The martial arts of a people is an important part of the cultural heritage of that people.
Such martial arts, just like any other cultural heritage, should be preserved. Nevertheless, some of the traditional martial arts are sadly on the "endangered list".
Some of them are already lost to the history, and some others are gradually but unknowingly receding into oblivion. Urgent is the need to make earnest efforts to stop the slippage and to try to preserve these cultural heritage of us all.
Chungju, the ancient home of the oldest Korean martial arts tradition of Taekgyeon, to organize and play host to the first World Martial Arts Festival. in 1998. We have just witnessed the tenth annual event. The year 1998 will be remembered as a landmark-year by all those who are interested in or have a attachment for the martial arts. In October this year, created there was one more such landmark. The birth of the World Martial Arts Union(WoMAU) marked another turning point in the joint efforts of the world martial arts community. Representatives of 28 national martial arts organizations from 26 countries met in Chungju on October 1-2, at the time of the fifth Festival, and signed an agreement launching WoMAU. Upon signing the agreement, the representatives expressed their strong hope that the organization they were launching would effectively promote cooperation among its members and also would give Chungju World Martial Arts Festival international support so that it might grow into a major international event showing all things of martial arts.
The WoMAU membership is open to all national and international martial arts organizations. Those that are not member yet are invited to join it. Martial arts do have many potentials to contribute to the bodily as well as the mental health of individual person and society and by extension to the peace of the world. For these reasons alone, the members of the world martial arts community are well advised to cooperate among them. I am positive about the increased role of Chungju World Martial Arts Festival and WoMAU to play for the advancement of all of these.
Thank you for having read this message and wish you well.