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India Mixed Martial Arts

The website is reporting that the organizer of a mixed martial arts event has been arrested and 40-50 other people are being charged with ignoring Covid-19 safety regulations in connection with an MMA show held in Bhiwandi, India, Saturday. Authorities said the crowd of more than 100 people were not wearing masks or following social distancing protocols.

The organizer of the event, Salman Momin, said he had invited only 25-30 people to attend the event, which was live-streamed on Youtube. But when nearby online viewers saw the fights taking place, they flocked to the scene and forced their way inside to watch in person.

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To Stay Safe, Martial Artists Must Adapt to Societal Changes

The world is a very different place now than it was just a few months ago. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of our lives and drastically changed the way we interact with other people.

For those of us who are concerned with self-defense, it has also created some very special challenges. If we want to continue to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe during this uncertain time, we need to understand those challenges and adapt accordingly.

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Keys to Conquering COVID

Every martial arts school owner I know is suffering right now — some are in dire straights and some are just "in a pickle." In my 40 years of running a dojo, I've never seen anything like what's happened to our industry since March of this year.

When I started writing this column, we'd just passed the 100-day mark since residents of California were last allowed to provide on-site martial arts instruction, whether at a commercial school, a rec center, a YMCA or any other facility. Fortunately, we just got the "go" signal from our county. Now, businesses like mine can reopen.

The first thing we did was post on our Facebook page: "Classes at the dojo begin this Friday!" That was the easy part. The hard part is ongoing. It entails confronting the fact that because the coronavirus is still with us, we all face unprecedented restrictions that vary according to our state and even our county.

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The state of New Jersey issued an executive order Monday allowing the resumption of indoor sports classified as medium and high-risk during the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes martial arts like judo, karate and taekwondo, which can resume practice with certain restrictions in place.

Indoor contact sports had been allowed since late July but with only limited, non-contact drilling permitted under the state guidelines. Under the new orders normal contact practice is allowed but attendance is limited to 25% of a room's capacity or 25 people, whichever number is lower.