Sep 01 2014

How do I join SCMAA?

In order to inquire about joining SCMAA, email Tom Bentley your name, phone number and email address.  Tom will contact you and answer questions you might have in regard to joining SCMAA.

Tom Bentley, President: bentleytc@embarqmail.com

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Aug 15 2014

CONTACT INFORMATION

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For additional information, please contact one of the following Executive Board members at the following email addresses.  The respective board member will respond to your email as soon as possible.

George Mattson, Chairperson: bentleytc@embarqmail.com

Tom Bentley, President: bentleytc@embarqmail.com

David Berndt, Vice-President: dcberndt@aol.com

Patty Dando, Secretary/Treasurer: mspattymae@aol.com

Tim Dando: timdando1@gmail.com

 

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Aug 15 2014

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

SOUTH CHINA MARTIAL ARTS ALLIANCE

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

 Article I.         Rank and Promotion Requirements

Section 1.01    The ranks of all membership belonging to SCMAA are distinguished by Dan-Kyu degrees.

Section 1.02    SCMAA recognizes up to 10 kyu ranks and 10 dan ranks as possible rank systems.

Section 1.03    Affiliated organizations and schools may issue their own kyu certificates or utilize the SCMAA kyu certificates for a nominal cost. SCMAA kyu certificates will be signed by the current Chairperson and President of the SCMAA and will provide space for an additional signature relative to the affiliated organization or school.

Section 1.04    All kyu certificates will cost $25 each, payable prior to certificate distribution.

Section 1.05    It is the responsibility of the affiliated organization or school to provide SCMAA with a copy of the kyu and dan rank requirements that are being used for promotion at the time of SCMAA application submission.

Section 1.06    An affiliated organization, school or individual may request SCMAA assistance in the development of kyu and dan rank requirements.

Section 1.07    It is the responsibility of the affiliated organization, school and/or individual to train appropriately to meet the requirements of kyu and dan promotion stated in this document.

Section 1.08    A minimum of three years of training and appropriate promotion is necessary to be eligible for Shodan testing.

Item 1.08.1    Minimum age of 17 is required to test for Shodan rank.

Section 1.09    A minimum of two years of training and appropriate promotion after acquiring the rank of Shodan is necessary to be eligible for Nidan testing.

Section 1.10    A minimum of three years of training and appropriate promotion after acquiring the rank of Nidan is necessary to be eligible for Sandan testing.

Section 1.11    A minimum of four years of training and appropriate promotion after acquiring the rank of Sandan is necessary to be eligible for Yodan testing.

Section 1.12    A minimum of five years of training and appropriate promotion after acquiring the rank of Yodan is necessary to be eligible for Godan testing.

Section 1.13    A minimum of five years of training and appropriate promotion after acquiring the rank of Godan is necessary to be eligible for Rokudan testing.

Section 1.14    A minimum of five years of training and appropriate promotion after acquiring the rank of Rokudan is necessary to be eligible for Shichidan testing.

Section 1.15    A minimum of eight years of training and appropriate promotion after acquiring the rank of Shichidan is necessary to be eligible for Hachidan testing.

Section 1.16    A minimum of eight years of training and appropriate promotion after acquiring the rank of Hachidan is necessary to be eligible for Kudan testing.

Section 1.17    A minimum of twelve years of training and appropriate promotion after acquiring the rank of Kudan is necessary to be eligible for Judan testing.

Section 1.18    All dan certificates will be issued from the SCMAA.

Section 1.19    Affiliated organizations and schools may also issue their own dan certificates concurrent with SCMAA dan certificates.

Section 1.20    SCMAA Shodan, Nidan and Sandan certificate fees will be $200.

Section 1.21    SCMAA Yodan, Godan and Rokudan certificate fees will be $300.

Section 1.22    SCMAA Shichidan and Hachidan certificate fees will be $400.

Section 1.23    SCMAA Kudan and Judan certificate fees will be $500.

Section 1.24    A person especially distinguished may be promoted via Executive Board action without meeting Kyu and Dan promotion guidelines by a unanimous vote of the Executive Board membership.

Item 1.24.1     Individuals considered by the Executive Board for distinguished promotion must be nominated by their immediate instructor.

Item 1.24.2     This submission must be made in written form and submitted to the President of SCMAA for Executive Board consideration.

Item 1.24.3     The Executive Board must reply to the request with 30 days after the written request is received.

Item 1.24.4     If the request is approved, the rank certificate will be forwarded within 30 days of the mailing of the approval pending certificate payment being received.

Section 1.25    The highest rank for a middle school or junior high school student is first Kyu. The highest rank for a high school student is Shodan.

Section 1.26    SCMAA does not recognize nor issue junior dan rankings.

Section 1.27    Whenever a person bearing a Kyu or Dan rank is guilty of misconduct that is recognized as detrimental to the honor of the martial arts, the Kyu or Dan rank will be cancelled. The determination of this cancellation must be determined by a unanimous vote of the Executive Board.

Section 1.28    Titles and Kyu-Dan ranks are distinguished by the following belts.

Item 1.28.1     Kyu rank belt colors to be used are at the discretion of the individual affiliated organization or school.

Item 1.28.2     SCMAA offers the following suggestions in regard to Title and Kyu-Dan rank belt color differentiation.

(a)    Kyu ranks may be distinguished by white, yellow, orange, green and brown belts.

(b)   A white belt with green stripes be used to denote 10th, 9th, 8th and 7th kyu ranks or a white belt for 10th kyu, a yellow belt for 9th kyu, an orange belt for 8th and 7th kyu ranks. Green stripes may be used to distinguish between 8th and 7th kyu if desired.

(c)    A green belt will be used to denote 6th, 5th and 4th kyu ranks. Brown stripes may be used to differentiate between 6th, 5th and 4th kyu if desired.

(d)   A brown belt will be used to denote 3rd, 2nd and 1st kyu ranks. Black stripes may be used to differentiate between 3rd, 2nd and 1st kyu if desired.

(e)    SCMAA recommends the use of the white belt for 10th through 7th kyu ranks, green belts for 6th through 4th kyu ranks and brown belts for 3rd through 1st kyu ranks.

(f)    Black belts will be used to denote all Dan ranks.

(g)   Gold stripes on the tip of the belt will be used to denote titles. One stripe for Renshi, Two stripes for Kyoshi and three stripes for Hanshi.

Section 1.29    SCMAA will not cross promote in regard to titles, Kyu or Dan ranks.

Section 1.30    Any exceptions or exemptions of title and rank promotion guidelines will be subject to special consideration by the Executive Board and will require a majority vote of the Executive Board.

Section 1.31    All persons must meet all promotion requirements to be eligible for title and/or rank promotion consideration.

Article II.        Title and Promotion Requirements

Section 2.01    SCMAA recognizes the Sensei, Shihan, Renshi, Kyoshi, Hanshi and Hanshi-sei titles.

Item 2.01.1     All titles are awarded by unanimous vote of the Executive Board membership and are issued at no cost.

Item 2.01.2      The following applies to the Sensei title.

(a)    Sensei is an instructor title.

(b)   A person must be of Nidan rank to be awarded a Sensei title/certificate.

(c)    A person must have demonstrated physical and mental attributes which qualify the person as an instructor candidate.

Item 2.01.3     The following applies to the Shihan title.

(a)    Shihan refers to an authorized teacher possessing technical excellence and personal qualities which honor the martial arts tradition.

(b)   A person must be of Yodan rank to be awarded a Shihan title/certificate.

(c)    A person must have demonstrated physical and mental attributes which qualify the person as an authorized teacher candidate.          

Item 2.01.4     The following applies to the Renshi title.

(a)    Renshi is an accomplished teacher and model title.

(b)   A person must be of Godan or Rokudan rank to be eligible for a Renshi title/certificate.

(c)    A person must be a minimum age of 35.

(d)   Be a SCMAA member in good standing for a minimum of one year.

(e)    Must submit required documentation as required by the Board of Directors.

(f)    Must be actively contributing to the advancement of the martial arts.

(g)   A person must have demonstrated physical and mental attributes which qualify the person as an accomplished teacher and model.    

Item 2.01.5     The following applies to the Kyoshi title.

(a)    Kyoshi is an expert teacher and model title.

(b)   A person must be of Shichidan or Hachidan rank to be eligible for a Kyoshi title/certificate.

(c)    A person must be a minimum age of 45.

(d)   Be a SCMAA member in good standing for a minimum of two years.

(e)    Must submit required documentation as required by the Board of Directors.

(f)    Must be actively contributing to the advancement of the martial arts.

(g)   A person must have demonstrated physical and mental attributes which qualify the person as an expert teacher and model.

Item 2.01.6      The following applies to the Hanshi title.

(a)    Hanshi is a model expert or teacher of teachers.

(b)   A person must be of Kudan or Judan rank to be eligible for a Hanshi title/certificate.

(c)    A person must be a minimum age of 60.

(d)   Be a SCMAA member in good standing for a minimum of five years.

(e)    Must submit required documentation as required by the Board of Directors.

(f)    Must be actively contributing to the advancement of the martial arts.

(g)   A person must have demonstrated physical and mental attributes which qualify the person as a model expert or teacher of teachers.

Item 2.01.7      The following applies to the Hanshi-sei title.

(a)    Hanshi-sei is a master teacher over 65 years old.

(b)   Be a SCMAA member in good standing for a minimum of ten years.

(c)    Must submit required documentation as required by the Board of Directors.

(d)   Must be actively contributing to the advancement of the martial arts.

(e)    A person must have demonstrated physical and mental attributes which qualify the person as a master teacher and respected role model.

Item 2.01.8     Persons receiving these titles will be awarded an appropriate title certificate.

Item 2.01.9     An administrative fee of $100 will be charged for all titles awarded.

Article III.      Committees

Section 3.01    Committees may be established as the President determines necessary to conduct the business and activity of the SCMAA.

Section 3.02    Current standing committees include the Testing Committee, Women’s Committee, Weapons Committee and the Youth Program Committee.

Section 3.03    Committee membership will be selected with Executive Board oversight in order to provide efficient services and meet the needs of the martial arts community.

Article IV.       Testing Committee Guidelines

Section 4.01    A Testing Committee is only required for the issuance of titles and dan rank.

Section 4.02    The purpose of the Testing Committee is to ensure that the integrity of the art is maintained in regard to issuing titles and rank.

Section 4.03    SCMAA will provide a testing facility at the organization headquarters or will approve an alternate site facility if necessary.

Section 4.04    The Testing Committee will provide a test board made up of a minimum of two Yodan or above senior instructors and one SCMAA Board Member, to evaluate and validate the candidate’s demonstration of their art.

Section 4.05    Expenses resulting for a SCMAA Board Member to attend an alternate testing facility site will be agreed upon prior to participation and paid upon request.

Section 4.06    Criteria for evaluation will include a testing format that will include appropriate components to evaluate the candidate’s proficiency and will be developed by the Testing Committee.

Section 4.07    SCMAA recommends that there be a written response included as a testing component.

Section 4.08    SCMAA recommends that effectiveness of technique, maintenance of center, demonstration of energy in both soft and hard techniques, variations of timing, proper breathing, physical and mental balance and strong spirit and calm mind be included as criteria when evaluating a candidate’s demonstration of their art during testing.

Article V.        Grievances

Section 5.01    All grievances will be directed to the President in written form.

Section 5.02    The President will bring the grievance to the attention of the Board of Directors for action.

Section 5.03    Final action on a grievance will require a majority vote by the Board of Directors.

Section 5.04    Response will be communicated to the person making the grievance with 45 to 60 days from receipt of the grievance.

Section 5.05    All decisions of the Board of Directors are final and binding.

Section 5.06    Any member who has been terminated or cancelled, may be considered for reinstatement by submitting a written request that details their reasons for reinstatement. Their request for reinstatement will be forwarded to the Executive Board for approval. A written response of approval or disapproval will be communicated with 60 days of receipt of the reinstatement request.

Article VI.      Organization and School Definition and Fee Structure

Section 6.01    An organization is defined as a martial arts entity consisting of two or more schools.

Section 6.02    An organization yearly fee is $100.

Section 6.03    A school is defined as a marital arts entity consisting of five or more students.

Section 6.04    A school yearly fee is $75.

Article VII.     Changes to Articles  

Section 7.01    All other necessary Articles may be implemented or existing Articles changed by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

Article VIII.   Communication

Section 8.01    SCMAA encourages the use of multi-media in the promotion of the martial arts.

Article IX.      Members in Good Standing

Section 9.01    SCMAA members in good standing are current in their account with the SCMAA and with their affiliate organization or school if applicable. They should not have been convicted of a violent or sex crime or be registered on any sex offender list.

Article X.        Background Check

Section 10.01  Any member, Board Member, instructor, advisor or individual who as a representative of SCMAA works within the organization must agree to have on file a current criminal background check prepared by a governmental body or a private company authorized by SCMAA. The background check must pass the Executive Board review. All information obtained will remain confidential.

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Aug 15 2014

ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION

SOUTH CHINA MARTIAL ARTS ALLIANCE

ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION

Article I.        Name of the Organization

Section 1.01    This organization is hereby named the South China Martial Arts     Alliance hence forth referred to as SCMAA in this document.

Article II.        The Location

Section 2.01    The headquarters of this organization will be determined by the majority vote of the Executive Board and advertized to all membership.

Article III.      The purpose of the Organization

Section 3.01    Bring together martial artist to foster technique exploration and refinement; historical accuracy in martial arts evolution; sharing of instructional methodology and assistance in rank, title, and operational certification.

Article IV.       Projects

Section 4.01    Develop a media based format for the exchange of ideas and sharing of information to foster technique exploration and refinement, accuracy in martial arts evolution and sharing of instructional methodology.

Section 4.02    Provide guidelines and certificates for rank, title and operational certification.

Section 4.03    Promote community awareness of the benefits of martial arts participation.

Section 4.04    Support legitimate martial arts endeavors by martial arts organizations, schools and individuals.

Section 4.05    Provide appropriate activities to promote legitimate martial arts.

Section 4.06    Monitor SCMAA to ensure appropriate administration of activities, awards, titles and fund distribution.

Section 4.07    Engage in projects considered necessary to accomplish the mission of the Organization.

Section 4.08    Improve technical standards within the martial arts community.

Section 4.09    Develop and make available instructional media for educational purposes.

Section 4.10    Create a Youth Foundation to promote and foster youth awareness and participation in the martial arts.

Article V.        Membership

Section 5.01    The following are required submissions for an organization applying for SCMAA membership.

Item 5.01.1     Copy of all relative documents which provides insight into the organization’s formation, organizational structure and any and all information that provides the Executive Board with documentation for SCMAA membership evaluation.

Item 5.01.2     History of the organization.

Item 5.01.3     Listing of all associated schools and active membership including names, ranks and titles.

Item 5.01.4     Completion of the SCMAA membership application.

Item 5.01.5     Organization definition and fee structure can be found in the SCMAA Policies and Procedures Document, Article VI., Sections 6.01 and 6.02.

Section 5.02    The following are required submissions for a school applying for SCMAA membership.

Item 5.02.1     History of the school.

Item 5.02.2     Listing of all active membership including names, ranks and titles.

Item 5.02.3     Completion of the SCMAA membership application.

Item 5.02.4     School definition and fee structure can be found in the SCMAA Policies and Procedures Document, Article VI., Sections 6.03 and 6.04.

Section 5.03    The following are required submissions for an individual applying for SCMAA membership.

Item 5.03.1      Copy of most recent certificate of promotion.

Item 5.03.2     Martial arts training history including a list of all instructors and acquired rank.

Item 5.03.3      Completion of the SCMAA membership application.          

Section 5.04    Regular membership will be granted to martial arts organizations, schools and individuals whose submissions are approved by the Executive Board.

Section 5.05    Provisional membership will be for those organizations, schools and individuals who do not meet the requirements of regular membership status and are approved by the Executive Board for provisional membership status.

Section 5.06    Affiliate membership will be granted by Executive Board as it is necessary to accomplish the mission of the SCMAA.

Section 5.07    A SCMAA membership card shall be issued to a member in good standing. The cost of annual membership is $50. The cost of an annual junior membership is $25. A junior membership applies to a member below the age of seventeen.

Section 5.08    All membership fees will be submitted to the SCMAA Treasurer for appropriate deposit.

 Article VI.      Executive Board Officials

Section 6.01    The officials of SCMAA are as follows and comprise the Executive Board.

Item 6.01.1      Chairperson

Item 6.01.2      President

Item 6.01.3      Vice-President

Item 6.01.4      Secretary

Item 6.01.5      Treasurer

Section 6.02    The Chairperson will represent SCMAA and provide operational oversight for the Organization.

Section 6.03    The President will act at the pleasure of the Chairperson and will be responsible for policy and procedures oversight and enforcement. The President will also govern in the absence of the Chairperson. The President will be responsible for all aspects of SCMAA activities and will facilitate their implementation.

Section 6.04    The Vice President will assist the President as requested and in the absence of the President, assume the responsibilities of the President.

 Section 6.05    The Secretary will maintain all written documentation relative to SCMAA activities, record minutes at all Board meetings, maintain and distribute certificates as directed by the Board, disseminate written records as requested in a timely manner and assist the Treasurer as needed.

Section 6.06    The Treasurer will collect and distribute SCMAA funds as needed. The Treasurer will maintain detailed accounting records of funds relating to SCMAA activities and will provide a monthly statement to the Board in regard to monies collected and distributed to support SCMAA activities.

Section 6.07    One person may serve as both Secretary and Treasurer if at a given time this best serves the operation of the SCMAA.

Section 6.08    Checks written for an amount greater than $250 require the signature of the Treasurer and either the President or Vice President and be approved by a majority vote of the Executive Board.

Section 6.09    The charter Executive Board officials will be appointed by the Chairperson or President and will serve a preliminary one year term. The charter Executive Board officials’ positions will be re-evaluated at the end of the one year term and will be subject to re-appointment consideration by the Chairperson.

Section 6.10    An official’s term of office, except for charter Executive Board officials, is two years and the number of reappointments is not limited.

Section 6.11    An official may be terminated or reassigned by a majority vote of the Executive Board.

Section 6.12    Cause for removal would include, but not limited to, consistent absence from meetings or any other failure of duty.

Section 6.13    Any vacancy of an official by death, resignation or termination will be filled by a majority vote of the Executive Board.

Article VII.     Board of Directors

Section 7.01    The SCMAA Board of Directors shall exist of no more than ten members, five of which are Executive Board Members and the remaining five are General Board Members.

Section 7.02    A General Board Member’s term of office is two years and the number of reappointments is not limited.

Section 7.03    The function of the Board of Directors is to provide input and guidance to the Executive Board in matters dealing with policy and procedures.

Section 7.04    A Board of Director must be a SCMAA member in good standing.

Section 7.05    Any SCMAA member in good standing can submit a nomination for a person to serve on the Board of Directors. This nomination should be sent to the Chairperson and President in writing in which the nominating person will provide supportive information for approval consideration.

Section 7.06    Board of Director nominations will be considered and approved or disapproved by the Executive Board by majority vote.

Section 7.07    Any and all SCMAA position openings will be posted on the SCMAA web site in a timely manner at the direction of the Executive Board.

Section 7.08    SCMAA membership holding positions which are coming to the end of their term limits will be notified and may submit a request in writing, to the Chairperson and President, of their desire to be considered for re-appointment.

Section 7.09    Each Board of Director should be a member in good standing and be at a minimum of 21 years of age.

Article VIII.   Advisors

Section 8.01    Advisors will provide input as needed to assist the SCMAA to carry out its mission statement. An Advisor will provide input to the Executive Board and the Board of Directors and may attend Board meetings at the pleasure of the Chairperson or his or her designee. An Advisor is not a voting member of the Board.

Section 8.02    Advisors will be approved and appointed by the Executive Board and may be recommended for inclusion by any SCMAA member in good standing.

Section 8.03    Advisors will serve until they no longer desire to continue as a SCMAA advisor or until the Executive Board terminates their position by majority vote.

Section 8.04    No advisor shall be paid for expenses or a salary unless approved by a unanimous vote of the Executive Board.

Article IX.      Meetings

Section 9.01    Meetings of the Organization are as follows:

Item 9.01.1      Annual General Meeting

(a)    The Annual General Meeting is composed of all active membership and will be held annually at the discretion of the Executive Board.

(b)   The date, time and location of the Annual General Meeting will be determined by the Executive Board and will be advertized in a timely manner.

(c)    An emergency General Meeting may be called as necessitated by a majority vote of the Executive Board.

Item 9.0.1.2     Board Meeting

(a)    The Board Meeting is called by the Chairperson or President as needed.

(b)   The Board Meeting is to be attended by all members of the Board of Directors.

(c)    The Board Meeting is to discuss and act upon the following items:

  1. Items commissioned by a General Meeting
  2. Items pertinent to the enrollment and withdrawal of members
  3. Projects and planning decisions
  4. Revision and/or abolishment of policies and procedures
  5. Financial considerations
  6. Actions to be taken in regard to membership violations

Item 9.01.3      Testing Committee Meeting

(a)    The Testing Committee is composed of the members selected as representatives pertinent to providing an appropriate testing format and evaluation of those seeking promotion.

(b)   A Testing Committee Meeting is called as needed by the Chairperson as directed by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

(c)    The Testing Committee will, by majority vote, decide on the date, time and location of a test activity.

(d)   The Testing Committee will adhere to all promotion guidelines as prescribed in the SCMAA Promotional Regulations.

Item 9.01.4     Meeting participation may be in person or by other media platforms at the discretion and approval of the Executive Board via majority vote.

Section 9.02    All meetings will be conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.

Article X.        Accounting

Section 10.01  The fiscal accounting year of this Organization is 1, January to 31, December annually.

Section 10.02  The Executive Board will determine and approve a budget for each fiscal year. The budget may be updated and modified with the approval of the Executive Board by unanimous vote.

Section 10.03  All expenses generated by this Organization are paid from funds accumulated by membership fees, registration fees, testing fees and contributions.

Section 10.04  The Treasurer must administer all necessary duties as directed by the Organization Articles and must report the financial standing of the Organization at the first General Meeting following 31, December of the current fiscal year.

Section 10.05  Auditors will supervise the accounting procedures and whenever necessary may audit the accounting books maintained by the Treasurer.

Article XI.      Disqualifications of Officials and Members

Section 11.01  The officials and members of the Organization will be disqualified and will lose their right of membership whenever they commit any of the following:

Item 11.01.1    Upon death

Item 11.01.2    Upon written submission of withdrawal

Item 11.01.3   Failure to meet Organization financial responsibilities for more than one year

Item 11.01.4   When determined by the action of the Executive Board

Item 11.01.5   Whenever assigned responsibilities cannot be performed at an acceptable level

Article XII.     Changes to Articles    

Section 12.01  All other necessary Articles may be implemented or existing Articles changed by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

 

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Aug 05 2014

Disclaimer Statement

South China Martial Arts Alliance provides this web-site information to assist in the dissemination of martial arts information and will not be held responsible in any way whatsoever for any injury or damage of any type that may occur as a result of reading and/or applying the information contained in this web-site.  Martial arts training can result in injury and a qualified physician should be consulted prior to training.  South China Martial Arts Alliance and its representatives, officers, directors, agents, advisors and instructors are not responsible for the results of your choice to utilize information contained in this web-site.

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Aug 05 2014

SCMAA President

bushitombentley@gmail.com's profile photo As SCMAA President, I would like to up-date you on the progress of our efforts to provide the martial arts community with an organization to support organizations, schools and individuals with the delivery of quality martial arts instruction and representation.

As you are probably already aware, it requires a great deal of planning and tremendous effort to put in place an organization of this magnitude.  The Executive Board and Advisors are working deligently to make sure that all the components are in place to ensure that all services can be provided to our membership before we formally begin accepting membership applications.

I look forward to working with the membership to provide excellence in all aspects of our martial arts instruction and related activities.

Tom Bentley

 

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Aug 05 2014

Organization History

SOUTH CHINA MARTIAL ARTS ALLIANCE

ORGANIZATION HISTORY

As President of the IUKF (International Uechi-ryu Karate Federation), George E. Mattson has promoted Uechi-ryu internationally over the last fifty years.  In 1996, he was appointed Chief Consultant of Wushu for the New York United Fuzhou Friendship Society.

In this position he created the South China Martial Arts Alliance with the society’s approval and sanctioning.  His vision was to utilize the South China Martial Arts Alliance to provide legitimate services to organizations, schools and individuals whose martial art system had roots in Southern China.

It is the intent of SCMAA to support the efforts of those legitimate martial arts organizations, schools and individuals who have lost their ties with their previous organization and find themselves without the ability to advance their training and promotion status.  Politics and egos have long eroded the martial arts and resulted in the need for an organization that will promote martial arts focusing on strong training principles, ethical treatment of membership, adherence to promotion guidelines and the implementation of those standards that ensure a respect for the martial arts.

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Jul 29 2014

MISSION STATEMENT

The South China Martial Arts Alliance is a nonpartisan organization formed to bring together martial artists to foster technique exploration and refinement, historical accuracy in martial arts evolution, sharing of instructional methodology and assistance in rank, title and operational certification.

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Apr 24 2014

Sensei Tim Dando awarded title of Shihan

In a moving ceremony, Wednesday, April 23rd, George Mattson awarded Tim Dando the rank and title of Shihan. Award took place at the “Park Building” in downtown Mount Dora.
tim dando shihan award

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Aug 20 2012

Welcome to SCMAA website

Mattson – Okinawa, 1957

Welcome to the South China Martial Arts Alliance. Although this organization has been around for many years, it has only recently gained attention within the martial art community.

As president of the IUKF (International Uechi-ryu Karate Federation) I’ve been primarily concerned with the activities and standards within the Uechi-ryu community. Often, other teachers from Goju-ryu, Shorin-ryu and many other systems would request membership and I would have to tell them that the IUKF was strictly for Uechi practitioners.

Realizing that although there were a number of organizations in existence that were recruiting members from any system and only service they were providing was issuing rank (of questionable value) and expensive dinners where lofty titles were given, I decided to form an organization that was dedicated to legitimate organization and their members, whose martial art systems had roots in Southern China. Only recently have the original members of this organization decided to “go public” and reach out to the many practitioners of Southern China systems, by creating a web site and nominating a president and membership director//treasurer who would direct and lead the organization as it developed.

I am very honored to announce that Shihan Tom Bentley has been nominated as president and Shihan David Berndt as membership director/treasurer. I was asked to provide guidance and support by filling the role of senior advisor to the organization.

Welcome to all members. I hope you become active participants of this website. Where we go from here will in large measure, be determined by you and the other members.

Regards,

George E. Mattson

South China Delegation & Mattson 2002

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