Founding President Choi Hong Hi 

President Prof. Ri Yong Son

Preparation for the 20th Anniversary of IMGC foundation

As was already announced, the International Martial Art Games Committee will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its foundation from Sep. 17th to Sep. 19th, 2019 in Pyongyang, the capital of DPR Korea, the IMGC is now thrusting forward the preparation for the event.
During the celebration event, the celebration program will include the commemorative meeting, friendship gathering, martial arts demonstration, the 8th IMG torch-lighting ceremony, art performance and others, which may afford the participants an unforgettablereminiscence.
The organizers proceed with technical measures to provide the visitors with every possible convenience including visa issue, air ticket-booking, local accommodation, etc.
Mr. Kim Myong Gun, the Secretary General of IMGC who has a great attention to the martial art demonstration as well as the whole event prepares the technical matters to the last detail, in which Taekwon-Do, Muay, Jendo, Jiu-Jitsu and other martial arts are supposed to demonstrate.
Now about eighty martial artists from twenty countries applied to participate in the celebration event and the number of participants are increasing as days go by.

The work with the international sports organizations

Prof. Ri Yong Son, the President of IMGC met the officials of the related international sports organizations including Dr. Thomas BATH, the President of IOC who participated to the joint Taekwon-Do demonstration event in Geneva, Switzerland. After the performance Dr. Thomas BATH, the President of IOC expressed his gratitude to Prof. Ri Yong Son, the President of IMGC about the high level demonstrate and congratulated the athletes who showed their high skill. Prof. Ri Yong Son, the President of IMGC met Dr. Thomas BATH, the President of IOC and other delegates of several international organizations and talked about the constructive opinions to improve the martial art including the issues of increasing the cooperation between the international organizations.


 17th Sep - 19th Sep. Pyongyang, DPR Korea


Tentative schedule

16th of Sep (Mon): Arrival & Registration

17th of Sep (Tue): Commemorative Meeting  City Tour

18th of Sep (Wed): City tour Martial Arts Demonstration (Taekwon-do, Karate, Jendo & Arnis, Muay and so on) Friendship gathering Torch Lighting Ceremony for the 8th International Martial art Games Banquet

19th of Sep (Thur): City tour Art performance 

20th of Sep (Fri):  Departure

Entry visa to the DPR Korea  

Foreigners who wish to visit the DPR Korea are requested to have DPRK visa issued. The visa applications with your passport copy should be sent to the International Martial Art Games Committee by e-mail not later than 15th of May, 2019. (Pls find the attached herewith).  Once you are notified that your visa has been approved, you should contact the DPR Korea Embassy in your country to have your visa issued. If there is no DPR Korea Embassy in your country you could contact any DPR Korea Embassy in your neighboring country or in Beijing, China. Therefore, the applicants should clearly specify in the visa applications the name of the country or region where they want to have their visas issued.  

Participants who get the visa at the DPR Korea embassy in Beijing, China should visit the embassy with a sheet of your photo for visa.

The address of the DPR Korea Embassy: Beijing Chaoyangqi Ritanbeilu 12 Hao

Chinese transit visa   

Most of the people who transit in Beijing, China, on their way to Pyongyang are requested to have Chinese transit visas (double entries). Please pay attention to the followings for the Chinese transit visas:

Those who have the connecting air ticket to Pyongyang within 24 hours don’t need the Chinese transit visa irrespective of their nationalities. Those who have the connecting air ticket to Pyongyang within 72 hours and are the citizens of the following countries don’t need the Chinese transit visa:  

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Magyar, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, Great Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, USA, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, UAE, Qatar, Croatia  

Those who stay in Beijing more than 72 hours must obtain the Chinese transit visa.

Therefore, once they obtain the DPR Korean visa they should immediately contact the Chinese Embassy in their country to have their Chinese transit visas (double) issued. 

Accommodation and Local Transport  

The organizers shall provide the participants with the accommodation expenses and means of transport from the Pyongyang International Airport to the hotel at the time of arrival/departure and between hotel and ceremony venue, sightseeing spots during their stay in Pyongyang. 

The participants should notify the International Martial Art Games Committee of their arrival date, time, flight No until one week before they arrive in Pyongyang (10th Sep. 2019) so that the organizers could arrange the transport at the Pyongyang Airport.    


Foreigners who visit the DPR Korea may take either Air Koryo (JS) or Air China (CA).

Since the air ticket differs in price according to the time of purchase, you are kindly advised to visit following websites of the Air Koryo (JS) and Air China (CA) to check the detailed information about the price, flight date and time.  

Organizers may book the air ticket of Air Koryo (JS) at the visitor’s requests.

Air Koryo (JS) website:

Air China (CA) website:


The temperature varies between 18°C and 25°C in September.

The 7th International Martial Arts Games in Minsk, Belarus 2017