Symbols of their sport, the Ambassadors for the SportAccord World Combat Games will be huge attractions for the Games.
Celebrities such as famous Jet-Li, kickboxing legend Don “the Dragon” Wilson, and Korean actor Jeoung Jun Ho as well as several Olympic Champions, among them Rulon Gardner (Wrestling) and Robert Van de Walle (Judo) will represent the 13 sports on the program during the Combat Games week.
They participate in various activities during the eight days of competitions and promote the Combat Games and the martial arts in general to the public.
Aikido: Lydia la Rivière-Zijdel
About: several titles in various martial arts; international consultant on gender, disability and sport; self-defence teacher for disabled persons; 2009 Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development Award
Judo: Robert Van de Walle
About: Olympic Champion at the 1980 Olympic Games; first Judoka to ever compete at five Olympic Games; several times silver and bronze world championship medalist
Ju-Jitsu : Bertrand Amoussou-Guenou
About: 3 times Ju-Jitsu world champion; World Games Champion; French and European champion in Judo
Karate: Tsugo Sakumoto
About: three times Kata- world champion
Kendo: Yoshimitsu Takeyasu
About: President of the International Kendo Federation (FIK); Still practicing Kendo at least three times as week, 90 year old Mr. Takeyasu is an iconic symbol of the 'life-time Kendo‘.
Kickboxing: Don Wilson
About: 79 professional matches won in Fullcontact Kickboxing; several world titles in various weight-classes; movie-actor and commentator for various martial art sports in the US
Muaythai: Gam Gavintra Photijak
About: elected Miss Thailand in 2007; Winner of 2008 Miss Universe Best Costume wearing a traditional Muaythai outfit and impressing millions of viewers with her Muaythai moves.
Sambo: Fedor Emelyanenko
About: Sambo champion; among the most famous current heavy-weight Martial Arts fighters in the world
Sumo: Davaagiin Batbayar
About: first Mongolian Wrestler to reach sumo's top makuuchi division
Taekwondo: Jeoung Jun Ho
About: actor; Grand Prix at the 28th Golden Camera Awards 2005
Wrestling: Rulon Gardner
About: gold medallist in Greco-Roman style the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney; bronze medallist in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens; winner of several awards such as "US Olympic Athlete of the Year
Wushu: Jet Li
15 gold medals in Chinese Wushu Championships; international movie star, featuring in hits like Lethal Weapon 4, Romeo Must Die, Kiss of the Dragon, and Hero; Red Cross Ambassador and founder of the One Foundation whose aim is to help young people cope with mental well-being and find a balance in life.