Welcome to the World Martialyogarts Grandmaster Council website. This site has been organised with the intention of promoting WMGC. Points Martial Arts, Light Contact and Forms worldwide. It will also serve as a complete WMGC. source of information for it's members.
It is our intention to breathe new life and fresh impetus into mat sports. For too long the businessmen and the politicians have run our sport at world level to the extent of financially crippling visiting world teams with the costs of getting to a World Championships spiralling out of control. To the extent of the people who really matter "the competitors" not being able to afford to attend their own World Championships. These enormous financial strictures have seen the interest and participation of our sport sadly decline in numbers over the last few years.
The establishing of the world’s first ever Points Karate, Light Contact & Forms ONLY organisation has been in the pipeline for a number of years. We at the W.K.F. promise in perpetuity that the Council will only ever follow the dictate of always keeping costs to a minimum. Thus keeping in touch with not just the sport in general, but also the people that take part, YOU, the competitor.
We bring to the table over 50 years of martial arts experience, expertise, and tournament promoting. We can promise all prospective and future W.K.F national Team members from countries around the globe that our world championship tournaments will offer a platform where you can fight or perform without prejudice and without fear of second rate referees and judges.
A World Championships is our own martial arts Olympics and a good world organization should reflect this. We at the W.K.F will always do so. Good luck to all of you on your journey to the World Gold Medal.
World Martialyogarts Grandmaster Council.
WMGC Beginnings and History
The martial arts can be one of the most confusing sporting disciplines in the world, totally distinct from all other sporting connotations. You can only play football one way, tennis, rowing, running, gymnastics, and virtually every other sports discipline is practiced to a universal conformity. Whereas the Martial art which is a generic term generally used to cover combat forms from all over Asia, is broken down into many various styles and forms of fighting. The term martial art as used today is meant to indicate fighting formats that originated in South East Asia. There are many colourful and exciting disciplines encompassed within these indigenous fighting arts.
From Japan we have Karate, jiu jitsu, judo, Aikido. From Korea there is Taekwon-do, Hapkido, Kuk-Sool –Won. From Thailand there is Muay Thai (Thai Boxing). Bando from Burma (Myan-Mar) from China there is another generic term used that of Kung fu. This name/term is used to encompass at least five hundred different styles of empty hand fighting. The list is endless, and then here in the West we have the many various forms of wrestling and boxing. From France we have La Savate. It would seem that to the uninitiated there is a plethora of combat systems that would seem endless. All fighting and competing under different methods and rules systems.
In the early 1970’s with the advent of the Bruce Lee films the many Eastern fighting systems were brought to the attention of the world audiences. And what occurred was one of the strangest and most unique sports happenings ever experienced. Almost within two decades the many varied martial arts systems experienced a boom time, which resulted in millions and millions of practitioner’s worldwide taking up one form or another of martial arts discipline. At first people used the martial arts for getting fit, keeping healthy, esoteric purposes. But it would seem only natural with man’s urge to test him/herself that these art forms took on the mantle of competition.
Changes in the Sport.
Almost overnight various formats were developed to formulate a competition link between ancient fighting disciplines and modern sporting concepts. Unfortunately at world level there was no infrastructure, no set format of rules, the elements of danger were still included in the combat forms. As the martial arts disciplines grew in popularity mans urge to meet his/her peers on the competition floor demanded conformity, a universal rules system, and a method that would ensure the practitioners safety whilst competing at sporting level.
Various groups came forward in an attempt to unite all these Eastern martial disciplines under one set of rules that would cover the many and various forms of combat all under one umbrella. After many failures, petty squabbles and political in fighting major world organization’s were formed to overlook the sport at its many levels. One of the first of these was the World Kickboxing Association. (W.K.A.). At first other world bodies looked on to see if the W.K.F. would fare any better than the organizations that had come before. But within a few short years the WMGC had expanded its area of operations to eventually create a global network of countries all within membership with representatives each running successful organizations on all five continents.
They created (through its members) National and international competitions and tournaments whereby martial arts practitioners could meet their peers on the mats and in the rings to take their skills and talents to world champion status.Then by the late eighties the sporting connotations of the martial arts had exploded beyond belief and tournaments were being held almost every week in all countries of the world. These took over both in number and interest from the ring sports. These connotations had names such as Points Karate, Semi-Contact, Forms, and Light Contact. And suddenly the mat sports were born. The American Sports Magazine (Sports Today) opined that the martial arts were the third most practiced sport in the world today, indicating that a general consensus estimation that there was in excess of 20 million people globally training in one form or other of martial art.
The original World Martialyogarts Grandmaster Council gradually fell into the doldrums to consequently vanish without a trace along with a few other world bodies. The World organizations that remained incorporated these new mat sports into their existing framework. But like everything in the world sometimes when things get too big they begin to fragment. This is what started to happen with the organizations that were left. Add to this in some of the World organizations the mat sports were hijacked and their unscrupulous officials began to siphon funds away from the sport. As a result of this and trying to keep a writhing giant that was the sport under control standards began to fall. Bad refereeing continued rising prices, dis- organization in staging championships and of course falling participation in the number of competitor entries. It was then that a group of very experienced martial arts men and seasoned promoters said ‘enough was enough’ they resigned and stepped out of these world bodies and went off to form a new world organization with the sole interest of putting the mat sports first and foremost on the world forum. They resurrected the W.K.F. (World Karate Federation) and introduced points karate and forms / kata into the existing divisions to take the sport back to how it used to be.
The WMGC. Today
From this rebirth the new W.M.G.C. can now boast of being the only Sanctioning Body for mat sports only Points Karate, Light Contact Karate, and Forms in the world. Their mission statement and prime directive is ‘the competition always comes first’ Their first and continuing aim is to lower prices, improve refereeing and judging, and be at the forefront of developing ideas for sport safety, and technique advancements in tournaments and competitions. But most of all to bring the sport back to being Fun!
Each country within membership of the W.M.G.C. has a president who is responsible for that countries implementation of the rules and regulations. And to overlook the growth and practice of the martial disciplines as a whole. The W.K.F. has in place, a rules committee, a health and safety committee, a child protection officer, a refereeing structure, and always each year there is an annual world council meeting. The Council World Congress discusses the many aspects of change within the sport, it designates via the democratic principle of votes new rules and regulations, updates and innovations within the sport as they come to light.
Part of the concept of the W.M.GC.’s growth is that it will continually move forward and strive to improve every aspect of its infrastructure. It will also examine developments within sports science and sports safety. Thus ensuring that in future years the W.K.F. and its member countries will keep on growing from strength to strength. And it will strive to be a continuing source of inspiration to all of it's members in the nations of the world and in keeping with the spirit of brotherhood of the martial arts.
If you are a serious martial artist who seeks change to that which exists at present, the World Martialyogarts Grandmaster Council provides an alternative. Throughout the world the martial arts continue to suffer from an absence of unity, constant disagreements, and confusion regarding their control and management. Over the years numerous styles and disciplines have evolved which are predominantly classed as minority sports by governments and local authorities, and considered as such, receive little or no promotion, media coverage, or financial assistance for their development and expansion. The World Martialyogarts Grandmaster Council was established as a constituted international ‘unincorporated association’ to represent all martial arts, both traditional and modern, and offers unlimited growth potential, opportunities, and ongoing programmes of development. In order for the concept of a global martial arts family to succeed among the enormous number of unions, federations, societies, associations, or other bodies, it has to be unique and offer benefits other organisations fail to provide, and this requires an ongoing commitment from everyone involved. The World Martialyogarts Grandmaster Council is a vehicle for all individuals and groups of any size, and aims to become the most influential martial arts body through the unification of all martial artists regardless of their chosen discipline, age, colour, creed, gender or location. It aims to maintain high standards, respect traditions, foster the true spirit, encourage development, and is an alliance of all nations, their people, martial arts, and cultures.
If you are dissatisfied with existing martial arts organizations, the World Martialyogarts Grandmaster Council offers a global alternative established to unite all martial artists without exception through a policy of total non-interference, and objectives designed to benefit all individuals and groups. It has the support of the international martial arts community, and provides opportunities and services not available through conventional institutions claiming to represent the interests of martial artists. Success and growth depend largely on the organizational structure at every level, and necessitates the appointment of suitably qualified individuals willing to commit to the aims of the World Martial Arts Bureau, and that have demonstrated their dedication to the martial arts through a proven record, not only of physical achievements, but also the ability to build and successfully manage entire organizations. In some countries governments recognize a number of different national associations affiliated to international bodies established to control martial arts as separate entities, and this often creates conflict due to the absence of shared interests and a common purpose. Almost everyone within the martial arts has experienced rivalry where biased individuals, instructors, students, clubs, and associations have impaired the natural process of growth and development of the various disciplines. The advancement of science and technology leads to greater knowledge, understanding, and the discovery of different ways of doing things with greater efficiency, and the martial arts are part of this evolution. For this reason alone, they cannot, and must not be treated as separate entities, and whilst the traditional teachings and philosophies of the past must be accepted, change for the better should not be resisted.