA with full knowledge that there are unregulated shows occurring
isunethical and places the safety of NY athletes at risk.