A grappling seminar is being planned for Islamabad in mid June. Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan will be working with the The Dragon Society of Pakistan, and Jacky Chen to host an open to all grappling seminar in the coming weeks. The seminar will focus on the submission fighting aspect of grappling as one would see in arts such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Seminar will cover both Gi and No-Gi techniques as MMA Pakistan understands that not all students will have access to the proper Gi which will limit their training. Further information regarding the seminar including exact dates and costs associated with attending the event to be released in the coming days.
The seminar will also serve as a recruiting point for any one wishing to be part of the Fite Selektor reality show that is to be possibly held in the coming months. Please note that due to current state of Pakistan, a timely date for Fite Selektor cannot be released nor confirmed until a few weeks before the event.
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Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan is pleased to announce that an MMA Academy, to be called Shaheen MMA “Mixed Martial Arts and Elite Fitness” is currently under construction in Defence Area, Lahore, Pakistan.
Shaheen MMA Academy will be home to Pakistan’s FIRST legitimate MMA team. The fight team has already been training for 2 months and will now be shifting into a public facility in Defence, Lahore.
Shaheen MMA will be a fully functional MMA center, with a 5 rope MMA boxing ring, imported mats for grappling, an array of punching bags and will also have martial arts and fighting equipment for sale as well as nutritional supplements.
Shaheen MMA is still under construction and will not be fully functional for at least 6 weeks. Shaheen MMA Academy will be open for all students ranging from beginners to full time professionals. Currently Shaheen MMA has a full range of training equipment such as imported Thai Pads, Boxing Gloves and Focus Mitts and is having the boxing ring installed, which should be ready in about 2 weeks.
Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan will keep you updated in regards to the progress of the gym as we receive the latest news. We will try and get some pictures of the facility as soon as they are available so that the Pakistani Martial Arts community can watch step by step MMA history in the making.
Pakistans first MMA competition on February 28th 2010 proved to be a great success and was received with a very positive response. Although this was a great milestone for Pakistani MMA it showed exactly how far MMA in Pakistan still needs to go. The setting was basic, the fights took place at Whites Sports Club in Model Town, Lahore and the fighting surface was nothing more than a layer of one centimeter mats on a patch of grass and a carpet laid over on top.
Before the fights the rules had to be carefully explained once again to the participants, some of whom did not even fully understand exactly what they were getting into. In Pakistan Mixed Martial Arts to many people means a competition where any striking style is allowed, the idea that you can strike a person from a grounded position is completely novel. For example one of the participants from outside of Lahore arrived the night before and was staying at Shaheen MMA Academy. There everyone was crowded around the screen and was watching some high lights from the Japanese Mixed Martial Arts promotion, Pride.
The participant stood there, jaw open, staring at the screen. “This is what your competing in tomorrow” someone said.
“This looks like a very dangerous game” they answered nervously. “Do people die?”
At this question everyone started laughing and reassured them that MMA was perfectly safe and no more dangerous than any other contact sport. The individual this story is referring to was a black belt in TKD and apparently considered himself one on the best fighters in his town. He went on to lose his match the minute it went to the ground.
Once the fighters were explained the rules, they were then told about their Amateur Fight Record Card. Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan will be tracking everyone who takes part in official competition and only their records will be valid. Everyone on the 28th fights was issued a card in which their height, age, weight and style was written. There was also a list of five fights with a check to mark if they won, lost or drew. After the fighters have had five fights they can have the opportunity to fight with full MMA rules and get paid for their fights, Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan will make sure that fighters get treated with dignity and respect and can begin to earn a living from competing in MMA.
The first fight was between Rahman Mehta, 13 years old against Anjum Nazir, 14. Nazir had had more formal training in Shaolin Kung Fu and was a green belt while Rahman had no ranking and had been training casually with Team Shaheen. That training proved priceless as he swarmed over Nazir took him to the ground and pounded him out for a 30 second TKO stoppage. This fight woke most of the crowd and competitors up. They were starting to really understand what this game was about and as the day went on the crowd started getting more and more into the fights, until it became the referees job to keep people away from the fighting area and stepping onto the mat itself.
The last fight was between Ashfaq Jutt of Shahbaz Red Dragon vs. Sultan Ali from Trim Fitness Fort. The two swung for the fences at the opening bell looking for the knockout and when they locked up in the clinch Ali went for a guillotine that Jutt was stuck in for a while. The next round the same happened but while scrambling on the ground Jutt landed in side control and cut off Ali’s breathing with a side choke forcing him to tap. The crowd went wild after this fight which was between a Lahori and an Islamabad fighter but the two sides were respectful and were friends after the match up. At the end of he day the event was a great success. No one was hurt, and everyone had a great time. This is the beginning of what will Insha Allah be a close knit and honorable MMA community in Pakistan.
Video highlights from the first amateur MMA event in Pakistan. The participants represented 6 different gym from around Pakistan and came from the styles of Wushu Kung Fu, TKD, Karate, Shaolin Kung Fu and freestyle. Gyms that were represented we’re Sukh Chan/Pak Dragon, White Sports Club,Shahbaz Red Dragon Kung Fu, The S3, Trim Fitness Fort, Asad Zai TKD and Shaheen MMA Academy. This was everyone’s first fight and considering that everyone was very impressed with the heart and skill some of the fighters possessed for being completely new to the sport. As more events come are away keep an eye out for rising talent. Remember this is just the beginning.
Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan is happy to inform everyone that the very first MMA competition in Pakistan will be held on the 28th of February at the White Sports Club in Model Town. Details are currently being finalized but here is a breakdown of the current format in which the tournament is to be held.
- Competition will NOT be tournament format. Each fighter will fight only once in a match lasting 3 rounds of 3 minutes with one minute break in between.
- Fighters will be paired according to weight and experience. Weight classes are as follows:
1) 45-50 kg
2) 50-55 kg
3) 55-60 kg
4) 60-65 kg
5) 65-70 kg
6) 70-75 kg
7) 75-80 kg
8) 80-85 kg
9) 85-90 kg
10) 90+ kg
Experience will be noted as follows:
1-3 years – Novice
3-5 years – Intermediate
5 + years – Advanced
- Full MMA rules EXCEPT no elbows to the face. All other rules are the same as the UFC. Rules will be explained a number of times in details to fighters participating in the competition.
- Protective equipment will be provided and worn to include groin cup, MMA sparring gloves, Head guards and shin guards. Mouth piece is to be the responsibility of the fighter.
- There will be an entry fee of 200 rs. Entry fee will cover the costs of shirts given to fighters, medical personnel fees and refreshments.
- There will be a medically trained personnel in case of injury.
- All fighters above the age of 18 who participate will automatically be applied for Fite Selektor TV show selection.
- If a fight is not ended due to submission, TKO or KO and lasts the full 3 rounds then it will automatically be considered a draw due to a lack of knowledge regarding MMA judging at the moment. This will change in future events.
- Individuals can take part in the competition as part of a club, team or as an independent (no affiliation).
These are some of the main points so far. The last piece of information and critical to the success of this show is that in order to make match ups as fair as possible there will be trials held on 21st February, 12 pm at:
White Sports Club
E and F Block Model Town
Trials will help determine fighters skill levels in order to have the most competitive possible match ups. Those who attend trials will benefit from knowing who their opponent will be as well as have their picture and profile taken to be posted on the site.
Mixed Martial Arts Pakistan looks forward to seeing you all there. Please stay tuned for further updates.
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