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Bad Axe Throwing comes to Oklahoma City; Open house slated for this weekend

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Bad Axe Throwing will host an Open House August 4-6 at 1201 W. Reno to celebrate their expansion to OKC.
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OKLAHOMA CITY- This weekend, Oklahomans can grab a beer and throw some axes with friends as Oklahoma City’s newest venue officially opens Friday.

Bad Axe Throwing, located at 1201 W. Reno, is Oklahoma City’s first “axe-throwing” venue, where residents can meet up with friends and bring the family for the rugged sport of axe throwing.

Bad Axe Throwing Oklahoma City is the latest location for the Canada-based business, which touts a sporting atmosphere in a rustic setting. The location offers three large, caged-off lanes where competitors can throw axes at large wooden targets.

“So, this is axe throwing. We host birthday parties, bachelor parties, bachelorette parties - pretty much anything you can celebrate, you can celebrate it by throwing axes,” said Amanda Falikowski, operations manager for Bad Axe Throwing.

“We also do walk-in times and we have a league. Axe throwing is a traditional outdoor sport, and we wanted to bring it to urban communities and give people who would never have the opportunity to throw an axe a chance to throw an axe.”

This weekend, Bad Axe Throwing will host an open house and party to celebrate the launch of the new Oklahoma City location.

Residents can experience the thrill of urban axe throwing for free from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, from 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Beer and food trucks will be on-site for the celebration, and those attending will receive free lessons and the opportunity to throw axes.

“We’re expanding so quickly. We have a location in every major city in Canada, and this year we opened locations in Chicago, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Denver and now here,” said Falikowski.

“We expect this one in Oklahoma City to be just as busy, if not busier.”

The secret to successful axe throwing is to not be scared of the axe and to back up to the perfect starting location.

“You have to trust the axe,” Falikowski said. “It’s all about using your whole body to throw. You can throw two handed or one handed, and we also throw some trick shots too.”

Amanda Falikowski, operations manager for Bad Axe Throwing, showing correct form when throwing an axe. (Heide Brandes / Red Dirt Report) 

Bad Axe Throwing will be open by appointment-only, but walk-in times will be available soon, she said. Parties are booked online and the hosts give participants a safety course and lessons. After, everyone practices and then the teams play games. Tournament leagues are also available.

“Word is spreading quickly,” Falikowski said. “We have over 1,000 RSVPs so far for our open house. We think Oklahoma City is going to be a great location for axe throwing. It’s really popular with women too!”

Bad Axe Throwing was founded by CEO Mario Zelaya in the fall of 2014.

“We want everyone to come out this weekend and see how much fun axe throwing can be,”said Falikowski. “It’s a great activity for the family. It’s great for parties or corporate events. There’s just something very satisfying and fun about throwing an axe.”

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