The 2011 West Coast Open International Martial Arts Championships will be hosted on Saturday and Sunday, October 1-2 at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall in Tacoma, Washington. The cost of admission is $5. Children 5 and under are free.
This year’s event will surely be very exciting and unique as they have added seminars with WKF world kata champion Antonio Diaz and two time WKF world kumite champion George Kotaka. Karate-ka of all ages and abilities will have a rare opportunity to train with the world’s best!
After the competition and seminars on Saturday evening there will be a welcome and awards dinner at the Tacoma Dome Best Western Hotel with Antonio Diaz and George Kotaka signing autographs. Sensei Diaz will also perform a kata for the dinner group. Everyone is invited to attend. The cost of the dinner is $25 per person.
The major sponsors of the event are the Tacoma Pierce County Sports Commission, Washington State Karate-do Federation, Best Western Tacoma Dome Hotel, KarateTMaster, and Washington Karate Association – Lakewood Dojo (www.LakewoodDojo.com). If you would like to be a sponsor or advertiser see: http://westcoastopen2011.com/sponsors.
All competitors, officials and volunteers are welcome to participate in this goodwill event. Online registration is available at: www.karatetmaster.com Modified WKF / USANKF rules will be used. For more information please see the website at: www.westcoastopen2011.com; Email questions to: [email protected]; or call Sensei Chuck Sweigart 253-224-8772.
National Karate Champions who train locally and are expected to compete include:
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Kaitlyn Van Mannen age 15; Kendra Sweigart age 20; Matt Hillyer age 7 (3 time national champion); Meg Rainer age 12; Nicholas Boelk age 16; Zoe Rose age 8 (3 time national champion).
Also several members of the USA National Jr. Karate Team are expected to participate.
This is not a Mixed Martial Arts event. It is a highly regulated sports karate event with rules on judging and how to score points. The youngest age group is 5 years old and is fun to watch. The majority of the competition will be in the k-12 age group. Here is a video of an 8 year old to give you an idea of how talented these kids are:
If this event is a success, the Tacoma Pierce County Sports Commission will bid on the 2014 USA National Karate Championships which is held over 4 days please see USANKF.org. The 2011 event was held in Arlington, TX and drew over 2,500 competitors. This event brings in several million dollars of revenue to the local economy. Please come to this Tacoma Dome event so there is a better chance of bringing the USA National Karate Championships to Tacoma.