The Mexican Mixed Martial Arts Federation (FAMM) organised a gathering of talents – including the country’s best athletes and coaches in all weight divisions as part of planning and preparations for the IMMAF World Championships. The retreat – which included mental and physical training sessions, took place at the Dorados Resort and Congress Centre in Oaxtepec, which is a 90-minute drive from Mexico City, on 18-19th September.
First day of the session saw the federation put all participants through Covid testing protocols in line with stringent guidelines laid down by the Mexican Ministry of Health, and supervised by the FAMM’s chief medical officer Dr Victor Hugo Garcia.
Once the medicals were completed, the delegates took part in a mental training session organised by a sport psychologist with the aim of maximising the potential of each competitor.
There was also an opportunity for the FAMM organisational team – including coaches, officials, and administrators to meet in person, something which the Covid crisis had prevented until now.
FAMM President Ubaldo Marroquin said:
“We have been working extremely hard to make this gathering a success and we are very happy with the results. The best amateur athletes in Mexico, both women and men and across all the divisions, have joined us here as part of preparations for the upcoming World Championships. It was very important for us to be able to meet and interact with each other, to have a number of practical training sessions and also to have an opportunity to thank the Executive Director of CONADE (Mexico’s National Commission for Sport and Physical Culture) Ana Guevara for her ongoing engagement with FAMM.”
FAMMA athlete Nora Ochoa said: “After going through some very challenging times in the last 18 months because of COVID, it has been great to have this opportunity to meet fellow athletes and to see with my own eyes the commitment that FAMM has to the development of amateur MMA in Mexico”.
Concluding a speech to the FAMM delegation, President Ubaldo Marroquin said: “It has been amazing to see the positive energy and commitment to MMA by all the delegates here. I can assure you that this gathering is just the first of many and that we are really looking forward to sending a highly motivated and competitive Mexican team to the IMMAF World Championships at the end of November.”