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    World Combat Games

    Combat Games Beijing 8/28-9/4/2010

    SportAccord Combat Games Beijing Website

    From the SportAccord website:
    In March 2009, SportAccord signed an agreement with the city of Beijing, P. R. China, to organise the first SportAccord Combat Games. Scheduled from 28 August to 4 September 2010, the competition will showcase 13 Martial Arts and Combat sports, both Olympic and non-Olympic. The event will also include a Cultural Program that will reflect the social and cultural values of these sports and Combat Games as a whole.

    Each sport will have 80 top athletes competing in the 2010 SportAccord Combat Games. These athletes will go through the qualification system set up by their respective International Federation. It is expected that the world best martial arts and combat sports athletes will qualify for the Combat Games. Both male and female athletes will take part. For those sports requiring weigh-in, different weight categories will be included.

    During the eight days of competition, the 2010 SportAccord Combat Games will also include a cultural programme. Indeed, martial arts and combat sports have rich cultural heritages and convey social and educational values. The Combat Games will then serve as a great opportunity to enable deeper understanding of the sports by the public.
    Looking to use venues, China flexes its muscles and lands the 'Combat Games'
    By Stephen Wade (CP) – 1 day ago

    China's growing role in world sports is in the spotlight again, with top leaders of the 2008 Beijing Olympics coming together to organize a new multi-sport event featuring 13 fighting disciplines.

    The Combat Games is the brainchild of former International Olympic Committee member Hein Verbruggen, who headed the IOC body that advised the Chinese in organizing the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

    Verbruggen, a staunch defender of the Beijing Olympics as a "catalyst for change" in the authoritarian state, is back in China calling on old friendships as the new head of SportAccord, which represents 87 international sports federations.

    The triple alliance of Verbruggen, China and the international federations, promises to be powerful and could threaten smaller, regional games. It's also another sign of China's clout as a rising economic and political power.

    "We built up good personal relationships with people and I enjoy coming back to Beijing," Verbruggen said in an interview with The Associated Press.

    The Combat Games will feature mostly East Asian specialties and will include: aikido, boxing, ju-jitsu, judo, karate, kendo, kickboxing, muaythai, sambo, sumo, taekwondo, wrestling and wushu. The format could prove attractive, giving fans a chance to see many little-known sports with 1,200 athletes competing in three venues used for the Beijing Olympics.

    Though Beijing officials were faulted by human rights groups for detaining dissidents, blocking some Internet sites and throwing up intense security around the Olympic Green area, there were few complaints about the organization.

    "What we offer going to China is a top event that is going to be very well organized," Verbruggen said. "There will be no organizational problems so we can set the standard very high if we decide to do this again in two years."

    To launch the venture, Verbruggen said he was drawing on a friendship with Liu Jingmin, who was executive vice-president of Beijing organizing committee and the No. 2 man to Liu Qi, head of the Beijing Communist Party and the games' top Chinese official.

    Verbruggen said SportAccord had already generated about US$2.5 million from marketing and the sale of TV rights from the Combat Games.

    "In fact we apply a system in which we ask an award fee," he said. "This fee includes the host city's rights to organize our event, as well as the right to the largest part of the marketing and TV rights."

    Verbruggen said he was hoping to build up SportAccord because smaller federations lack the money and staff to tackle problems like doping and illegal betting.

    The body represents giants like FIFA, the world governing body of soccer, down to the Tug of War International Federation and the World Darts Federation.

    "The challenges that these international federations face are increasing," Verbruggen said. "And the autonomy of our sports and our sports organizations are under pressure because of governments getting more and more involved."

    What Verbruggen called the "Beijing legacy" is also extending to the Chinese city of Nanjing, which is close to signing a contract to host the Mind Games in 2011, another event being organized by SportAccord. It will feature games such as chess.

    Nanjing was also named the host city for the 2014 Youth Games, an IOC event. Plans are also in the works for Beach Games in 2012, which are unlikely to be in China. Verbruggen suggested Hawaii, California, Brazil, Australia or New Zealand as possible venues.

    The approach in the Combat Games is to focus on a group of sports rather than a huge buffet of disparate events. The Aug. 28-Sept. 4 games will give the stage to sports that are very popular but have been mostly left out of the Olympics.

    The inclusion of wushu, a catch-all term for Chinese martial arts, is sure to please the Chinese.

    Chinese officials lobbied hard to have wushu included in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. They were turned down repeatedly, but got around the refusal by staging the "Wushu Tournament Beijing 2008" during the Olympics.

    It was set up to look like an Olympic event and broadcast on TV, though news releases about the event pointed out it was "neither an official event nor an exhibition event of the Olympics Games."

    Asked if regional games - such as the South Asian Games and the Caribbean games - might get crowded out of the sports festival market at the expense of new events being offered by SportAccord, Verbruggen replied: "It is possible, but it is certainly not our intention. There is a market there. There is a demand for product ... and we jumped on the occasion."

    The Combat Games come in a year when Shanghai is hosting the World Expo and the Asian Games are in Guangzhou. All three are part of the government's use of "soft power" to win friends and cast itself as a non-threatening rising power.

    "I think that we've seen changes in China," Verbruggen said. "This country is going through an enormous change. The (Beijing) Games have played a little role in this. ... The speed is tremendous but, of course, for certain people it is never fast enough."

    Xu Guoqi, a Beijing-born historian teaching at Hong Kong University, disputed linking the Beijing Games to change in China.

    "Any talk of changes ... to a great extent can be read as a pitch ... for selfish reasons," Xu said in an email. "No long-lasting positive political changes took place after the Games. The regime has been more determined to silence any talk of political reforms, to lock up anyone who dares to challenge the dictatorship, and the great wall to stop information flow is higher and stronger."

    "A regime which is so desperate with soft power indicates it actually lacks soft power or moral attraction," Xu added.

    AP sports writer Stephen Wade covered Beijing for 2˝ years in the run-up to the Beijing Games and in its aftermath.
    Wushu Aikido Boxing Judo Ju-Jitsu Karate Kendo Kickboxing Muaythai Sambo Sumo Taekwondo Wrestling
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    cool! I can actually go watch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneChing View Post
    Wushu Aikido Boxing Judo Ju-Jitsu Karate Kendo Kickboxing Muaythai Sambo Sumo Taekwondo Wrestling
    A total of 13 arts, mostly East Asian, with a focus on cultural values...And no mention of Arnis? How can this be??

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlumDragon View Post
    A total of 13 arts, mostly East Asian, with a focus on cultural values...And no mention of Arnis? How can this be??
    I noticed that as well.

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    Is there an International Arnis governing body?

    All of those arts are well established internationally. Four are Olympic and two are Olympic I.F. The others all participate in other games like the Asian Games, the Asian Martial Arts Games, the SEA Games, etc. I'm not sure that Arnis is that unified. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

    Eddie, you must let us know how this goes!
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    Gene,

    There are several governing bodies for Arnis/Escrima. Arnis Philippines is one, with organizations like WEKAF being more based on producing tournaments on a worldwide scale. And with Arnis now the national Philippine sport, its more "official", albeit its always been a fairly hosuehold name to people living in the PI. As my line of Arnis is a family system I dont know much about these governing bodies other than that they exist. But with FMA in general being among the faster growing of martial arts systems at present, and also having a presence in Eastern Asia, its unfortunate that its not being represented at the event.

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    Several governing bodies is a problem

    A sport needs one international governing body to play in any international game. That's what the I.F. stands for in the Olympic bid process - international federation.

    I'm more disappointed that MMA isn't represented. But that's another can of worms when it comes to international governing bodies.
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    POSTED: Friday August 20th 2010
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    Jet Li Ambassador for SportAccord World Combat Games 2010

    International movie star Jet Li will be Ambassador for Wushu at the SportAccord Combat Games starting August 28 in Beijing.

    Having won 15 gold medals in Chinese Wushu Championships, Jet Li is a perfect representative for this martial art. SportAccord President Hein Verbruggen: "We are very honoured to welcome Jet as Ambassador. He is not only a famous actor and a great Wushu champion but shows also outstanding social commitment."
    Jet Li will take part in several activities of the Ambassador Program and will support the promotion of Wushu and the martial arts in general.

    About Jet Li:
    Born in Beijing, Jet Li began studying Wushu at the age of 8. After three years of extensive training, Li won his first national championship for the Beijing Wushu Team.
    Shortly after retiring from the sport at the age of 17, his film career kicked off with Shaolin Temple. Today his film credits include Lethal Weapon 4, Romeo Must Die, The One, Kiss of the Dragon, and Hero. Li's upcoming release is named The Warlords.
    Li is a Red Cross ambassador and he founded the One Foundation whose aim is to help young people cope with mental well-being and find a balance in life.

    About SportAccord:
    SportAccord is the umbrella organisation for 104 International Sports Federations and Organisations. It’s mission is to support and to protect the common interests of the sports movement. Activities include the online video portal Sports Hub, the organisation of multi-sports games, doping-free sport, and sports social responsibility.

    For more information:
    http://sports.tom.com/combatbeijing2010/index.html
    http://www.sportaccord.com
    http://jetli.com/
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    why dont olympics just revive pankration? it wil b ossum. i think olympics comittee is full of big hairy pussy. pankration was the main event of ancient olympics and they dont want it. THIS ISNT OLYMPICS THIS IS BIG PHONY THEY R PHONYS

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    Tata Young?



    Martial arts gala packs punch
    English.news.cn 2010-08-24 15:57:54

    BEIJING, Aug. 24 (Xinhuanet) -- With only a few days left before the kick-off of a massive martial arts gala, organizers of the Sportaccord Combat Games 2010 Beijing say they are ready to rumble and expecting a tournament to remember.

    Rehearsals for the Aug 28 opening ceremony in the National Indoor Stadium went off without a hitch on Monday afternoon.

    The ceremony, which will be witnessed by thousands and involve athletes from more than 100 countries, will not only feature various martial arts displays but include singers and performers from Asia and beyond.

    Tata Young, a famous pop singer from Thailand who is among those invited to perform, said she was impressed by the "spectacular and powerful" event.

    "It was especially powerful when I saw the people involved - old and young, men and women, and all of them gave their spectacular performances on the stage," she said.

    A Japanese singer who is also taking part said the tournament is sure to be something special.

    "No matter which sport or martial art is on display, as long as I see someone working hard and fighting for their dreams and never giving up, I will be deeply moved," said Kousuke Atari.

    The opening ceremony will be broadcast live on Saturday night.

    Jet Li, the Chinese kungfu star, will represent Chinese martial arts and light the torch. Jackie Chan, another famous kungfu star, will also take part, performing the event's theme song, Tian Xing Jian.

    Chan, who flew to Beijing on Friday to record the song, told media he hopes Chinese martial arts will eventually be accepted as an official event at the Olympic Games.

    The Sportaccord Combat Games 2010 Beijing will continue from Aug 28 to Sept 4 and is being billed as the biggest comprehensive international sports event to be held in the capital since the Summer Olympic Games in 2008.

    The world's top 20 exponents of the martial arts, as selected by the World Sport Association, will be among those competing in the 13 programs, which will include Chinese martial arts, Japanese sumo and Muay Thai.

    Li Weidong, director of the Olympic Sports Center Stadium, said preparations at the venue are already complete.

    As one of three venues hosting events during the eight-day competition, it will see competition between 300 athletes from 67 countries.

    "The time schedule is very tight, but we are sure that things will go smoothly because we have rehearsed several times," he said.

    (Source: China Daily)
    I just had to know more about a Thai pop star named Tata Young. Here's her official site. And here's... um...here's Tata


    Interestingly enough, the World Combat Games in Beijing is happening at the same time as the HK International Wushu Competition.
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    Suddenly I'm curious

    Are there any U.S. athletes at this?
    China form 64-athlete delegation to Sportaccord Combat Games
    English.news.cn 2010-08-24 18:29:16

    BEIJING, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- The State General Administration of Sport (SGAS) on Tuesday launched the Chinese delegation to the Sportaccord Combat Games which is to open here on Aug. 28.

    The Games, which will run through to Sept. 4, features 13 martial arts and combat sports, both Olympic and non-Olympic.

    Sixty-four Chinese athletes will take part in nine sports, namely, wrestling, judo, boxing, taekwondo, karate, Wushu (Taolu and Sanda), Muay Thai boxing, kickboxing and kendo.

    Spearheading the Chinese delegation are Olympic boxing champion Zou Shiming and taekwondo Olympic gold medalist Wu Jingyu.

    "We would help promote communication and friendship rather than fight for medals during the Games," said chef-de-mission Xiao Tian.

    Xiao, also a SGAS deputy director, noted Japan and South Korea have already built their delegations.

    Xiao promised to send a "clean" Chinese team to the games.

    "The Chinese sports authorities have zero tolerance for doping," he said.

    The 2010 Sportaccord Combat Games will attract 3,000 athletes from all over the world, most of them ranked among top 20 in their sports.
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    I didn't realize this was quite so big

    Does anyone here know anyone going to this?
    Beijing's biggest event since 2008
    * Source: Global Times
    * [01:32 August 27 2010]
    By Li Zhenyu

    Beijing is about to host one of the biggest international sporting events the capital city has ever seen since the 2008 Olympics. The 2010 SportAccord Combat Games is the first of its kind and runs from Saturday to September 4.

    The Combat Games showcase 13 major categories of martial arts and combat sports, both Olympic and non-Olympic, and provides a unique opportunity for all major combat sports to shine on one stage together.

    More than 1,000 fighters mostly ranked among the top 20 in their respective combat disciplines from over 66 countries and regions will gather in the Olympic city for the first edition of the quadrennial event.

    Kung Fu stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li, renowned MMA fighter Fedor Emelyanenko, legendary judoka Robert Van de Walle and kickboxing legend Don Wilson, are among big names who will attend.

    China's State General Administration of Sport confirmed it will send a squad of 64 top-tier athletes from nine sports categories: Wushu, boxing, taekwondo, judo, wrestling, kickboxing, Muay Thai, karate and kendo. Leading the team are China's grand slam boxing champion Zou Shiming and Olympic taekwondo gold medalist Wu Jingyu.

    Three former Olympic venues have been selected for the Games, which are expected to attract more than 100,000 spectators.

    As a global event, the Combat Games will also speed up the process of Chinese martial arts' standardization and globalization.

    "I think the global event would help promote cultural communication and in part serves as a window for Wushu to present itself to the world," said Xiao Tian, vice minister of the General Administration of Sport. "We didn't set any gold medal goal for it."
    China: Beijing puts dissidents under house arrest ahead of martial arts Olympics
    Dissidents and democrats removed from the city or put under surveillance before Beijing hosts the sporting event. The powerful China increasingly afraid of any protest and "removes" dissidents several times a year.
    Friday, August 27, 2010
    By Asia News

    Beijing (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Qi Zhiyong has been disabled since he was injured during the Tiananmen Square protests of 3-4 June 1989, when the army crushed the pro-democracy student protests. On 24 August the police loaded him into a car and secreted him outside Beijing to an unknown destination where he is being kept under"house arrest".

    Qi Zhiyong (see photo) on the night of the massacre was shot in the leg. He was taken to hospital three hours later. His leg beca,e infected and doctors were forced to amputate it. Speaking to Radio Free Asia, Qi said that "the police say it is because of Sportaccord Combat Games".

    The Sportaccord Combat Games, the first international martial arts competition will be held in Beijing from August 28 to September 4. It involves thousands of athletes around the world in 13 different disciplines, from Korean taekwondo to Chinese kung fu and Thai muaythai or kick boxing. They are called the "Olympics of martial arts” and aim to encourage the admission of new sports to the Olympic Games. The event will be covered by television worldwide. The Hollywood star Jackie Chan, a kung fu expert, travelled to Beijing this week to record a song that will be the anthem of the competition. Chan has recently filmed the movie The Karate Kid, set in a modern prosperous, and technological China, free from problems, due to be released.

    Qi said that the police is forcibly removing all the democrats and dissidents from Beijing to prevent public protests. They said that "with all probability I'll be free in early September. They themselves do not know when". "Through Twitter I sent a message to Li Jinping, who wanted to hold a demonstration" for the rehabilitation of former premier Zhao Ziyang, the restoration of [guarantees provided by] the Chinese Constitution and for greater political power to the people".

    Li is a dissident who for years has been fighting for the public rehabilitation of former premier Zhao, disgraced for opposing the use of the army against the student movement of 1989 and who died in 2005 under house arrest.

    Qi also makes a long list of other democrats and dissidents who have been put under surveillance or house arrest in recent days, such as Wang Xueqin, Hu Shigeno, and Gao Hongming Liu Shasha. He notes that before these "raids" occurred only during major political events and anniversaries. Now they are also made for a sporting event such as the Combat Games.

    "The police – he says - said it was an international event with many foreign visitors, which held for the first time in Beijing necessitating security measures."

    The dissident Wu Tianli says that it has become common practise for police to put all possible dissenters under control prior to any event, "be it major or minor." "Before [the police] could put you under surveillance maybe twice a year. Now its 4 or 5 times. We are put under surveillance for everything. "

    From Beijing, away from all this, Chan said the state newspaper China Daily that he loves wushu (kung fu) and that he hopes it will be included in the Olympics. It really is another China.
    Beijing police stage full-scale exercises
    16:58, August 27, 2010

    Beijing police staged full-scale exercises in Olympic Sports Center, the University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB) Gymnasium recently and other two venues and four dwelling places recently to improve the actual combat and emergency capability. Some 11 kinds of police separately staged exercises in accordance with the 67 predetermined plans. Since Aug. 27, all the venues and dwelling places designed for the exercises were closed down. Beijing police took various measures to ensure the security and success of Sportaccord Combat Games.


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    So...

    It's okay to post Tata pics?

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    u think the guy covering his head knew it was a drill?


    i didnt realise the games were that big... or do they do this anytime international media may be en masse???


    u think theres metal in them gloves, or just padding?


    and i cant help but notice the one guy holding his piece sideways like a thug... anyone who knows how to shoot a handgun knows thats a no no... number one cause of wrist injury in the hood
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    Quote Originally Posted by Syn7 View Post
    i didnt realise the games were that big...


    I didn't know Tata was that big, but bit tatas are always a good thing.

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