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Thunder Bay Martial Arts Council

Thunder Bay Martial Arts Council - Good Citizen Award 2015In 2001, representatives from the various martial arts groups in Thunder Bay did something unique.  They formed the Martial Arts Council – the world’s first community-based organization of martial arts disciplines, dedicated to promote the benefits of martial arts in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario.  At city council and in the provincial and federal legislatures, Thunder Bay was declared “The Martial Arts Capital of Canada”.  The encouragement of local groups of all ages and abilities has led to Thunder Bay having one of Canada’s highest rates of participation in martial arts per capita.  As well as the health benefits, there have been tourism and economic impacts related to the many martial arts events held in the city over the past 15 years.  The Martial Arts Council avidly supported the construction of the popular Tai Chi Park and Moon Gate at the waterfront – visible reminders that Thunder Bay is active as “The Martial Arts Capital of Canada”.