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General Information

About Us

The Global Association of Martial Arts Organizations (GAMAO) is a premier world association

of martial arts with legal registration and international recognition.


The GAMAO is an international platform where all members get a range of benefits

such as access to a global network, worldwide recognition, international certification,

cooperation, exchange, and expanding their projects globally.


Our members may gain legitimate instructor certification by completing

our professionally organized courses in various martial arts, including specific areas

as military combatives, civil self-defense, police and law enforcement defensive tactics, combat fitness,

oriental healing arts, sports massage, coaching in fighting sports (MMA, Grappling, Kickboxing, etc.).


International rank recognition, rank advancement, and special degrees

from associate to doctorate are available, including global recognition as a founder-creator

of an individual style, a school (“Kwoon”, “Kan”, “Kwan”), or a unique combat system/fighting method.

We organize joint global events as technical seminars, masterclasses, qualification courses,

clinics, arbitration, festivals, forums, tournaments, galas, global combat games,

international hall of fame, conferences, and group trips.

We regularly update our services, as we receive special requests.

We try to do all our best with the customization of our services for maximum satisfaction

of our members in every individual request.


Members must note that we provide only that services that respect martial arts image

and do not do any issues with the law both at the local and international levels.


The GAMAO is becoming a leading Martial Arts Organization worldwide

which operates from its constant headquarters, office, training gyms, and video production studio.


We are open to all: from beginner practitioners up to world-class grandmasters,

from small local training groups to large worldwide associations.


 It is our utmost pleasure and honor to invite you to become a member

of our team of dedicated martial artists.

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The GAMAO was based on concepts of open-mindedness, critical thinking, real training, active participation, research, and constant development. Our conduct system is free from ego and cults of personality. We oppose fraud and profanation in martial arts.


Our organization’s primary goals are the stimulation of joint education, cross-training, cultural relationships, joint global events, gatherings, and exchange of experience, knowledge, and skill among all members in a friendly environment.


We foster the true spirit of martial arts by keeping high standards in training, education, research, verification, examination, and promotion. Similarly, we stand up for the importance of earning all ranks through hard work and a fair assessment.


Our mission is to provide the home of martial arts study in a pure and friendly atmosphere free from monopoly, domination, and political pressure.


Our global association is the bridge between Eastern and Western martial arts practitioners; among amateurs and professionals; among small training groups and large world associations.

We are confident that our community is an effective integration tool for traditional martial arts, modern eclectic combat styles, realistic self-defense, and combat sports.

We believe that all styles of martial arts are unique and possess their own philosophy and values; all martial arts and combat systems are the ways of self-expression of individuals or groups of individuals; they are a part of the creative process of human beings.

Thus, our association does not violate the autonomy of its members, respects their independence, and supports their creative endeavors.

Our vision is to unify all martial artists globally maintaining the principles of peace, humanity, goodwill, integrity, commitment, solidarity, respect, common sense, cooperation, mutual support, technical excellence, mastery, merit, and professionalism through the practice and representation of martial arts.


How and Where
We Had Founded

The essential idea and concepts of the GAMAO were developed in 2005 by Vidadi Hajiyev who is a nationally and internationally recognized martial artist, an amateur fighter with multiple world titles, self-defense expert, an inductee of world hall of fame, a military officer, a loving family man, and a caring friend.


The primary branch of the GAMAO was instituted in Baku city, The Republic of Azerbaijan on October 22-25th, 2007 with the support of high-rank martial arts practitioners from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Iran, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Russia, South Korea, USA, and Uzbekistan.


Our board members are highly qualified specialists and experts with an authentic training background in various martial arts; and also military, law enforcement, and government security officers experienced in close combat confrontation, military combatives, and defensive tactics.


In January 2020, the GAMAO and its international sub-organizations (divisions) were legally constituted in accordance with the Civil Code of Georgia. Also, as an official organization, we are governed by the law of the Republic of Georgia.


The main office is located in Baku — the capital city of the Azerbaijan Republic.

We accept students from abroad providing them with a wide range of training along with accommodation, transportation, food, and sightseeing.


You are welcome to join our fast-growing organization!

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