Martial Arts Recognition

Israel Martial Arts Organization, allows highly qualified individuals, to apply for a New Style or a New Martial Art official recognition.

A new martial art style  is a development or variant of an existing style, with segregate characteristics, which yet maintain the basic philosophy, concept and some of the principles of the original art.  Such as ‘Unified Krav-Maga’ which is a new Krav-Maga style within the family of  ‘Krav-Maga’ Martial Arts. Or, Black Belt MMA, which is a new MMA variant in the family of MMA styles.

Recognition for a new Martial Art, may be given only, if basic fundamentals of the new art are significantly different from existing arts, such as Meijin-Do, which is a martial art based on scientific concepts rather than traditional ones.

If you wish to apply for recognition of a new style or a new martial art, you should follow these guidelines:

  1. Check you qualify for submitting a request for recognition:

For a new Martial Arts style recognition, the applicant must hold all the criteria required by IMAO for a Martial Arts Master Degree.

For a new Martial Art recognition the applicant must hold all the criteria required by IMAO for a Martial Arts Grand Master Degree

  1. Submit the application forms with all required documents and pay the ‘Entry Standards examination fee’.
  2. If application is accepted, you will receive a confirmation email, and you will be entitled to begin the program and pay the ‘Written Assignments Fee‘ and submit the assignments detailed below. Note that references must be given to any claim concerning existing martial arts.
  3. After receiving final passing score for all assignments and, a written confirmation to continue the program, you can pay for the ‘Technical Examination Fee‘, and coordinate a date for examination (can be done online).
  4. After passing the Technical Examination, and receiving a written confirmation for your success, you can pay the final ‘Certificate Production Fee’.
  5. Certificate will be processed and delivered.
Written Assignments for the Martial Arts New Style or New Martial Art Recognition
  1. Give a detailed history of your martial arts experience, according to the following example:


Martial art Training experience Level reached Organization+ web site Other achievements
Karate-Shotokan 1981-1990 2nd Dan JKA ·   London Kata tournament 1989, 3rd place

·   Qualified Instructor by JKA

Krav-Maga 1984-1989 1st Dan Israel Martial Arts Organization
Kick Boxing 1990-1995 1st Dan WAKO USA Kick boxing instructor by WAKO

1.1 Define and explain the principles of each style you have been training for over 3 years.

1.2 Specify the advantages and disadvantage of each style according to your experience?

1.3 What is the philosophy of each style? (References must be given).

  1. What made you create a new style, or a new martial art?
  2. Detail the principle of your new style or new martial art: technical principles, philosophical principles, other principles, if any.
  3. Submit your full syllabus from beginner to Master level (equivalent to 5th Dan) discuss your syllabus in comparison to other similar styles.
  4. What are the main differences between your style, and current exciting styles? (References must be given).
  5. What gap or need does your new style or martial art bridges?
  6. Defend your thesis: Write 5 intelligent claims of critics against your style, and then defend your thesis.

Each answer for assignments: 1.1,1.2,1.3, 2,3,5,6 may not exceed 750 words, according to the following printing guide:

Guide Lines for preparing and printing the Written Assignments
  • Written Assignments can be submitted in English, or Hebrew.
  • All Written Assignments should be send in an ‘Open Word document’ format.
  • ‘Ariel‘ or ‘Times New Roman‘ fonts only.
  • Font size – 12.
  • Double Space between the lines.
  • Written Assignments:
  • Should not accede the maximal aloud word number.
  • Should be logical, clear and in academic standards.
  • Each assignment will be examined, if corrections or clarifications will be required, they will be emailed to the applicant, and the applicant should comply in no later than 21 days from the day the requirement was given.
  • The applicant can coordinate a 20 minuets Skype conversation for clarifications.
  • The applicant should re-submit the assignment with the proper amendments. If still, the assignment is not up to the required standards, the applicant will receive a comment paper from the assessor, and will be required if he wish to re-submit, to pay additional 400 NIS special re-evaluation handling fee.
Examples for reference listing protocol
  1. Mor G., Moriya A. Krav-Maga Teaching with Doubt. A.R print, Tel Aviv, 2016.
  2. Mamet G. The Friend – Orde Charles Wingate, in Naor. M, editor. The days of wall and tower 1936-1939. Yad Ytzhak Ben Zvi publishing 1987: 171-180
  3. Knohl I The first Israel Egypt War, Tchelet Magazine, issue 39, Shalem publication, spring 2010.
  4. Shapira A. Israel: A History 1881-2000. Brandeis University Press, 2012. P 13-126.