KEN MARCHTALER APPOINTED MARTIAL ARTS COMMISSIONER

December 19, 2012 Frankfurt, Germany – The Association For International Sport for All (TAFISA) is pleased to announce that on November 15, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan, the TAFISA Board of Directors appointed Mr. Kenneth Marchtaler to the newly created position of Commissioner for Martial Arts.

Ken was born in Vancouver, Canada. He has studied and taught martial arts for more than 20 years. He holds a 4th Degree Black Belt in Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan Karate and is ranked in several other martial arts as well. He has served as officer/director on a number of non-profit boards, including Chairman of the World Martial Arts Games Committee (WMAGC) and President of the Canadian National Martial Arts Association (CNMAA). He is a regular guest speaker and has made several appearances on radio, international news and television including recent appearances on the ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX networks.

Ken has been involved with TAFISA since 2007, and has contributed openly to a number of TAFISA initiatives.  Through his appointment as Commissioner, Ken hopes to establish a new division of TAFISA that will unite and serve the greater martial arts community which is rapidly growing around the world.   He will serve as Commissioner for Martial Arts until the end of the term of the current Board of Directors October 25, 2013 at which time a reappointment by the newly elected Board of Directors will be necessary.

TAFISA is the leading global Sport for All organization, representing a community of national and international members who are dedicated to bringing health, social interaction, integration and development to communities and citizens around the globe through the promotion of Sport for All and physical activity.  TAFISA is recognized and maintains close partnerships with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Health Organization (WHO), and International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE).   Further information on TAFISA can be found by visiting the TAFISA website at www.tafisa.net .

For more information:

Kelly Park (Ms.)
Director, Business Development & Marketing
TAFISA
Mainzer Landstraße 153
Dienstleistungszentrum
D-60261 Frankfurt am Main
Germany
Ph:  +49 (0) 69 97 39 35 99 00
Fax: +49 (0) 69 97 39 35 99 25
E-mail: park@tafisa.net
Website: www.tafisa.net

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