The World Fighting Martial Arts Federation (WFMAF) is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve the original martial root of martial arts through communication, exchange, and research; to promote through public events the diverse cultures inherent in martial arts; to make a positive impact on our society through teaching the core values of martial arts and educating people about their character building qualities.
The WFMAF encourages all generations of people around the world, who are channeling their energy into a martial arts discipline, to support the mission of the WFMAF by embodying the core values of martial arts, and to illustrate these values in their family and the community.
The WFMAF recognizes diverse martial arts schools dedicated to training young people in their martial arts endeavors, and encourages them to reach out into their own communities to offer support, education, and programs that will enhance the healthy life-styles of individuals within the community.
At the core of martial arts is self-discipline, self-respect and respect for others, the nurturing of personal growth, benevolence towards others, and the practice of inclusion of all people and cultures as a means to building a whole and healthy society.
At the heart of every true warrior is benevolence. They live the ideals of moral integrity and compassionate justice, and they come together in fellowship for humanitarian purposes. As true warriors, they have a sense of purpose to resolve conflicts through peaceful means and to make a positive impact in the society.
Martial arts was originally developed for the purpose of combat, self-defense, and the protection of communities. As societies became more civilized and legal and defense systems developed, the need for martial artists with combat skills diminished since the role of protecting communities and nations fell to the more sophisticated law enforcement agencies and the military.
As societies matured, martial arts transitioned from being used for purely combative and defensive purposes into being used for the training of body and mind. All over the world, martial arts practitioners developed systems indigenous to their particular culture, history, and philosophy, preserving the style’s combat experience steeped in the rich traditions of their history accumulated over thousands of years.
Thanks to advanced technology, we are now globally connected and capable of sharing all these diverse martial arts systems. Local, regional, and international martial arts organizations are promoting and preserving world-wide martial arts styles and the cultural heritage from which they emerge. Martial arts systems such as Kung Fu, Karate, Taekwondo, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, jujitsu, weapons, etc. are now widely practiced in most parts of the world.
The martial arts culture is experiencing a boom in growth, with academic degrees being offered in many colleges and universities. The unifying root of all martial systems is the core values upon which these diverse systems are founded. From the beginning, martial arts trained body and mind, and the moral and ethical characters of the martial practitioners. The core values then are the same character building core values now, and just as they influenced and shaped the communities and societies from their inception, so too do they have the potential to positively shape the health and well-being of communities and societies today, and tomorrow.