In September of 1994 Willie "THE BAM" Johnson and Kimber Johnson hosted Maryland's first ever POINT MMA Match (calling it the "Challenge of Champions – Go Head To Head").
This event featured different styles of competitive point fighting: San Do, Chi Sao, Wrestling, Kickboxing and Jujitsu, it was a high energy and fun event. In attendance, were renowned martial arts masters and judges such as Master Manny Augrella, Lloyd Irving (who now has many UFC fighters), Master Dennis Brown, and others from China; they all came together for this well executed plan to bring the winners of each style together to hold a fight of champions and styles. The event showcased the values and draw of Point MMA with its focus on sportsmanship, safety and self control. Thoughout the 1970's to early 1990's martial arts competitions were held in high regard and recognized as a top sport for athletes to demonstrate their abilities in a controlled manner.
We have designed Point MMA and Point MMA Kidz Play to help bring that recognition back to the sport we love. We feel that many have not benefited from their contribution and influence on the sports world today.
This would be the first Sport Karate Amateur set of divisions ever that would allow competitors to try their hand at a new style of Mixed Martial Arts that emphasizes safety and sportsmanship – taking the unique blend of the competitor's style (Art Form) and another style and being able to compete in one division. Our ultimate goal is to allow its participants, both adults and kids to compete in this new sport but under the safety-net and protection standards built by the legacy of sport karate. By mandating full protective gear, and light to medium contact, with elimination of brutal skin cutting techniques on this amateur level. With no knock outs or complete submission holds allowed, this allows everyone to feel confident enough to try this division. For those who one day wish to compete professionally at MMA and possibly the UFC, competing in Point MMA might give them an edge while teaching and exemplifying traditional martial arts techniques and discipline as well as respect for other competitors.
Point MMA is in the beginning stages of development to become hosted as a national event, world game event and possibly an Olympic sport!
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