The Tampa-based mixed martial arts promotion, Art of Fighting, will host an inaugural MMA expo at the Florida State Fair this Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"We wanted to bring something to MMA fans in Florida that will help grow the sport in our state and reward loyal fans with a great experience." said AOF President Nathan Smith.
Access to the MMA expo is free with the purchase of a ticket to the fair. On the agenda will be live demonstrations of MMA techniques that include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, boxing, Kickboxing, wrestling and more. In addition there will be MMA seminars that offer the opportunity to participate and experience the sport firsthand. MMA merchandise will also be available for purchase. The icing on the cake, however, will be free autograph sessions with professional MMA fighters.
"This expo is going to be a lot of fun for kids and maybe even more fun for adults who have been following the sport for years," said Smith.
Since the Florida State Fair attracts about 500 thousand visitors annually, the addition of an MMA expo is expected to increase that number significantly. Moreover, it will give people who have never been exposed to the sport before an opportunity to learn about it in a family-friendly environment.
In light of the fact that many martial arts schools in Tampa have begun to add MMA classes for kids and adults to their curriculums it makes perfect sense to add MMA-related events to mainstream events like the Florida State Fair in order to clear up common misperceptions about the sport.
While many people tend to believe that MMA training is the equivalent of the professional MMA fights they watch on TV, this is simply not true. Instead, the combination of several martial arts in a workout program actually results in a very healthy exercise routine.
AOF will also host a professional MMA fight card, AOF 11, at the Florida State Fair Entertainment Hall immediately following the expo on Saturday with ten bouts scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Florida State Fair for $30 or online.