Mixed Martial Arts Expo - The Original MMA Expo since 2005 – announced that the next major event on its 2011 schedule is June 11 – 12 at the prestigious Vancouver Convention Centre. Now in its seventh year MMA Expo brings Vancouver a high-energy show with the reputation for delivering action-oriented tournaments, interactive exhibits and some of the hottest celebrities in MMA - the fastest growing sport in the world.
MMA Expo founder and president, Gerald Chopik promised that "Between a show floor chock full of demonstrations, seminars and martial arts tournaments, a long list of exhibitors offering MMA apparel, gear, training equipment and nutrition, our gorgeous MMA Expo Hottie models and a growing line-up of MMA celebrities, BC's MMA fans are in for one action-packed MMA weekend."
An action-packed weekend indeed – as it turns out, MMA Expo Vancouver, a popular event in itself, will be held the same weekend as UFC 131, the largest and most successful fight promotion in the sport of MMA.
"We booked the Vancouver Convention Centre some months back, well before UFC 131 Vancouver was officially announced", added Chopik. "The fact that MMA Expo takes place the same weekend means that in addition to attending the UFC's fight night, west-coast MMA fans will have a ton of other things to do and see across the weekend. It's definitely going to be a win-win weekend for MMA fans and we are pumped about MMA Expo contributing to all the action."
Also featured on the MMA Expo Vancouver show floor are four martial arts tournaments held under the umbrella of the West Coast Combat Championships. Round-robin competitions showcase the diverse styles of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, No Gi Grappling, WKC Continuous Sparring and Mixed Martial Arts. Without question it's going to be a very busy weekend for BC martial artists. Access to all tournaments is available to spectators free of charge with general admission to the Expo.
Mixed Martial Arts Expo offers virtually everything for MMA fans as well as for amateur martial arts competitors and pro fighters.
Competition has always been a key part of our MMA Expo weekends and we are proud to announce that the first-ever West Coast Combat Championship will take place in front of thousands of visitors on the show floor of the Vancouver Convention Center. And we would like to invite you to participate.
These four round-robin tournaments are designed to give competitors the opportunity to compete in multiple matches at a great venue.
Round Robin BJJ Gi and No-Gi Grappling divisions with up to 10 matches each on Saturday, June 11th
Round Robin Continuous Sparring and Amateur Mixed Martial Arts divisions with up to 5 matches each on Sunday, June 12th
Round Robin Junior divisions (age 6 to 12) in all categories with up to 3 matches each (as part of the respective divisions)
The majority of our tournaments are aimed at martial artists with 3 years or less experience and are designed to give your students lots of competition experience in front of a large cheering audience. Attractive medals are awarded to all winners.
The BJJ and Grappling tournaments also offer the opportunity for more seasoned martial artists to compete in the Absolute Divisions with Mixed Martial Arts Expo Championship belts awarded to the winners.
All competitors must fill out the registration form and one player card (per division) prior to entering the the pre-egistration or the pay at the door line ups.
MMA Expo has a reputation for hosting well-organized events and we hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to showcase your athletes in all possible divisions.
Any child up to and including age 12 that pre-registers will receive one free parent spectator pass (a $40 value) to be picked up on the day of the tournament.
The Paradise Warrior Retreat announces its line-up for Vancouver event.
Jake Shields, Gilbert Melendez and top legendary MMA coaches
May 23, 2011, The Paradise Warrior Retreat (PWR), the world’s elite company in fantasy MMA camps for the past decade, announced today that its seminar series on the show floor of MMA Expo Vancouver on June 11–12 will feature Jake Shields, Gilbert Melendez and some of the world’s best coaches in MMA; namely Firas Zahabi, Shawn Tomkins and Pat Miletich.
PWR has partnered with the MMA Expo to bring weekend warriors, MMA fans and up and coming fighters a great line up of talent, “I love the fact that we are able to bring fighters like Jake Shields and Gilbert Melendez to Canada where PWR has always had a strong turn out. And where else could get the opportunity to train under some of the most notable coaches in the business?” said Yoram Gazit, founder of PWR.
The PWR camp takes place in an enclosed area on the show floor of MMA Expo at the prestigious Vancouver Convention Center. Participants have the chance to train six hours a day for two days with the championship-level fighters and coaches. These hands-on seminars are designed to accommodate to all levels of experience, from beginners to advance and is also open to spectators. Participants will also have the opportunity for autographs and photographs with fighters and coaches. Participants also receive a Certificate of Seminar Completion signed by all the instructors. Capacity is limited each day.
Whether you are an expert, novice or a mixed martial arts fan, the Paradise Warrior Retreat is giving you a once in a lifetime chance to train and interact with these legendary world champions and their coaches. For registration go to prices and signupsand make your dream come true.