JAKARTA, NNC - The International Mixed Martial Arts Assiocation (IMMAF) has accept the membership of the Indonesia Comittee for Martial Arts Sports, known as KOBI (Komite Olahraga Beladiri Indonesia).
KOBI was established in Jakarta, Indonesia, on November 17, 2015, for the coordination and development of Indonesian mixed martial arts (MMA) at regional, national, and international levels. KOBI is a member of the Indonesian Profesional Sports (BOPI) under the National Ministry of Youth and Sports.
With 70 registered MMA clubs, KOBI has administrative representation at national, provincial and distric level. One Pride, sanctioned by KOBI and broadcasted on TV One, has made its mark as Indonesia's flagship MMA platform. Its first audition on January 2016 drew 165 competitors, while the third audition on February 2017 attracted as many as 488 competitors, marking significant growth.
1000 MMA athletes in total have been auditioned for One Pride, and KOBI estimates a total of 10,000 MMA participants across Indonesia.
"KOBI believes the MMA competition can play a leading role in forming the physical and spiritual character of nation," said Anindra Ardiansyah Bakrie in Jakarta, Thursday (02/08).
"Therefore, KOBI is comitted to supporting government policies and programmes that harness the social benefit of MMA in Indonesia. Indonesia has a rich history in martial arts, and KOBI intends to build on this strong platform to improve the visibility, acceptance and grass root support that is aimed at fostering a healthy environment for MMA competition nationwide," he continued.
Gosha Malik, IMMSF Member Services Manager, commented: "We are proud to welcome KOBI to the IMMAF family. Its a great enabler for the federation that it is recognised and empowered by the Indonesian Ministry of Sport. This has already helping bring about impresive progress in the development of MMA in the country. I look forward to a fruitfull working relationship."