Mulimpia is an event during which various martial arts championships are held simultaneously. We call it an “event” because it’s so much more than a tournament. It is a gathering. A gathering of martial artists from all over the world to come together and compete, educate and inspire.
This year we will host the very first Euro Mulimpia at the prestigious German Sports University in Cologne, Germany from 14-15 October. During this time we will have championships of the following martial arts:
Haidong Gumdo / Taekwondo / Hapkido / Kungfu / Karate
It is our sincere desire for the Mulimpia will develop to become an important event, such as the Olympics, that can unite all people in the world who share a common passion and love for martial arts. Our organization is dedicated to continuously strive forward to positively contribute to the society by means of these events. Thus, planting a new seed of hope for the global martial arts community while at the same time establishing a new sense of value regarding martial arts.
Numerous oriental martial arts have found their way to the West around 110 years ago and have well developed ever since. Especially with the rise of the movie industry, the martial arts have rapidly spread in the West. Some well-known examples can be found below.
Until today, most martial arts have focused solely on their own development and have held events based on their own martial art, instead of establishing a certain unity based on common goals and principles. Mulimpia, however, envisions rising above the existing limitations of events dedicated to a single martial art as well as crossing social, political, economical and other boundaries by playing a parental role that can encapsulate and provide benefit to all martial arts in their further development and positive recognition in society.
|China||Wushu, Kungfu, Taichi, Sambo, Wingchun, Jeet Kune Do|
|Japan||Aikido, Karate, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Kyudo, Iaido, Kendo|
|Korea||Taekwondo, Haidong Gumdo, Hapkido, Tangsoodo|
GOALS & VISION
- Show that all martial arts, sharing common goals, are ‘one’.
- E.g. self-defense, strong mind and body, improve health, gain confidence and self-control, nurture good etiquette, improve social skills, etc.
- Become happy people who contribute to society regardless of age, gender, ethnic background and religion, social status, etc.
- A friendly martial arts festival open to any one who wishes to challenge themselves in their discipline. No (national) selection required.
- Provide a chance for people to compete in more than one martial arts discipline in one event.
- Become a globally recognized grand sports festival, such as the Olympics, Soccer World Cup and the Marathon, for the global martial arts commu- nity.
Countdown for the 2016 Euro Mulimpia
Haidong Gumdo is a traditional Korean Sword martial art that has been established by Grandmaster and President Jeong-Ho Kim in 1982.
Starting from 1961 Mr. Kim received training in a sword art at the Cheon-In Temple in the Gwan-Ahk Mountain. In the year 1982 president Kim began spreading the sword art he had inherited to the world under the name Haidong Gumdo. In 1984, he founded the Korean Haidong Gumdo Association and established the World Haidong Gumdo Federation in 1996. Haidong Gumdo can be enjoyed by anyone and it has a lot of benefits for modern people who have such a busy lifestyle.
- Strengthening of muscles and joints
- Enhance flexibility through Ki stretching exercises
- Stimulation of the blood circulation
- Development of internal energy through meditation and breathing exercises
- Improvement of one’s concentration and awareness level
Achieving a perfect harmony of these elements is essential in order to, eventually, be able to practice with a real, heavy and sharp sword. Training Haidong Gumdo is a great instrument in gaining a strong mind and body, which are the best tools to develop a high level of assertiveness: an absolutely necessary quality in nowadays society.
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art. Taekwondo was developed during the 1876s and 1936s by various Korean martial artists as a blend of the indigenous Korean fighting styles of taekyeon, gobeop, and suak, with influence from foreign martial arts, such as karate and Chinese martial arts.
The oldest governing body for Taekwondo is the Korea Taekwondo Association (KTA), formed in 1976 by a collaborative effort by representatives from the nine original kwans, or martial arts schools, in Korea. The main international organizational bodies for Taekwondo today are the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), founded by General Choi Hong Hi in 1966, and the World TaeKwonDo Federation (WTF), founded in 1973 by the KTA.
Gyeorugi a type of full-contact sparring, has been an Olympic event since 1992. The body known for taekwondo in the Olympics is the World TaeKwonDo Federation.
Hapkido is a Korean martial art practiced the world over. Characterized by joint locks, throws, and dynamic kicking techniques, it is unique among Korean martial arts in its emphasis on deflecting an opponent’s attacks instead of forceful blocking.
Hapkido is the “anti-martial art”. It was designed as a way to defend against and overcome an attacker with skill in many forms of martial combat. With roots in Aiki-jujitsu, Hapkido adds striking and punching to joint-locks, throws, and grappling, making it one of the original mixed martial arts. However, unlike modern MMA training, Hapkido gives the student a solid base in different forms of defense, and roots the strategy of that defense in the principles of water, circle, and harmony. This gives the student a solid framework on which to develop their skill so that they are not caught off-guard when in real defense situations.
It is designed to allow a martial artist to rapidly subdue an opponent and render any attacker completely incapable of causing harm. Since Hapkido affords total control over a physical confrontation and emphasizes precision over brute strength, the hapkido practitioner can localize any damage dealt to an opponent and avoid creating unintended injury. For this reason, it is very popular among private security and law enforcement agents throughout the world.
But, make no mistake. Hapkido also enables the practitioner to leverage extremely powerful and even deadly force if absolutely necessary, such as in a life-or-death confrontation. The art’s primary emphasis is on practical self-defense.
KUNG-FU & WUSHU
Kung Fu, an ancient sport popular in China, has a very long history, during which a variety of skills were created and massively improved. Originated from the hunting and defense needs in the primitive society (over 1.7 million years ago – 21st century BC), it at first only included some basic skills like cleaving, chopping, and stabbing.
Later the system of Kung Fu formed and developed mainly as the fighting skills from the Xia Dynasty (21st – 17th century BC) to the Yuan Dynasty (1271 – 1368), and reached its peak during the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 – 1911).
In modern times, it develops well and becomes not just martial skills or physical movement. It is also a way for keeping fit, entertainment, and performance.
Karate is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands in what is now Okinawa, Japan. It was developed partially from the indigenous martial arts of Ryukyu Islands called Te and from Chinese kenpo. Karate is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands, and palm-heel strikes. In some styles, grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints, and vital point strikes are also taught. A karate practitioner is called a karateka.
Karate was developed in the Ryukyu Kingdom and was systematically taught in Japan after the Taisho era. It was brought to the Japanese mainland in the early 20th century during a time of cultural exchanges between the Japanese and the Ryukyuans. In 1922 the Japanese Ministry of Education invited Gichin Funakoshi to Tokyo to give a karate demonstration. In 1924 Keio University established the first university karate club in Japan and by 1932, major
Japanese universities had karate clubs. In this era of escalating Japanese militarism, the name was changed from Tangsoo (Chinese hand) to Kongsoo (empty hand) to indicate that the Japanese wished to develop the combat form in Japanese style.
GERMAN SPORTS UNIVERSITY COLOGNE
The German Sport University- Germany’s only sport university- is located in the West of Cologne and is surrounded by greenery, but is easily accessible by local transport and the highway network.
The Campus offers short ways and is situated right next to the stadium “RheinEnergieStadion” and one of Cologne’s parks, the “Stadtwald”. The GSU’s campus provides ideal infrastructural conditions and in equal measure recreation. 31,000 square meters of sport area are available for the students on campus.
You find the German Sport University located in Cologne-Muengersdorf, right next to the sport park Muengersdorf and the RheinEnergie stadium. Follow the A1, and exit at Köln-Loevenich. Follow the signs to the RheinEnergie stadium until you reach the direction sign to the German Sport University.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Board the city railway line #1 Junkersdorf/ Weiden West (or Brueck/ Bensberg when entrance at the stop Weiden-West) or take the busses such as KVB-lines 141 / 143 / 144. Get off at the stop Junkersdorf / Sporthochschule.
- Connection from the airport
Board the city railway S13 to Messe/ Deutz station, then transfer to city railway line #1 (Junkersdorf/ Weiden). Get off at the stop Junkersorf/ Sporthochschule.
- Connection from the central station
At the central station board the city railway line #13 or #18 and transfer at Neumarkt to line #1 (to Junkersdorf/ Weiden) and get off at the stop Junkersdorf/ Sporthochschule. At the train station Cologne-Deutz directly board the city railway line #1 (to Junkersdorf/ Weiden).
Please see the online campus map for further orientation. To reach campus from the stop Junkersdorf/ Sporthochschule, take the path situated between the street Am Roemerhof and Building 6 and walk alongside the building (see online campus map).