Message from president

Dear Friends,

Seeing off this year and greeting a new year soon, I look back the IMGC activities of 2019 with deep emotion and pride as the IMGC President.

This year 2019 was recorded significantly as we celebrated with splendor the 20th anniversary of IMGC foundation in Pyongyang, the capital of DPR Korea, the birthplace of Gen Choi Hong Hi, the Founder of the IMGC. This was pleasure and pride for all of us and an important occasion for the martial artists to exchange their experiences and views and further develop and strengthen the friendship and cooperation, future development in accordance with the mission and task aspiring after martial arts Olympic.

This year added more significance to the IMGC as we successfully held the 8th IMG and the 10th IMGC Congress.

The 8th IMG held in Carrara, Italy provided us with an opportunity to demonstrate the image of the IMGC developing and strengthening under the ideal of friendship, cooperation and development and radical turning point in the organizational development through the 10th IMGC Congress held during period of the 8th IMG.

The 9th IMG will be held in Chevoksary, Russia in August, 2020.

I am convinced that the 9th IMG would be one of the magnificent  Games in the IMG history to be remembered in the minds of all the participants.

I will join and walk together with my martial art friends to find out the way of martial arts development and fulfill my duty and responsibility to achieve our common goal as the IMGC President.

Seeing off the memorable year and greeting the New Year, I wish all the martial artists good health and happiness of your family, great success and good luck in your work.

Prof. RI Yong Son

President, International Martial Art Games Committee

President, International Taekwon-Do Federation






from IMGC President Prof. RI YONG SON

1 January 2019


Dear martial art friends and colleagues!

The year 2018 has come to an end and I feel satisfied to release my message to all the IMGC members and martial artists the world over.

This year, we have achieved a feasible progress in the IMGC movement with concerted efforts and dedication by our members in further promoting the martial art activities to a high level.

The foremost highlight was the celebration ceremonies held in Pyongyang, DPR Korea, with various events on the occasion of the 100th birth anniversary of General Choi Hong Hi, the founder of ITF and IMGC. During this period, IMGC held the Executive Board meeting with several issues including grand events to be held in Pyongyang on the occasion of the 20th founding anniversary of IMGC in September 2019 and the selection of the host country for the 8th International Martial Art Games and had candid discussions for further development of IMGC.

This year also recorded a lot of wonderful competitions and various events organized with active participation by the member IFs and NMGCs, thus giving a deep impression to the players and spectators, and highly accelerating the diffusion and development of martial arts, the common wealth of humanity.

In the name of IMGC President, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to all EB members, Presidents and Sec. Generals of our family members, IMGC HQs’ staff and the entire martial artists for their unsparing supports and cooperation made in this year.

The year 2019 will be a more meaningful and significant year as it will greet the 20th founding anniversary of IMGC and the 8th International Martial Art Games.

The 20th founding anniversary of IMGC will mark a milestone to review our proud history and gear up the activities of IMGC for our common goal, upholding the ideal of “Friendship, Cooperation and Development.”

Seeing in the new year 2019, I wish all of you good health, brilliant success in your responsible work for the development of martial arts, and also happiness in your harmonious families.

I wish you all A Happy New Year!


  Prof. Ri Yong Son

  President ITF & IMGC