East Cape Martial Arts Council elects new committee


Martial arts in the Eastern Cape took another step forward this weekend with the election of a new committee for the Eastern Cape Martial Arts Council (ECMAC), who will oversee the formalisation of martial arts in the province. 

A Combat Sports Bill (CSB) was proposed by the Department of Sport and Recreation in 2010 with the aim of regulating, controlling and supervising combat sports in South Africa. 

The CSB is supported by SASCOC who have assisted in the creation of Martial Arts South Africa, the body that will ultimately implement the CSB.

The ECMAC is the local arm of Martial Arts South Africa.

The meeting held in Port Elizabeth on Saturday was attended by representatives Kick boxing, MMA, Karate, Aikido, Sport Martial Arts and Brazilian Jui Jitsu.

Gerd Hummel, President of the Eastern Cape Martial Arts Council, presented attendees of the meeting with the current Martial Arts South Africa structure and regulations.

The attendees also approved the logo, uniform and colours that will be used by competitors who attain Eastern Cape colours in martial arts.

Gerd stressed that Martial Arts South Africa is the only government authorised organisation governing martial arts and the only organisation that can validate martial arts competitions and award provincial and national colours. 

Events that are not approved by Martial Arts South Africa and their provincial representatives will become illegal when the CSB is passed into law by parliament.

The new Eastern Cape Martial Arts Council consists of Chairman, Gerd Hummel; Vice-Chairman, Siobhan Dooley; Treasurer, Melanie Fuller;  Secretary, Cindy Strydom; Public Relations, Graeme Lund and Technical Director, Caileigh Stapp.

Image: The new ECMAC members, from left to right, Secretary, Cindy Strydom; Treasurer, Melanie Fuller; Chairman, Gerd Hummel; Public Relations, Graeme Lund; Technical Director, Caileigh Stapp, and Vice-Chairman, Siobhan Dooley.