600 to compete at Ho Chi Minh City Int'l Martial Arts Festival

By Hoang Trieu, Thanh Nien News

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Vietnamese and Brazilian martial artists in a picture taken at the 2014 International Martial Arts Festival in South Korea. Photo: Hoang Trieu Vietnamese and Brazilian martial artists in a picture taken at the 2014 International Martial Arts Festival in South Korea. Photo: Hoang Trieu

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A total of 600 martial artists from 15 local delegations and 12 international teams will compete at the Ho Chi Minh City International Martial Arts Festival from April 22-24.
Besides popular martial arts, the event will also introduce less popular ones like Bokator of Cambodia, Luta Livre of the US, BulKempo of Bulgaria, and Arnis of the Philippines.
The event will be held at the Military Zone 7 Stadium, Ton Duc Thang University’s Stadium, and the HCMC Municipal Theatre with activities including martial art performances, seminars and competitions.
Vietnam has never host the annual event before.
Vo Danh Hai, vice president of the World Martial Arts Association, said the festival is an opportunity to promote both the traditional Vovinam martial art and the city as a tourist destination.
On the other hand, local people will learn more about martial arts from other countries, he said.
 

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