First TAFISA World Martial Arts Festival to be presented during Russia is a Sports Nation forum in the Ulyanovsk region

The international forum will take place at several venues from 10 to 12 October.


It is planned that Ju-Ho Chang, President of the Sport for All international organization, will participate in the TAFISA festival presentation, which will be organized at Sobornaya Square on 11 October. He will also make a speech at a plenary session of Russia is a Sports Nation forum regarding development of mass sport through the example of the first world festival of martial arts.

“The Ulyanovsk region has well-developed single combats and is improving facilities and resources for them. This is the reason why our region will be  holding the first TAFISA World Martial Arts Festival. For us it is important to  actively present this important international sports event that will bring together not only the strongest masters of single combats from around the world but also various athletes. Today we are developing a concept of the festival; there is also a campaign for creation and selection of mascots and slogans for the festival. Results of the voting will be announced at Russia is a Sports Nation forum, the main sports event of the country, on 11 October”, – commented Alexander Smekalin, Prime Minister of the Ulyanovsk region, Chairman of the  TAFISA organizing committee.

Programme of the festival presentation will include exhibition performances of athletes from martial arts federations, as well as awarding of athletes and winners of the competition on the best mascot and slogan for the festival. Registration of volunteers will start on this day.

“Works of participants of the competition on the best mascot and slogan for the festival must be submitted to the organizing committee until 29 September. It will have three stages and will take place in the Ulyanovsk region. During the first stage, participants submit applications, design projects of mascots and slogans. The second stage includes selection and online voting at the information portal. Then winners will become guests of honor during the event. The prizes will include a trip to Japan and training in a foreign language school”, - said Natalya Aksyonova, a specialist of ANO "Ulkongress", the curator of the First TAFISA World Festival in the Ulyanovsk region.

During presentation of the festival, it is planned to hold an organizing committee meeting with Ju-Ho Chang, President of the Sport for All international organization, and Ramil Gabbasov, Executive Director of the Russian Union of Martial Arts. Exhibition of the TAFISA forum's business programme and preliminary programme of the festival will become one of the main issues for discussion; thematic platforms will be specified. Official festival invitations have been sent to Steven Frederic Seagal (special representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation regarding the Russian-American humanitarian ties and a master of martial arts), International Zurkhaneh Sports Federation (Iran), International Federation of Muaythai Amateur, World Silambam Federation (India), and many other international federations and athletes from around the world.

As a reference

The mascot and slogan competition for the first festival of martial arts takes place until 11 October, 2018. Applications and design projects should be sent to You can find additional information at the website of the Ministry of Physical Training and Sports of the Ulyanovsk region: