IMMAF congratulates its first CARICOM coaches for their attainment of level 1 certification in MMA coaching.
Recently elected MMA Jamaica Sports Federation President, Matthew Colquhoun, along with experienced martial artists and mixed martial artists, Lawrence Kareem, Simpson Osanie (Fight For Peace) and Osanie Miller, were awarded their IMMAF licenses in the past week.
Colquhoun, who is three- time Pan American gold medallist in Combat Sambo and a renowned wrestler, commented:
“As the new President of the MMA Jamaica Sports Federation I look to bringing the vibrant energy of youth into the development of the sport of MMA in my country. Getting this certification is the first step. I look forward to completing the other levels and encouraging all members and athletes to get certified as well. I truly appreciate the work of the IMMAF team in uniting stakeholders in the Caribbean region, as well as around the world. I look forward to continuing this great work together.”
IMMAF President Kerrith Brown said:
“I’m proud of our coaches’ hunger to learn and to continue to develop the sport during this period, despite the crippling impact of the pandemic on gyms worldwide. This attainment of the IMMAF Coaching qualification by Jamaican coaches puts a stake in the ground regionally, and I hope to see our other Caribbean nations follow raising the quality of MMA coaching and athlete development there.”