Mixed martial arts have captured a spectator that loves the action it provides. Probably the most realistic of all extreme sports MMA has made its mark and is currently giving boxing a run for its money.
The first martial arts tournament was hosted over seventy years ago, I think in Los Angeles California and it may have been longer than that. We now have over 500 amateur martial arts point circuits. Fast forward to 2013, what has changed? More divisions, fewer competitors per division, more division winner titles, so what has really changed? As a school owner do tournaments help or hurt you? Is there any value in sending your students to a tournament? Some tournaments have continuous fighting, some have team fighting. My take on tournaments is, they give promoters the opportunity to test and see what motivates and excites competitors. Competitors....that’
I would like to share with you a shift in thinking if I may, let’s say these tournaments changed their focus or thinking. I’m sure I can safely say it’s all about the Benjamin’s to tournament promoters. It’s the profits that keep them going and their business out of the red. Imagine if you will that there were 32 tournaments that were national level tournaments., and these tournaments not only had divisions for children as young as four years old, but these events promoted Kumite the sport, with forms, weapons and kata divisions but in addition those 32 tournaments were the elimination event for the 32 teams that formed the National Martial Arts League. Allowing the 32 tournament promoters another revenue stream by owning his or her own professional martial arts team which would compete against the other 32 teams in the National Martial Arts League. Our leaders or those that have the favor with television and movie media are compelled to take the martial arts and compare or match them with boxing, hoping to target that same demographic but I personally feel that we are missing the most important ingredient the opportunity for our competitors to become superstars. Once we get a champion, what do we really do for him or her? Other major league superstars are able to get television ads, and other types of contracts outside of the sport in which they excel. Our superstars will never reach that height if we as promoters don’t see them as our opportunity to take the sport to that level but we must provide the platform and I say the platform is the National Martial Arts League. I challenge 32 tournament promoters that have annual martial arts tournaments to contact the National Martial Arts League Franchise about converting your tournament and school to a National Martial Arts League Franchise so that we can pool our resources and take sport martial arts to a professional sport with a national championship with teams and have our own Superbowl like vent for Kumite Sport.