The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) is proud to announce the Guatemalan Association of Mixed Martial Arts (GUAMMA) as its newest Pan-American member, close on the back of its recent announcement of representation in Uruguay.
The worldwide growth of MMA has sparked significant interest in Guatemala, which boasts a prominent tradition of combat sports. The Central American nation holds a successful track record in producing international level talent in kickboxing and karate. The national regulatory bodies for both sports maintain a good working relationship with GUAMMA and the sport of MMA.
From initiation on 2011, GUAMMA has served as the national governing body for MMA representing affiliated academies from across the country.
The federation was founded to address the need for development programs, standardised rules and certification of coaches and officials in the sport. GUAMMA has provided regular opportunities for free education and works closely with fellow IMMAF association, FAMMEJL, in neighboring Mexico. As a result, GUAMMA has produced multiple qualified officials with experience on top tier events, including UFC, when in Mexico.
GUAMMA’s current objective is to sustain grass roots talent development, with safety and best practice as the foundation for all its activities.
GUAMMA president, Erick Schumann, has said that the organisation’s efforts to develop the sport have received strong support nationally. He commented further:
“IMMAF affiliation is a big step forward in the development of Guatemalan sports. The Guatemalan Association of Mixed Martial Arts has been recognized by the world federation and for the first time Guatemala is given the opportunity to participate in IMMAF tournaments within this discipline of martial arts. This is a big step forward for government recognition of MMA, the fastest growing sport worldwide, and it will expand the opportunities for its development in all areas of the country.”