SOUTH CHINA MARTIAL ARTS ALLIANCE

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Article I.    Rank and Promotion Requirements

Section 1.01    The ranks of all membership belonging to SCMAA are distinguished by Dan-Kyu degrees.

Section 1.02    SCMAA recognizes up to 10 kyu ranks and 10 dan ranks as possible rank systems.

Section 1.03    Affiliated organizations and schools may issue their own kyu certificates or utilize the SCMAA kyu certificates for a nominal cost.  SCMAA kyu certificates will be signed by the current Chairperson and President of the SCMAA and will provide space for an additional signature relative to the affiliated organization or school.

Section 1.04    It is the responsibility of the affiliated organization or school to provide SCMAA with a copy of the kyu and dan rank requirements that are being used for promotion at the time of SCMAA application submission.

Section 1.05    An affiliated organization, school or individual may request SCMAA assistance in the development of kyu and dan rank requirements.

Section 1.06    It is the responsibility of the affiliated organization, school and/or individual to train appropriately to meet the requirements of kyu and dan promotion stated in this document.

Section 1.07    A minimum of three years of training and appropriate promotion is necessary to be eligible for Shodan testing.

Item 1.07.1    Minimum age of 17 is required to test for Shodan rank.

Section 1.08    A minimum of two years of training and appropriate promotion after acquiring the rank of Shodan is necessary to be eligible for Nidan testing.

Section 1.09    A minimum of three years of training and appropriate promotion after acquiring the rank of Nidan is necessary to be eligible for Sandan testing.

Section 1.10    A minimum of four years of training and appropriate promotion after acquiring the rank of Sandan is necessary to be eligible for Yodan testing.

Section 1.11    A minimum offive years of training and appropriate promotion after acquiring the rank of Yodan is necessary to be eligible for Godan testing.

Section 1.12    A minimum of five years of training and appropriate promotion after acquiring the rank of Godan is necessary to be eligible for Rokudan testing.

Section 1.13    A minimum of five years of training and appropriate promotion after acquiring the rank of Rokudan is necessary to be eligible for Shichidan testing.

Section 1.14    A minimum of eight years of training and appropriate promotion after acquiring the rank of Shichidan is necessary to be eligible for Hachidan testing.

Section 1.15    A minimum of eight years of training and appropriate promotion after acquiring the rank of Hachidan is necessary to be eligible for Kudan testing.

Section 1.16    A minimum of twelve years of training and appropriate promotion after acquiring the rank of Kudan is necessary to be eligible for Judan testing.

Section 1.17    All dan certificates will be issued from the SCMAA.

Section 1.18    Affiliated organizations and schools may also issue their own dan certificates concurrent with SCMAA dan certificates.

Section 1.19    A person especially distinguished may be promoted via Executive Board action without meeting Kyu and Dan promotion guidelines by a unanimous vote of the Executive Board membership.

Item 1.19.1    Individuals considered by the Executive Board for distinguished promotion must be nominated by their immediate instructor.

Item 1.19.2    Submission must be made in written form and submitted to the President of SCMAA for Executive Board consideration.

Item 1.19.3    The Executive Board must reply to the request with 30 days after the written request is received.

Item 1.19.4    If the request is approved, the rank certificate will be forwarded within 30 days of the mailing of the approval pending certificate payment being received. 

Section 1.20    The highest rank for a middle school or junior high school student is first Kyu.  The highest rank for a high school student is Shodan.

Section 1.21    SCMAA does not recognize nor issue junior dan rankings.

Section 1.22    Whenever a person bearing a Kyu or Dan rank is guilty of misconduct that is recognized as detrimental to the honor of the martial arts, the Kyu or Dan rank will be cancelled.  The determination of this cancellation must be determined by a unanimous vote of the Executive Board.

Section 1.23    Titles and Kyu-Dan ranks are distinguished by the following belts.

Item 1.23.1    Kyu rank belt colors to be used are at the discretion of the individual affiliated organization or school.

Item 1.23.2    SCMAA offers the following suggestions in regard to Title and Kyu-Dan rank belt color differentiation.

  1. Kyu ranks may be distinguished by white, yellow, orange, green and brown belts.
  2. A white belt with green stripes be used to denote 10th, 9th, 8th and 7th kyu ranks or a white belt for 10th kyu, a yellow belt for 9th kyu, an orange belt for 8th and 7th kyu ranks.  Green stripes may be used to distinguish between 8th and 7th kyu if desired.
  3. A green belt will be used to denote 6th, 5th and 4th kyu ranks.  Brown stripes may be used to differentiate between 6th, 5th and 4th kyu if desired.
  4. A brown belt will be used to denote 3rd, 2nd and 1st kyu ranks.  Black stripes may be used to differentiate between 3rd, 2nd and 1st kyu if desired.
  5. SCMAA recommends the use of the white belt for 10th through 7th kyu ranks, green belts for 6th through 4th kyu ranks and brown belts for 3rd through 1st kyu ranks.
  6. Black belts will be used to denote all Dan ranks.
  7. Gold stripes on the tip of the belt will be used to denote titles.  One stripe for Renshi, Two stripes for Kyoshi and three stripes for Hanshi.

    Section 1.24    SCMAA will not cross promote in regard to titles, Kyu or Dan ranks.

Section 1.25    Any exceptions or exemptions of title and rank promotion guidelines will be subject to special consideration by the Executive Board and will require a majority vote of the Executive Board.

Section 1.26    All persons must meet all promotion requirements to be eligible for title and/or rank promotion consideration.

Article II.    Title and Promotion Requirements

Section 2.01    SCMAA recognizes the Sensei, Shihan, Renshi, Kyoshi, Hanshi and Hanshi-sei titles.

Item 2.01.1    All titles are awarded by unanimous vote of the Executive Board membership and are issued at no cost.

        Item 2.01.2    The following applies to the Sensei title.

  1. Sensei is an instructor title.
  2. A person must be of Nidan rank to be awarded a Sensei title/certificate.
  3. A person must have demonstrated physical and mental attributes which qualify the person as an instructor candidate.

Item 2.01.3    The following applies to the Shihan title.

  1. Shihan refers to an authorized teacher possessing technical excellence and personal qualities which honor the martial arts tradition.
  2. A person must be of Yondan rank to be awarded a Shihan title/certificate.
  3. A person must have demonstrated physical and mental attributes which qualify the person as an authorized teacher candidate.    

Item 2.01.4    The following applies to the Renshi title.

  1. Renshi is an accomplished teacher and model title.
  2. A person must be of Godan or Rokudan rank to be eligible for a Renshi title/certificate.
  3. A person must be a minimum age of 35.
  4. Be a SCMAA member in good standing for a minimum of one year.
  5. Must submit required documentation as required by the Board of Directors.
  6. Must be actively contributing to the advancement of the martial arts. 
  7. A person must have demonstrated physical and mental attributes which qualify the person as an accomplished teacher and model.    

Item 2.01.5    The following applies to the Kyoshi title.

  1. Kyoshi is an expert teacher and model title.
  2. A person must be of Shichidan or Hachidan rank to be eligible for a Kyoshi title/certificate.
  3. A person must be a minimum age of 45.
  4. Be a SCMAA member in good standing for a minimum of two years.
  5. Must submit required documentation as required by the Board of Directors.
  6. Must be actively contributing to the advancement of the martial arts.
  7. A person must have demonstrated physical and mental attributes which qualify the person as an expert teacher and model.

Item 2.01.6    The following applies to the Hanshi title.

  1. Hanshi is a model expert or teacher of teachers.
  2. A person must be of Kudan or Judan rank to be eligible for a Hanshi title/certificate.
  3. A person must be a minimum age of 60.
  4. Be a SCMAA member in good standing for a minimum of five years.
  5. Must submit required documentation as required by the Board of Directors.
  6. Must be actively contributing to the advancement of the martial arts.
  7. A person must have demonstrated physical and mental attributes which qualify the person as a model expert or teacher of teachers.

Item 2.01.7    The following applies to the Hanshi-sei title.

  1. Hanshi-sei is a master teacher over 65 years old.
  2. Be a SCMAA member in good standing for a minimum of ten years.
  3. Must submit required documentation as required by the Board of Directors.
  4. Must be actively contributing to the advancement of the martial arts.
  5. A person must have demonstrated physical and mental attributes which qualify the person as a master teacher and respected role model.

Item 2.01.8    Persons receiving these titles will be awarded an appropriate title certificate.

Article III.    Committees

Section 3.01    Committees may be established as the President determines necessary to conduct the business and activity of the SCMAA.

Section 3.02    Current standing committees include the Testing Committee, Women’s Committee, Weapons Committee and the Youth Program Committee.

Section 3.03    Committee membership will be selected with Executive Board oversight in order to provide efficient services and meet the needs of the martial arts community.

Article IV.    Testing Committee Guidelines

Section 4.01    A Testing Committee is only required for the issuance of titles and dan rank.

Section 4.02    The purpose of the Testing Committee is to ensure that the integrity of the art is maintained in regard to issuing titles and rank.

Section 4.03    SCMAA will provide a testing facility at the organization headquarters or will approve an alternate site facility if necessary.

Section 4.04    The Testing Committee will provide a test board made up of a minimum of two Yodan or above senior instructors and one SCMAA Board Member, to evaluate and validate the candidate’s demonstration of their art.

Section 4.05    Expenses resulting for a SCMAA Board Member to attend an alternate testing facility site will be agreed upon prior to participation and paid upon request.

Section 4.06    Criteria for evaluation will include a testing format that will include appropriate components to evaluate the candidate’s proficiency and will be developed by the Testing Committee.

Section 4.07    SCMAA recommends that there be a written response included as a testing component.

Section 4.08    SCMAA recommends that effectiveness of technique, maintenance of center, demonstration of energy in both soft and hard techniques, variations of timing, proper breathing, physical and mental balance and strong spirit and calm mind be included as criteria when evaluating a candidate’s demonstration of their art during testing.

Article V.    Grievances

    Section 5.01    All grievances will be directed to the President in written form.

 

Section 5.02    The President will bring the grievance to the attention of the Board of Directors for action.

Section 5.03    Final action on a grievance will require a majority vote by the Board of Directors.

Section 5.04    Response will be communicated to the person making the grievance with 45 to 60 days from receipt of the grievance.

Section 5.05    All decisions of the Board of Directors are final and binding.

Section 5.06    Any member who has been terminated or cancelled, may be considered for reinstatement by submitting a written request that details their reasons for reinstatement.  Their request for reinstatement will be forwarded to the Executive Board for approval.  A written response of approval or disapproval will be communicated with 60 days of receipt of the reinstatement request.

Article VI.    Organization and School Definition

Section 6.01    An organization is defined as a martial arts entity consisting of two or more schools.

Section 6.02    A school is defined as a martial arts entity consisting of five or more students.

Article VII.    Changes to Articles    

Section 7.01    All other necessary Articles may be implemented or existing Articles changed by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

Article VIII.    Communication

Section 8.01    SCMAA encourages the use of multi-media in the promotion of the martial arts.

Article IX.    Members in Good Standing

Section 9.01    SCMAA members in good standing are current in their account with the SCMAA and with their affiliate organization or school if applicable.  They should not have been convicted of a violent or sex crime or be registered on any sex offender list.

Article X.    Background Check

Section 10.01    Any member, Board Member, instructor, advisor or individual who as a representative of SCMAA works within the organization must agree to provide and have on file with the SCMAA a current criminal background check prepared by a governmental body or private company authorized to conduct a criminal background check.  The background check must pass the Executive Board review prior to serving as a SCMAA representative.