Requires only the registration of individual members who participate in WushuOntario events;
Requires the club to provide validation of independent Insurance Coverage prior to acceptance as participant club that meets or exceeds WushuOntario minimum coverage standards;
Requires participant club to complete membership contract that acknowledges that their coaches are independently certified and conform to coaching standards different to that of WushuOntario certified programming.
Each new participant in Member Club programs must be enrolled online with WushuOntario prior to the commencement of their activities;
All new registered members should be acknowledged to the benefits of membership and the membership policy of WushuOntario;
Administrative staff, coaches and caregivers must meet all standards of WushuOntario which include:
First Aid Training and Certification every 2 years;
Enhanced Background Check (Vulnerable Sector Check) every 2 years;
Commitment to WushuOntario Coaching Certification Program for Coaches;
WushuOntario is committed to helping Club owners offer the most efficient and professional programs to their members and as Full Member Clubs, the PSO supports offers it’s resources to aid in achieving these goals.
WushuOntario is a designated Provincial Sports Organization recognized by the Ontario Government to oversee sanctioning protocol in combative sport pertaining to Sanda Free Fighting.
As defined in the WushuOntario Sport Recognition Policy, a legal amateur combative sport contest will display the official Ontario logo on all contest advertising along with this wording: “THIS CONTEST IS SANCTIONED BY AN ORGANIZATION OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED BY THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO.”
In sanctioning events, WushuOntario emphasizes diligence in several key areas:
Safety and Protocol
Equipment and Staffing
Quality and Professionalism
Potential Hosts or Event Producers may apply for sanctioning in one of two ways:
WushuOntario Club Organizers:
Reserved for WushuOntario Full Member Clubs;
Club organizers have first priority in selected dates and venues;
Access to event assistance and profit sharing programs to ensure viability of events;
WushuOntario provides full equipment and logistical support;
Club organizers take on role of event coordinators and are exposed to minimal financial risks in operating events;
Independent Event Organizers and Promoters:
Event Organizers submit applications and pay a sanctioning fee to obtain the rights to host an event;
WushuOntario sanctioning policy must be followed in its entirety;
Upon payment of sanctioning fees and associated event fees the Event Organizer assumes all financial risks to their event;
Associated fee include but are not limited to equipment rentals, set up, officiating, transportation, medical staffing, awards etc.;
All fees are clearly laid and understood prior to approval or signing of any sanctioning contract;
WushuOntario provides marketing and participation support via it’s network of members;
Event dates and types are arranged as to support all sanctioned events without conflicts of interest;
All revenue and admissions are maintained and the responsibility of the event organizer;
Sponsorships must be approved and within the guidelines of the WushuOntario sponsorship policy;
Through an Order in Council, the Government of Ontario has designated 11 amateur sports in which contests are now legal if held with the permission of a government-recognized Provincial Sport Organization (PSO).
A PSO is a not-for-profit organization recognized by the Ministry as the governing body of a particular amateur sport in Ontario. The primary function of a PSO is the development of athletes, coaches and officials. A PSO must be recognized in accordance with the provincial Sport Recognition Policy. Currently there are 9 government-recognized PSOs in Ontario for combative sports.
Contests in sports that are not sanctioned by a provincially-recognized PSO are deemed illegal.
Definition of a Contest
When sanctioning contests, PSOs must adhere to the definition of a contest and all requirements as detailed in the Sport Recognition Policy.
If a contest meets the definition of a prize fight, it must be sanctioned by the recognized PSO.
As per the Canadian Criminal Code section 83 (2), “In this section, prize fight means an encounter or fight with fists, hands or feet between two persons who have met for that purpose by previous arrangement made by or for them.”
Hosting a Combative Sport Contest
To host a contest in an exempt amateur combative sport, the associated recognized PSO must sanction the contest.
The government has authorized nine PSOs as the recognized sport bodies to sanction contests.
A contest NOT authorized by a recognized PSO in an exempt amateur combative sport could be deemed illegal and subject to prosecution.
Amateur Mixed Martial Arts
Contests in Amateur Mixed Martial Arts (AMMA) will remain illegal until the sport is added to the list of exempt sports and there is a recognized PSO for AMMA.
Currently there is no international sport federation for the sport of AMMA that is endorsed by the Global Association of International Sport Federations (formerly Sport Accord) or the International Olympic Committee. Therefore, when the Order in Council (OIC) was created, the sport of AMMA was omitted from the list since there would be no organization designated to sanction amateur contests.
Enforcement of the Canadian Criminal Code is handled by provincial or municipal police services.
Competing in an Amateur Combative Sport
The Order in Council only applies to amateur combative sports contests that contravene the Federal Criminal Code and does not apply to participation in training or fitness activities.
For a list of sanctioned amateur combative sport contests:
Health and Safety Standards for Amateur Combative Sport
Before participating in an amateur combative sport, it is important to be informed about the health and safety practices at the training facilities or tournament venues. This includes obtaining information about first aid response and insurance policies that disclose how injuries are handled and the responsibilities of tournament or practice facility owners.