By Caoilte de Barra
Last month, Andrew Moshanov flew to Mauritius to conduct the IMMAF coaching course at the National Combat Center. The course, which took place over two days, will play a major part in the federation’s progression as they continue to develop the sport nationally.
On the back of the course, gyms were opened at a rapid pace. There are currently fifteen gyms, and the federation aims to have twenty by the end of the year. Following the course, there are thirteen coaches qualified nationally and will be spread out across these gyms.
The federation has also seen an increase in interest from practitioners of other martial arts who want to be a part of the development of MMA in Mauritius.
Away from the coaching side of things, the federation recently acquired its first MMA cage and has been working on a community project. The community project, which began in November, gives access to free training and has over fifty people signed up so far.
Following the recent developments in the nation, Mixed Martial Arts Federation Mauritius President and recently appointed African MMA Confederation President Avinash Goowtamsingh Ramtohul said:
“My goal is to continue the rapid development of MMA in Mauritius. My focus is strongly on the structure, and we eventually want to have a development program. For now, the plan is to set up these 20 clubs and make them become very strong and focused on the technical development of the sport now because we need to build up a strong team who will be able to represent brochures on the national level.”