Senator Runciman: View that Pro Kickboxing Can’t Be Legal “Defies Logic”.

Last year I highlighted BC’s position that professional kickboxing and muay thai events are not allowed under the updated Section 83 of the Criminal Code.  The Senator that drafted the law responded disagreeing with the Province’s narrow interpretation of the law. Senator Runciman has since taken a stronger stance stating that BC’s interpretation of the law he … More Senator Runciman: View that Pro Kickboxing Can’t Be Legal “Defies Logic”.

Now That We’re Done Celebrating Bill S-209, Time to Get To Work

There was much celebration in the Canadian MMA Community yesterday with the passing of Bill S-209.  Now that MMA has a legal framework in Canada it is time for stakeholders to get to work with Provincial politicians. As discussed yesterday, Bill S-209 does not in and of itself make MMA legal across Canada, it allows … More Now That We’re Done Celebrating Bill S-209, Time to Get To Work

Minister of Justice’s Office to Review Concerns Regarding Bill S-209 and Amateur Martial Arts/MMA

A brief update for those of you who have been following my concerns regarding Bill S-209 potentially criminalizing currently lawful amateur martial arts contests. As previously reported, BC’s Minister of Sport has responded to my concerns and is aware that appropriate Provincial legislation will need to be introduced if/when Bill S-209 passes.  I am pleased to report … More Minister of Justice’s Office to Review Concerns Regarding Bill S-209 and Amateur Martial Arts/MMA

Canadian Bill S-209 Moving Closer to Becoming Law

I have been tracking the progress of Senate bill S-209 which will formally legalize regulated MMA in Canada.  It has now passed the Committee Stage and passed Third Reading on June 22, 2012 making the Bill very close to becoming law. The Bill has remained intact in its initial form with only one minor variation changing … More Canadian Bill S-209 Moving Closer to Becoming Law

Does Bill S-209 Criminlize Amateur MMA / Martial Arts Bouts in BC?

I’ve recently written about the Federal Government’s effort to modernize the Criminal Code to permit MMA and other Striking Sports to become lawful. While this amendment will allow the sport to be properly regulated on a Professional level, review of the legislation appears to create a potential gap on the amateur side. The reason being … More Does Bill S-209 Criminlize Amateur MMA / Martial Arts Bouts in BC?

Canada Looking to Formally Decriminalize Mixed Martial Arts

Despite a relatively long history of hosting professional MMA bouts, inlcuding several high profile UFC contests, professional MMA bouts presently are illegal in Canada.  This is so due to the outdated language of section 83 of Canada’s Criminal Code which makes it an offence to engage in a “prize fight” except in limited circumstances. Currently Section 83 … More Canada Looking to Formally Decriminalize Mixed Martial Arts