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  • Chairperson of ICM, LEE Si-Jong
  • I would like to convey my sincere gratitude and warm welcome to all those visiting ICM’s website.

    Home of “Taekkyeon,” a traditional Korean martial art inscribed on the Lists of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage, Chungju has long been endeavoring to contribute in the promotion and sharing of martial arts. As a central hub for world martial arts, Chungju now stands as home to ICM and its new building.

    Established on 19 December 2016 under ‘Agreement Between the Government of the Republic of Korea and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Regarding the International Centre of Martial Arts for Youth Development and Engagement Under the Auspices of UNESCO (Category 2),’ ICM is the third UNESCO category 2 center within Korea.

    ICM utilizes the philosophy and cultural values of martial arts in providing physical and psychological activities that could contribute to youth development, leadership cultivation, and social empowerment. The Martial Arts Research Initiative for Experts (MARIE), Martial Arts Open School, International Youth Martial Arts Camp, International Martial Arts Academic Seminar, Study on World Marital Arts, and North-South cooperation through martial arts are some of those examples.

    Now, with ICM’s new building as a strong foundation, we will continue to work towards protection of cultural diversity, expand the culture of peace and non-violence, and strive for the development and participation of youth and women, all of which are pursued by UNESCO.

    Lastly, I would like to once again, express my gratitude for your interest and support for ICM.

    Chairperson of ICM LEE Si-Jong