In order to receive martial arts founder certification, you must hold and be able to verify at least a 4th Dan in any one style or a minimum of three (3) black belt rankings in separate styles, one of which must be a 2nd Dan or higher. Each candidate must also provide a complete syllabus and curriculum for the system and a written essay (2-5 pages) explaining the philosophy and unique qualities of the system. Letters of recommendation from high ranking martial arts peers and students can also be submitted. A physical examination in front of a panel of representatives may be required for certification.

Upon being granted System Founder Recognition, you will be awarded the honorable title of Soke. We do not award the rank of 10th Dan to anyone. If you are granted this certification, you are not eligible to receive rank recognition in the same system. 

Fees for System Founder Recognition will vary by situation. Please contact us for more information on how to get your martial art recognized. 

IIMAA Martial Arts Organization 

Martial Arts Federations