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Old 03-15-2007, 04:50 PM   #1
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I was thinking about this the other day. I haven't referred any fighting sports before, but I was wondering what the process is, and if anyone on here does any officiating for these type of events.
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Old 03-15-2007, 04:52 PM   #2
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Talk to your state's athletic commission.
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Old 03-15-2007, 08:07 PM   #3
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It's different from state to state - if your state has a commission, talk to them first. If your state doesn't have a commission, then try contacting promoters and talking to them, or finding out names of existing refs and judges and talking to them.
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Old 03-16-2007, 03:41 AM   #4
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I may be completely wrong here, but doesn't John McCarthy have a "school" either set up or on the way to train MMA ref's?
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Old 03-16-2007, 05:17 AM   #5
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Big John has his own MMA school that he opened last year in Valencia, CA. I actually wrote an article about it in the CF Journal a few months back.

Doc Hamilton is the one that has set up a seminar and program for training refs -- it's called, appropriately enough, R.E.F.S.

http://www.mmarefs.com/

(work/family safe, link to Doc's site)
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Old 03-16-2007, 10:50 AM   #6
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Cheers Becca.

I enjoyed the article actually. I found your last one to be very useful as sadly my left hook is brutal.

Rights okay though!!!
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Old 03-16-2007, 11:22 AM   #7
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Awesome, Aidan, glad you're liking the articles! Just finished writing the third installment of the four part series on striking - so you'll see another one coming up in a couple weeks! :-)
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Old 03-16-2007, 12:56 PM   #8
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I also enjoyed the article Becca.

I was out of the country when I received the email notification for CFJ issue 55. My Internet connection was too slow to download the pdf and I had totally forgotten about it until I read your last post, thanks!
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Old 03-18-2007, 08:50 PM   #9
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Jake, Aidan, and Becca,

Thank you all for the tips. I'm going to try and get ahold of the "Big" John and the R.E.F.S school.
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