Kickboxers from around the world are preparing to converge on Aberdeen to take part in the WKC Aberdeen Open Tournament this month.
The open is set to be one of the largest amateur Sport Karate and kickboxing tournaments in the UK this year, with competitors from across the globe.
All money raised will be going to Scottish charities. It is also hoped it will help raise awareness and public participation within martial arts across Scotland.
Malcolm Evans, president of Scotland’s Kickboxing Team, said: “To be bringing this event to Aberdeen as a charity event means a lot.
“The current economic times are pretty tough, so to know we’ve got close to 1,000 competitors signed up to literally fight to help raise money for charity and the profile of the sport is just fantastic.
“As a former competitor, I know the importance of these events for building the skills of the kickboxing talent in Scotland.
“This is a breeding ground for future world champion kickboxers like the current world champion from Scotland, Dean Sutherland, and UFC fighters like Michael “Venom” Page, Conor McGregor, Paul Craig and Stevie Ray.”
Aberdeen’s Sutherland added: “As a multiple world champion, I know that not only will this event benefit the local community but it will bring on a new generation of talent.”
The WKC Scotland Aberdeen Open is set for April 30 at the Beach Leisure Centre. The 2018 event will take place at the AECC that April.
As well as the annual open, Aberdeen has been announced as the city of choice for the 2020 WKC World Championships.