International Standards! The Answer Lies In The Field Of Sports Science

Madius with the 10 grandmasters
Madius, seventh from right, pose with the 10 grandmasters.

KUALA LUMPUR – The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) plays a critical role to continuously foster and promote standardisation and certification of activities.

Minister Datuk Seri Madius Tangau said Mosti with its agency, Standards Malaysia were collaborating with certification body, IPEC Bureau to certify globally recognised standard in martial arts.

So far, there is no Malaysian Standards developed in this field and although at the international level, even though there has been some work on martial art, it was limited to facilities and equipment only.

“Nevertheless, I am delighted to note that presently there is a globally recognised standard; the ISO/IEC 17024 – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons that could be the basis to further enhance the movement of professional martial arts practitioners and grandmasters, globally.

“In Malaysia, the ISO/IEC recognition is conferred by Standards Malaysia, a department under my Ministry. Standards Malaysia accredits personnel certification bodies to ensure their competency in granting certification,” he said.

The Minister was speaking at the second World Grandmasters and Cultural Networking Gala dinner here Sunday. It was organised by the Federation International of Grandmaster Association (FIOGA) and attended by martial art grandmasters from around the world.

According to him, there was an increasing interest in martial arts globally.

“If in the yesteryears the talk was mostly about forms, styles and tradition but today, with the advent of science and technology, martial arts has slowly transitioned into one of the latest in the long line of sports to embrace sports science.”

In order to move forward, however, he said martial arts practitioners and grandmasters need to be able to look ahead and adapt with the times.

In this respect, he said the answer lies in the field of sports science.

Sports science studies how the human body works during exercise, and how sports and physical activities promotes health from cellular to the whole body perspectives, he said.

But Madius acknowledged it would involve a great deal of work to integrate martial arts – which has existed for hundreds of years – with something new like sports science.

“I am not a fortune teller to know what lies ahead in the future of martial arts. But I do believe that standardising levels, process and others through sports science, could bring forth greater respect and better understanding of martial arts worldwide.

“This, in turn, brings forth the acceptance and expansion through mastery of the skills and refinement of the art itself,” he said.

During the event, 10 grandmasters from the various martial art disciplines were inducted into the FIOGA Hall of Fame, while Madius himself was given an honorary 10th Dan award.