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Magic Mountain holds 'Karate Kid Challenge' May 1

Posted: April 15, 2010 12:34 p.m.
Updated: April 16, 2010 12:28 p.m.
Six Flags Magic Mountain invites kids to bring theirbest martial arts moves from the local dojo out to the park on Saturday, May 1 for the "Karate Kid Challenge."

This one-day karate exhibition contest is happening at 10 Six Flags parks across the nation in anticipation of the June 11 worldwide release of the new movie, "The Karate Kid," starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. Teams will compete for the chance to attend the movie's premier in Los Angeles, meet with the cast and host a private screening for friends.

Teams consisting of a sensei (a teacher with a minimum of 10 years karate training and at least 21 years of age) and one protégé (a student between the ages of 9 and 17) will be showcasing their skills and teamwork in a synchronized karate routine at least 60 seconds but no more than 90 seconds in length. Choreography must follow one of three pre-selected song clips provided on the official website. Remaining true to the literal meaning of the term karate ("open hand"), no props or weapons will be allowed.

The competition will take place at Golden Bear Plaza from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The announcement of the Finalist and Runner-up teams will be in Magic Moments Theater at 6 p.m. Registration is limited to 200 teams and will take place by the ticket booths at the front of the park from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Senseis and students will receive complimentary admission passes for the event. Students are required to have at least one parent on site, due to age restrictions. Parents will receive a discount admission coupon upon completing registration, redeemable for up to two passes priced at just $24.99.

Participants will be judged on demonstrated movements and technique; the degree of difficulty; entertainment value, showmanship, and creativity; and basics, including balance, synchronization, and focus. At the end of the competition, judges will select a winning team and a runner-up at each park. Teams must be present in order to win. All events will be taped and video clips of the 10 winning teams from each Six Flags park will be showcased on Yahoo! on May 18.

The three teams with the most votes across all Six Flags parks will be invited to the premier of "The Karate Kid" in Los Angeles and meet the stars of the movie, where the team with the most votes overall will be announced, winning the grand prize, which includes a private screening of the movie for their friends and family, as well as other Karate Kid prizes.

Forms will be available at the park on the day of the event. The official rules include all of the details pertaining to the contest, prizes and requirements for karate routines and restrictions.

Pumped up after all those flying side-kicks and consecutive hand strikes? Be sure to check out Six Flags Magic Mountain's 16 heart-pounding roller coasters, including X2, Tatsu and Goliath. Meet up with Six Flag's world-famous cast of characters and Mr. Six - the ageless, dancing rater-of-fun who's back and in the park all season long beckoning guests to have More Flags. More Fun.

Six Flags Magic Mountain is now more affordable than ever. Guests can pay for a day and get the whole year free! Purchase a Play Pass and enjoy the entire 2010 season for only $54.99. That's the price of a one-day admission for a year of non-stop thrills with no blackout dates.

Six Flags Magic Mountain is located at 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, north of Los Angeles off Interstate 5 at the Magic Mountain Parkway exit. The Park opens daily at 10:30 a.m.

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Six Flags Media Networks provides the advertising community with comprehensive, multi-platform media opportunities via its media touch points that go far beyond that of traditional advertising. For its local, regional and national advertising partners it offers: Six Flags Television Network, Six Flags Radio, Six Flags Print, Six Flags Outdoor, Six Flags Outdoor Spectacular, Six Flags Attraction Integration, Six Flags Experiential Marketing and Six Flags Online. Six Flags Media Networks is a division of Six Flags, Inc.

About Six Flags, Inc:
Six Flags, Inc. is a publicly-traded corporation headquartered in New York City and is the world's largest regional theme park company with 19 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada.


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