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S.R.M.A.A. Joining The Seishin Ryu Martial Arts Association

You have been a member of a Martial Arts organization for a number of years - for what reasons would you want to change affiliations?

There are many such as Politics - Business - Technical - Direction - or Personal. I would like to point out numerous questions I was faced with and how they were resolved upon affiliating with Soshu Lee E. Dawson and the Seishin Ryu Martial Arts Association (S.R.M.A.A.).

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What is the purpose of the S.R.M.A.A.?

The S.R.M.A.A. is basically a service organization open to all valid traditional oriental martial artists or martial arts schools who may have lost their instructor or who are not happy with their current organization. The main goal is to offer credibility to those who wish to switch organizations for any reason - political, business, personal or otherwise.

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Will I have credibility in the martial arts community as a member of the S.R.M.A.A.?

Soshu Dawson is an 8th Dan and is well respected in the martial arts community. He heads an international organization with schools located in both the U.S. and Canada.

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Can I join the S.R.M.A.A. as an individual member?

Yes - any rank can join (not just Black belts).

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How do we communicate between the International Seishin Ryu Martial Arts Association Honbu (S.R.M.A.A. International Headquarters) in the United States, and/or Canadian National Headquarters?

I have found the e-mail communications with this organization exceptional. Soshu responds immediately to questions, concerns and problems. We also communicate by phone and through the mail.

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How will I be graded if I leave my current organization?

Soshu Dawson will grade you personally. Upon joining Soshu will ask you for information on yourself such as copies of your grading certificates, a copy of your style syllabus up to your current rank, martial arts history, and possibly a video tape of yourself (Katas, techniques etc.). SRMAA has syllabuses of minimum requirements and standards for all ranks.

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Do I have to learn a new style if I join your Organization?

No - but depending on your rank if you do not know all of the Katas for your style you may learn from different styles within the S.R.M.A.A. (Seishin Ryu and affiliates). SRMAA has syllabuses of minimum requirements and standards for all ranks.

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What are the fees for joining?

The fees are very fair. There is an annual membership fee for each school and individual member that joins. Contact Soshu for the actual fees.

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As the head instructor of my own school can I grade my own students?

Yes - up to but not including your own rank.

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Are there a lot of politics in the S.R.M.A.A. - namely is there interference with the everyday running of my school?

You are free to run your school as you see fit. You must keep in mind that you are a member of the Seishin Ryu Martial Arts Association (S.R.M.A.A.) and that the traditional values of the martial arts must be maintained.

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How do I obtain rank certificates for my students and what are the costs?

Those of your students that are members will receive their certificates from Soshu. There will be two signatures - Soshu's and yours. Each time a member is graded a form is filled out and sent to Soshu - the certificates are then sent back to the instructor for distribution to the students. Contact Soshu for the fees.

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Is it possible to have Rank Certificates in my mother language?

Yes, if you will translate them.

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How can my students and I receive personal training from Soshu?

Soshu teaches seminars at various affiliate locations. You can hold a seminar and have Soshu and his senior students travel to your dojo to teach. You are also welcome to travel to the Honbu (Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA) at any point in time for training, seminars, tournaments or just to visit.

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Can I do my own merchandising?

You may merchandise any products yourself such as Gi's, belts, patches, training gear and sparring equipment. You may also obtain merchandise through S.R.M.A.A. if you desire. Products with the Seishin Ryu Martial Arts Association (S.R.M.A.A. Trademark) name on them must be purchased through the S.R.M.A.A. Honbu (Headquarters). Discounts are given to schools.

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Should I change the name of what I am teaching as a result of joining the S.R.M.A.A.?

It really depends on what you want to do and the politics involved with your current organization. Soshu will help you through this.

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As a member of the S.R.M.A.A. are there any opportunities to meet others that are affiliated?

In May there is an International Annual Awards Banquet, meetings and tournament held in Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA. All Affiliates, Representatives and Directors are encouraged to attend.

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How do I join?

Upon contacting Soshu you will be asked to submit material as previously stated. When Soshu has reviewed this material, he will send you the appropriate paperwork for joining - individual membership forms and school application forms. Fill these forms out and send them back with the proper fees and you are a member.

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