Arnold Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Tournament

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    Post subject: Arnold Amateur Mixed Martial Arts TournamentPostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2004 8:38 pm

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    Arnold Classic Fitness Expo Presents:

    The Arnold Classic Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Tournament
    Greater Columbus Convention Center
    Columbus, OH
    March 6th, 2005

    Hello,

    On March 6th, 2005 the Arnold Classic Fitness Expo will be hosting the first ever Amateur Mixed Martial Arts competition. This is the first time an amateur competition of this scale has been done in the U.S. Promoters and match makers of such circuits as the Freestyle Fighting Championships (F.F.C.), Reality Combat, Hook & Shoot, Iron Heart Crown, Shooto Americas and others will be in attendance looking for new talent to sign to Professional Contracts.

    This tournament is strictly for Amateur competitors!!! Anyone with a professional fight of any kind, in any other “combat sport”, will not be allowed to compete.

    There will be two skill divisions:

    Advanced Division: Is for competitors looking to test their skills in a more professional arena. This division is meant for competitors who have an amateur background in MMA and are looking for a few more fights before they turn professional, or are looking to for a chance to get noticed by a big circuit.

    Novice Division: Has limited striking (standing & on the ground). It is a great opportunity for those people that want to try the sport, without risking serious injury.

    Women ( Novice & Advanced )

    1. LT Weight – 134.9 & under
    2. Heavey Weight – 135 & above

    Championship Belts are given out for the winners of the Advanced Divisions

    Arnold Classic Amateur Mixed martial Arts Rules

    (We supply the gloves and shin guards)

    Advanced Fighter Classification – Specific Rules

    1. Equipment
    a. Tournament approved shin guards
    b. Tournament approved gloves
    c. Mouth piece
    d. Groin Protection

    2. Specific rules for Advanced Division

    a. You can strike closed fist to the head (standing?)
    b. You can only kick to the sides of the head. No straight kicks to the front of the face.
    c. No elbows
    d. Can Knee to the body while standing only
    e. Punching closed fist to the body and upper leg is legal ( standing or on the ground )
    f. Kicking to the body and upper leg is legal
    g. All Wrestling, Judo, and Sambo throws and take downs are legal.
    h. All Joint locks are legal with the exception of small joint locks ( fingers & toes )
    i. No Neck Cranks / Compressions with the exception of the forward neck compression / “Can Opener”
    j. All leg lock are legal

    Novice Fighter Classification – Specific Rules

    1. Equipment
    a. Tournament approved shin guards
    b. Tournament approved gloves
    c. Mouth piece
    d. Groin Protection

    2. Specific rules for Novice Division

    a. You can only strike to the sides of the head with open palm “slapping” while standing. You may not strike directly to the face with the palm of the hand.
    b. No kicking to the head while standing
    c. No Knees or Elbows ( standing or on the ground )
    d. Punching closed fist to the body and upper leg is legal ( standing or on the ground )
    e. Kicking to the body and upper leg is legal.
    f. All Wrestling, Judo, and Sambo throws and take downs are legal.
    g. All Joint locks are legal with the exception of small joint locks ( fingers & toes )
    h. No Neck Cranks / Compressions with the exception of the forward neck compression / “Can Opener”
    i. All leg lock are legs

    Attire
    a. Spandex fighter shorts, nylon shorts, board style shorts, Muay Thai shorts, boxing shorts, Gi’s will be allowed.
    b. Rash guards, T-shirts (No profanity or obscene writing or pictures will be allowed on the t-shirts) and Full Gi’s will be allowed.
    c. No tank tops, cut offs or muscle shirts will be allowed.
    d. Wrestling shoes or bare feet only. (Show laces must be taped on shoes.)
    e. Finger and toenails need to be trimmed.
    f. Absolutely no body grease, gels, or lotions can be used.
    g. Groin protections and a mouthpiece must be used.
    h. Fighters must wear approved padded grappling gloves.
    i. Fighters must wear approved padded grappling shin guards.
    j. Clothes made from plastic or metal will not be allowed.
    k. Promoter has final say on any and all articles of clothing that are in question
    l. No rings, necklaces, piercing of any kind m. No foreign objects can be worn not approved by event director
    n. Neoprene joint supports only, no metal joint supports
    o. Taping the wrists, hands (Must be 1 inch back from knuckle ) and ankles is allowed.

    Illegal Issues / Fouls
    a. No head butting, eye gouging, hair pulling, pinching, fish hooking, or groin shots
    b. No striking to the windpipe
    c. No small joint manipulation (Fingers and Toes)
    d. No hammer fists
    e. No intentionally throwing your opponent out / off of the ring or mat
    f. No strikes to back of head or spinal area
    g. No holding the ring ropes or edge of the mat at any time
    h. No elbow strikes of any kind
    i. No knees to the head while standing
    j. Only knees to the body and upper thigh allowed while standing
    k. No kicking or kneeing a downed opponent
    l. No striking to the head on the ground
    m. No knees allowed on the ground
    n. No slamming of opponent to break a submission hold
    o. No slamming of an opponent
    p. No striking of any kind directly at the knee joints
    q. No Neck Cranks (Except for the forward neck compression “Can Opener”)
    r. Competitors are not allowed to catch, pull etc. any of their opponent’s clothes (shirts, shorts, etc.).
    s. Dropping to guard without being engaged first
    t. Sitting on the ground before engaging your opponent
    u. Kicking to the kidney with the heel.
    v. Spitting at an opponent
    w. Using abusive language in the ring or fenced area
    x. Attacking an opponent on or during the break.
    y. Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee
    z. Attacking an opponent after the bell has sounded the end of the period of unarmed combat.

    aa. Flagrantly disregarding the instructions of the referee.
    bb. Timidity, including, without limitation, avoiding contact with an opponent, intentionally or consistently dropping the mouthpiece or faking an injury.
    cc. Interference by the corner

    Time
    a. 2 rounds x 3 minutes
    b. 1 minute rest between rounds
    c. Tie breaker will be an overtime round 1 round 2 minutes

    Referee & Judging
    a. All matches will be referred by a competent, & experienced referee
    b. Referee may Restart the fighters on their feet: If the fighters reach a stalemate and do not work to improve position or finish.
    c. Referee may call the fight if he feels a fighter is unable to continue or is in risk or serious injury.
    d. Rounds will be scored on a 10 pt must system

    Thank You,
    Michael Patt
    Arnold Martial Arts Festival
    Director Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Tournament

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    tapoutuk
    Post subject: PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 3:14 pm

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    First ever Amateur MMA event??????

    We have several Amateur MMA events running all the time in the UK. We also have a semi pro level in between amateur and pro.

    Not meaning to sound funny but facts are facts.

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    chad
    Post subject: PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 6:52 pm
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    This is great news!!!!

    TTT

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    KnockOut2
    Post subject: PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2004 2:34 pm

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    tapoutuk….

    I agree that “the first ever Amateur Mixed Martial Arts competition” is not appropriate to say. However, the article does say : “This is the first time an amateur competition of this scale has been done in the U.S.” which makes it more clear.

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