The Grand Internationals 8-11 October 2020 Compete on the beach - Portimão, Portugal


The Grand Internationals beach stage. 2 men sparring.

The Grand Internationals - A World Level Open Martial Arts Tournament and Seminar Event, 8-11 October 2020 held outdoors on the famous beach of Praia da Rocha in Portimão, Portugal. The most prestigious Martial Arts competition in the world.  OPEN to all styles, ages, belt ranks and associations.  Four days & nights of competition and seminars in 20 rings placed upon the beach patio and Sportiva Area on raised platforms directly on the resort beach.


Where is Portimão, Portugal?  We are in the south-western tip of Europe next door to Spain. We are in the Schengen Zone for free travel within Europe.  In general citizens of these countries do not need a visa (permission) to enter Portugal: Nationals of the European Union and nationals of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Norway and Switzerland holding valid national ID cards. Also British, Australian, Canadian, American and Japanese only need a valid passport.  You also may refer to this link to see if you are required to have a visa to enter Portugal:   If you need a visa, then please see our visa information in the download section of this website. Lisbon is the capital about 3 hours away. The beautiful Algarve region of Portugal along our south Atlantic coast has more days of sunshine than any other locale in Europe. We are considered the #3 best tourist destination in the world.  Portuguese is the official language however many speak English and are very friendly.  Very easy to reach by car, train, bus, and air.  Faro International is the official airport for The Grand Internationals. Easy to get too for a vacation tournament experience that you will never forget. 

Competition in the 12 major events is open to all competitors with specific, separate national/international governing sanctioned rules for each event:  1) World TKD rules for Poomsae (Forms), Poomsae Teams, & Kyorugi (Sparring), 2) WKF rules for Individual Karate Kata (Forms) Team Kata, Team Kumite & Individual Kumite (Sparring), 3) WOMAA rules for Open/Creative Individual Forms & Weapons, Open Team Forms, 4) Open Point Sparring, 5) Self-Defence, 6) IWUF rules for Kung fu/Wushu Forms, Weapons, Wooden Dummy Forms, Pair Form/Weapon Teams & Sanda Fighting, 7) Extreme Forms & Extreme Weapons, Traditional Hard-style Weapons,  8) Team Open Forms (3 persons), 9) Board Breaking, 10) IBJJ rules for Jujitsu, 11) WKA rules for Light Contact Continuous Fighting, and 12) WKA K1-Light Fighting.  Please note: You may view divisions and pricing by clicking on the link to the Uventex registration site on our registration page.

Awards are presented to the top 8 places in all divisions/events, with over 500 divisions. 18 Grand Champion divisions for both black belt and under belt (below black belt). Plus: The Over-all Points Grand Internationals Trophy presented by WOMAA. Spectacular custom awards and Cash prizes.

Seminars by world-famous masters and world champion competitors in various styles covering strategies and application in forms (traditional & extreme), tournament sparring (point & light contact), weapon forms (traditional & extreme), self defense tactics and more. Watch for future announcements of the specific seminars to be held all day on the first day and during the evenings on day 2 and 3 of The Grand Internationals both on the beach platforms and in one of the four main hotel ballrooms.

Please explore the other pages and files on our website for information on travel, visas (if you need one), how to register for an event, to see the division links, hotel, travel discount packages and local activities.  Also please join the exclusive private Facebook group below for future updates for this historic world event - Click & Join: 


Site Beach Chart

Grand Internationals Beach Site Map

20 Raised Platforms with White & Blue regulation puzzle mats. See our Photos page for a larger picture.  Compete on stage under a massive lighting and sound system with comfortable arena-style seating on both sides of the main stage plus plenty of beach chair seating.  Cool off tents for competitors and referees. All with breath taking views of Praia da Rocha and the Atlantic Ocean.  The Grand Internationals - A Class AAA Event!

Compete in Paradise

The Grand Internationals on the resort beach of Praia da Rocha, Portimao 8-11 October 2020

All Competition takes place on platforms located directly on the beautiful resort beach of Praia da Rocha in Portimão, Portugal.  At The Grand Internationals, no matter from which direction your picture is taken it will be your best Martial Arts shot for a lifetime!  There is no competition like the prestigious mega event- The Grand Internationals.  Simply The Best.

Main Stage

The Grand Internationals main stage on Praia da Rocha beach. 8-11 October 2020  Compete on the Beach.

Located on the sports area of the beach, The Grand Internationals Main Stage in addition to the other stages will be in use all 4 days and lit up beautifully each night.  What a photo op!

The Algarve in Portugal

Europe map showing site of The Grand Internationals in Portimao, Portugal

Compete in this Martial Arts world-level event in the south-westernmost tip of Europe with the most days of sun than any other place on the continent.  The beach site is in the heart of the Algarve with plenty to do and lots to see.  Experience The Grand Internationals.  Fly into Faro International and take a short drive by rental car, transfer van, public bus or taxi.

Rain Location

Portimao Arena 4000 m2 is the backup venue for The Grand Internationals. 8-11 October 2020

The 4000 m2, ultra-modern, Portimao Arena is our alternate weather back up site only a 5-minute bus drive from the beach tournament site.  At The Grand Internationals, we double up on everything. Historically mid-October is very mild, 19-23 Celsius with a very low chance of rain.  The best time to visit Portugal. 

The Grand Internationals - Simply The Best!

4 Main Hotels

Hotel Praia da Rocha, Grand Internationals

All four Main hotels that are 4 and 5 star rated and only a 4-minute walk to your tournament competition platform on the beach in the resort of Portimão, Portugal. The Grand Internationals will have additional 3 & 4-Star main hotels plus many more resort hotels and apartments to accommodate everyone.  See our hotel page for our discount pricing. 

ABOUT: what to do in Portimão & The Algarve

Beach Cafes

Praia da Rocha, Grand Internationals

Enjoy the wonderful Portuguese cosine 60-second walk from your competition ring on the beach.  There are several cafes and restaurants offering our competitors meal discounts with a great atmosphere.

Plan your 2020 Holiday in Portugal

The Grand Internationals 8-11 October 2020 Activity - Dolphin swimming.

Take time to kiss a dolphin, surf, swim in the pool or Atlantic, explore caves, sail, kayak, Jet Ski, Surf, Snorkel, enjoy Portuguese cuisine or just sunbathe in addition to competing at The Grand Internationals.   Watch for our Special Activities page for our group discount offers. 

Explore the Coastal Caves

The Grand Internationals - Visit Benagil Cave in October 2020.

Experience the thrill of competing out of doors in the most unique Martial Arts tournament in the world The Grand Internationals. Watch for our Special Activities page for our group discount offers.


The Grand Internationals - Portimao River Walk October 2020

Portimão is a charming port city in the Algarve region of southern Portugal. It’s known for its old quarter, busy marina and proximity to many beaches. Museu de Portimão is housed in a restored 19th-century cannery, with displays on local history. The Gothic-style Nossa Senhora da Conceição church has azulejo tiles. To the south are Rocha Beach, backed by ochre cliffs, and the medieval Fort of Santa Catarina de Ribamar. Enjoy a stroll along the Rio Arade on Portimão's famous river walk. Come and be a part of The Grand Internationals.

The Best Weather

Portimao October 2020 Weather for The Grand Internationals on the beach.

October is the BEST time to visit Portugal.  Perfect for a super mega outdoor tournament and an unforgettable vacation- The Grand Internationals

Sail The Coast

Sail a pirate ship at The Grand Internationals in October 2020 in Portimao.

Enjoy a cruise down the beautiful coast of the Algarve.  Rent a bike and enjoy kilometers of beautiful trails, swim and take surf lessons in the Atlantic while taking in the fantastic scenery surrounding The Grand Internationals.   Watch for more  Special Activities to be listed and our Grand Internationals group discount offers.