TKD Kicks Corona: World’s Largest Global Taekwondo Class Raises Money For Supplies for Front line Workers to fight Coronavirus

On May 2nd, TKD Kicks Corona will hold the largest online Taekwondo class ever to raise money to armor the doctors and nurses on the front lines heroically fighting against Coronavirus. The event is raising money in support of Doctors Without Borders to make sure that the supplies get where they are needed most. On May 2nd TKD practitioners around the world are going to join together to kick Corona.

“Right now, there is nothing more important than making sure that the doctors and nurses fighting for our families have the equipment they need to do their job,” says Master Ali Ghafour, CEO of 20/20 Armor and organizer of the event. “Martial Artists aren’t passive people by nature. We need to take action. We’ve seen our schools close across the globe. But our community still stands tall.  We wanted to give the global Taekwondo community  a chance to fight back against Coronavirus. So we are holding the Largest Taekwondo class in history with the best instructors in the sport to raise money to armor the frontline.”

The class is completely free so that everyone can participate even if they don’t donate.  It’s for people of all experience levels from white belts to black belts and their parents. 

The response from the martial arts community was immediate.  Schools around the globe hurried to enlist their students to join the fight. 

“With our school closed, my students are missing each other and the sense of purpose our community offers,” says Anibal Cruz, owner of US TaeKwonDo Institute in Clermont, FL. “But this event gives my students a reason to come together, not just with each other but the global TKD community and gives these students motivation and purpose for their training. Friends and family of mine are fighting COVID-19 on the front lines without the proper equipment. I’m so happy that we are all joining together to get them the supplies they need. My school is going to give this their all. We challenge you to do the same with yours.”

Volunteer world-class instructors like Yvette Yong, 3x World Military Champion, Tim Thackery – Trainer to Olympians, US Olympian Stephen LambdinJohnny Nyugen, World Poomsae medalist, and World Poomsae Champion Claire Kim offered their expertise without hesitation. 

“This is an amazing opportunity for us to come together on a global scale when we can’t be in the same room together,” says Yvette Yong, one of the most celebrated Taekwondo athletes of her generation.  “At times like this, it’s important to know you’re a part of something greater than yourself and that you aren’t helpless. You can do things to help. I love that we are giving students stuck at home something to look forward to while raising money for this truly important cause. It’s going to be so much fun!” 

 All funds will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. To donate go to: 

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/taekwondo-kicks-corona/

For Media Contact:

Ali Ghafour, Founder and CEO 20/20 Armor

1 (844) 963-2020

Ali@2020armor.com

To learn more and register: 

Go to Tkdkickscorona.com

Watch our promo video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YShM5DiVvg&feature=emb_title

Businesses wishing to sponsor the event can contact info@tkdkickscorona.com

SOURCE 2020 Armor Inc.

About 20/20 Armor

20/20 Armor is a sports technology company that develops martial art scoring equipment and software, transforming martial arts into a mainstream professional sport like soccer. The company’s flagship product tracks impacts through a vest that shows the score on the vest itself using scoring from popular video games. Customers include the largest martial art clubs in the world. Founders & investors of 20/20 Armor are former professional martial art athletes. leAD Sports, founded by the family members of Adidas, is a major investor.

2020 ARMOR ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR A TOTAL OF 2.5 M

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NOVEMBER 7, 2019

TORONTO — 20/20 Armor, the company transforming martial arts into a mainstream professional sport, announced the closing of the third successful investment of $1M round. This round was championed by leAD Sports, the premier sports venture ecosystem inspired by Adi Dassler, founder of Adidas. 

20/20 Armor’s total funding has now reached $2.5 million.  

Ali Ghafour, founder and CEO of 20/20 Armor, said the follow-on investment by leAD gave the company the capital and board members to shape the future of martial arts. 

“We are generating great revenues and have zero product returns. We are growing the overall martial arts market by merging video games into it. In doing so, we are also laying the foundation for a massive future opportunity by creating a professional martial art league for the masses, that anyone can watch and understand,” says Ghafour. “We are very well positioned for this with our team and IP. This funding round will be used to create more inventory to keep up with the overwhelming customer demand.”

20/20 Armor is extremely happy to announce that they are bringing on former race car driver  Harold Primat as a Board Member. Harold is a world-class investor, one of the shareholders for leAD sports, and an avid supporter of 20/20 Armor’s vision. His experience, network, and passion for sports will be a great addition to the board.

Christoph Sonnen, Co-Founder & CEO of leAD Sports, and Partner of ADvantage Sports Tech Fund said he was thrilled about leAD’s investment in 20/20 Armor and listed the reasons.

“It’s a pleasure to work with the 20/20 Armor. Their vision is in line with leAD’s mission to invest in companies that are truly shaping the future of sports,” says Sonnen. “The decades of experience and their passion for martial arts make the 20/20 Armor team unstoppable. They have shown great sales traction and organic growth since their inception three years ago. We’re excited to see what’s in store for them!”

Sonnen said that 20/20 Armor has the potential to become a leader in fan engagement and training enhancements because of the company’s IoT devices and mobile apps with new data points and gaming options, which are unavailable today. 

“The launch of their mobile app is an industry game-changer,” says Sonnen. “Their whole new approach called ‘In-Game Reality’ puts the player inside their very own video game. And they can share this experience with their friends on social media, creating brand awareness and valuable engagement. With this feature, they take another step towards making martial arts become a mainstream phenomenon. This can impact the lives of millions of people that already practice martial arts and millions that are yet to start practicing and will discover the sport because of 20/20 Armor.”

About leAD
leAD, the premier sports venture ecosystem, is inspired by Adi Dassler, the founding father of the modern sports industry. leAD works with the most promising early-stage sports tech startups from around the world, aiming to propel their growth through smart investment, premier network access, and expert mentorship. leAD consists of the leAD SPORT1 Accelerator, targeting pre-seed startups, the leAD Business Builder, focused on the gap between seed and growth, and the Series A ADvantage Sports Tech Fund.

About 20/20 Armor

20/20 Armor is a sports technology company that develops martial art scoring equipment and software, transforming martial arts into a mainstream professional sport like soccer. The company’s flagship product tracks impacts through a vest that shows the score on the vest itself using scoring from popular video games. Customers include the largest martial art clubs in the world. Founders & investors of 20/20 Armor are former professional martial art athletes. leAD Sports, founded by the family members of Adidas is a major investor. 

20/20 Armor’s vision is to be the standard of impact measurement for all martial arts and to be the foundation technology and creators of a new spectator friendly professional martial art league

2020 Armor Announces Funding for a total of $1.2M

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Oct 2018 TORONTO — 20/20 Armor, the company transforming martial arts into a mainstream professional sport, announced the closing of yet another successful investment round by the Adidas family through LeAD Sports.
20/20 Armor’s total funding has now reached $1.2 million.  
In the most recent investment round for the Canadian company 40 percent of funding came from LeAD and 60 percent from customers.
Ali Ghafour, founder and CEO of 20/20 Armor, said the investment by LeAD gave the company the right springboard to shape the future of martial arts.
“The fans are excited and engaged about the 20/20 Armor technology and martial arts,” he said.
The market was reacting very positively with repeat orders, he added.
“We have been able to deliver on our promise to generate more revenue for martial arts club owners and at the same time change the sport globally to make it more spectator friendly,” he said.   
Ralph Riecke of LeAD investment said he was thrilled about LeAD’s investment in 20/20 Armor and listed the reasons.
“The team has a deep background in martial arts, previous startup successes, a big vision and the market to support it,” he said. “And connected athletes in martial arts open up many possibilities.”
Riecke said the company will become a leader in fan engagement and training enhancements because of 20/20 Armor’s IoT devices and mobile apps with new data points and gaming options, which are unavailable today.
“This is why we were one of the first investors and decided to double down in a follow up round,” he added.
 
About LeAD
LeAD, legacy of Adi Dassler, the legendary founder of Adidas, is a global powerhouse for sports tech entrepreneurship and investments. For startups with outstanding ideas leAD’s team of entrepreneurs, experts and international top investors – all with a deep passion for, and strong foothold in, sports – paves the way to the best playing fields in the business.
 
About 20/20 Armor
20/20 Armor is a Canadian sports technology company that develops martial arts scoring equipment and software. The company’s flagship product tracks impacts through a vest that shows the score on the vest itself using scoring systems similar to those in popular video games.
20/20 Armor’s customers include some of North America’s largest martial arts clubs as well as Olympic coaches in the U.S., Canada and around the world.  The founders are former professional martial arts practitioners. Investors include other martial arts professionals and families of major sports brands.
20/20 Armor’s vision is:

  • To be the standard of impact measurement for all martial arts.
  • To become the official scoring system of the Olympics.
  • To transform martial arts into a spectator friendly professional sport.

 
Ali Ghafour, founder and CEO of 20/20 Armor, left, shakes hands with Horst Bente, grandson of Adi Dassler, the founder of Adidas, at the announcement of the investment in Berlin, Germany.