The World Martial Arts Bureau (WMAB) was founded by a small group of Martialyogartist enthusiasts on the 4th May 1996 in Frankfurt/M, Germany.
Why is the World Martial Arts Confederation necessary and is there room for another World Martial Arts Body?
The existing International Martial Arts Organizations are either pure style federations or multi-style groups which accept only one federation per country. Therefore many federations and associations are left outside of the International Karate/Kickboxing world.
WorldMYA offers an important option for such groups in which all the different styles and federations can join a World body and fraternity, without having to compromise their style or size. In order that there are opportunities for all, the WorldMYA accepts more than one federation or association per country.
“The purpose of WorldMYA is to regulate, spread and foster Karate/Kickboxing & Yoga in the world from an educational, cultural and sports point of view by promoting Karate ethics, technical seminars, championships and all that is necessary to encourage the spreading of Karate-Do all over the world and to promote friendly and beneficial relations between its members.” (WKF Statutes, Article 1.4) Membership criteria
Any non-profit and non-political Martial Arts federations, associations and other such groups may be members of the Martialyogarts. However, they must have legal status, a democratic structure and comply with the aims and purpose of the World Martialyogarts Council. (WMC)
The WKF does not judge, or interfere with the internal structures or politics of its members. The WKA accepts all federations who comply with IOC Rules and treats all members with equal respect.
IOC has member federations in all five continents.