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2nd November 2004, 07:43
Does your country regulate Martial Art Schools?
If so how?

Does the government require for a license to teach martial arts? What are the requirements before you can open a Martial art school and teach?

Thanks in advance.

2nd November 2004, 10:30
The trouble with that question in the USA is concept of federalism hierarchy:

US Government
  State Government
    County Government
      City/Town entities

So a martial arts school, being a business entity, would be subject to several layers of laws and regulations to protect consumers etc… same as a fitness health club.

But I would be very interested in seeing any "martial qualifications" being required in any State.

Also please refer to the previous e-Budo threads:

Bad Budo > Instructor Certification


Bad Budo > The new martial arts craze


One point of concern always raised, who picks the regulatory body?

Will a board packed with traditional Japanese-based martial artists give short thrift to any Chinese or Korean MA practitioner?

...or a thirty-five year old American Kempo Grandmaster Soke.

3rd November 2004, 18:40
Thanx John, I will read those threads.


4th November 2004, 10:16
In Israel we have a legal requirement for M.A. Instructors as well as most other sports instructors to pass a qualification course. Unfortunately, that course is under the responsibility of a body that specializes in sports and uses it as a money source.


Yokosho Shinzu
6th January 2005, 21:24
Yes mine country does!

26th January 2005, 09:21
To my knowledge, there is no statutory body for this in Ireland, at least not one that is specifically tasked with regulating Martial Arts. The closest I've ever found to this for Ireland is the IRISH MARTIAL ARTS COMMISSION (http://www.martialarts.ie)