Foreword by the mayor

The hosting of the German championship and sports operations as a whole would be unthinkable without the support of the city of Dortmund. We are therefore particularly honored to continue to cooperate closely with the city of Dortmund. In particular, we would like to thank Lord Mayor Thomas Westphal for his commitment to sports in Dortmund.

Dear Hapkido-in, dear guests,

Welcome to the sports city of Dortmund for the German Hapkido Championships.

Almost 200 athletes will fight here in fair competition with each other for the title fights.

I am particularly pleased that Dortmund is the venue for this event for the first time. Dortmund is of course known as a soccer city, but it also has a lot to offer in other sports and is also very well-positioned in martial arts.

As a major city of neighbors, Dortmund attracts numerous national and international sporting events as a renowned host, which make a major contribution to the livable atmosphere and attractiveness of our city.

I wish all competitors much success and the coaches the confirmation that their important work in the area of young talents is confirmed.

My warm greetings also go to all guests from near and far. I hope that you will experience many good and exciting fights at the highest level during the tournament and that you will also find the time to get to know Dortmund with its many attractions during a stroll through the city.

I would like to thank Mr. Muhammed Kocer for bringing the organization of the German Championship to Dortmund. I would also like to thank the sponsors and partners involved, as well as the many helpers in the background, without whose tireless efforts such a sporting event would not be possible.

It is my wish that the event will help to increase the popularity of Hapkido and to gain a larger following.

With sporty greetings

Thomas Westphal

Lord Mayor of the City of Dortmund

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