Archive for the ‘Mixed Martial Arts’ Category

Untrained Warrior – High Schooler Injured in Self-Defense Course Gets Her Day in Court (NY)

April 19, 2015

Pierre v. Ramapo Central School District (New York)

A minor high school student was injured while competing as a participant in her school’s self-defense tournament, a voluntary competition open to female students who were enrolled in an elective self-defense class taught by a physical education teacher.  The student filed an action against the school district claiming that the class was actually a mixed martial arts class and alleging that the district was negligent in allowing the class to be instructed by (and the tournament to be refereed by) a person with little martial arts training.

The defendant school district filed a motion for summary judgment, arguing that the doctrine of primary assumption of risk barred the action and that any negligent supervision on its behalf was not the proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injuries.  The Supreme Court initially denied the motion, and the defendant appealed.

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MMA Competition at Gym Results in Death

September 21, 2010

Report from KSDK.com (Missouri)
(The family of 27-year-old man who died following a kickboxing match has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the gym where the match took place.)

The story from ksdk.com reports that the family is alleging that the decedent should not have been allowed to fight because he had been injured a few days earlier in a practice session. The gym owner contends that he had never seen the decedent practice at his facility. The article did not indicate whether or not the decedent had signed any sort of waiver and release document. Assumption of the risk principles will certainly be in play during the litigation.

NOTE: The allegation that an injured participant was allowed to fight despite an injury could potentially impact some highly publicized elimination competitions where participants advance toward a championship, such as on The Ultimate Fighter.