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Richmond Olympic Oval Welcomes the World Again


Less Than a Week to Go to the 1st TAFISA World Martial Arts Games - September 4-7, 2014

RICHMOND, B.C. – In less than one week over 300 competitors from around the globe will compete in the 1st TAFISA World Martial Arts Games inside the Richmond Olympic Oval from September 4-7, 2014.

The competitive portion of the event runs September 5-7 and features martial arts ranging from the exotic – such as Xtreme, Musical, and Chinese Weapons Forms – to the action-packed grapple and point sparring forms. Athletes will compete to earn medals designed by 2010 Olympic Games medal designer Corrine Hunt.

Before the competition begins, however, the games will open with free public participation martial arts demonstrations from 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 4th. Demonstrations will include Taekwondo, Sambo, Hapkido, and Jiu-Jitsu. Here participants can learn the basics of each sport from trained Masters and try their hands at activities such as board breaking.

"The City of Richmond is delighted to host this prestigious international event," said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. "The Richmond Olympic Oval is a world-class venue and we look forward to watching some of the world's best compete and perform here in their chosen martial art.".

Spectators to the competitive events can expect lots of entertainment options, including a beer garden and barbeque open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., musical acts including ‘Jazz Trio’ and ‘Guilty Pleasure’, and a spectacular Plaza Party on September 6th where fans can eat dinner and then mingle with their favourite athletes.

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