AB 1186, as amended, Bonilla. State Athletic Commission.
Under existing law, the State Athletic Commission Act, the State Athletic Commission has jurisdiction over all professional and amateur boxing, professional and amateur kickboxing, all forms and combinations of forms of full contact martial arts contests, including mixed martial arts, and matches or exhibitions conducted, held, or given within this state. Existing law prohibits an event from taking place without the prior approval of the commission. Existing law prohibits a person from engaging in the promotion of, or from participating in, a boxing or martial arts contest, match, or exhibition without a license, except as specified. Existing law
begin delete states thatend delete protection of the public begin delete shallend delete be the highest priority for the commission.
begin delete definesend delete “martial arts” begin delete to includeend delete any combination of full contact martial arts including mixed martial arts and defines “full contact” as the use of full unrestrained physical force in a martial arts contest. Under existing law, a “contest” is where full or partial contact is used or intended that may result or is intended to result in physical harm to the opponent. Under existing law, opponents are not required to use their best efforts in any exhibition or sparring match.
This bill would delete that provision relating to best efforts and would specify that a contest
begin delete includesend delete a professional or amateur contest where full contact is used or intended begin delete toend delete result in physical harm to the opponent. The bill would provide that an amateur contest includes a contest where full contact is used, even if unintentionally. The bill would define the term “full contact” to mean the use of begin delete full unrestrainedend delete physical force in a martial arts contest that may result or is intended to result in physical harm to the opponent.
Existing law authorizes the commission to license professional and amateur martial arts fighters. Existing law prohibits a person under 18 years of age from participating as a contestant in any contest or match or exhibition, except that any person 16 years of age or over may be licensed as an amateur and may participate in an amateur contest or match.
This bill would
begin delete insteadend delete prohibit a person under 18 years of age from participating as a contestant in any professional contest or match or begin delete exhibition andend delete
authorize any person, irrespective of age, to participate in an amateur contest, match, or exhibition subject to that licensure authorization. The bill would specify that the commission has jurisdiction over all forms and begin delete conditionsend delete of forms of full contact martial arts contests involving participants 18 years of age or younger.
Existing law authorizes the commission to appoint an advisory committee to advise the commission on martial arts. Existing law requires the advisory committee to be composed of members with prior specified experience with kickboxing or full-contact martial arts events.
This bill would require the commission to establish
begin delete aend delete pankration subcommittee, consisting of 3 commission members, to investigate the rules and conduct of contests involving or claiming to involve pankration by persons under 18 years of age, or any style deemed by the subcommittee to be sufficiently similar thereto. The bill would require the subcommittee to meet and examine specified matters, including, but not limited to, participant safety in pankration contests and whether legislation should be enacted to impose age-based restrictions on those contest participants. begin delete Theend delete bill would require the subcommittee to make recommendations to the commission regarding any begin delete administrative actions or
statutoryend delete changes to be enacted that may be necessary to improve its regulation and oversight of pankration contests.
This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program:
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The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 18625 of the Business and Professions
2Code is amended to read:
(a) As described in the specific provisions of the act,
2whether referring to a professional or amateur contest or match,
3the terms “contest” and “match” are synonymous, may be used
4interchangeably, include boxing, kickboxing, and martial arts
5exhibitions, and mean a fight, prizefight, boxing contest, pugilistic
6contest, kickboxing contest, martial arts contest, or sparring match,
7between two or more persons, where full contact is used or intended
8that may result or is intended to result in physical harm to the
10 (b) (1) An amateur contest or match includes a contest or match
11where full contact is used, even if unintentionally.
12(2) An amateur contest or match does not include light contact
13karate, tae kwon do, judo, or any other light contact martial arts
14as approved by the commission and recognized by the International
15Olympic Committee as an Olympic sport.
Section 18627 of the Business and Professions Code
17 is amended to read:
(a) “Martial arts” means any form of karate, kung fu,
19tae kwon do, kickboxing or any combination of full contact martial
20arts, including mixed martial arts, or self-defense conducted on a
21full contact basis where a weapon is not used.
22(b) “Kickboxing” means any form of boxing in which blows
23are delivered with the hand and any part of the leg below the hip,
24including the foot.
25(c) “Full contact” means the use of
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26force in a martial arts contest that may result or is intended to result
27in physical harm to the opponent, including any contact that does
28not meet the definition of light contact or noncontact.
29(d) “Light contact” means the use of controlled martial arts
30techniques whereby no contact to the face is permitted and no
31contact is permitted which may result or is intended to result in
32physical harm to the opponent.
33(e) “Noncontact” means that no contact occurs between either
(a) This chapter applies to all amateur boxing,
38wrestling, and full contact martial arts contests.
39(b) The commission may, however, authorize
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40 nonprofit boxing, wrestling, or martial arts
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P5 1 upon approval of its bylaws, to administer
2its rules for amateur boxing, wrestling, and full contact martial
3arts contests, and may, therefore, waive direct commission
4application of laws and rules, including licensure, subject to the
5commission’s affirmative finding that the standards and
6enforcement of similar rules by
begin delete thatend delete club or organization meet
7or exceed the safety and fairness standards of the commission. The
8commission shall review the performance of any such club or
10(c) Every contest subject to this section shall be preceded by a
11physical examination, specified by the commission, of every
12contestant. A physician shall be in attendance at the
13contest. There shall be a medical insurance program satisfactory
14to the commission provided by
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15in effect covering all contestants. The commission shall review
16compliance with these requirements.
17(d) Any club or organization which conducts, holds, or gives
18amateur contests pursuant to this section, which collects money
19for the event, shall furnish a written financial report of receipts
20and disbursements within 90 days of the event.
21(e) The commission has the right to have present without charge
22or restriction such representatives as are necessary to obtain
23compliance with this section.
24(f) The commission may require any additional notices and
25reports it deems necessary to enforce the provisions of this section.
Section 18702 of the Business and Professions Code
28 is amended to read:
(a) No person under 18 years of age shall participate
30as a contestant in any professional contest or match or exhibition.
31(b) Any person, irrespective of age, may participate in an amateur contest, match, or exhibition subject to Section 18642.
34(c) Consistent with Section 18640, the commission shall have
35jurisdiction over all forms and combinations of forms of full contact
36martial arts contests involving participants 18 years of age or
Section 18770 is added to the Business and Professions
40Code, to read:
(a) (1) The commission shall establish
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2 pankration subcommittee to investigate the rules and conduct of
3contests involving or claiming to involve pankration by persons
4under 18 years of age, or any style deemed by the subcommittee
5to be sufficiently similar thereto.
6(2) The pankration subcommittee shall consist of three members
7of the commission.
8(b) The subcommittee shall meet and examine the following
9matters, including, but not limited to:
10(1) In general, the legality and safety of the contests described
11in subdivision (a).
12(2) Whether or not legislation should be enacted to impose
13age-based requirements or restrictions, which may include a
14prohibition on participants engaging in the contests described in
16(3) Appropriate safety precautions for persons under 18 years
17of age engaging in the contests described in subdivision (a).
begin deleteThe end deletesubcommittee shall make
19recommendations to the commission regarding any
begin delete administrative changes to be enacted that may be
20actions or statutoryend delete
21necessary to improve
begin delete itsend delete regulation and oversight
22of the contests described in subdivision (a) in order to adequately
This act is an urgency statute necessary for the
35immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within
36the meaning of Article IV of the Constitution and shall go into
37immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
P7 1In order to make needed changes to the State Athletic
2Commission Act as soon as possible, it is necessary that this act
3take effect immediately.