Fun Martial Arts Festival For All On March 2-3

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Grand opening festivities for Babin’s ATA Martial Arts to benefit charity

“This festival is our way of giving back to the community, and we’ll have some martial arts fun too.” -Bill Babin

Babin’s ATA Martial Arts will celebrate its 31st year of operation in the Valley with the Grand Opening of a new facility. To break in the new facility Babin’s Martial Arts will be hosting a fun, family-friendly festival that will feature an exciting Taekwondo tournament, a “Break-a-thon” fundraiser, a scavenger hunt for kids, a thrilling “board break” record attempt, a high-kicking martial arts demonstration, a bounce house and more. All the proceeds will go to benefit Team Pride, a non-profit organization that provides free martial arts instruction to at-risk and disadvantaged children.

“This festival is our way of giving back to the community,” said Bill Babin, owner of Babin’s ATA Martial Arts and 8th degree chief master instructor, “and we’ll have some martial arts fun too.”

The main fundraiser that day will be the Break-a-thon, where many American Taekwondo Association (ATA) students will be breaking boards to raise money for Team Pride. “The breakathon requires students to break 10 boards as fast as they can,” explained Jocelyn Babin, a 4th degree black belt and instructor, “We’ve set a goal for each breaker to collect $50 in pledges, and we hope to raise $5000 for Team Pride.”

The festival will actually start the night before, on March 2, with a Zumba marathon workout session from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. The festivities will continue the next morning at 9:00 A.M. with an exciting all-day long Taekwondo tournament. While the tournament continues, kids will be encouraged to take part in a safety scavenger hunt where they will be instructed to visit businesses in the shopping center and collect important lessons on bike safety, water safety, internet safety and other topics. Once they have collected all the safety lessons, they’ll be able to come back and play in the bounce house.

Also performing on that day will be Chief Master Babin’s demonstration team The Truth. This team of black belts, 8 juniors and 4 adults, is headed for the preliminary round of world competition in Las Vegas on Friday, March 23. The day will also feature an exciting record attempt by Nicolas Babin to break the record held by his father of smashing 99 boars in just under 25 seconds. To take a break from the martial arts action, there will be hot dogs, baked goods, and refreshments for sale.

For the entire schedule of and map to the location, please visit: http://www.billbabin.com/news

For more information, please visit:
William J. Babin                             http://www.billbabin.com
TEAM PRIDE                     http://www.prideforkids.org
American Taekwondo Association: http://www.ataonline.com

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