(London. 22 November 2016) The China International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (CIMMAF) formally launches today under the auspices of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF), and headed by President, Yong Hua Wei.
The CIMMAF has been established by NGO, the China Yunnan International Cultural Exchange Foundation, which has been in operation since 1986 for the purpose of strengthening Yunnan province’s economic and technological ties with international markets.
The China Yunnan International Cultural Exchange Foundation is fully supportive of the sport development of MMA for the Greater China market. The project has full provincial governmental support, plus backing from the Directors of WUJIE (Beijing) Sports and Development Company Limited, with whom the federation will be working in partnership to develop regulation, education and the promotion of and about MMA.
China has a long tradition of Wushu (Chinese Kungfu) and boxing, and the country is rich in gyms for these disciplines. With the growing interest in MMA, it is athletes from these traditions who, more and more, are adapting their skills to the MMA scene. However, the CIMMAF has cited that Chinese fighters are lacking in the dedicated MMA training and knowledge needed to reach their full potential and aims address this.
While the MMA market in China has not been regulated by any association to date, there is notably an increasing number of MMA related events organised by local promoters including bigger names 武林风、昆仑决、and 英雄联盟. International players include ONE CHAMPIONSHIP (licensed by WUJIE), ROAD FC and REBEL FC, to name a few.
Under the CIMMAF, Yunnan Broadcasting Television will be organising China’s first ever National Amateur MMA series in Yunnan’s capital city Kunming. The event will be receiving operational support from Malaysia’s promotion MIMMA (under IMMAF member MASMMAA).
In a statement, a CIMMAF spokesperson, said:
“We have the highest confidence in our ability to make the China National Amateur MMA series an ongoing program, which will boost the promotion, regulation and healthy growth of the MMA community in Greater China.”
“With the founding of this IMMAF recognised NGO, we are confident that we will be able to promote the sport of MMA nationwide, starting from the Yunnan province and expanding out to 31 provinces in China. Our strongest support will be from local governments as most of them have already started approaching us to organise Amateur MMA series within their provinces. We aim to steadily unite, educate and regulate the MMA industry to help promote a healthy environment in which to grow the sport in the country.
Visiting China for the launch, IMMAF President, Kerrith Brown, said:
“The board and I are excited to welcome CIMMAF as a representative of the last, outstanding national Super Power to affiliate with IMMAF. We look forward to supporting the development of MMA in China, and partnering with the CIMMAF on future IMMAF Championship events.”
By: Roberto Villa
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