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1100 Athletes Pre-Registered for Disney’s Martial Arts Festival 2007

October 26, 2007

We’re very happy to announce that almost 1100 athletes are pre-registered to participate in Disney’s Martial Arts Festival 2007, where Blue Snake Books will join forces with Disney’s Wide World of Sports® as an event sponsor. The event takes place at Disney’s Wide World of Sports® Complex in the WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort near Orlando, Florida from October 26-28, 2007. We’re looking forward to greeting participants of all ages and skill levels.

We’re excited to be a part of the action. “This is really a fruition of our goal to bring the philosophy, internal aspects, and multicultural range of martial arts into the mainstream, and we are honored to be part of such a high-principled event,” says Blue Snake Books and North Atlantic Books founder Richard Grossinger.

The list of individual disciplines include—Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu; Breaking; Contemporary Wushu; Koshiki (Continuous Contact Karate); Sports MMA (Mixed Martial Arts); Judo; Olympic Style Tae Kwon do; Puerto Rico ITF Federation Nacional de Taekwon-Do; Open, Traditional, Musical Martial Arts and Point Sparring; Savate Continuous Sparring; Taiji; Traditional Kung Fu—and finals in—Classical Japanese and Okinawan Karate; Filipino Martial Arts; KICK/USA Karate; Sport Grappling, and Sport Jujitsu.

In addition to the competition at the center of the event, Blue Snake Books is excited to announce a feature appearance of author and champion Phillip Starr. He’ll speak on Writing A Martial Arts Book For Publication at the Business Symposium in Milk House Classrooms 1 & 2, to be held Friday, Oct. 26th from 10am to 12 noon.

Copies of his book, The Making of a Butterfly will be available and a book signing will be held following his presentation at the symposium, at the Blue Snake Books Table.

Phillip Starr is founder of Yiliquan kung-fu, an art that merges the three classical Chinese martial arts, which he has practiced for five decades. He also holds a third-grade black belt in Kyokushin karate and is a certified instructor of Pekiti-Tersia Arnis, under Tuhon Leo Gaje. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Yilichuan Martial Arts Association.

In addition, here are some of the upcoming engagements for Mr. Starr. He’ll officiate at the Tiger Claw Elite competition on Friday, Oct. 26th, the Tiger Claw Elite Championships on Saturday, Oct. 27th, and the Kung-Fu Quest competition, which will be conducted on Sunday, Oct. 28th.

We hope to report back, blogging live from the festival next week, where we will be actively seeking submissions of manuscripts from established martial arts teachers who also have a passion for writing. Look for us—Terri Saul, and Allegra Harris—in our bright yellow and blue Blue Snake Books t-shirts.

We’ll be looking for manuscript submissions focusing on all types of authentic martial arts, internal and external. The authors of Blue Snake Books titles are masters in their field, internationally renowned for their teaching and training techniques.

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