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The World Martial Arts Union (WoMAU) preserves and disseminates traditional martial arts and develops its cultural values through various events including the General Meeting, Chungju World Martial Arts Festival, Seminars while promoting martial arts’ innate orientation for peace globally.

Since its establishment in 2002, 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, WoMAU obtained an official partnership with UNESCO in 2009 with a consultative-status and was also accredited as an advisory-NGO to the Inter-governmental Committee for Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritages in 2010.As of 2020, the Union consists of 67 member organizations from 46 countries cooperating in exchanging cultures between martial arts communities beyond the boundaries of borders and races. Sharing the recognition that martial arts with unique movements and features of the region are important cultural heritages, WoMAU members aim to contribute to the realization of justice and building world peace through martial arts.

Womau2Martial arts are intangible cultural heritages of humanity with various values going beyond the frame of the general perception that it is just a technique of attack and defense. It is a pedagogical methodology through self-discipline and building-up of mental and physical health, a cultural content bearing tradition and diversity, and a platform of public diplomacy and nongovernmental exchange connecting people to people.

WoMAU promotes and studies the inherent values and functions of martial arts through close exchange and cooperation between its members and UNESCO.

 Year of accreditation: 2010

Domain(s):Ÿ Performing arts; Social practices, rituals and festive events

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WoMAU is carrying out research and documentation for enhancement and promotion of the traditional martial arts through various events with its members such as the annual General Meeting, biennial Chungju World Martial Arts Festival, Youth Camp, cultural ODA projects, martial arts exchange programs and seminars.

WoMAU publishes its newsletter twice(summer and winter) a year, containing the secretariat and the members’ activities as well as the experts’ martial arts columns. You may access the newsletters from the Union’s website, and there is also an introduction page of members’ martial arts.

Main countries where the NGO works: Republic of Korea / International

Local, national or international level of the NGO: International



Year of accreditation: 2010
Main country where the NGO works: Republic of Korea
Address: UNESCO ICM, 73 Otgat-gil, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do, S.Korea (27438)
Telephone: Tel. +82(0)43-852-7951~9 / Fax +82(0)43-853-7341
Responsible NGO: Ms. Hyeonsun Bong -


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

  • Wungkui Zimik says:

    Thank you for the information.

    Kindly develop a short term course for Women Self Defence.

  • Ray Coleman says:

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

  • SUDESH KUMAR says:

    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)

  • Ateker Cultural Center,Karamoja says:

    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

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