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World Martial Arts Union (WoMAU)

Womau2World Martial Arts Union (WoMAU) was established in Chungju, Republic of Korea, in October 2002 by representatives of 28 countries participating in the Chungju World Martial Arts Festival. It is the first ever universally open-ended entity of the world martial arts organizations (as of 2015 December, 60 martial arts organizations from 40 countries are members) with the purpose of serving them as the institutional focal point for the martial arts communities around the world to promote friendship and help each other to foster martial arts both as sports and cultural heritages.
WoMAU globally preserves and disseminates the original forms of traditional martial arts and develops the skills and cultural values of martial arts through various events including Chungju World Martial Arts Festival, General Meetings, Seminars, Youth camps and others, while promoting martial arts’ innate orientation for peace both regionally and globally.
In its early days, WoMAU noticed the cultural values of martial arts and knocked on the door to UNESCO in order to effectively promote its relevant activities under the recognition that martial arts are valuable heritages to humankind worth preserving. As a result, in 2009 WoMAU obtained an official partnership with UNESCO with the consultative status and was also accredited as an advisory NGO to its Inter-governmental Committee for safeguarding of intangible cultural heritages in 2010. As a result, in 2011, Taekkyeon, traditional Korean martial art, was listed for the first time on UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritages of Humanity.

Domain(s): Traditional martial arts have 2 aspects of rituals and festive events. WoMAU hosts Chungju World Martial Arts Festival inviting our member organizations every year, which are mainly practicing their unique traditional martial arts. The International Martial Arts Contest, main program of Chungju World Martial Arts Festival is held in the form of demonstration as performing arts and competition. Furthermore, taking into account the educational effect of martial arts for youth, WoMAU has tried to establish the martial arts-related international centre for youth development and engagement under the auspices of UNESCO (Category 2) and succeeded in attracting it to Chungju, Korea.

WomauMain Safeguarding measures: WoMAU is carrying out research, preservation, protection, promotion, enhancement, documentation, transmission, (non-) formal education in the fields of traditional martial arts through global and local events with members such as Chungju World Martial Arts Festival, General Meetings, Seminars, youth camps and other martial arts exchange programs.
WoMAU publishes information books and biannual WoMAU News magazines containing WoMAU and its members’ activities as well as the experts’ martial arts columns and a world martial arts compendium. WoMAU also introduces and archives global martial arts on its website.

Main countries where the NGO works: Republic of Korea

Local, national or international level of the NGO: International



  • Thank you for all your organization does to bring martial arts to the youth of the world.

  • Thank you for the information.

    Kindly develop a short term course for Women Self Defence.

  • I’m interested in membership.
    Thank You,
    Instructor Ray

  • We ,( COUNTRYWIDE HAPKIDO FEDERATION) are working on DEVELOPMENT of HAPKIDO in India since 2012 .Now ,we want to be an associate member of your organization. So,please grant us the membership and obliged us.
    Sudesh Kumar
    Secretary General
    C.H.F.( India)

  • Kindly include us in your correspondences list. information about our organisation is as below!at Ateker Cultural Center,Karamoja Po Box 58,moroto Uganda,,phone+256(0)789515854 thanks

    Ateker Cultural Center Karamoja (ACCK) was upgraded to a local indigenous cultural organization in January 2019. It was founded and registered in Moroto, Uganda. ACCK is committed to broadcasting the Original Heritage of Ateker communities in the Horn of Africa among the Karamojong of Uganda, Turkana of Kenya, Toposa of South Sudan, Nyangatom of Ethiopia and other interested pastoral groups in Africa. The work of ACCK is focused on promoting the sharing and celebration the pastoralist’s traditional values and cultures. It is focused on Undertaking Media and Advocacy, ensuring sustainable use of natural resources, Socio-Cultural activities, art galleries, Exhibitions and the Museum ; Conducting of excursions, advertising and recreational activities such as dances, food festivals, traditional events, film/photography, Museums, Historical sites, Cultural festivals and cultural experience.
    Since its formation and Subsequent registration in Moroto District in Karamoja Uganda, ACCK has been consulting the communities, local leaders and the sub county/ district administration on strengthening cultural institutions and creating a conducive to support communal resource sharing and cross-border relations through supporting documentation and participation. The success so far has been documentation and filming at the annual cultural events/ exhibitions and setting up a functional cultural Centre in Moroto Town.
    ACCK Karamoja Vision
    A Vibrant center preserving, nurturing, celebrating and promoting the culture, pastoralists’ heritage, Livelihoods, Languages, History and harmonious living of all ATEKER people groups in the East and Horn of Africa through various organized and accepted communication channels.
    ACCK Karamoja Mission
    To work with all people groups of ATEKER in partnership with, modern and traditional institutions to reduce and eliminate all forms of territorial barriers, discrimination, security threats to enable ATEKER people groups to celebrate, build and share their cultural heritage and resources to enable them grow into a united, and progressive people group for improved peace and security within Uganda and the East African borders
    ACCK driven by its mission will seek to promote culture and dignity through dialogue whilst promoting sustainable use of shared resources for improvement of lives and livelihoods
    contact the Director/founder : Hannah Longole
    at Ateker Cultural Center,Karamoja Po Box 58,moroto Uganda,,phone+256(0)789515854

  • Good afternoon..
    I will be happy to be a part of this organisation

  • Thanks for the information. i really appreciate this.

  • I am Grand Mastet Mohammad Pervez khan, 7th Dan in Taekwondo and an International Referee from India. My Academy name is Korean combat martial arts Academy. I am interested to take your union membership. Thanks

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