World Martial Arts Championship Coming to Toronto

Nathan Skoufis

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A world martial arts championship is coming to Toronto. Nathan Skoufis a lifetime resident of the area, has always wanted to have a world championship event in his home country and province but it always seemed like a dream.

His wish came true, a world championship is confirmed for Toronto. Skoufis is a multiple-time world champion and currently is ranked #1 in the world by NASKA, NASKA is the most prestigious sanctioning body in the world hosting the top events globally. Events include Chicago, Sacramento, Philadelphia, Quebec City, Atlanta, Washington, Orlando, Miami, Myrtle Beach, Minneapolis and now Toronto has been added officially to the schedule for 2019 and 2020.

It will be a unique feeling for Skoufis who will just drive one hour from his home to attend the event and will be able to sleep in his own bed the night before the event. As he always takes a plane to international events. The event has confirmed attendants from countries all over the world, all hoping to claim the title. The event is recognized by the federal government.

Skoufis said “it is a special moment to have a NASKA World Championship here in Ontario and an amazing opportunity for the community. Many of my family members and friends rarely get to see me compete live, as they are so far away. It is usually on T.V. etc. that they are able to watch along”.

Toronto is the final tournament of the NASKA World Championship Season. Skoufis has claimed victories in NASKA, NBL, WAKO, WKA, WKC, NMAC, NAFMA, and IFMA over his career, representing Canada and the community. The Toronto event is one a young Skoufis first attended in 2005, long before it was recognized as a world championship. The event was in the early years of his competition career. That has now spanned for nearly 2 decades and traveled to compete globally. Martial Arts Styles present at the world championship event will include: karate, kickboxing, kung fu, boxing, and tae kwon do. 

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