By Caoilte de Barra
The Angolan Mixed Martial Arts Federation (FAMMA) has had an active year as it continues to grow the sport nationally. Most recently, the national governing body hosted level one of the IMMAF coach certification course. The two-day course, which took place December 10-11, was led by IMMAF Director of Development Andrew Moshanov.
Twenty-three coaches are now certified as level-one coaches following the course, a significant milestone two years after the formation of FAMMA.
Following the course, FAMMA General Secretary José Manuel Gomes explained how highly anticipated the course was as coaches looked to build their knowledge.
“Since the president of the Angolan MMA Federation, Armando Carlos Diogo, announced that we would be hosting a coaching course, all the coaches were excited because it will help to improve the Angolan MMA coaches level. In other words, upgrading the Angolan Level to a higher level.”
“Having Andrew in Angola was a huge pleasure and honour. His teachings will be of relevance to our commitment to the continuous formation of the children’s and youth classes. Gradually introducing them to the IMMAF international training program, thereby giving them the possibility in the future to choose whether they want to continue as professional athletes, coaches or referees.”
Earlier this year, the federation made its first IMMAF appearance this year at the 2022 Africa Championships, finishing second on the medal table. This was followed by a team being sent to the Youth World Championships.
On a national level, FAMMA is ensuring there are safe opportunities for athletes to compete. The federation has eleven accredited promoters in Angola and recently hosted its first set of national championships.
There is also work done within the community through the DBC Evolving Crime Zero project. The program was designed to re-educate and reintegrate young people into society through the discipline of Martial arts and Hip-Hop and was founded by FAMMA President Armando Carlos Diogo.