International Vale Tudo Council (IVCouncil)
was created for the purpose of regulating Vale Tudo (Mixed Martial
Arts, No Hold Barred, Pankration, etc.) competitions around the world.
Due to the great developments of this sport worldwide, we felt it was
time to create a sanction body for the regulation and positive
development of this exciting new sport, the sport of the new millennium.
With this in mind, the IVCouncil was born in São Paulo, Brasil,
July 30, 1999. The council representatives present were Sergio
Batarelli/IVC (Brazil), Koichi Kawasaki/Pride (Japan), Miguel
Iturrate /HOOKnSHOOT (USA), Stephane Cabrera /WKN (France),
and respected journalist, actor and teacher of kickboxing, Stephen
Quadros (USA). The first meeting was important in that it made
official that the new organization will move forward toward the
enlargement of the sport. Of primary concern is the fighters'
interests, as well as the trainers and promoters. All three elements are
key and vital for the growth of our sport. Once we establish Vale
Tudo, or NHB as it is known in the United States, as a truly
professional and regulated sport it can finally win the respect and
acceptance of the general the public (much like boxing, football, tennis,
etc.), as well as establishing credibility and gaining approval with the
political authorities, and finally opening doors to sponsorships and
corporate endorsements for our athletes. In short, our goal is that the
sport of Vale Tudo be recognized as the sport of the new millennium.
We believe that only through unity can this objective be realized.