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To prevent further spread of the COVID-19 and to take part in social distancing, ICM has postponed or is making changes to many of its projects. Until the COVID-19 situation settles down, ICM will endeavor to take adequate measures, and continue activities in ways that ensure the health and safety of all ICM’s stakeholders.
The Martial Arts Open School, originally scheduled to be hosted from May to August in four countries (Brazil, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Zimbabwe), has been postponed to the second half of the year. Depending on the situation, there may be further changes. Operation of International Martial Arts Academic Seminar, International Youth Martial Arts Camp, Martial Arts Research Initiative for Experts, African Regional Martial Arts Congress, UNESCO ICM Martial Arts Demonstration Team are also on hold. Projects that can be conducted online, like the World Martial Arts Research, are being proceeded without changes.
As an activity that accompanies frequent physical contact, the practice of martial arts requires extra caution in periods when contagious infections are prevalent. Nonetheless, with increased emphasis on health of both the mental and physical state during the world-wide quarantine period, martial arts gained a lot of spotlight. This is because martial arts are well known for their positive effects on maintaining not just a healthy body, but also a healthy mentality, and a positive mindset.
The social distancing has opened rooms for the creation of diverse online martial arts classes, and people have been continuing martial arts practices through unprecedented ways. Many martial artists also took part in online campaigns hosted on social networking services, spreading messages of hope on the fight against the COVID-19 crisis through martial arts.
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