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The Professional Fighters League's 2019 season-ending championship was held on New Year's Eve at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The 2021 championship will be held at a new location to be determined. Photo courtesy of Professional Fighters League.

Professional Fighters League Going Global in 2021

Having decided to be one of the few professional leagues to cancel the 2020 season outright instead of staging a modified version, the Professional Fighters League has already moved toward planning for 2021 and extending its reach internationally. In 2019, the mixed martial arts league featured six weight classes, including a women’s division, with the Continue Reading

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San Antonio Selected for 2020 USA Taekwondo National Championships

San Antonio has been selected to host the 2020 USA Taekwondo National Championships. The event will be staged July 1–7 at Alamodome Stadium and will mark the first time a Texas destination has hosted the annual event since 2015. More than 4,000 athletes are expected to compete. “Bringing the 2020 USATKD Nationals to the seventh Continue Reading

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Orlando Awarded the 2020 USA Taekwondo U.S. Open

USA Taekwondo’s 2020 U.S. Open Championships will be staged in Orlando, Florida, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The event will be held February 27–March 1 and will be designated as a major tournament for all age categories for the first time. “It’s been some time since we have been in Florida, and Continue Reading

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An athlete performs kata moves during a karate test event at Nippon Budokan, a venue for karate at the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo. Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP Images

Karate Steps Into the Spotlight

At a time when MMA-style fighting dominates the martial arts landscape, karate is working to expand its own patch of ground. “The beauty of karate is that it’s a lifetime sport,” said Phil Hampel, CEO of USA Karate, which counts 3,200 members. “It adjusts and adapts.” There’s plenty of evidence of the sport’s adaptability, both Continue Reading

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