|Canadian Martial Arts Games will be the major event for all Canadian Martial Arts disciplines.
The Games will play a key role to enhance the positive image, strong spirit, and great values of
true Martial Arts to the public.
- An opportunity to meet all Great Canadian Martial Artists
- Unity of the Canadian Martial Arts community
- Enhance brotherhood/sisterhood
- Exchanging of knowledge
- Be recognized for your martial arts contribution to Canadian society by the Canadian
Martial Arts community and the Government
- Be nominated to the Canadian Martial Art Hall of Fame
- Be eligible to participate in the International Martial Arts Games which will be
held every four years by the International Martial Arts Games Committee (IMGC)
The essence of all Oriental Martial Arts is a
deep-rooted belief that courtesy is the ultimate of all virtues. It is
this virtue, according to the ancient saints and wise men that is
required of any human being in order for them to maintain a peaceful
co-existence with the world.
Conversely, the main goal of sports for people nowadays
lies in the desire to win over or defeat an opponent, sometimes at all
cost. The perpetuation of this mental attitude, fuelled by greed to
achieve personal fame and/or fortune, is often accompanied by a loss of
respect for other participants, lack of acknowledgement of seniority, and
a disregard for proper sportsmanship.
The fundamental and cultural differences between these
two contrasting concepts are clearly evident. It is also apparent that
the increasing popularity of martial arts is related to society's
present preoccupations with excessive materialism. However, this
materialistic attitude has failed to satisfy the void of spiritual
fulfillment that society is seeking.
With the growing violence in our
world, individuals have been left feeling helpless and vulnerable. More
than ever before, people of all ages are knocking on the doors of
martial arts schools in search of a more secure and disciplined
lifestyle. We can no longer ignore this pervading need for a disciplined
and structured way of life.
Martial arts were originally conceived with
the objective that through a program of vigorous mental and physical
training, one could develop the necessary self-confidence, control and
power to foster the evolution of a more peaceful society. To this end,
the dedicated martial artist should be dedicated to the defense of the
just and protection of the weak.
The fundamental difference between Eastern and Western
values has somewhat altered the present day martial arts competitions.
In their most prevalent format, they no longer provide a medium of the
dedicated martial artist to achieve the goals that the masters of their
art intended, and become well rounded and complete warriors. It is
widely accepted that today's Olympic Games have deviated further and
further away from the original Olympic spirit. The members of the
Olympic Committee helplessly continue to deny most legitimate martial
arts the attention they deserve.
The time has come to take the initiative as a community
to resolve these problems in sport. The formation of the Canadian
Martial Arts Games Committee would be an excellent step forward in
serving to preserve martial arts and their noble philosophy for our
future generations. The participation of enthusiastic leaders like you
is important in ensuring the success of this committee.