Martial Arts Festival

With more than 3,000 men, women, and youth expected to compete in 20 martial arts disciplines, the 22nd Annual Arnold Martial Arts Festival is the largest martial arts event in the Midwest.

The 2017 Arnold Martial Arts Festival will be held March 3-5, 2017 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center’s Union Station Ballroom.

“It’s an honor to direct the Arnold Martial Arts Festival and Combative Sports,” said Terrence ‘Tokey’ Hill, a six-time national karate champion and national coach for USA Karate.  “Martial arts students across the country will have a chance to showcase their skills in a major event and learn from some the best in the world.

Many disciplines are sanctioned by the national governing bodies for Olympic Sports. “We annually welcome representatives from USA Judo and USA Karate."

The Columbus Rotary will join with the Arnold Sports Festival in giving away two $2,500 scholarships to the top boxing and martial arts performer to be used towards college or athletic training!

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award
The Arnold Martial Arts Festival annually presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to an outstanding individual whose contributions have exemplified teamwork, overcoming insurmountable odds, upholding the spirit of competition, and the giving of oneself both professionally and civically.  The 2017 recipient will be announced soon.

2017 EVENT & ATHLETE SCHEDULE

Friday, March 3

3 p.m. – 8 p.m. 
Registration 
C120

Saturday, March 4

7-10 a.m. 
Registration 
C120 

10 a.m. 
Opening Ceremonies 

10 a.m. First Call For: 

The Arnold Strong Division (Special Needs) 
Breaking 
Capoeira 
Chinese Martial Arts 
Karate Traditional 
Kettlebell 
Kickboxing 
Sanshou 
Sambo 
USA Tae Kwon Do / Olympic Style 
Team Martial Arts 
Creative Forms 
Padded Weapons

Sunday, March 5

7-10 a.m. 
Registration 
C120 

10 a.m. 
Opening Ceremonies 

10am 1st Call For: 
Grappling / Jiu Jitsu No-Gi 
Karate Open 
Kali
Muay Thai 
Point MMA 
Judo