The league of Grand Masters was founded for the purpose of sharing knowledge and information, in an effort to enhance and support the martial arts community through the networking of the leadership within it. The league of Grand Masters will endeavor to provide progressive ideas intended to improve the martial arts in general, and the martial artist, specifically. Its members will work diligently to preserve traditional principles within modern day practices and to offer strategic leadership, guidance, and counsel to member organizations.
The League of Grand Masters is an organization of Grand Masters who are 8th Dan or higher and are recognized senior members of the Korean Martial Arts. The League of Grand Masters was formed out of the recognition that there was a need for such an organization of "legitimate" Grand Masters within the Americas that are following the required good practices standards.
A Korean Grand Master Society, from which many of the Korean Grand Masters received their 9th or 10th Dan ranking, is recognized as an honorable and effective method to conduct the awarding and documentation of senior Grand Masters by their peers. However, it is unfortunate that Americans have not been accepted as equals in such a Korean Grand Master society. Thus, Americans have not been afforded an equal opportunity for becoming legitimate 9th Dan martial science practitioners. Certainly, we Americans have found this to be offensive.
One method currently in existence for obtaining rank in Korean Martial Arts is to submit to rank by the "Ku Ki Won" in Korea. One of the requirements is to be recommended by two Korean Grand Masters. The "Ku Ki Kwon" organization also reportedly requires many thousands of dollars from a candidate to be tested. We find this practice offensive as well as unnecessary.
Another even less valued alternative method in practice for promotion to senior belts including Grand Master rank is by joining an organization that awards belts with little regards to any traditional requirements or other recognized legitimate means of achieving excellence in the martial sciences. This practice is considered by many as a means whereby people of questionable character and legitimacy are awarded belts and ranking from other people of questionable character and legitimacy. Martial Arts should not be about the acquisition of money. Rather, ability, experience, honor, and dedication to the study of the martial science should be the primary criteria used to select all Grand Masters.
We, as members of the League of Grand Masters, were joined by our artistry in multiple styles of martial arts. From these many and varied styles, we derived requirements that bring a standard of good practices to the study of all martial sciences, as well as legitimacy in awarding ranks.
WHO WE ARE
For Membership in the League of Grand Masters the following steps are required for a prospective
candidate to be considered for membership into the League of Grand Masters.
a) You must have the sponsorship from an existing member in the League of Grand Masters.
b) You must be at least an Eighth (8th) Dan, awarded by a recognized Grand Master.
The following must be prepared and submitted for review by the League of Grand Masters:
a) a completed application for membership
b) copies of each Dan Certificate
c) a Martial Arts resume, including dates of promotions, teaching, tests, tournaments, style and, federation
d) a one page personal philosophy statement, describing what the Martial Arts signify and how the Martial Arts have changed and enriched the life of the candidate, as well as his/her teaching philosophy
e) a recent photograph
a) The League of Grand
Masters will review and evaluate the above information and will set a date and time to visit a class instructed by the
a) The League of Grand Masters will set a date and time for an interview of the members by fellow League of Grand Masters.
Membership is not automatic and is entirely up to the discretion of the founding League of Grand Masters.
TO BECOME A MEMBER
This will start the application for membership process. We will contact you to discuss more details about your membership and answer any questions you may have.
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