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Kokeshi Roller Dolls stage Knocktoberfest

Date Posted: 2011-10-21

The Kokeshi Roller Dolls are introducing roller derby sports entertainment to the Okinawa community with a “Knocktoberfest” exhibition tomorrow.

The debut season launches at Comprehensive Park Arena, with doors open at 5 p.m., and the hard-hitting action starting at 6 p.m.

Two teams will go toestop to toestop on the track with fast Jammers lapping through the pack of Blockers in an intense bout with hard hits, whips, and fast skating action you don’t want to miss. Tickets are $10 or ¥1000, and will be sold at the door.

“Bring extra cash and snag some KRD merchandise including T-shirts, water bottles, koozies, tote bags, and stickers,” says Wendon Brandon of the Kokeshi Roller Dolls. Brandon, who skates by the name Cherry adds that “Local food and drink vendors will be located outside the arena, and food and drinks are allowed on the second floor only.” She also explains that shoes are not allowed inside the venue, so spectators should bring a bag to carry them inside.

The Dolls have been training since last October to bring roller derby, one of the fastest growing sports in the world, to Japan. It’s the only contact sport dominated by women. KRD uses rules developed by the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). The skater-owned, skater-run league is made up of over 60 players, coaches, non-skating officials, and referees.

For a map to the Comprehensive Park Arena visit www.kokeshirollerdolls.com/bout.pdf The main entrance for parking is located off 227 through the Torii entrance. Brendon’s encouraging all sports fans to “Come out and support Okinawa’s first roller derby league,” and promises “we’ll offer the best in sports entertainment!

The 2011-12 season schedule is available at www.kokeshirollerdolls.com.

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