IMASA the Multi-Styles Association for Martial Art Club Owners & Instructors
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Questions & Answers

Q. I have loads of questions - what should I do?

A. Take a look below or just give us a call or email, we're here to help - advice freely given.

Q. I have been quoted £6 to £8 per student from other Associations - Why is IMASA Membership so cheap?

A. IMASA Membership & Insurance in most cases is the exact same, but in some cases it is even better - IMASA buys very large blocks of Insurance and passes those discounts onto its members, check out the policy document to compare with other Associations documents - some Associations won't put their policy details on their website - we think that says it all.

Q. Do I need to Register all my Black Belts?

A. No.

Q. What do you mean by Principle Instructor?

A. Each Club needs a Principle Instructor, in most cases this will be you as the Club Owner and or Main Instructor.

Q. My Sensei told me I can not open my own Club?

A. False, Any time served Black Belt can open their own club, want more info give us a bell or email.

Q. Can I grade my own students?

A. Yes - With regards to grading your own students, when you register with IMASA a file is opened under your club name, that file will keep a record of your Students Grade, Name & Date of Birth, we recognise and acccept you will grade your own students, their your students - learnt your way - who has the most right to grade their student best, but the Club Chief Instructor (that being you) - your students are your clubs future, but that's just our opinion, all we ask is that you send a copy of the Dan grade certificates for your file and our Dan Grade Registry.

Q. I have been told if I open my own Club - my grade will be cancelled?

A. False, no one can take away what you have already achieved, Paid and worked hard to gain.

Q. I already have student Insurance with another Association - will I need to re-start new cover over again?

A. No - we can change the cover across to IMASA but there is a small admin charge of 1.00p per student, we will also require proof of purchase, a scanned emailed copy of your students Insurance slip will suffice.

Q. I have been told by other Associations I need 20 students or more to register with them?

A. That's probably true with most Associations but not with the IMASA, you can start a new club with no students, we are here to help you get started.

Q. Would it be possible to use my own slips and put your student number on it?

A. Yes, if you have your own design student slip - no problem, we keep the same student number while the fees are paid, just add the student number to your design slips. (Student Payment must be Paid first or cover will be withdrawn). 

Q. Do you have a Coaching course and is it compulsory to take one to be part of IMASA

A. We have certified courses and workshops - use them if you want, we have seen some Associations demanding you take one of their courses at a cost of £85.00 or more - no such dictatorship within IMASA.

Q. How am I going to progress to a higher rank.

A. IMASA has its own grading panel, you can grade on your own written syllabus or use our General Syllabus - its entirely upto you.

Q. I have just re-newed my Instructor Insurance - will I need to renew my Instructor Insurance again to Register with IMASA?

A. No, if you have already re-newed your Instructors Insurance that's fine, and when the time comes for your own Instructor's renewal you can request it from IMASA but it is not compulsory to receive your Instructor Insurance from us, but we will require a scanned copy for our files.

Q. We maybe changing the name of the club, would we be able to do this or would we have to wait until renewal.

A.  You can add or change your club name at will, but each club name has to be registered (£8.00 online at this time).

Q.  Are we able to add instructors as & when we open up a new class.

A.  You can add Instructors at anytime, it maybe that they are still insured through another Association or new Black Belts, add as required.

Q.  How quick can we set up the instructor insurance.

A. Membership & Instructor Insurance can be set up within approximately 2 hours if paid by paypal - of course postal payments take considerably longer.

Q. Is IMASA affiliated with any other Federations - if not, are there any plans to affiliate?

A. With regards to affiliations, IMASA was formed because of the need for a non-political club owner Association, I am in no doubt that at some point during your Martial Art career you have felt the sharp edge of politics that is writhe within all sections of all styles - IMASA is committed to being the exact opposite.

Having said that, our stance is this - if its good for Sport in the UK it gets our approval :
We aim to co-operate with other bodies having similar or sympathetic aims and generally do all such acts as shall further the active and corporate life of the Club Owners and may lawfully be done by a body established for the purposes recognised by the law of England.
Q. I had initially thought of joining my members with the xxxx but the costs with you are a fair bit cheaper, I will be working in a deprived area so it would be hard for me to pass on higher membership fees, it could be a show stopper - In all honesty is there anything less official about your organisation signing my grading certificates etc?
A. All IMASA 4th Dan's and above grades have been vetted and are respected Martial Artists in their own right, they have sat on grading panels within other major Associations, but joined IMASA when they got sick and tired of the Political mumbo jumbo. - needless to say if their grades were suddenly not recognised the other Associations would have loads of their own members un-recognised.

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