HONOLULU (AP) - Mixed martial arts in Hawaii could be legally redefined as a full-contact sport in which the objective is to physically damage the opponent. The change would mean other disciplines that use striking can be held to the same safety requirements as mixed martial arts.
A state House committee is scheduled to consider the change on Wednesday.
Under current law, contestants in kickboxing, pankration, muay tai and extreme martial arts matches don't need to submit blood work, and licensed physicians, referees, judges and ambulances don't need to be present at matches. To protect contestants, the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs would like to see those disciplines regulated the same way as mixed martial arts.