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Oriental Martial Arts College is excited to present the 2023 Arnold Battle of Columbus (ABOC) Martial Arts Festival at the Ohio Expo Center's Voinovich Building.

Arnold posing with a group of fans.

Battle of Columbus Martial Arts Festival

The Battle of Columbus was created in 1976 by the Late Supreme Grandmaster Joon Pyo Choi. He dreamed of an event that would offer an opportunity for all martial arts practitioners around the world to compete in a multi-disciplinary martial arts event to explore, test, and compare the skills that they diligently and dedicatedly developed through their training. Furthermore, he envisioned a place in which martial arts leaders from many disciplines and styles could share their common goals in martial arts philosophy, principles, and traditions. The Arnold Battle of Columbus Martial Arts World Games is the realization of that dream.

The three-day Martial Arts Festival will include seminars and workshops led by martial arts experts followed by the Bruce Lee and Legends of Martial Arts Hall of Honor induction banquet on Friday, March 3; main championships for most disciplines and styles will be held on Saturday, March 4; and the Battle will conclude with the Judo Kickboxing championships on Sunday, March 5. 

As is our custom, we will be recognizing the great martial arts pioneers and their successors for their contributions to the development of the world of Martial Arts for Truth, Goodness, and Beauty with the Bruce Lee & Legends of Martial Arts Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony. This Honor is intended to recognize those martial artists and supporters who have dedicated their spirit to the study and betterment of martial arts; if you are or know a martial arts leader who deserves to be recognized and celebrated for their martial arts spirit, please review the requirements and complete the nomination form online.

Prepare yourself for a weekend of exciting and explosive martial arts performances and battles, and we look forward to seeing you at the 2023 Arnold Battle of Columbus Martial Arts World Games!

Competition Disciplines & Styles

  • Taekwondo: Olympic Style Sparring, Sport Poomsae, Open forms, Breaking, Weaponry, and more!
  • Karate: Point Style Sparring, Kyokushin Semi-contact Fighting!, Open Kata, Breaking, Weaponry, and more!
  • Judo Grappling
  • Kungfu / Wushu
  • Tai Chi / Push Hands
  • Wing Chun / Chi Sau
  • Tangsoodo: Continuous Point sparring, Open Forms
  • Filipino Martial Arts
  • Hapkido / Aikido: Sparring, High Fall, Long Fall, Self-Defense
  • Gumdo / Kendo: Padded Weapon Sparring, Paper cutting, Thrown Object, and more
  • Weaponry: By discipline - all non-live edge weapons permitted
  • American Kick Boxing
  • Sambo / Sombo
  • Breaking Challenge: Creative Board Breaking, Power Breaking, Speed Breaking, Long Jump Kicking, High Jump Kicking
  • Team Demonstration: All Disciplines

Join the Battle and become a martial arts legend at the 2023 Battle of Columbus! For full details, schedules, rules, and registration:

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Meetings & Seminars
Friday, Mar 01
Ohio Expo Center
Voinovich Center

Friday, Mar 01
Makoy Center
5462 Center St., Hilliard, Ohio

Martial Arts Festival
Saturday, Mar 02
Ohio Expo Center
Voinovich Center

Sunday, Mar 03
Voinovich Building

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