On Tuesday morning, during a press conference at the Racing Club De France in Paris, the Commission Française de Mixed Martial Arts (CFMMA) unveiled it’s plans for the its first Progression Scheme for Participants of MMA on April 24.

The unveiling of the scheme will combine with the formation of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation’s Education Academy, which opens its doors with a 3 day International MMA Training Camp that runs April 24-26.

Developed by the CFMMA, the progression scheme is heralded as an educational tool for coaches of participants at grassroots level, providing them with teaching resources and a logical and safe way to deliver MMA sessions.

“MMA is unique in being a new sport that evolved on a Professional level first. It is often undermined by its detractors for not having an educational basis or a values system,” stated IMMAF CEO Densign White. “This is clearly untrue, and we acknowledge that many coaches and regional federations worldwide have devised effective educational progression pathways for students, that have delivered results on an elite level.

“However these various and similar systems that have evolved through experience have not yet been formalized under global governance. This leaves the sport and its students vulnerable. The purpose of the pilot French Progression Scheme is to provide a safe reference guide for coaches.”

The Racing Club De France was also named as the headquarters for the IMMAF Education Academy. The establishment will be the hub for IMMAF educational activities, including the soon to be announced officials and coaches training courses.

“It feels wonderful to be able to call Paris home to education and sport development in MMA,” stated IMMAF president Bertrand Amoussou. “There has been a well-documented, unjust and tyrannical lobby against our sport in France; and the IMMAF Education Academy represents everything that our detractors say we do not have. Every piece of ill-founded ammunition they choose to throw at Mixed Martial Arts, the Academy stands up to proudly as an embodiment of the values and educational elements inherent in MMA.

“As IMMAF’s President I welcome this new era of enhanced investment into the development and progression of our sport; and I look forward to opening the door to international Members, officials, athletes and stakeholders from all over the world. We welcome everyone with a stake in MMA to participate in the development of the sport, and having a base for that will be a great enabler.”

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