The Police Athletic League of Illinois and the United States Mixed Martial Arts Federation, under the direction of Mixed Martial Arts Champion and Coach Master Bob Schirmer, will be working closely together to develop MMA on a national scale as a vetting procedure to get this exciting sport to the International Olympic Committee.
The UMMAF and PAL-IL will be putting on regional tournaments throughout the country which will qualify young athletes to compete in the National Championships in St. Louis, Missouri in 2015. Athletes will also be competing in the Pan American Championships in April, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. The winning USA National Champions will be defending the 2014 World Championship in Las Vegas in July of 2015.
The USA team had an outstanding performance in 2014, winning first place in three of the eight weight classes in the men’s division. The team also placed two third place athletes. The women’s team also won two third places in the women’s division. In 2015, the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation, IMMAF, will be working with many states, athletic commissions, and also in thirty five countries to support Mixed Martial Arts as an Olympic Sport.
Mr. Tim Luekenhoff, President of the American Boxing Commission, has given the organizations his blessings and has stated that he will help in every way possible to facilitate growth in MMA through the Police Atletic League of Illinois and United States Mixed Martial Arts Federation. They have contacted many states which have welcomed the organizations with open arms.
The goal of raising funds to get young men and woman off the streets and into the gyms is exactly what the organizations are all about. The Police Athletic League of Illinois and the United States Mixed Martial Arts Federation are planning to use disabled veterans to help in running all of the events nationally and internationally.