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New professional opportunities are here for B.C.’s kickboxing athletes
3/26/2020
I am pleased to notify you that professional kickboxing is now legal for B.C. mixed-martial arts (MMA) athletes. 
 
March 25, 2020

Dear: Stakeholders

New professional opportunities are here for B.C.’s kickboxing athletes

I am pleased to notify you that professional kickboxing is now legal for B.C. mixed-martial arts (MMA) athletes. 

Sanctioning professional kickboxing will provide opportunities for competitors to continue in kickboxing to the highest level without leaving B.C. and have a more effective set of rules in place to ensure their safety.

Last August, I ruled to allow the promotion of professional kickboxing matches as a sub-group of MMA and formed an advisory committee of kickboxing leaders to implement oversight of the sport. Now that the committee’s work is complete, full oversight is in place and professional matches are set to begin later this year. The commission and advisory committee will now focus on educating the sport’s participants on the regulatory changes that have come into effect.

While kickboxing is allowed as an amateur sport in British Columbia, it was previously unsanctioned at the professional level. B.C. kickboxers have traditionally faced the choice of either transitioning into the professional MMA discipline or working their way through the amateur ranks and then leaving B.C. to compete professionally. Aligning kickboxing with MMA also increases athlete safety by integrating training practices and standardizing techniques amongst participants.

As BC Athletic Commissioner, I am pleased to take these steps to strengthen the sport of kickboxing and I am proud that we are creating a safe place for athletes to compete at a professional level.

Yours sincerely,

Kelly Gilday
BC Athletic Commissioner