Sunday, August 20, 2017

Yekaterinburg sports teams march in Great Victory Parade

The Sverdlovsk regional branch of the Russian Union of Martial Arts and Youth Sports Schools rallied on May 9 to participate in the celebrations surrounding the anniversary of Russia's victory in World War II, the Great Patriotic War.

More than 1,000 athletes marched in a column behind the military procession from Palace Square to 1905 Square. This year marks the fifth year that the Yekaterinburg parade was attended by local athletes, with 28 different youth sports schools, federations and members of the Union of Martial Arts participating in the festivities, according to Mir66.

The procession included many different sports federations that were seen waving banners and flags in the parade. Among the sports represented were aikido, traditional karate, taekwondo, Thai boxing, army unarmed combat, kekushinkay, jiu-jitsu, greplinga, kudo, armwrestling and kendo. Also seen at the parade were the Marines of the Russian Union, the Union of Afghan Veterans, the Patriot Club, and numerous other patriotic sports clubs and organizations.

The procession also included demonstrations of martial arts, including displays by masters of jiu-jitsu, Thai boxing and the martial art of kobudo, which involves the quick manipulation of various weapons and objects, Mir66 reports.