GLADIATOR x “Japan Deaf Mixed Martial Arts Championship”

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MMA community leaders from across Japan founded the Japan-Deaf Mixed Martial Arts Championship (Japan-DMC) in 2012 to provide opportunities for hearing-impaired athletes to engage in competition. GLADIATOR supports the cause by hosting two fighters on its September 29th card.

Japan has a disabled population of approximately 6%. While the country is progressive in so many ways, government policies aimed at balancing the treatment of and opportunities for its disabled population were only enacted a mere 20 years ago, and revised to guarantee the “individual livelihood and dignity of people with disabilities” just ten years ago. However, sporting history in Japan has been quite the opposite, attested to by the Paralympics being held in Japan in 1964 and again in 1998. Amid the international sensationalism of disabled athletes wishing to participate in MMA comes news from those who wish to support their efforts.

The Japan-DMC was founded in 2012 and the first world lightweight tournament was held in Osaka on December 1, 2012. The semifinals will be held in Nagoya on March 24, 2013. Meanwhile, GLADIATOR will call attention to the cause and support it with two matches on its next card on September 29th in Tokyo. J-DMC fighter Kawamura Teppei will take on Ken Hamamura in a special MMA match, and in an exhibition match, Minowaman will face J-DMC’s Yoshimoto Kazuyki.

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Along with the bout announcement, GLADIATOR released the Japan-DMC statement of purpose and a list of the organization’s leadership on August 28, 2013. As translated and paraphrased:

In the world, there exist many martial artists who are deaf and thus cannot participate in the competitions geared towards hearing people. They pour energy into training only to be forced to give up the dream; they cannot fight even if they want to because of the current competitions’ limitations.

To take up this issue and allow these fighters to follow their dreams, JAPAN-DMC was established. We will strive to match up future pioneering deaf martial artists so they can practice in their field, and keep the dream alive for many people by equalizing the competition environment and reducing the social barriers for persons with disabilities.

Chief Advisor: Akebono Taro
Advisers: Okuma Yosuke, Yoshitaka Kaieda, Minowaman, Dong-Hyun Kim
Liasion Officer: Shigeru Saeki
JAPAN-DMC Director: Tachikawa Tomoko
JAPAN-DMC accounting: 朝比 Yumi
Medical trainer: Junji Ida
Rules Director: Oniki Takanori (GLADIATOR referees Chief)
Technical Directors: Ken Hamamura, Ono Yuichiro
JAPAN-DMC 1st Chairman of Executive Committee: Sakurai Kazuya

Original release:

JAPAN-DMC発足発表・概要

1)JAPAN-DMCとは

“JAPAN-Deaf Mixed Martial Arts Championship”の頭文字で構成され、「日本 – 聴覚障害者
・総合格闘技大会」を意味します。

世界には、「聴者(耳の聴こえる人=健聴者)」の大会に参戦できない聴覚障害者の格闘家が多く存在します。ルール上の課題によって、スポーツにも壁ができているのが現状で、彼等はエネルギーをトレーニングのみに注ぐか、夢を諦めるか。挑戦したくても挑戦できない社会と戦っています。この問題に対して、私たち・聴覚障害者が自ら大会を興し、各自の夢を追うためにも、JAPAN−DMCを設立致しました。

今後は、聴覚障害者の格闘家が安心して練習できる場を開拓し、多くの方々に夢を持っていただく試合作りに努め、いずれは聴者と試合が行える競技環境につなげ、できる限り健常者と障害者の社会障壁を減らすことが私たちの夢。

また、世界中にいる同じ立場の格闘家、聴覚障害者の子供たちの格闘家としての夢に、希望の光となり道となることが私たちの願いでもあります

2)JAPAN-DMC組織

○最高顧問:曙太郎(第64代横綱/現プロレスラー)
○顧問:大熊洋介(KUMA-GYM代表)、海江田祥孝(新日本武道空手連盟会長)、美濃輪育久(リアルプロレスラー)、キム・ドンヒョン(UFCファイター)
○相談役:佐伯繁(DEEP代表)
○JAPAN-DMC事務局長:太刀川友子
○JAPAN-DMC会計:朝比由美
○メディカルトレーナー:飯田純司(もみじはりきゅう整骨院院長)
○ルールディレクター:鬼木貴典(GLADIATOR審判部長)
○技術指導:濱村健(Honey Trap)、大野雄一郎(マッハ道場)
○JAPAN-DMC第1回大会実行委員長:桜井和也
○協力団体・道場・ジム(順不同)
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