The Gedatsukai Martial Arts Federation will host its sixth annual Master’s Belt and awards ceremony Friday and Saturday at the Akron/Fairlawn DoubleTree by Hilton, 3150 W. Market St., Fairlawn.

The annual fundraiser and awards ceremony supports the federation’s mission of providing free martial arts lessons in Akron and surrounding communities. As many as 200 martial artists will participate.

The events will include Master’s Belt ceremonies, demonstrations and workshops, and an awards banquet. There will also be meet-and-greets with this year’s special guests: Soke Frederick "Big Cat" Peterson, a 94-year-old World War II veteran who still practices martial arts, and martial arts champion, Robert Parham.

“One of the fastest growing groups of martial arts is now our senior citizens practicing the many arts known worldwide, such as Tai-chi, Jujitsu, Karate, Kung Fu and several other styles and systems alike,” federation executive senior administrator Cynthia Nixon said in a prepared statement. “Gedatsukai and these styles put emphasis on building character, discipline, and self-control through meditation and stilling the mind and body to experience the creativity and mastery of one’s self.”

The events are open to the public, with the demonstrations and workshops starting at noon Saturday. Tickets are available at gedatsukaimartialartsfederation.com.