Shooto, the oldest MMA association in the world, has joined GAMMA.

Shooto was originally founded in 1985 as an organization and fighting system derived from shoot wrestling. Practitioners are referred to as shooters, similar to practitioners of shoot wrestling. Shooto rules have evolved such that their events are now true mixed martial arts competitions. 

Shooto was established as a “new martial art” in 1985 by Satoru Sayama (the original Tiger Mask), a Japanese professional wrestler trained in shoot wrestling, who wished to create a sport that revolved around a realistic and effective fighting system.

Shooto’s first amateur event was held in 1986, and the first professional event took place in 1989. The Shooto organization went on to host the Vale Tudo Japan tournament in the summer of 1994.