The U.M.A. needs your input and recommendations with regard to the U.M.A.ís Groundfighting Rules, they have been updated to the current Rule Set, they are available from the U.M.A. Website or click the link here: http://www.umauk.co.uk/U.M.A.%20Grou...for%202009.doc
We know there is a split, some like the U.M.A. Groundfighting rules and some donít, hence why now we need your input as so to get a majority verdict on what everyone feels they prefer and to compete under etc.
We have always used the one knee Groundfighting format, however due to input from the players and teams who have attended the last 3 years to date; we have updated and adapted them to what they are now.
Do the U.M.A. keep the Groundfighting rules as they are now, or do the U.M.A. change them to incorporate and allow stand up throughout, and do away within the No Standing Rule altogether, but still starting from a Kneeling Position and not standing, hence eliminating throws and takedowns.
Current allowances for the U.M.A. Groundfighting Rules:
1. The Knees and Feet are allowed of the ground when taking your Opponents Back, but you are not Allowed to Stand Up with both Feet on the Contest Area except for exceptional or required circumstances that may arise through Combat, this will be judged by the Referee at the time, as and when required within the Contest.
2. When Sprawling you can come off both knees, but only for 3 seconds, which should give you time to start attacking or moving to a better position, Warnings and points away will be given after 3 seconds.
3. When moving from one position to the next, both knees will be allowed off the ground, again for 3 seconds, Warnings and points away will be given after 3 seconds.
4. Arm bar from mount/s: both knees will be allowed off the ground, providing the technique is done fluidly and swiftly, Warnings and points away will be given if the technique is not done fluidly and swiftly.
So tell us, do we keep the current Groundfighting Rules with the limited stand up etc, or allow stand up throughout without limitations in our Groundfighting Rules.?