Regional Karate Tournament in Tazewell Expected to Draw Hundreds

November 21, 2019: Regional Karate Tournament in Tazewell Expected to Draw Hundreds



More than 300 people from a five-state region are anticipated at Tazewell High School on April 4, 2020 for the 9th Annual Grandmaster Roy Richmond Legacy Tournament. Registration is now open.

Tazewell, Virginia — November 21, 2019 ​— Oh Do Kwon Tae Kwon Dosm – Tazewell Tae Kwon Dosm  will present the  9th annual Grandmaster Roy Richmond Legacy Tournament on April 4, 2020.  The tournament is part of the Alliance series of open martial arts tournaments. This local tournament is being hosted  in Tazewell, Virginia and held at Tazewell High School.

“In past years, we have had about 300 participants and numerous martial arts schools represented at the tournament from throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and this year New York and Texas,” said tournament owner Keshia Richmond, who inherited Oh Do Kwon Tae Kwon Dosm and Tazewell Tae Kwon Dosm from her father Grandmaster Roy Richmond who founded the Tazewell, Virginia-based dojo in 2005.

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“It marks the beginning of the martial arts tournament season for the Alliance series, so we anticipate competitors will be highly enthusiastic to secure their rankings for the 2020 tournament season.”

Competitive divisions include kata (forms), weapons kata, kumite and sparring. New this year will be a jujitsu-grappling division. Children from age 5 through senior adults will compete in appropriate age divisions.

Richmond is working with three grandmasters with a combined 120 years of experience in Tae Kwon Do and other martial arts disciplines to organize the event. Two of those grandmasters are her family, were born and raised in Bluefield, West Virginia and are eager to return to the area to give back.  “I’m from a martial arts family.  My father, Grandmaster Roy Richmond loved his family and had a high level of respect for these grandmasters.  They are also my cousins and what makes them unique is their diverse military martial arts training and Olympic experience.”  Just who are these grandmasters?  Richmond will announce them soon.

Registration for the tournament is under way. Awards for top division finishers and Grand Champion will be awarded throughout the day. There will be a $5 charge for spectators.

“It’s an excellent opportunity to see a variety of karate styles and premier competitors from both the local area and from the multi-state region,” said Richmond. “Come out, see the best, and then decide if you’d like to learn karate yourself.”

The 2020 Grandmaster Roy Richmond Legacy Tournament will take place April 4, 2020. For more information, please visit​.


  Press Contacts: Keshia Richmond 276-235-7334