Organizers of Int'l martial arts competition vow to create sustainable event


The organizers of a global martial arts competitors in South Korea stated Monday they want to make the event sustainable once it debuts two months later.The inaugural World Martial Arts Masterships (WoMAM) will be staged from Sept. 2-8 in the city of Cheongju, some 130 kilometers south of Seoul, in North Chungcheong Province. The occasion intends to combine some 2,100 individuals from 60 countries and provide 15 martial arts programs, including taekwondo, judo and kickboxing. As of End-June, 1,782 martial arts practitioners have actually signed up for the occasion, according to the organizers.


" Our objective is to set up the World Martial Arts Masterships to end up being the 'Martial Arts Olympics,'" said North Chungcheong Governor Lee Si-jong, who is also head of the organizing committee. "We will put our utmost effort to have a great start of the competitors."Lee said the WoMAM will be various from the World Martial Arts Festival, which has actually been held in another South Korean city, Chungju, since 1998. Lee, who produced the World Martial Arts Festival while working as the mayor of Chungju from 1995 to 2003, stated that the WoMAM will be larger and more competition-based.


Lee included he called Chungju about hosting the WoMAM, because of the city's strong tradition in martial arts, however Chungju denied the offer due to spending plan problems. Chungju, which is about 60 kilometers north of Cheongju, is a birthplace for the World Martial Arts Union (WoMAU), an international martial arts company that counts 60 martial arts organizations from 40 nations as its members. It is also home of the International Centre of Martial Arts for Youth Development and Engagement (ICM), an institute under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


" It's a pity that Chungju could not host the event due to spending plan concerns, but we will try to have the second edition of the WoMAM in Chungju," Lee said. "After the competitors gets recognized by the rest of the world, we plan to host the event overseas."The organizers stated they will develop the World Martial Arts Masterships Committee (WMC) this fall to handle the competitors systemically. Lee said they have yet to decide the cycle of the competitors, but it is most likely to be biennial." There have actually been martial arts competitors in other countries, however most of them were highlighting their standard martial arts," he said. "We desire the masterships to grow up as the global festival for martial arts professionals."

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