Published On: Thu, Nov 28th, 2019

SMMAF Muay Thai Kickboxing Competition and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Demonstration

Special Needs Self Defense 2019 - SMMAF Muay Thai Kickboxing Competition and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu DemonstrationSOUTH REWARD — St. Maarten Martial Arts Federation (SMMAF) proudly presents its third bi-annual competition on Saturday, December 7 at the Milton Peters College gymnasium in South Reward from 9:30 – 4 pm. This event will host a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Graduation and Demonstration from 9:30 am-1 pm and a Muay Thai Kickboxing Competition starting at 11 am -4 pm.

For the first time, SXM BJJ’s special needs program will demonstrate self-defense skills in front of an audience. Lucas Bardfield in action low resThis will begin at 9:30 am. For the last three years, SXM BJJ has been training students with Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder and various behavioral issues. This event will showcase their skills before the Christmas holidays. Following this demonstration, the youth Jiu-Jitsu programs will demonstrate self-defense techniques and have friendly sparring matches versus teammates followed by stripe and belt promotions. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a grappling art where competitors win by joint locks, strangulation or in the case of no submission- via positional dominance and control.

Special Needs Self Defense dec 2019Kickboxing athletes will compete with practitioners from the Sityodtong St Maarten, SXM BJJ (Sityodtong St Maarten Cole Bay branch), French Shidokan Federation and Oyama Kyokushin Karate St Martin. Kickboxing sparring will take place under semi-contact rules with punches and kicks to the whole body allowed but no strikes to the head. Medals will be awarded to competitors and fighters will be matched based on age, weight, and experience.

SMMAF president Marco London will coordinate the Kickboxing matches and Melissa Bardfield, (BJJ first degree Black Belt under Renzo Gracie) will preside over the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu matches.

The focus of the event is to build confidence in each and every student and showcase our region’s talented athletes. For more information, registration information or sponsorship opportunities please contact info@sxmbjj.com.