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Dragon Roll exhibition roller derby bout

Date Posted: 2012-03-23

The Kokeshi Roller Dolls and Fast Girl University are hosting the Dragon Roll, an exhibition roller derby bout on Saturday at Comprehensive Park Arena in Okinawa City.

Wendy Brandon of the Kokeshi Roller Dolls says Fast Girl University is conducting a roller derby training camp during the weekend for skaters from around the Pacific. The bout will feature a mixture of players from different leagues.

Fast Girl University is run by skaters from Seattle’s Rat City Roller Girls. Guest coaches include Jewanna Brawl, Carmen Getsome, Wile E. Peyote, and Sir Osis. Tickets are $10 or ¥1000 and will be sold at the door. Pre-event ticket sales are also available from Kokeshi Roller Dolls skaters. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Saturday, and the hard-hitting action begins at 6 p.m.

Opening the exhibition will be a mini-bout with Asia’s first junior roller derby skaters from the Kadena Youth Roller Derby Club. Girls from 11-17 years old have been training with Kokeshi Roller Doll instructors since January. A halftime performance will feature the Tenryu Taiko drum group from Uruma City, showcasing eisa dancers and shishi-mai with the beat of taiko drums.

Local food and drink vendors will be located outside the arena; food and drinks are allowed on the second floor only. Shoes are not allowed inside the venue, so please bring a bag to carry them in.

The Dolls adhere to the 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. Kokeshi Roller Dolls have a contact form on their website forthose interested in getting involved, and can be reached by emailing joinKRD@kokeshirollerdolls.com. They are currently recruiting for skaters, coaches, referees, and other non-skating official positions.

For a map to the Comprehensive Park Arena visit www.kokeshirollerdolls.com/about.php. The main entrance for parking is located off Highway 227 through the Torii entrance.

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