New York, NY (PressExposure) October 16, 2013 -- A new martial arts organization the "International Organization of Professional Martial Artists" has been formed this week in New York City, for the strict purpose of helping the public and martial artists alike. The aim of the new non-profit organization is to be an advocate for the martial arts locally and globally. The organization aims to be a global resource for practicing martial artists and to form partnerships and alliances with local, state and national governments to establish a set of common standards that all martial artists can be qualified from, the new President sees martial artists as professionals, much like teachers, doctors and lawyers. He understands it is an ambitious goal but, he says it is worth it and he can see no better way to improve the "State of Martial Arts", as he calls it.
The new organization expects to establish professional and common criteria: length of training, education history, employment history, personal references and a prepared questionnaire, which will be used to qualify members as legitimate martial artists. The new President says that there is a long history of abuses of public trust in the martial arts, what he calls an emerging trend with the growth in popularity of Mixed Martial Arts through the UFC and other reality-based fighting systems. The new President wants the general public and governments to have renewed faith and to recognize the efforts of martial artists to be regarded as professionals for their teaching skills and life long dedication to helping people.
More information is expected to be released following an initial Board of Directors meeting later this year.
About The Martial Arts
The martial arts is a codified system of combat arts, which is practiced for: self-defense, competition, physical health and fitness, entertainment, as well as mental, physical, and spiritual development. The various martial arts have practitioners from all over the world, an international community united by the common elements of tradition, honor, dedication, loyalty and integrity. These practitioners spend many long hours in the study and practice of these martial arts, often spanning into the years and decades.