KMAF Affiliation Information

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Welcome To The K.M.A.F.

Thank you for inquiring about membership in the KMAF (Korean Martial Arts Federation™). The following information has been compiled to answer many of your questions about the KMAF and to help explain KMAF affiliation procedures and how membership in the Federation can benefit individuals, instructors, and dojangs (schools).

You shall find, with this information, our on-line catalogs containing video and book collections and other training aids to help you with your studies and rank advancement in the Korean martial arts.

If you have any further questions after reading the affiliation information please feel free to contact KMAF World Headquarters for additional information.

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The Korean Martial Arts Federation

The Korean Martial Arts Federation™ is an organization consisting of Individuals, Instructors, and Masters, dedicated to the education, and unification of those who wish to learn, teach, and advance in rank in the Korean martial arts. The KMAF is a non-political martial arts organization.

In order to provide proper leadership, direction and unity to Korean martial arts practitioners, Grand Master James S. Benko founded the Korean Martial Arts Federation™ in 1982. Under Grand Master Benko's leadership and guidance, the KMAF has become one of the most respected governing bodies of Korean martial arts in the world. Grand Master Benko is one of the highest ranked non-asians recognized throughout the world.

KMAF has developed a vast video collection of training presentations and an extensive and authoritative book collection. The presentations and programs are designed to help KMAF members increase their knowledge and abilities, as they prepare to advance through the ranks. The training aids can also be used to prepare individuals to advance in rank in other areas such as Korean Swordsmanship and Korean Weapons.

The KMAF offers official rank certification in Korean Martial Arts, as well as instructor and dojang (school) certification. Once registered with the KMAF, instructors will be able to test their students through the KMAF to insure their ranks are registered and recognized.

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How Can I Become A KMAF Member?

To become an KMAF Member submit the following:

  1. KMAF Individual Application For Membership and Fee.
  2. Photocopy of your current Certificate of Rank.
Submit Fees in the form of a Money Order or Bank Draft,
in U.S. Funds, made payable to ITA.

Mail in your application, fee, and copy of your certificate of rank. For faster processing send a Postal Money Order.

Once you are accepted and your application is processed, you shall receive your KMAF Certificate of Rank and your KMAF Rank and Identification Card.

If you are teaching, you must register your school and students with the KMAF. See How Do I Register My School And Students?.

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How Do I Register My School And Students?

To Register Yourself, School, and Students KMAF submit the following:

  1. KMAF Head Instructor Application and Fee.
  2. KMAF School Membership Application and Fee.
  3. KMAF Individual Application For Membership and Fee (for yourself).
  4. KMAF Individual Application For Membership and Fee (for each student).
  5. Photocopy of your current Certificate of Rank.
Submit Fees in the form of a Money Order or Bank Draft,
in U.S. Funds, made payable to ITA Institute.

Once you are accepted and your applications processed, you shall receive the following: your KMAF Certificate of Rank, your Rank and Identification Card, your Head Instructor Certificate, your School Membership Certificate, a Certificate of Rank and a Rank and Identification Card for each of your students, A Copy of the KMAF Constitution and By-Laws, A Schedule of KMAF Fees, and Applications for Promotion, for when you test your students.

The KMAF Constitution and By-Laws explains in detail the KMAF's policies and procedures for Registering Students, Testing Students, Submitting Applications for Promotion, Rank Requirements, Uniform Dress Code, and much more. It is the Instructor's guide on how to run your school within the guidelines of the KMAF.

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Must I Have A Building To Be An Instructor?

No! In order to register your School or Club and become a KMAF Head Instructor, you must have at least 5 students (not including yourself). You do not have to have a "full-time" commercial school.

Many instructors teach at community centers, YMCA's, church halls, sports centers, and even in their homes or backyards. It is not as important "where" you teach, as it is the "quality" of "what" you teach. The true spirit of Martial Arts can be taught in one's backyard or home with only a few students, or in a full-time commercial school with hundreds of students. All you need is the ability and willingness to share your knowledge with others.

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How Will I Know What To Teach?

To help insure KMAF members are learning correct History, Terminology, Vital Points, Dojang Class Etiquette, and other necessary information, Grandmaster Benko has created one of the world's largest collections of Korean Martial Arts videos and books.

If you feel you are weak in a certain area of your training, such as kwan jyel sul (joint manipulation and control techniques) or perhaps defending against weapon attacks, you will find video training programs to help you.

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How Can My Students Advance In Rank?

Once you are a KMAF Certified Head Instructor, you will be granted authority to test your students through the KMAF, up to one grade below your current rank. (Examples: A KMAF 1st Degree Black Head Instructor may test his/her students up to 1st Gup Red Belt. A KMAF 2nd Degree Black Belt Head Instructor may test his/her students up to 1st Degree Black Belt, etc.). All 4th Degree Black Belt promotions or higher must be approved by the President prior to the test being given. All students must be registered KMAF members in good standing in order to test.

KMAF Head Instructors may travel to KMAF World Headquarters to take their promotional examination. If another KMAF school is closer and the Head Instructor of that school is high enough in rank, he/she may test you. The third option is to enter the KMAF External Testing Program and test via video and written examination.

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External Testing Program (ETP)

Under special conditions, KMAF members who hold the rank of 1st Gup or above may, if permission is granted by Grandmaster Benko, test by submitting the promotion requirements by video and written examination. Once you are a registered KMAF member you may request to be admitted to the External Testing Program. Once admitted into the program you will be able to test via video and written examination.

This program is available only to KMAF members who, due to financial obligations, or because they live a great distance from the testing location, are unable to attend an examination at a registered KMAF school. Those interested in this type of program should complete the External Testing Program Application For Admission and any other necessary forms as stated on the application.

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Why Join The KMAF?

If you are tired of seeing politics infecting the Korean Martial Arts, if you don't want constant changes and contradictions in the patterns you have labored so hard to learn, and if you want to join an organization which offers strong leadership, stability and unity, then the KMAF is the organization for you.

Since 1982 the KMAF has been a leader of the Korean Martial Arts. Under the KMAF's guidance you and your students can continue learning, training and advancing in rank, without having to concern yourself with politics and petty bickering amongst instructors. The KMAF's strong central leadership insures that the standards, quality and integrity of Korean Martial Arts are maintained at all levels. If you are truly serious about dedicating yourself to teaching the Korean Martial Arts, now is the time to begin.

It's time you and your students received the recognition you deserve. Individuals should complete and submit the Individual Application For Membership. Instructors should also submit a Head Instructor Application and a School Membership Application along with the Fees as indicated on the forms. You can become an Instructor in one of the most respected Martial Arts organizations in the World. Take the first step toward becoming a member of the KMAF Family. Register Today!

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Membership Benefits

The Korean Martial Arts Federation™ offers its members the following benefits:

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