Article 1 Name


The official name of the organization shall be the “International Martial Art Games Committee and the official abbreviation is IMGC.


Article 2 Description


2.1 The IMGC is a non-governmental and non-profit International Martial Art Organization contributing to Martial Art Sports, on educational, scientific and technical levels through the organization of international, continental and regional martial art games.


2.2 The IMGC consists of continental and national martial arts games committees and international martial arts organizations as its main composition members.


2.3 Its members shall retain their autonomy and independence.


Article 3 Objectives


The principal objectives of the IMGC are:


3.1 To organize International Martial Art Games for all martial arts sports practiced in the world and through this process to preserve and develop all martial arts sports as a common good for humankind along with social progress.


3.2 To provide all martial arts organizations of the world, regardless of the sizes of their organizations with an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and abilities and show their martial art value through friendly competitions.


3.3 To promote friendship and goodwill under the ideal of “Friendship, Cooperation, Development” irrespective of ideology, sex, religion, race, nationality and martial arts styles.


3.4 To encourage and promote cooperation and marginalize the technical divergences of the organizations of each martial art category through the International Martial Art Games With the goal of conformity in the Martial Art Movement and its values.


3.5 Other objectives may from time to time be defined by the Executive Board.


Article 4 Headquarters


4.1 The permanent Headquarters of the IMGC shall be located in Pyongyang, DPR Korea, the birthplace of the Founder of IMGC, the late Gen. Choi Hong Hi.


4.2 The Secretariat for daily work and some relevant departments shall be in this Headquarters.


 Article 5 Official Language


5.1 The official language of the IMGC is English.


Article 6 Symbol, Flag, Song and Torch Tower


6.1 The IMGC shall have its symbol, flag, song and torch tower.


6.1.1 The symbol and flag are the ones made by Gen. Choi Hong Hi, the founder of the IMGC, and used since its inauguration congress on Sep. 2. 1999.


6.1.2 A song of the IMGC shall be composed and once it is approved by the Executive Board, it shall be an official song of the IMGC.


6.1.3 The torch tower is the one, which is situated in Pyongyang, DPR Korea, the birthplace of Gen. Choi Hong Hi, the founder of the IMGC and was lit for the first time in the history of the martial arts movement in the opening ceremony of the 1st IMG in Sep. 2004.


All flames to be lit in International Martial Art Games shall be carried to the International Martial Art Games venues from the torch tower in Pyongyang through various means.


6.2 The symbol, flag, song, torch tower are the intellectual and material property of the IMGC


6.3 The continental and national martial arts games committees can register the symbol and flag of the IMGC in their respective countries on behalf of the IMGC and use them subject to the previous agreements between the IMGC and the continental/national martial arts games committees.


Article 7 International Martial Arts Games


7.1 The International Martial Arts Games is a tournament in which all martial arts sports in IMGC have their own events, not between the different sports.


   The International Martial Arts Games is held in every two years.


7.2 The martial art sport which is unable to compete as it is not practiced in the international scale shall show its value through demonstrations.


7.3 The International Martial Art Games is the Martial Arts Sports Event in which the athletes of all ages take part in competition and demonstration.


7.4 The International Martial Art Games will comply with an internationally recognized anti-drugs code.


7.5 The International Martial Art Games are the exclusive property of the IMGC.




Article 8 International Federation


8.1 The IMGC may recognize International Federations as International Martial Arts Organizations


8.2 The recognized International Federations shall be obliged to assume the responsibility of technical control and for the development of their martial art sports in the IMGC and worldwide as well.


Article 9 Umbrella organization


9.1 The IMGC may recognize National Martial Arts Organizations called National Martial Art Games Committees and the official abbreviation is “NMGC


9.2 The role of the NMGC’s is to develop and protect the Martial Art Games Movement in their respective countries


9.3 The IMGC can have Continental Martial Art Games Committees under review for consistent promotion and activation of the martial arts in the continents.


9.4 The Continental Martial Art Games Committees shall protect the NMGCs and organize the regional Martial Arts Games in the respective areas.


Article 10 Termination of membership


10.1 Any member, affiliated International Federation or NMGC can submit its written resignation to the IMGC HQ at any time, provided that at the time of resignation the International Federation or NMGC has no outstanding liabilities to the IMGC and with the acceptance of the resignation the affiliation or recognition shall be terminated.


10.2 In the case of expulsion from the IMGC by the decision of the Congress the membership or recognition shall automatically be terminated.


Article 11 Obligation and right of the members


11.1 A Member has one vote and the right to elect/be elected.


11.2 A Member may speak on behalf of another Member only if specifically requested by the relevant Member and after ratification, at the invitation of the President or of the Chairman.




Article 12


The organs of the IMGC are:


12.1 The Congress,


12.2 The Executive Board,


12.3 The President.


Article 13 IMGC Congress


13.1 The congress is a meeting attended by the Members.


13.2 The congress is the supreme governing organ of the IMGC.


13.3 The congress shall be held every 2 years.


13.4 The congress’ decisions are final.


13.5 The congress deals with the followings:


13.5.1 Adoption, modification and addition of the IMGC Statutes.


13.5.2 Approval of the minutes of the last meeting


13.5.3 Election of president of 6 year’s term, Vice-Presidents, Secretary General and Executive Board Members of 4 year’s term


13.5.4 Approval/disapproval of the recognition, suspension, and expulsion of a Member


13.5.5 Report on the activities between IMGC congresses


13.5.6 Election of the Auditor who holds the office of certified public accountant.


13.5.7 Approval of the budget, financial statement


13.5.8 Determining the place and date of the IMG


13.5.9 Determining the place and date of the congress


Article 14 Extraordinary Congress


14.1 An Extraordinary Congress may be convened on the motion of the President  or written request from more than half of the Members having the right to vote for an Extraordinary Congress.


14.2 The Motions for the Extraordinary Congress must be sent to the IMGC HQ together with the request for an Extraordinary Congress.


14.3 The place and date of the Extraordinary Congress shall be determined by the President. Notification of the meeting will be sent out to the members at least 30 (thirty) days in advance.


14.4 At such an Extraordinary Congress, no other business, other than that specified in the notification shall be conducted without the written consent of the President.


Article 15 Executive Board


15.1 Composition


The Executive Board shall comprise 9 members including the President, Vice-Presidents, the Secretary General and other Members.


15.2 Election


All the members of the Executive Board are elected by the Congress, upon secret ballot, by a majority of votes cast


  15.3 Term


      The terms of President and Executive Board members are specified in the 13.5.3 above.


15.4Powers and Duties


The Executive Board manages the affairs of the IMGC. In particular, it performs the following duties:


15.4.1 it will attend to the observance of the IMGC Statutes;


15.4.2 it will assume the ultimate responsibility for the administration of the IMGC;


15.4.3 it will approve the IMGC’s internal organization, and all internal regulations relating to its organization;


15.4.4 it is responsible for the management of the IMGC’s finances and prepares an annual report;


15.4.5 it submits to the IMGC Congress the names of the persons whom it recommends for election to the IMGC;


15.4.6 it will establish the agenda for the IMGC Congresses;


15.4.7 it enacts, in the form it deems most appropriate, (codes, rulings,, guidelines) all regulations necessary to ensure the proper implementations of the IMGC Statutes and the organization of the International Martial Art Games;


15.4.8 it will perform all other duties assigned by the Congress.


15.4.9 The Executive Board will meet when convened by the President’s proposal or at the request of the majority of its members.


Article 16 President


16.1 A President will be elected for a term of six years by the Congress upon a secret ballot from amongst its members.  


16.2 If the President is unable to fulfill the duties of his office, the Vice-President, who is senior in such office, replaces him until a new President is elected at the next IMGC Congress. The new President then completes the term of office of the President whom he replaces. The President is then eligible for re-election in accordance with the first sentence of 16.1 above.


16.3 The President presides over all activities of the IMGC and represents it permanently.


Article 17 Commissions


The Executive Board may set up commissions for specific departments as laid down in the bye-laws.


Article 18 Voting and Elections


18.1 All Members shall have one vote and suffrage in adoption of decision.


18.2 A Member from an affiliated organization that has not paid the affiliation fee until the commencement of the congress shall have no voting right.


18.3 No Member is allowed to vote by proxy.


18.4 All decisions and elections taken to a vote shall be decided by a simple majority i.e. 50% plus one vote.


18.5 A secret ballot shall be applied in case that more than half of the members request for it.


18.6 Voting in favor of the Dissolution or Amendment of the Statutes shall require a two thirds majority of the eligible voting members.


18.7 Except in the case of elections or a secret ballot, voting shall always be conducted by a simply show of hands.


Article 19 Suspension


19.1 The IMGC may suspend any EB member, member or affiliated or recognized organization according to the resolution of the Congress or the Executive Board.


19.1.1 Affiliated or recognized organizations that commit the infringements against the Statutes and Bye-Laws of the IMGC may be suspended.


19.1.2 Suspension may automatically be applied to an EB member and to a member who does not attend the congresses for two successive meetings without certain reason.


19.1.3 Suspension may automatically be applied to an EB member who fails to attend two successive EB meetings without certain reason.


19.2 Enforcement of suspension shall be decided by simple majority (half plus one) by the Congress or the Executive Board.


Article 20 Expulsion


20.1 Any affiliated organization may be expelled from IMGC by the decision of the Congress in the case that it is proved that they may have inflicted injury to the IMGC.


20.2 Enforcement of expulsion shall be decided by 2/3(two thirds) majority of the Members to the Congress.




Article 21 Entry fee, Membership fee


21.1 An organization seeking affiliation to the IMGC will pay an entry fee, the amount of which shall be decided by the Executive Board.


21.2 The entry fee should be paid within 30 days after admission.


21.3 All affiliated organizations of the IMGC shall be obliged to pay the annual membership fee.


21.4 The amount of the entry fee, the annual membership fee and other revenues shall be decided by the Executive Board.


Article 22 Budget


22.1 The fiscal year of the IMGC shall run from the 1st of January to the 31st of December.


22.2 The budget shall be drafted by the Headquarters but will be approved by the President and adopted by the Executive Board.


22.3 The IMGC shall be financially bound, within the limits of the approved budget, by the signature of the President.


Article 23 Treasurer and Auditor


23.1 The headquarters shall have a Treasurer by the appointment of the President.


23.2 The Treasurer shall engage in making budget, financial transaction, bank accounts, bookkeeping and etc. and make regular reports to the EB.


23.3 An internationally competent certified public accountant shall be appointed by the EB and approved by the Congress to audit the annual accounts of the IMGC




Article 24 Bye-Laws


24.1 The Bye-Laws are defined by the Executive Board and are approved by the Congress.


24.2 The Bye-Laws shall not be altered or rescinded unless a subsequent Congress shall decide so.


Article 25 Interpretation


The authority for evaluating any dispute arising out of these Statutes or the Bye-Laws appertaining thereto, shall reside in the President for the time being.


Article 26 Dissolution


26.1 The intended dissolution of the IMGC shall require an Extraordinary Congress at which the item on the agenda shall only be the proposed dissolution.


26.2 The dissolution of the organization requires two thirds majority of the members voting in favor of it.


26.3 If upon the dissolution of the IMGC there remains, after settling all its debts and liabilities, any property whatsoever excepting the intellectual properties, the same shall not be paid to, or distributed amongst the members of the IMGC, but shall be applied to the furtherance of any objects of the IMGC as may be determined by the Congress at, or before, the time of dissolution and if, in so far effect cannot be given to the foregoing provisions, then to some charitable organizations.


26.4 The intellectual property shall be conveyed to the International Martial Art Foundation.


Article 27 Dispute Resolution


27.1 All disputes between the IMGC and NMGCs/International Federations or between NMGCs/ International Federations arising outside of IMGC statutes shall be settled in amicable negotiations.


27.2 In the case the dispute is not settled according to 27.1, it shall be recommended for arbitration in a third country to be mutually agreed.


27.3 Disputes that cannot be settled according to 27.2 shall be submitted to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and its decisions are final.








17.1 The IMGC shall organize the relevant non-permanent commissions


The commissions of the IMGC are:


   17.1.1 Verification and Ethics Commission


   17.1.2 Competition Commission


   17.1.3 Umpire Commission


   17.1.4 Information Commission


   17.1.5 Finance and Marketing Commission


17.2 A commission is responsible for its particular respective business before the president of the IMGC


17.3 A commission is composed of 3-5 persons


17.4 Chairperson of the Commission is appointed by the President of the IMGC in consultation with the Executive Board.


17.5 Members of the Commission are recommended by its chairperson and approved by the President of the IMGC.