Korean Sambo Federation President Chong-keum Moon believes the sport could possibly compete with more established martial arts in the future in Asia, but he admits it will not be an easy process.
Moon, as well as leading the South Korean national federation, heads the East Asia Regional Sambo Federation.
He admitted there is a challenge to develop sambo in the region but is confident the sport will develop well in the future.
"It is a very important and pressing matter," he said.
"Asia may not be the leader among continental federations at present, but it is a very important region for sambo development.
"As you may know, there are many other martial arts in Asia, which are traditional and are well developed.
"Moreover, some of them are Olympic sports.
"Sambo, while developing in Asia, should compete with them.
"It is not easy, but it's possible."
Moon said that The Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Bangladesh had either joined or were in the process of joining the International Sambo Federation (FIAS) as members.
He also added that the East Asia Regional Sambo Federation were working with China regarding their membership, while Cambodia are also poised to join FIAS.
Taiwan will stage the East Asian Sambo Championships in December, with Moon claiming the country is an ideal location to host events.
"By holding sambo competitions in Taiwan, we plan to promote sambo in this region," said Moon.
"Taiwan is convenient for all participants, especially for teams from Hong Kong and Macau.
"These are neighbouring regions and there are cheap direct flights between them.
"In addition, this venue is convenient for the Taiwan Sambo Federation, which will not have to spend money on flights for the whole team.
"If sambo is developed in Taiwan, it will boost rapid development of this sport in both Macau and Hong Kong, since these regions share linguistic culture."