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World Martial Arts Research

Collecting materials for the creation of a martial arts database, supporting academic activities on martial arts and its positive effects.

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[Collection of information for a World Martial Arts Database]
  • Period : May 2020 ~
  • Description : Collecting general information, transmission, features on 300 kinds of world martial arts; categorizing and analyzing martial arts per origin, type, and main techniques.

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[Research on Historical European Martial Arts]
  • Period : 10 September 2019~31 December 2019
  • Research : Dr. Daniel Jaquet(University of Bern), Dr. Audrey Tuaillon Demesy(University of Franche-Comté), Dr. Iason-Eleftherios Tzouriadis(University of Leeds)
  • Description : Report about an international overview of the Historical European Martial Arts.

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[World Martial Arts Study : Five Asian Countries]
  • Period : 25 July ~24 December 2018
  • Research : Chungbuk National University Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation
  • Description : Study on martial arts types, features, history, transmission, etc. of south-east asian countries (Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam, Thailand, Cambodia).

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[Basic World Martial Arts Research Report]
  • Period : 4 September 2017 ~ 22 December 2017
  • Research : Korea National Sport University Industry / Academia Cooperation Group
  • Description : Provision of a baseline for world martial arts research, and development of research methods.

Martial Arts Research Initiative for Experts (MARIE)

Conducts lectures for the empowerment of young martial arts experts, provides academic exchange opportunities to encourage research in the field.

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[3rd MARIE]
  • Period : 2 July ~ 2 August 2019
  • Participants : 6 counties 6 people (Brazil, China, Germany, Ghana, Jordan, Ukraine)
  • Description : Martial arts education (Taekkyeon, Sirreum, etc.), and lectures on sustainable development goals, gender equality, etc.

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[2nd MARIE]
  • Period : 2 July ~ 20 August 2018
  • Participants : 9 countries 9 people (Bahrain, Belize, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Nepal, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam)
  • Description : Martial arts education(Taekkyeon, Yongmudo, Muaythai), IT lectures for martial arts research and reports, cultural field trips, etc.

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[1st MARIE]
  • Period : 1 September ~ 27 November 2017
  • Participants : 3 countries 5 people (Spain 2, Uzbekistan 2, Kenya 1)
  • Description : Martial arts education(Taekkyeon, Taekwondo), empowerment programs, culture exchange programs, etc.

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Northeast Asia Martial Arts Forum

Hosting of a regional martial arts forum that enables the sharing of knowledge on martial arts between northeast asia countries.

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[2018 Northeast Asia Martial Arts Forum]
  • Period : 13  December ~ 14 December 2018
  • Location : Mongolia
  • Cooperation : Mongolian National Commission for UNESCO
  • Description : Discussions on the history and current situation of martial arts in  Northeast Asia, and ways to increase youth and women participation in martial arts.

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International Youth Martial Arts Camp

Provides youth development and exchange opportunities through classes on martial arts and UNESCO, martial arts activities, cultural exchange programs, etc.

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[3rd International Youth Martial Arts Camp]
  • Period : 15 August ~ 21 August 2019
  • Location : Chungju, Korea
  • Participants : 5 countries 55 people (Brazil, Kazakhstan, Korea, Mongolia, Turkey)
  • Description : Lectures on global citizenship education, sustainable development goals, intangible cultural heritage, learning of martial arts from participating countries, cultural exchange, etc.

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[2nd International Youth Martial Arts Camp]
  • Period : 8 August ~ 13 August 2018
  • Location : Chungju, Korea
  • Participants : 6 countries 78 people (Bulgaria, Canada, China, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore)
  • Description : Martial arts education, UNESCO related lectures, cultural exchange and field trips, etc.

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[1st International Youth Martial Arts Camp]
  • Period : 6 August ~ 21 August 2017
  • Location : Chungju, Korea
  • Participants : 6 countries 109 people (Indonesia, Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam)
  • Description : Diverse physical activities, cultural programs, field trips etc.

International Martial Arts Academic Seminar

Invites renowned scholars and speakers to share diverse ideas on martial arts, and increase research and exchange of knowledge in the field.

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[2019 International Martial Arts Academic Seminar]
  • Period : 30 October 2019
  • Location : Chungju, Korea
  • Participants : About 100 people
  • Description : Under the theme ‘Advancing Sustainable Development Goals through Martial Arts,’ the seminar consisted of total three sessions, ‘Martial Arts for Youth,’ ‘Women Empowerment through Martial Arts,’ ‘Ways to promote Martial Arts Education and Good Practices.’

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[2018 International Martial Arts Academic Seminar]
  • Period : 30 November 2018
  • Location : Chungju, Korea
  • Participants : About 110 people
  • Description : Speeches on the ‘Meaning and Role of Martial Arts in Modern Society,’ and presentation sessions from field experts.

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[2017 International Martial Arts Academic Seminar]
  • Period : 22 September ~ 23 September 2017
  • Location : Chungju, Korea
  • Cooperation : World Martial Arts Academy, World Martial Arts Union
  • Participants : About 180 people
  • Description : Consisted of oral and poster sessions on the status of martial arts

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Youth Martial Arts Forum

Increasing youth participation in martial arts, increasing youth awareness about martial arts values

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[2017 UNESCO Youth Martial Arts Forum]
  • Period : 4 November 2017
  • Location : Jincheon, Korea
  • Participants : About 80 people
  • Description : Discussion on the values of intangible cultural heritage, educational values of martial arts, etc.

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World Martial Arts Exchange Day for Youth

Providing space for youth to communicate through martial arts, promoting the development of youth advocacy capacity.

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[2017 World Martial Arts Exchange Day for Youth]
  • Period :26 September 2017
  • Location : Chungju, Korea
  • Participants : 14 countries 300 people
  • Cooperation : World Martial Arts Union
  • Description : Youth martial arts demonstration, declaration and signing ceremony between martial arts instructors and youth.

African Regional Martial Arts Congress

Stage for martial arts stake-holders in the sub-Saharan region to share issues and collaborate for the development of martial arts in Africa.

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[3rd African Regional Martial Arts Congress]
  • Period : 17 November ~18 November 2020
  • Format : Online webinar
  • Participants : 10 countries 20 people (expecting about 200 audience)
  • Cooperation : Zimbabwe National Commission for UNESCO
  • Description : Youth and women participation in, and development through martial arts in the African region.
[2nd African Regional Martial Arts Congress]
  • Period : 25 September ~ 26 September 2019
  • Location : Ghana
  • Participation : 12 countries 60 people(Benin, Cote d’lvoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Korea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe)
  • Cooperation : Ghana National Commission for UNESCO
  • Description : Discussions on the history of self-defense traditions, status and role of traditional and modern martial arts under the theme ‘Cultural Unity in African Self-Defense Traditions.’

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[1st African Regional Martial Arts Congress]
  • Period : 23 October ~ 24 October 2018
  • Location : Kenya
  • Participation : 12 countries 46 people(Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Korea, Mali, Mauritius, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda)
  • Cooperation : Kenya National Commission for UNESCO
  • Description : Presentation and group discussions on the role of martial arts, the current state of african martial arts, and ways to increase youth participation in the sport.

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Martial Arts Open School

Providing regular martial arts classes to youth and women in developing countries including the African region, and contributing in the participants’ physical and psychological development.

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[3rd Martial Arts Open School]
  • Period : 8 June ~ 16 August 2019
  • Location: 3 countries (India, Ghana, Thailand)
  • Description
    Sort India Thailand Ghana
    Location New Delhi Bangkok Accra
    Participants 100 100 100 100
    Period 24 JUN ~ 16 AUG (8 weeks) 8 JUN ~ 16 AUG (10 weeks) 24 JUN ~ 2 AUG (6 weeks) 24 JUN ~ 16 AUG (8 weeks)
    Martial Art Taekkyeon Taekwondo Capoeira Taekwondo

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[2nd Martial Arts Open School]
  • Period : 25 June ~ 16 November 2018
  • Location : 4 countries (Kenya, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Canada)
  • Description
    Sort Kenya Jordan Kyrgyzstan Candaa
    Location Nairobi Amman Kichi Jargylchak Ottawa
    Participants 110 110 140 40
    Period 25 JUN ~ 3 AUG (6 weeks) 9 JUL ~ 17 AUG (6 weeks) 9 JUL ~ 17 AUG (6 weeks) 10 SEP ~ 16 NOV (10 weeks)
    Martial Art African Kenpo Taekwondo Taekwondo Taekkyeon

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[1st Martial Arts Open School]
  • Period : 9 November ~12 December 2017
  • Location : 3 countries (Kenya, Cambodia, Nepal)
  • Description
    Sort Kenya Cambodia Nepal
    Location Lumba Siem Reap Bharatpur
    Participants 100 150 150
    Martial Art Taekwondo Taekkyeon Kuksundo

Inclusive Martial Arts Online Platform

Creating an online platform that introduces inclusive martial arts education for all, including people with disabilities.

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[Inclusive Marital Arts Online Platform]
  • Period : June ~ November 2020
  • Cooperation : UNESCO Chair Institute of Technology Tralee
  • Description : Provides educational materials about the need of an inclusive martial arts, inclusive coaching strategies.

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Guideline on Youth Development Through Martial Arts

Research on martial arts education good practices, developing a martial arts education guideline that enables youth development through the sport.

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[Guideline on Youth Development Through Martial Arts]
  • Period : 2017~2019
  • Description : Publishing reports about youth development through martial arts
  • Cooperation : UNESCO Bangkok Office

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Martial Arts Tutorials

Providing tutorial clips on martial arts (information about uniforms, basic terms and movements, application).

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[Taekkyeon Tutorial]
  • Period : 27 July ~ 27 November 2020
  • Description : Customized tutorials on Taekkyeon depending on learner level

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UNESCO ICM Martial Arts Demonstration Team

Sharing cultural values of world martial arts through demonstration, conveying messages of peace and reconciliation inherent in martial arts, and bringing martial arts into people’s daily lives.

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[2020 UNESCO ICM Martial Arts Demonstration Team]
  • Period : March ~ November 2020
  • Martial Art : Taekkyeon, Taekwondo, Muaythai, Silat, Arnis, Wushu
  • Description : Provides martial arts tutorials, online martial arts demonstrations, toured performances, street performances, special demonstrations, etc.

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[2019 UNESCO ICM Martial Arts Demonstration Team]
  • Period :April ~ November 2019
  • Martial Art: Arnis, Bokato, Capoeira, Pencak Silat, Taekkyun, Taekwondo, Wushu, Yongmudo,  24BanMuye
  • Description : Provided 72 performances throughout the project period, offered martial arts experiencing programs for youth

International Martial Arts Photo Contest and Exhibition

Hosting of a photo contest and exhibition under the theme ‘Martial(武)’, and ‘Art(藝)’ to collect and share visuals about the values of martial arts from around the world.

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[Exhibition on Winning Pieces from the International Martial Arts Photo Contest]
  • Period : 20 August(pre-exhibition) 2019, 30 August ~ 6 September 2019(main exhibition)
  • Location : National Assembly of ROK(pre-exhibition), Chungju Sports Complex(main exhibition)
  • Description : Exhibition on thirty-eight award winning pieces from the 2018 International Martial Arts Photo Contest(1 June ~ 31 August 2018)

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