Martial Arts Associations help to keep the sport alive by hosting tournaments, offering financial support, and supporting initiatives where people can become more involved with martial arts. The following associations are the most well-known in Canada.
The whole purpose of the WMO (World Martial Arts Organization) Canada is to bring together martial artists from all over Canada. This organization is responsible for managing the Canadian martial arts team around the world to demonstrate the skills and talents of the country’s most successful martial athletes.
Martial Arts Industry Association – Canada
The Martial Arts Industry Association Canada Limited (MAIACAN) is the governing body responsible for the martial arts industry in Canada. They host and regulate tournaments and events.
They feature members who are highly experienced in the sport, and it hosts a forum for members of the sports community to communicate effectively. Martial Arts School owners can share and communicate their journey with this association.
International Martial Arts Association (IMA)
This is the world’s foremost organization that deals in most matters of martial arts around the world. This body is responsible for the guidelines and system of rules that allow the sport to function in its current form. This organization is responsible for preserving the unique traditions and heritage of martial arts.
The IMA is also responsible for hosting and organizing a number of martial arts events around the world. This includes the World Cup and the participation of martial arts in the Olympic Games. All the members and affiliates of the organization work towards the proliferation of art throughout the world.
Martial arts as a whole are a conglomeration of thousands of clubs and organizations around the world. The sport is made up of too many sub-divisions and genres to be managed by a single organization alone. However, fans of martial arts will always find a forum or blog to follow to learn more about a particular form of martial arts.
These associations are devoted to promoting the future of martial arts in Canada and around the world. Contact any of these initiatives directly for further information.