This is the story behind the illegal DCA appointing of CAMO to run Amateur MMA and Light Contact Pankration illegally. Huge story of a complete Shama-Lama. And CAMO selling out to regulate this light contact adult Pankration so they can get the delegation.
One of many to follow. With stories to explain. This is why I was arrested so I couldn’t attend the Senate hearing for DCA to put CAMO in charge of Amateur MMA and Light Contact Adults Pankration. Still gathering all records and proof.
Even though Amateur MMA was approved in 2000 the CSAC/DCA held it back for a certain reason to put one of there people incharge.
So in 2006 the CSAC allowed the already approved sport of MMA in California. Both Amateur and Pro was approved by OAL and California in 2000. In 2006 Armando “UFC” Garcia only allows Pro MMA to keep me back. So I keep pushing. I attend a meeting and demand Amateur MMA be allowed because it was allowed in 2000. He says if you want Amateur MMA then run it. So I knew the law inside and out. I have a meeting with Ryan Chenoweth, Antonio McKee, and Jaunito Ibarra. Lets only do Amateur MMA and run this. So we get a non profit, company, and trademark. We are ready to do this.
USAMMA in Place to get Amateur MMA delegation.
Jun 22, 2009 – P 916-263-2195 F 916-263-2197 www.dca.ca.gov/csac … Jeremy Lappen, CAMO. Steve Fossem, IKF … people that were at the shows that can verify what is being said by the parties at interest. …. a lot of things went bad.
Who they give it to.
Founded in 2009, California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization, Inc. (CAMO), is a non-profit corporation dedicated to help foster the growth of the sport of amateur Mixed Martial Arts and to oversee the health, safety and welfare of the athletes that choose to participate in it. On August 24, 2009, the California State Athletic Commission officially delegated to CAMO the exclusive authority to regulate Amateur Mixed Martial Arts and Pankration/Combat Grappling in the State of California.
To be continued. You will be blown away with this story:
11-05-09 was D-Day on Pankration ruling at noon by Dave Thorton. CSAC was very un-professional.
Just laying it out now will come back and organize:
Greg Patschell wanted to know what makes Pankration full contact. Mr. Maynard replied that the DCA Legal Office will be reviewing a video to determine if Pankration is full contact. Just because there are no head strikes doesn’t mean it is not full contact.
Maynard was behind my arrest so they could put CAMO in place and illegally regulate light contact Adult Pankration.
So Mr. Maynard just because there are head strikes doesn’t mean it is not full contact also. Clueless in California.
SPECIAL TO ISCF: Yesterday the The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) delegated authority of amateur MMA to the newly formed California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization (CAMO). CSAC commissioner Mario Rodriguez, who co-chaired a committee with commissioner June Collision that reviewed and selected candidate organizations on August 20th, said amateur MMA could be enacted as soon as CAMO is capable to oversee it.
As required by the legislation in California, CAMO is a non-profit organization. The CSAC has given all control of amateur MMA to them to sanction events, much like USA Boxing oversees the amateur boxing circuit in California.
The only red flag that jumps up here is that CAMO has no hands on experience in regulating or sanctioning a fight sport event. This is simply because CAMO is new and has never sanctioned or regulated a fight sport event. This issue came up as a possible problem noted by commissioner Mario Rodriguez in a CSAC meeting last week when determining which organization would get the nod. Apparently, experience was not a required asset in the commissions selection process to appoint a body that will have sole control over Amateur MMA in California.
MARIO RODRIQUEZ ACCEPTING ILLEGAL GIFTS:
DID HE GET PAID OFF BECAUSE HE JUST CAME IN AND SAID CAMO IS GETTING THE DELEGATION. READ THIS LINK
“I found it odd that the Commission selected ‘Anyone’ at all at yesterday’s meeting.” said Jeff Starks, a reporter for an MMA site. “Although CAMO has all their non-profit paperwork in place, it doesn’t mean they know what is involved in regulating an MMA event, I think the State is in for quite a surprise in the coming months. The real question though is, ‘Do they really care?’ and it appears not.“
CAMO representatives, Jeremy Lappen (Left) and J.T. Steele (both formerly of Pro Elite), said the organization will introduce regulations and organization details in a press release in the coming weeks.
There were two other MMA Sanctioning bodies applying for this position along with CAMO. Although they were the first ever MMA sanctioning body, (created in 1999) the largest MMA sanctioning body in the world today and clearly the most experienced and qualified, the ISCF, International Sport Combat Federation, was not selected for only one reason… They are not a “Non Profit” organization.
“It’s California’s written law, and it’s set in stone.” Said ISCF President Steve Fossum. “As much as we would like to have been selected for the position, we just have no desire to be a non-profit organization. We were asked to attend last weeks meeting by CSAC Assistant Executive Officer Bill Douglas. He said the issue of the ISCF not being non-profit would not be an issue. However, we were clearly misinformed because Mario Rodriguez made it clear that the selected organization must be a “non-profit” organization. Once we realized this, the question was, ‘Who do we side with?’ Yes, there were issues related to experience with CAMO, and possibly the right choice may have been no choice. However amateur MMA in California needs to move forward. So, knowing the history of the other non-profit organization our decision was to side with CAMO. Once the decision was made we made it clear that if they need any help from us, we will assist if asked.“
The other sanctioning body was KICK International out of St. Louis, Missouri. KICK is a non profit organization but was denied their application for the position for many different reasons. It’s a blessing in itself to those in California that the State Commission did not select KICK. KICK has been the center of complaints by many in MMA for years now in several states. It’s a wonder they are even allowed to sanction any fight sport at all, let alone MMA.
CAMO has the authority to begin sanctioning Amateur MMA in California as early as this weekend but nothing has been confirmed as of yet. It may take some time for them to organize their officials and event regulations. They have yet to even launch a website we could refer you to. No one has been informed of any of their sanctioning fees or procedures other than they will be charging $35 per fighter along with fees for cornermen, officials and of course, promoters.
The coming months will show everyone if CAMO was the right choice for Amateur MMA in California or an organization that could take advantage of their monopoly in California. Some have claimed their desire is to corner the market on fighter management as California Amateur MMA fighters make the transition from amateur to professional. With California MMA promoters such as Roy Englebrecht(Right) on their CAMO advisory board, this may be true, but has yet to be proven. Still, everyone just needs to sit back and relax and watch what CAMO does in the coming months. The good news is that amateur fighters can now fight as amateurs in California, and no matter what all the pros and cons are, that alone is a good thing… We hope.
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The CSAC California State Athletic Commission recently appointed C.A.M.O to head Amateur MMA in California. There are many issues regarding this appointment and who is in charge of this organization.
1. There were three main groups in position to regulate amateur MMA. USAMMA, United States Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Association. CMMAA, California Mixed Martial Arts Association. CAMO, California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization. There were more but it was down to these three groups.
2. USAMMA president Ryan Chenoweth was told two years earlier by CSAC director Armando Garcia if you want Amateur MMA then form an organization and do it yourself. So then USAMMA was formed. It oversaw the first amateur MMA event in Nevada. Out of all the other MMA organizations USAMMA was the only non- profit organization and the only one with sanctioning experience. The other two came out of no where at the last minute.
3. The CSAC told them they need to all come together and form one united organization under CAMO.
Letter from J Frank head of USFL Pankration. This is probably the reason they went hard on me and harassed me with the arrest to keep me away from the CAMO hearings! It’s all coming together.
Sorry to hear of your legal troubles with the commission. Although these charges appear minor it looks like they took great efforts in taking you in custody.
The California State Senate committee for Business and Professions is conducting a hearing on the CSAC and CAMO this month. Lets hope they can find the “smoking gun” that many of us suspect. I was informed that neither I nor they can question the manner and method of how they determined that Pankration is a Full Contact Sport nor can we compel them to disclose documents relating to their decision.
CAMO HIDING CASH! CHECK THIS OUT!!!!!!
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From: International Fight Sports <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: RE: Here is one for ya…
Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010, 3:50 AM
Here is one for ya… We are working on the factual proof of this before going public with it, however, from the sources we have spoken with, this seems to be very accurate, but lets don’t post it or e-mail it out until we fully confirm it. 1: You are aware that referees not licensed with the State need to pay their $500 + Travel, hotel etc, which comes to around $1,000 for the Big John seminar to be a Camo referee, or judge. 2: You are also aware that for whatever reasons, Camo makes a referee work “10”, TEN Events, NOT 10 BOUTS, but 10 events for FREE before they can be paid as a Referee. 3: Once they work “TEN” events, they can be paid between $100 and $200. 4: They need to work another “11” yes, “ELEVEN” events before they can be paid the base rate of a Senior referee which is between $200 and $450. The above can be found at the bottom of this page here; http://www.camomma.org/sites/default/files/Officials%20Package%202009%2010%2028.pdf 5: Here is what you didn’t know, that we are getting a lot of e-mails on… The Camo promoters STILL PAY for those officials working for FREE. AND, they are paying around $300 for the referees, and ALL the other TRAINING officials working for FREE. The promoters are told to have these fees “In CASH” placed into an envelope and given to them once the Camo officials arrives at the event. The big question is, WHERE is that CASH going? Several promoters have said they were never given a receipt for it. Several promoters paying the actual officials in cash were also never given receipts for their CASH payments to Camo officials. This could get a lot bigger within the next week, but again, we are awaiting for a few more confirmed sources before we post it on the Camo info page on our site. We will keep ya posted Kazja. 🙂 Sincerely
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California State Athletic Commission Bans Pankration Effective Immediately
Wed, 03/25/2009 – 15:13 by ThrowThemBows
There have been several reports today that the California State Athletic Commission has taken action by placing a ban on all events hosting Pankration fights in California, effective immediately. This undoubtedly is pursuant to a freshly-established initiative by the athletic commission to further their precautionary measures and oversight in amateur MMA matches throughout California, often deemed “Smokers”, and dually referred to by the promotions putting on the matches as “Pankration,” and not “MMA.”
One report cites the following:
“… we will no longer be able to host PANKRATION nor will anyone else within the State of California. I was called personally by California State Athletic Commissioner Frank Munoz and instructed that Head of CSAC, Bill Dean and CSAC Board, will be releasing an instruction, making PANKRATION ILLEGAL across the board for everyone currently hosting it.
The CSAC is looking to regulate the sport of PANKRATION due to so many promoters that are using the term PANKRATION and ILLEGALLY hosting “Smoker Type Amateur Events.” These illegal underground promotions not doing business with trained referees, event insurance, or even proper medical staff on site.
We are working hand in hand with the CSAC to fix this issue, and will keep everyone posted s we know more information.
The Southern California-based Amateur Pankration League also has this message posted on their blog as of today.
We have receive non stop phone calls and messages regarding the ban on Pankration in California. We were never contacted by the commission but called them after all the messages. The commission is concerned about the recent influx of unregulated MMA type smokers using the term Pankration to avoid evade the commission. As a result they planned on installing a ban on all Pankration type events.
As of now the California State Athletic Commission has NOT SHUT down the 2009 California State Pankration Championships. I have contacted the California State Athletic Commission and presented them with official documentation from the California Association of Pankration Athlima and pending documentation from the USA Federation of Pankration Athlima as well as from FILA, the international governing body of Wrestling.
Our League is directly sanctioned by the USA Federation of Pankration Athlima and FILA (internationally)… The same week MMA was approved in California, the Commission approved our rules and regulations as being outside the jurisdiction of the State Athletic Commission. Since then I have re-contacted them on numerous occasions to include rules updates to ensure we were still in compliance with state law.
I have been in constant contact with USA Federation president Dave Sixel anticipating that this would eventually happen. The Athletic Commission requested that we submit documentation and will make its decision soon.
While it’s been addressed in the past through more underground and off-the-record channels, the situation surrounding independent schools putting together unsanctioned and unsafe events has long been a thorn in the side of the athletic commission. With a surge in popularity within the Mixed Martial Arts community that’s created a demand for the sport, more and more offshoot cards pop up every month, each one as unsupervised as the next (or worse), each one endangering the safety and well-being of those who sign away their rights to medical attention from those they fight for via a pre-fight waiver.
Actions like this have indeed been a long time coming, as industry professionals directly involved in the sport have openly wondered when such preventative measures would be taken. As the California Athletic Commission becomes more aware of the sport of MMA and its’ roots, expect them to crack down harder than ever on those not playing by the rules. Martial Arts gyms have been using these unorthodox and unsanctioned shows as an alternative stream of revenue for many, many years.
The impact that these actions have in the immediate term to farm-league MMA and the upcoming amateurs is both severe and consequential, but also necessary. Granted, though California bears a lot of potential as a hotbed for MMA, fighters who don’t belong in any ring step into it everyday, and as few as the stories are about anyone actually dying in the sport of MMA, nothing newsworthy is coming out of a practicing combatant injuring himself in training unless he’s signed to a high-profile fight. Whether in training, in sparring, or in actual combat, cases of amateur fighters injuring themselves are innumerable. Any provided statistic on such a thing, given its’ accuracy, would astound.
Jon Frank of the Amateur Pankration League offered the following this afternoon.
“We have not been advised to shut down the April 5th California State Championships.
We are conducting proactive measures to secure the last 10 years of work to develop this sport. Hopefully those who conducted these shady promotions under the umbrella of Pankration will be dealt with as individuals and will not destroy the sport for all.
The CSAC is concerned about the influx of unsanctioned events under different rules using the term Pankration to deceive the commission.
The CSAC is currently reviewing the following.
1. Documents and rules from the California Association of Pankration Athlima (Amateur Pankration League).
2. Letter from the USAFPA president Dave Sixel
3. Letter from FILA President Raphael Martinetti
Again we were never notified of the proposed ban by the CSAC. We have been in contact with the commission for several years regarding our events. Its unfortunate that we heard of this second hand when we have our Annual State Championships scheduled in 1 1/2 weeks.
Worst case scenario if we must cancel the April 5th State Championships, we will convert to whatever rules are acceptable to the commission and give refunds to those who choose not to attend.
We have invested thousands of dollars this year trying to make this the best State Championships ever. Hopefully we will get the chance.
We ran this event and can counter this inspectors factually information. We are curious as to this inspectors motivation to do what he did and why was the report kept from us despite several attempts to question the validity of it and its author.
Here are the facts.
1. The injured fighter was injured was struck in the face with a knee as he intentionally dropped to the ground to play guard. The referees stopped the match despite that fact that he and coach stated he was OK to continue. The fighter was also advised that his method to get the fight to the ground was not safe and not permitted as per the rules. The medical staff advised the fighter that he had a concussion but he refused to go to the hospital. After about 40 minutes of convincing by his girlfriend he agreed to go to the hospital. There was NO delay to transport this individual to the hospital since he cannot be forced against his will to be treated.
2. The announcer advised the crowd and competitors that dropping to the ground was not permitted and commented that “this is not Jiujitsu”. Additionally some grappling techniques are not scored the same as Jiujitsu. If the inspector was present he would have known that these comments were used to that context and not to indicate any link to MMA.
3. A few competitors from Team Undisputed were choked out by Team Camp Pendleton. The team appeared to take pride in not tapping and were warned to stop this practice in which they did. Our two referees kept a close eye on the fighter’s and stopped the match as soon as they detected the competitors go out.
4. The Marine who was cut received the injury while shooting in for a takedown and ran into a knee. He used super glue for the cut and did not receive stitches.
5. Since 2005 the Marine Corps has been hosting the US Armed Forces Pankration Championships on Camp Pendleton. Last year around 120 members of the US Armed Forces participated. The event was evaluated by officials and deemed safer than Football and Rugby.
6. This inspector never made his presence known to tournament staff or referees, never asked any questions and never brought up any concerns. We did not see anyone wearing official CSAC creds and had no knowledge that he was present. Furthermore this report was immediately released to a 3rd party tournament promotion and we feel deliberately hidden from us. We only learned that the report existed when reading the 3rd party promotions post on the underground forum in which they listed detailed information that was not even included in the report. They attempted to delete some of the information on the post once confronted by me.
Here is some video evidence that counters the damaging report from the
Del Mar tournament. Thank god for video cameras!!!!
Needless to say, facial blows do happen and even had one contestant get flash knocked out and then allowed to continue; only to be found out 10 > minutes after his bout that he had a concussion and needed transport. (the now classic “talk and die” syndrome made aware by recent death of Natasha Richardson) No Paramedics, only EMT team and the delay was close to 35-40 minutes to get Del Mar Fire Dept there to transport.”
Here is video footage of the match described by the reporter:
Notice: The fight was stopped after the Referees determined he was not
fit to continue despite the argument by him and coach that he was OK.
At no time was the fighter knocked out and the blow was not directed
towards the fighters head. The EMT at the venue advised the fighter that he had a concussion, the fighter refused treatment and argued not to go to the hospital for 35 to 45 minutes. There was no delay getting a ambulance to arrive.
HERE IS ANOTHER QUOTE FROM THE INSPECTOR ON THE SAME MATCH:
“The annoucer was repeatedly telling the crowd that this is not
Jiu-Jitsu; he was right! ”
Listen to the announcer address the crowd at 1:58. He is saying
that the fighter received a warning for the manner in which he pulled
guard (fell to the ground) and for stalling. The quote that followed was
” You must protect yourself from strikes” “this is not Jiujjitsu” . Not
exactly in the same context as reported.
This could also happen in Karate, will that be regulated by CAMO next?
HERE IS ANOTHER QUOTE THAT WE CAN COUNTER WITH VIDEO:
“The last fight of night was the 220 lber’s that ended by cut on one
fighter that looked to definitely require stitches and enabled the Camp
Pendleton Marine Corp team to win the night championship.”
Here is the video of last fight of the night that was stopped by a cut:
He did not mentioned that the cut was caused by a grappling technique
and appeared to happen while escaping a arm bar. > The question is why did this inspector deliberately distort the facts
More to come