THE I.M.A.F.D. REPORT 2017



The IMAFD Report of the 4th International Technical Martial Arts Seminars on 24 June 2017 is presented by Kim Jae Wha (South Korea), Francesco Faraone (Italy), Kenji Sakaguchi (Japan), Masako Toguchi (Japan), Dimitra Paschali (Greece), Anju Man Ara Begum (Bangladesh), Ali Reza Houshay (Iran), Per Harald Hanssen (Norway), Alnijier Akram Fadel Hisham (Jordan) and Marie Lindbäck (Sweden).


The Alfahallen Training Camp, Kløfta near Oslo in Norway, 22th-26th June 2017.

 Our IMAFD President Kim Jae Wha from Trondheim, Norway, in co-operation with Nordic Taekwondo Hapkido Allianace (NTHA) had the field mixed with athletes, experts, masters deaf and hearing people.


We are presenting: 1 Italian, 2 Swedish, 1 Greece, 2 Japan, 1 Norway-Iran, 7 Japanese representatives for the "SILENT" group are organizing joining the two Japanese Martial Arts Federations of the Deaf (JMAFD) and Deaf Expo Japan under the Sponsored by Sachiko Furumi of Silent group.

 Finally, the participants were awarded diplomas by IMAFD-NTHA.


Among other things, we had the first IMAFD Statute-Constitution treatment meeting needed to renew, the last was in 1995 in Miami, Florida - United States of America.


The IMAFD Vice President, Francesco Faraone maintained the line with it and we accepted his proposal and was instructed to make laws and current notarial laws and soon a new constitution draft which then must approve the important IMAFD international congress in Japan 2018 will open to discuss by only IMAFD members for any new proposals and make an election for the new chairmanship presidency and executive committee of all responsible martial arts sectors.


A case for transferring to headquarters would be in Tokyo after so many years have been transferred to several cities and finally with decision for overseas in japan and hopefully!


There are news for New Federation / Association membership, another Individual associate member of deaf or hearing person (knows the language of the signs), and also opening up the competition of all martial arts and sport fightings disciplines for international trophy.


Kenji Sakaguchi (Japan), the IMAFD Secretary General during the last year, is committed to organizing the 40th anniversary of ISMAF (International Silent Martial Arts Federation) - IMAFD (International Martial Arts Federation of the Deaf) in Tokyo in Japan because he founded it in 1978.


Among other things, visiting the man who founded IMAFD, JMAFD and Deaf Expo Japan would have had to arrange where and now are going to talk to them.


Secretary General IMAFD, Kenji Sakaguchi, informed the meeting about the dispositions of 2018 and our President IMAFD, Kim Jae Wha (South Korea) and Francesco Faraone (Italy), Vice President signed the officer under Invitation form at the 40th anniversary of IMAFD and the 5th Technical Martial Arts Seminars.


Even deciding to organize the first international trophy "Deaf Budo Fighters" for all martial arts and sport fightings will become more Karate, Judo, Taekwondo, Kendo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Sambo, Wushu Kung Fu, Muay Thai, Kick Boxing and MMA, etc.


In the future, it could become competitive is to see again.

 Right now Deaflympcis Karate, Judo, Taekwondo and nothing more.

 Since the new martial arts are few foreign countries because its cannot be started, but First the demonstration for Deaflympics, Rome 2001 during the 11th World Championships.


Previously IMAFD Karate, Judo from the beginning, then came Taekwondo and Wushu (Kung Fu) had participated for the last 12th World Championships under the IMAFD organization with the collaboration of ICSD and Russian Deaf Sports Federation in Moscow 2004.


On the other hand, IMAFD left behind the 14th World Championship in Toulouse, France 2008, on behalf of the ICSD organization to seal the 3 disciplines approved for Olympic Sports become the first Deaflympics 2009 official in Taipei, Taiwan.


Today, many other new martial arts between deaf will become the new organization for every all martial arts seminar to make the technical and ideal exchange in the best future development of all deaf experts around the world.


From the beginning of the list below are:


1st International Deaf Martial Arts Technical Seminars in Sweden, (Stockholm, 31th July - 9th August 2011) were trained: Judo, Karate, Nippon Kempo, Sambo and Taekwondo with representatives from Greece, Italy, South Korea, Finland, Norway, Russia, Scotland and Sweden.


2nd International Deaf Martial Arts Technical Seminars in Italy, (Policoro, 1st - 7th September 2014) were trained: Fitness, Jiu Jitsu, Butokukai, Karate, Krav Maga, MMA, Nippon Kempo, Burma Boxing, Muay Thai, Taekwondo and Hapkido with representatives from France, Island, Germany, Italy, South Korea and Sweden.


3rd International Deaf Martial Arts Technical Seminars in Sweden (Charlottenberg, 17th - 19th June 2016) were trained: Karate, Taekwondo and Hapkido with representatives from Japan, South Korea, Norway, Bangladesh and Sweden.


4th International Deaf Martial Arts Technical Seminar in Norway (Oslo, 22th - 25th June 2017) were trained: Karate, Hapkido and Taekwondo with representatives from Japan, Jordan, Greece, Italy, Iran, Norway, South Korea, Bangladesh and Sweden.


So now it becomes even more inviting to all martial arts disciplines in Japan next year and more information, we of the IMAFD group to go there together.


For the great occasion in Japan 2018 of the ”Great 40th Anniversary Celebration”.


First of all, remember to make the new member IMAFD join the temporary headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden including bank wire transfer, then you can go to Japan.


Marie Lindbäck

IMAFD treasury





With this information at all, I got the surprise of change the new President and Executive Committee IMAFD no respect for the status because it must be at least every 4 years and you read carefully this IMAFD statute where it says Art. 9 - Board of directors in what must be the black belt!

In my opinion, we have to wait until 2018 when the new Executive Committee of the election nomination IMAFD we will be in Japan.


If you can do right now to the new provisional secretary, Kenji Sakaguchi who is respected to be in residence in Japan. 


Important you must follow the respect of the regulations and onwards we recover to discuss the change of the Statute during the congress IMAFD in Japan 2018. 


Also advise all old or new members are entitled to participate IMAFD candidacy but always under black belt in each any martial arts styles. 


We hope to resolve this case of confusion, and I make wishes for good work to start in Japan 2018 for the great celebration of the 40th founding of ISMAF (1978-1995) and IMAFD (1995-2018). 


Notice all participants of any martial arts to the Summer International Technical Seminars in Tokyo, Japan, July 2018 that the appointment is very important to directly contact the IMAFD secretary E-mail:


But don't forget to be included in the new IMAFD member (30 Euros for 2 years).


Make follow to pay by bank transfer: SE 4880000832799149012990 / Code Swift: SWEDSESS.


PLEASE! Even going to ship by mail with the IMAFD application form and the your curriculum vitae including 2 photos.


On it will us a great occasion of the 40th anniversary of the founding IMAFD there will be festivals and international seminars to accommodate all members, technicians, teachers and experts deaf in Japan 2018.



Warmest greetings 

Francesco Faraone

Vice President - IMAFD