Founded in 2015, the World Martial Arts Games is described as “one of the top multi-disciplinary martial arts events worldwide.” Every year, the competition is held in a different host city, with past hosts including Sydney, Las Vegas, Bregenz, and last year, Arbon. In 2018, the honor will go to Geneva to welcome martial artists from all corners of the world.
What competitions can you expect at the Games? MMA (full and light contact), kickboxing (K1, Thai, full, light, and semi), karate kyokushinkai, grappling (no-gi and gi), forms (kata and musical forms), baton combat (chanbara and nunchaku), and breaking. For the first time in 2018, the Geneva Open World Martial Arts Games will also offer a competition of tactical self-defense for law enforcement professionals, as well as a nunchaku competition in collaboration with the World Nunchaku Association (WNA).
In case you need further convincing of the Games’ worthiness in the world of martial arts competitions, the current list of attending countries includes; Germany, England, Austria, Italy, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Wales, Scotland, United States, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, Canada, Serbia, Ghana, Brazil, Bangladesh, India, France, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Russia, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Mexico, Morocco, Jordan, and Greece. There’s even a list of famous martial artists who have lended their support to the event, such as retired Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion, Murilo Bustamante.