SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation authorizing the state athletic commission to regulate youth competitions in the martial art of pankration.
Democratic Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla of Concord introduced AB1186 after watching an Internet video featuring elementary school-age children sparring and wrestling. The sport combines skills from karate and jiu-jitsu.
The bill Brown announced signing Thursday places youth competitions under the authority of the athletic commission, which already oversees full-contact boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts for adults.
State officials could set a minimum age for competitors or require having a doctor on site during tournaments.
Some coaches and parents say the sport has been misrepresented as more dangerous than it actually is.
Light-contact karate, tae kwon-do and judo would not be subject to additional state oversight.