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It’s always been personally expressed by the former promoter and president of ISMAF and IMAFD Francesco Faraone’s as ever Karate and Judo champion for attending so many championships for the hearing people (Italy) for many years of suffering in the fight for recognition for the World Deaf Games to bring the new CISS Part 2 deals with Judo and Karate since 1975, about the Italian delegation of the FISS on the 23th CISS Congress in Lake Placid 1975 in USA, where they have only approved the Judo but rejected Karate.

In the later success, the first time for the 13th World Deaf Games in Bucharest (Romania) 1977, the foreign countries Judo competition was canceled by some members of Italy, France and Australia.

Francesco Faraone decided to continue its mission for the first time in 1977 in Japan to try to collect some deaf with experts Judo and Karate, and finally F. Faraone had invitation from Japan SILENT Sports Federation for a chance to visit the first All Japan Judo and Karate Championship for Deaf in Toyohashi City is a Japanese city of Prefecture Aichi has decided to found a new federation “INTERNATIONAL SILENT MARTIAL ARTS FEDERATION” autonomous and independent organization with no governmental authority with founding members: Francesco Faraone, Hiroshi Furumi and other SILENT representatives of Japan in November 1978.

And he continued to make the call with CISS. At the Congress CISS in Meribel (France) 1979, ISMAF representative was invited by CISS President, J. Jordan who was taken to check the trap with many communist European countries.       

They voted against the passage of eight foreign countries and approved the new Karate discipline with was not smooth against the CISS statute to approve more than 5 foreign countries as well.

Since ISMAF made the rupture of friendly relationship with CISS.

Begun in 1979 for all the 8th World Deaf Judo and Karate Championships 1995 in collaboration with the American Association for the Deaf under the guidance of Evelio Arteaga at the ISMAF Conference in Miami (USA) approved the amendment of a term DEAF (deaf) replaced by the term SILENT (silent) under the request of the American Frank J. Lala to facilitate entry to the Deaflympics.


At the 9th World Martial Arts Championship for the deaf in Trondheim (Norway) in 1997, the new discipline of Taekwondo is registered for the new third discipline on the world championships.

Since, 13th World Martial Arts Championship was already succeded. A new president of the ICSD, Australian, John M. Lovett, wanted to accept the hospitality for two representatives IMAFD, Francesco Faraone (Italy) and B. Goebl (Austria) at the 36th CISS  Congress 1999, Davos in Switzerland.

The majority of foreign Sports Federation affiliated deaf CISS agreed to enter the clean IMAFD official Associate member.

When CISS President, J. Jordan wanted to visit Buenos Aires, Argentina (1999) and has exhibited his speech at the opening ceremony of the 10th World Martial Arts Championship to collaborate and work together, even the ICSD.

On the occasion of the Deaf Olympic Games in Rome (Italy) in 2001 for the first time for the official opening of the event at the 11th World Martial Arts Championship with the new fourth discipline of Kung Fu (Chinese Martial Arts) also came to visit ICSD representatives Loves J. (Australia) and Renzo Corti (Italy) with the atmosphere of friendship to promote the future of the Deaf Olympic Games.

President IMAFD, E. Dominguez (Argentina) attended the 38th ICSD Congress Sundvall in Sweden 2003 to promote cooperation with ICSD for the next 12th World Martial Arts Championship in Moscow (Russia) 2004.

However, at the 12th World Martial Arts Championship in Moscow (Russia) 2004, representatives of the ICSD did not participate and an EDSO delegation including the president of the league fees, Valery Rukhledev (Russia) in collaboration with the Russian Association for the Deaf Martial Arts under the guidance of Alexander Golubev.

Despite this, the ICSD and IMAFD work together collaboratively.

Moreover, Francesco Faraone, president of the IMAFD, was hosted for the first time at the 39th ICSD Congress in Melbourne (Australia) 2005 to provide three martial arts disciplines: Judo, Karate and Taekwondo the next Deaflympics in Taipei (Taiwan) 2008 (first time!).

This proposal was immediately approved by the majority of foreign countries members and promote the project of the 13th World Martial Arts Championship in Paris (France) 2006.

However, the situation was abruptly disturbed: two-year delay, transfer place in Toulouse for technical organizational reason.

The last chance in Toulouse (France), the president, Mr. Faraone was a big disappointment at the lack of respect for this IMAFD member associate by ICSD.

The ICSD had taken the initiative by its dominance despite the lack of martial arts experience or the French Deaf Sports organization responsible and also more confusion than François Kalef or organizer Staff did nothing to prepare for a IMAFD congress but suddenly take the little room was too narrow to disgruntled members also discuss some controversy!

Francesco Faraone regrets to have made his decision to leave his post as president until presidential relay Eduardo Dominguez (Argentina) and the end onwards Kim Jae Wha (South Korea) today.

After the change of the political situation began to organize some IMAFD Technical Seminars from Stockholm – Sweden (2011), Policoro – Italy (2014) and Charlottenberg – Sweden (2016) onwards happening  to decide urgently on the change of the new IMAFD leadership committee.

IMAFD announces to inform all new changes Executive Committee  for loading the Technical Seminars to follow the statute respectively for the best future projects will organize the IMAFD extraordinary meeting will be in Moscow (Russia) 27th – 30th October 2016.



A) IMAFD must continually commit to the activity for Technical Seminars and meetings for all new members reserved for qualified instructors, teachers, referees and managers of each discipline from Fitness and Sports to participate any important international cultural events together deaf and hearing people.

B) IMAFD wants to contribute aid to teach our own language of signs to all hearing instructors and teachers can learn and communicate with all deaf students to find the best starter of the  future. 

C) IMAFD add to open other new sport fighting or martial arts are not competitive: Aikido, Hapkido, Kick-boxing, Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Sambo, Self-Defense and Chinese Martial Arts, etc… opening to question as somethings new other Fighting disciplines that will work with the new development of the future with ease ICSD collaboration to promote. The opening of  deaf  children or adult schools. 

D) IMAFD wants to be the official host from other authorities for our contribution of show demonstration of these disciplines knowledge base for all other sports will be installed in office some Deaflympic Games or other competitions to become each discipline recognized Journal. 

E) Even all Deaf teachers and experts to their martial arts may be represented by IMAFD that new members must open and enter new qualified referees for ICSD international competitions.
After many years under IMAFD president’s Francesco Faraone (Italy) as its experience of technical organisation since 1979 into today, on this last World Martial Arts Championship in Toulouse (France) reason for myself engaged full disappointment for guilt of somethings missing respectful from other organization.

He asks the opening offer of new election candidates to form the new committee staff who can come deaf and hearing people knowed deaf languages must be proficient in fitness and martial arts masters as qualified as experience in the world of martial arts.

Only we could work together the knowledge base of this world of various martial arts to encourage all deaf.

Now it needs to defer another date has convened the extraordinary meeting also small problem organization.

IMAFD Honorary President, Kim Jae Wha (South Korea) and Vicepresident Francesco Faraone (Italy) with IMAFD executive committee which we leave to prepare it for all the wishes for best future working for all around the world largest martial arts for the deaf and hearing people. 

If a possibility in collaboration with some foreign representatives will organize at a favorite in many developing countries and international representatives around to find the best future development to promote the World Disabled or Deaf Martial Arts Games (not yet decided to choose the new title for an international event).                                                                                                             

Now myself to wish for you and all  decide to choose a best future starter, and above all enjoy the rest for the collaboration with Deaflympics when for the first time competing Deaflympics games after long history of political struggle with the path of the great spirit of samurai for hearing impaired!

Now IMAFD do wish all old and new members can participate in the new leadership of this federation in continuation of the best development project for all martial arts from around the world to confidential deaf and you can take the application there will be elections in Japan 2018 occasion of great celebration of the 40th anniversary of foundation from ISMAF and IMAFD.

Good luck to all fraternal around the world in the spirit of the Deaf Warrior!