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The Coalition to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York is proud to bring you an Association of Boxing Commissions approved MMA judge training course instructed by Robert Hinds (veteran referee, judge and ABC certified trainer) and hosted by New York Combat Sambo.  

This course is suitable for current and aspiring officials, coaches, fighters, MMA journalists and fans. Whether you want to simply educate yourself, better understand our sport, or want to pursue work as an MMA official, this course is for you. If you are an MMA official that needs to re-certify, this course is for you!

The course will be given at New York Combat Sambo. New York, NY


MMA judging criteria is THE HOT TOPIC in our sport right now. This is your chance to get the most up-to-date understanding of the unified rules of mixed martial arts!

Second Annual MMA Judge Course

Saturday, February 22nd  8am - 4pm (check in at 7am):

ABC approved MMA judge training course. This interactive training includes lecture, discussion, demonstration, video review and technical & written final exams. Subjects covered include requirements, Unified Rules scoring system & judging criteria, scoring of rounds, bout decisions, challenges, and ethics.

All technical and written exams will be executed by Robert Hinds and the Combat Consulting, LLC staff. Both technical and written exams must achieve a minimum correct score of 80% to pass the course. All passing attendees’ names will be posted on www.combatconsulting.net within three weeks of the program date.

Certificates of Completion will be provided for all paid attendees. This certificate does not indicate a passing or failing grade on the exams. It is solely a token of their attendance.

Take a moment to check out this review of last year’s course from The Fight Nerd

MMA Judging and Referee Seminars Illustrate Lack of New York MMA Infrastructure

The class will be capped at 25 people. Places in this class will be reserved on a first come first serve basis UPON RECEIPT OF PAYMENT. Do not delay! Last year's class sold out well in advance of course date.

Rob Hinds interview with Bloody Elbow

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