World-renowned Jiu-Jitsu coach, Renzo Gracie has joined in support of the UMMAF’s goal to create standards for amateur athletes in MMA in the USA. In doing so, he has accepted the role of Northeastern Regional Director for the UMMAF. Additionally he will also be the coordinator for all MMA activities for the organization in the State of New York.
Frank Babcock, Executive Director and Board President said, “We are thrilled to have Renzo join our leadership team. He and his family are such icons in Martial Arts not only here in the USA but around the globe! As a Regional Director, Renzo will be an acting Ambassador for the organization. His primary responsibility is to uphold the rules and regulations established by the Federation which enables amateur athletes the opportunity to excel in their development as MMA athletes within the USA as well as have the opportunity to participate in international amateur competition. As a Regional Director, he’ll oversee State Directors in a several states in the north eastern region. Additionally, Renzo will have the title of State Director for New York. This means that he will be responsible for organizing training opportunities for Referees, Judges, Promoters and Athletes in the region and educate them on the standards we we’ll follow for safety and fair competition at all events.”
Headquartered in St. Louis, MO, UMMAF is a registered 501(c)3 Missouri Corporation sponsoring a host of programs dedicated to amateur martial arts. UMMAF represents a sub-organization focused specifically towards the organization and establishment of general practices within amateur Mixed Martial Arts in the USA. Programs include establishment of safety standards, ongoing training for athletes and officials and sponsorship of national and international competitions. Member athletes and officials strive for recognition in highly disciplined sports which requires practice and dedication to excel in mind, body and spirit. KICK International serves as a developing organization in the USA creating a platform for national and world competition in alignment for future Olympic recognition for their sports.