China is slowly catching up to the rest of the world when it comes to MMA thanks to organizations like Art of War, but an event is being held this fall not for mixed martial arts, but for competitive combat sports as a whole.
SportAccord signed an agreement with the city of Beijing, to organize the first SportAccord Combat Games. Scheduled from August 28 to September 4 2010, the competition will showcase 13 Martial Arts and Combat sports, both Olympic and non-Olympic, including Judo, Tae Kwon Do, boxing, Sambo, wrestling, Muay Thai and Kendo. 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 (both male and female) competing, who must go through the qualification system set up by their respective International Federations. During the eight days of competition, the 2010 SportAccord Combat Games will also include a cultural program to explain the rich cultural heritages of these sports and their social and educational importance.
You can view more about them at this link here. I actually wish I could go this event. It sounds very interesting and puts combat sports in a different light than we are used to seeing this. It is essentially the Olympics of Martial Arts, and I wish I could be there in person to enjoy their debut!