·      Manchester – 9th October 2016  The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) and United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UKMMAF) present an introductory, Grade C accredited cutman course in partnership with Joe Clifford on Sunday 9 October 2016 in Manchester. “The course recognises and addresses the need to educate seconds/ cutmen on appropriate corner care for fighters in treating minor injuries. Something that was previously shrouded in mystery, passed on through word of mouth, was seldom evidence based and endorsed the use of dangerous drugs.

“Now like never before budding cutmen/women have the opportunity to work alongside, be supervised by and train with the best cutmen of our era. Using evidence based treatments and natural hemostatic agents, we are importantly setting a new standard globally which compliments event emergency services in providing a standard of care not seen before in corners.” ~ Cutman Educator Joe Clifford

ABOUT JOE CLIFFORD: Educator Joe Clifford has worked extensively as a cutman both nationally and internationally since 2004, covering events for the UFC, IMMAF, WBA, WSB and AIBA and most recently providing cutman services at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. He has also covered a host of regional MMA events including BAMMA, Cage Warriors and the IMMAA National Amateur Championships. Clifford graduated with a BSc in Applied Sciences, holds a Diploma in Physical Therapy and is a certified Strength and Conditioning therapist. He is a member of the Irish Physical Therapy Association, Irish Exercise Teachers Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association USA. COURSE INFORMATION This is an entry level IMMAF course on which a certificate of attendance can be obtained. The aim is to provide participants with a general education in the field and the course is designed as an introduction for participants who would like to progress to the Class B licensing course. A Class C course certificate of attendance enables participants to shadow experienced, IMMAF qualified Cutmen of Class A level. Their duties may consist of: – Hand wrapping – Greasing athletes before entering the Octagon – Shadowing an experienced Cutman with Class A status on amateur or professional events Class C Cutmen should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the Unified Rules of MMA. A minimum of 3 months must pass before Class C course participants may sit the Class B IMMAF Cutman Certification Course Exam. The course has been approved by medical organisation, Safe MMA. To apply for the course, for course information or enquiries contact    ABOUT UKMMAF The United Kingdom Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UKMMAF) is a Non-Profit Organisation registered as a Limited company by guarantee. The purpose of UKMMAF is to further the development and recognition of the sport of mixed martial arts in the UNITED KINGDOM, enabling Amateur National Competitions, education of coaches and officials, supporting affiliated member clubs and regulation of sanctioned events, ensuring the highest safety standards for all those involved in MMA. The current board of directors is an interim board put in place to govern the UKMMAF until the first general assembly  and the UKMMAF will operate as a democratic organisation where its affiliated members will get an equal say through their elected representatives. The UKMMAF has been accepted by the IMMAF as the National Federation for the UK. The UKMMAF works with Safe MMA as its independent medical subcommittee.

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