EMMAA appoints new coaches

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The English Mixed Martial Arts Association (EMMAA) has recruited three new coaches for its junior, youth and senior teams. Each of them are highly experienced at all levels of the sport and operate their own successful MMA gyms. They will enhance and strengthen the association’s existing coaching roster.

Paul Kelly has been appointed as EMMAA’S new Junior and Senior team Head Coach. Paul operates the well-known Martial Arts Concepts academies in the West Midlands.

He’s joined by Andrew Fisher and Christian Smith. They have all been named as assistant coaches and will work with various teams at forthcoming international tournaments.

Andrew Fisher runs the successful TFT MMA team in Seaham, near Sunderland. Christian Smith runs the Resurrection MMA Academy in Sutton-in-Ashfield, in the East Midlands. All of the three new coaches have competed and coached extensively, in the UK and overseas.

English Mixed Martial Arts Association President Marc Goddard commented: “We are delighted that these three highly experienced, high-quality MMA coaches are joining us to work with our junior, youth and senior teams.

“Each of them brings extensive experience and will add considerable expertise to our already excellent coaching roster. The fact we now have such a great group of coaches is a reflection of the growing strength of MMA in England.”

Marc Goddard added: “We look forward to working with them as we prepare our teams to compete in the many international tournaments on the calendar.”

The new coaching trio will join EMMAA’s existing national team coaches. These are Mark Spencer (Youth Head Coach), Graeme Wheatley (Assistant coach), Ryan Thomas (Assistant coach), Allan Clarkin (Assistant coach) and Head of Performance, Paul Reed.

Some of the new coaches could be involved in the international amateur MMA tournaments scheduled for this year.  One of which is the Junior and Senior World Championships in Kazakhstan, starting in late November.

Meanwhile the countdown is on to the EMMAA National Amateur Invitational tournament this Autumn. The event will be staged as part of the Arnold’ Sports Festival at Birmingham’s NEC (between 1 and 3 October, 2021). It will be used as part of the England Youth team selection process, for the 2022 IMMAF Youth World Championships. For more information click here

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