The International Martial Art Games Committee is a non-governmental and non-profit international martial art organization contributing to Martial Art Sports, on educational, scientific and technical levels through the international and regional martial art events. The official abbreviation of the International Martial Art Games Committee is IMGC.
At the initiative of Gen. Choi Hong Hi, 1st President of the International Taekwon-Do Federation the International Martial Art Games Committee was founded in Buenos Aires, Argentine on September 2, 1999. Twenty three representatives participated in the inaugural meeting from 19 countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Burkina-Faso, Cambodia, Canada, Croatia, DPR Korea, Ireland, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Paraguay, Russia, Scotland, Spain, United States, Turkey and Zimbabwe). The meeting adopted the Declaration and Statutes of IMGC and elected Gen. Choi Hong Hi to its President.
IMGC provides all martial art organizations over the world with an opportunity to demonstrate their martial art skills and values through the international and regional martial art games and endeavors to preserve and develop martial art sports as a common asset of humanity along with social progress, irrespective of political belief, religion, sex, nationality and martial art styles.
Since its foundation IMGC has continuously expanded its membership and organized the international martial art games in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2015 in different places over the world. The IMGC celebrated 10th anniversary of its foundation in 2009.
Here is the excerpt from Gen. Choi's speech at the inaugural meeting. "The martial art aims to cultivate moral culture to win oneself rather than beat the opponent and to promote physical fitness to stop any fight with righteous strength. … It is with great pleasure to organize together with you, the martial artists, the International Martial Art Games Committee ... for the benefit of not only the people in this era but the future generations."
IMGC has its Logo, Flag, Torch-tower and Song. The Torch- tower was set up in the DPR Korea, the birthplace of Gen. Choi Hong Hi, founder of IMGC. Torch-lighting ceremonies take place here before the International Martial Arts Games.
SONG OF MARTIAL ART