WorldMAC Alliance

The WorldMAC Alliance is the largest section of the World Martial Arts Council and is open to all martial arts groups regardless of system, style or membership numbers, and all individual practitioners of any martial art recognized by the WMAC Executive Board.  Any other groups or organizations involving activities associated with martial arts, or any individuals involved with these, may also register.  All individuals and groups are entered into the international database, and immediately recognized worldwide.

WorldMAC Protection & Security Agency

The WorldMAC Protection & Security Agency is a new global division of the World Martial Arts Council, and provides elite residential training courses associated with personal protection and security issues.  This new division is now in the process of appointing suitably qualified personnel with experience in this type of work.

Contact wmac@worldmac.org for further details. 

Mark Strange

Mark Strange is one of the Ambassadors for the World Martial Arts Council with thirty four years experience in the martial arts of Kung Fu, Chinese Kickboxing, Tai Chi and Self-Defence.  He studied Chinese Martial Arts at the Shaolin Temple, and various styles of Kung Fu in Hong Kong and throughout China.  He is a former British Sanshou Full Contact, Forms and Weapons Champion, and represented Great Britain in the World Championships in China.  Before starring in films he managed his own full-time martial arts academy for sixteen years and worked on many television productions as a fight coordinator, stunt man and actor.  He featured alongside James Nesbitt in the Sky 1 Marvel Lucky Man series; has worked with Jackie Chan on two feature films; and with martial arts action star Donnie Yen who starred in the Star Wars film Rogue One.  He recently starred in the film REDCON-1 due to be released at the end of 2017, and is a Guest Instructor at WMAC Seminars.

Takayuki Kubota

Takayuki Kubota, an ambassador for the World Martial Arts Council, was born on 20 September 1934 in Kumamoto, Japan. In 1939, at the age of four, he began studying martial arts under the direction of his father, who was a master of jujitsu and jukendo.  During World War II he learned karate under the guidance of Terada and Tokunaga, two Okinawan karateka stationed in his village.  At the age of 13 he went to Tokyo and on arrival discovered there was no work or anywhere to stay, but whilst in a queue for food he helped police to capture some criminals.  One of the police officers gave him a place to stay, helped him finish his education, introduced him to the school of Master Cai, and in return he taught the officer the art of taiho jutsu.  In 1947 at the age of 14 he was noticed by the Tokyo Police and began teaching officers of the Kamata Police Department, which he did for 10 years, and tested his martial arts skills by working as an agent in the dangerous districts of Tokyo.

Kubota opened his first karate dojo at 17 years of age, and from 1950 - 1959 he was an instructor for the US Army, Air Force, and Marines in kendo, karate, judo, and giyokute-jitsu.  Between 1960 and 1963, he taught pro-wrestling techniques at the Haneda dojo and as he became better known, the US military and government personnel at the American military bases stationed there invited him to teach self-defence and give demonstrations. From 1958 to 1960, he taught the US Military Police and other personnel at Camp Zama in Kanagawa in Japan.  In addition, from 1959 to 1964, he taught self-defence to the US Army personnel at Kishine Barracks in Yokohama.  During the period 1961 to 1963, he also taught the American personnel at Grand Heights Air Force Base in Tokyo and US Air Force Police at Fuchu Air Force Base, and also worked as a bodyguard to the US Ambassador to Japan.  Throughout 1964 he taught self-defence to other government personnel, including the CIA agents at the US military bases throughout Japan.

On August 2, 1964, Kubota was invited to give a demonstration at the First Annual International Karate Tournament in Long Beach, California, and later that year he permanently relocated to America.  Kubota taught self-defence at the Los Angeles Police Department Academy for several years, and developed his own style of karate named Gosoku-ryu meaning hard-fast style.  He became an American citizen in 1974, and in 1990 was inducted into the Black Belt Magazine’s Hall of Fame as 'Weapons Instructor of the Year’.  In October 2010 he performed at the Koyamada Foundation's United States Martial Arts Festival at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Centre in California.  Apart from being the founder of the Gosoku-ryu style of karate, he also founded the International Karate Association of which he is the president.  He holds the title of Soke for his development of the Gosoku-ryu style of karate, and has devoted his life to learning, creating, and teaching the application of self-defence techniques.  Currently he has black belt degrees in karate, judo, aikido, kendo, and iaido, and has complemented his martial arts training with studies in meditation, history, and other non-combative aspects of the arts.  He invented the five and a half inch Kubotan self-defence key chain designed as a tool for female officers of the Los Angeles Police Department, and developed the Kubotai, another self-defence weapon used to employ wrist locks and immobilize opponents.  He has also has written several books on the martial arts and has been featured in more than 280 films and television shows, and in over 180 commercials.    

Muhammad Ali (1942 – 2016)

 

Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., and was an American professional boxer, generally considered the greatest heavyweight in the history of the sport.  Early in his career he was known for being an inspiring, controversial, and polarizing figure both inside and outside the boxing ring.  He was one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years, crowned “Sportsman of the Century” by “Sports Illustrated” and “Sports Personality of the Century” by the BBC.  He also wrote several best-selling books about his career, including The Greatest: My Own Story and The Soul of a Butterfly.  Ali, originally known as Cassius Clay, began training at 12 years of age, and at the age of 22 won the World Heavyweight Championship from Sonny Liston in 1964.  He later joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name, converted to Sunni Islam in 1975, and then to Sufism in 2005.

In 1967 he refused to be conscripted into the U.S. military, citing his religious beliefs and opposition to American involvement in the Vietnam War, was eventually arrested and found guilty on draft evasion charges, and stripped of his boxing title.  He did not fight again for nearly four years, and after his appeal went to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1971 his conviction was overturned, and his actions as a conscientious objector to the war made him an icon for the larger counter-culture generation.  He remains the only three-time lineal world heavyweight champion, which he won in 1964, 1974, and 1978.  Between 25 February 1964 and 19 September 1964 he reigned as the undisputed heavyweight boxing champion.  Nicknamed "The Greatest", he was involved in several historic boxing matches, notably these were the first Liston fight, three with rival Joe Frazier, and “The Rumble in the Jungle” with George Foreman in which he regained titles he had been stripped of seven years earlier.  He thrived in, and indeed craved, the spotlight where he was often provocative and outlandish, and controlled most press conferences and interviews, and spoke freely about issues unrelated to boxing.  He transformed the role and image of the African American athlete in America by his embrace of racial pride and his willingness to antagonize the white establishment, and was one of the few athletes in any sport to define the terms of his public reputation.  Another great legend lost that will never be forgotten.

Steve Babbs (1954-2016)

Steve Babbs, the light heavyweight British Lau Gar Champion, spearheaded the full-contact kickboxing movement.

He was a legend in his own right, talented and humble, and ranked by many as one of the leading martial artists of his era.

He received the Martial Arts Illustrated Legend Award and considered to be ahead of his time.  Sadly he passed away suddenly on 26 April 2016 after earning his rightful place as a true legend of the martial arts that will be remembered always for the inspiration he gave to many.  In recognition of his outstanding dedication and service to his profession the World Martial Arts Council entered him on the Roll of Honour, albeit posthumously.   

Brian Jacks

Brian Jacks won Britain's first world championship judo medal when he took bronze in Salt Lake City in 1967, and then took a second bronze at the 1972 Munich Olympics.  He later achieved national fame for his outstanding performances on the BBC programme 'Superstars' in which he was one of the most successful competitors, and dominated the British and European version of the contest from 1979 to 1980, winning four titles.  He is famous for his amazing efforts in the gymnasium, where he repeatedly set records in gym tests that included 118 squat thrusts in the 1980 World Final, and 100 parallel bar dips in 60 seconds in the 1981 Challenge of the Champions. He was also very dominant in the weightlifting, canoeing, and cycling events, rarely being placed lower than second.  His first place victories in the British, European and International Superstars led to the creation of the computer games: ‘Brian Jacks Superstar Challenge’ and 'Brian Jacks Uchi Mata'.

He was awarded 8th dan in judo, 6th dan in ju-jitsu, 2nd dan in karate, and dedicated forty years to the martial arts during which time he not only trained himself but also most of the British Judo Team.  He competed in Olympic Games from 1964 to 1976, was still the British Champion in 1980, and unquestionably achieved far more than anyone else in British judo.  Despite his outstanding achievements, and the fact that at least sixteen judoka comprised mostly of his students or his juniors were awarded Queen’s Honours, he received no recognition from his association, or even an invite to the London Olympics in 2012.  Understandably he became totally disillusioned with the way the martial arts in the United Kingdom are controlled by organisations motivated by greed, and in which egotistical attitudes and politics are endemic or deeply embedded.  Thoroughly disappointed with the system he retired from competitive judo, opened a fitness and martial arts club, and now resides in Thailand where he built a complex of affordable apartments for retired people on short-term visits, or for those wanting more permanent accommodation overseas. 

The World Martial Arts Council was not surprised when it contacted him and was informed he wanted no further involvement with martial arts organizations, and had now taken up golf.  In some ways his experiences are similar to those of Keiko Fukuda who, like Brian Jacks, dedicated much of her life to judo, and received no recognition from Japan until her final years.  Both of these were exceptional martial artists and deserved far more than they received, hence the World Martial Arts Council has been determined to rectify the incomprehensible way these, along with many others, have been ignored by sporting authorities that should have no place in the martial arts world.  Due to her death in 2013, the World Martial Arts Council could only reward Keiko Fukuda with its Roll of Honour status posthumously.  However, in the case of Brian Jacks, there is much more that can be done following his decision to change his mind and register as an individual with the World Martial Arts Council. Although he is now largely involved with other activities, he offered to assist the World Martial Arts Council in achieving its aims.  Due to his vast experience and knowledge, he was inducted into the International Guild of Masters, and awarded Roll of Honour status for his forty years of dedication to judo and everything he achieved for his country at the highest level of competition.

The World Martial Arts Council has very strict criteria regarding the awarding of martial arts grades, one of which is time related and involves holding a grade for the same number of years as the next grade before it can be sanctioned.  This means a sixth dan must have been held for a minimum of seven years without exception before a seventh dan can be awarded, and so on.  Brian Jacks received his 8th dan on 22 November 1994, which means he was eligible for 9th dan in 2003 and 10th dan in 2013, but for whatever reasons he was ignored. Following discussions over two days the WMAC Technical Board decided unreservedly his outstanding achievements over forty years, his dedication to judo throughout this time, and the fact he has held the rank of 8th dan for twenty years, were sufficient for him to be appointed as a senior member of the WMAC Technical Board, to be awarded the grade of 10th dan within the World Martial Arts Council, and to be internationally recognized as such in all countries in which it is active, both now and in the future.   

Shared Visions

Shared martial arts visions involve working together for common interests or purposes.  Today the martial arts generally consist of a dysfunctional body of people estranged from each other, and if these arts are to develop and progress, mutual reconciliation is necessary.  This communal context is essential because only in solidarity with others can the errant principles be brought back to their intended purposes.  All forces are within the minds of individuals that are part of systems large enough to overwhelm isolated efforts, and that can only be changed by resistance conducted in the context of community in order to be effective.  There is now a great need for shared visions in all martial art communities across the globe, and to eradicate enmity, egoism, and self-interest that currently govern the way martial artists relate to one another.  The WorldMAC Alliance was established for this purpose, it welcomes everyone without exception, and offers interests and opportunities that can be shared for the mutual benefit of all dedicated practitioners.

 

International Martial Arts Grade Accreditation Board

The International Martial Arts Grade Accreditation Board is a totally independent authority established to ensure all martial art grades and titles are legitimate and conform to accepted international standards.  Recently, social networking sites have been littered with people displaying certificates denoting Hall of Fame, Master, Grand Master, Professor, Doctor, Affiliation, Membership, Lifetime Achievement, Excellence, Friendship, National Representative, Rank Recognition, Honorary Grades & Titles, non-existent 11th, 12th & 15th dans, and even Japanese dan grades awarded in Chinese martial art systems.  Such certificates are worthless, they are not recognized either nationally or internationally by any organization other than the group that awards them, and the same applies to martial art grades.  At one time many falsely claimed to hold the status of black belt in varying degrees, but now many people fraudulenty claim to be 10th dans, are portrayed wearing embroidered red belts, the highest belt in martial arts, have no record of any previous grades or experience, and exhibit a distinct lack of humility.  Below is one of the very few internationally accredited and recognized 10th dans.         

Keiko Fukuda (1913-2013)

Keiko Fukuda was awarded 10th dan by the United States Judo Federation in 2011 following a lifetime of dedication.  Born in Tokyo into an upper-class samurai family in 1913, she was the last surviving student of Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo, who was first taught ju-jitsu by her grandfather Hachinosuke Fukuda.  Throughout her life she taught all over the world, and for thirty years held the rank of 5th dan before attaining her 6th dan in 1972. This was at a time when judo was a male dominated sport, and it took another thirty nine years before she became recognized as the highest ranked female judoka, and the only woman ever to be promoted to the rank of 10th dan.  Her motto was Tsuyoku-Yasashiku-Utsukushiku, translated as Be Strong-Be Gentle-Be Beautiful, taken to mean in Mind, Body and Spirit, and in 1990 she was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the Japanese Government in recognition of her outstanding dedication to the advancement of Kodokan Joshi Judo. Sadly, she died at her home in the USA in 2013 at 99 years of age, and after learning of her many accomplishments and dedication, the World Martial Arts Council granted her Roll of Honour status on 04 May 2014, the first person ever to receive this distinction, albeit posthumously.  

The accomplishments of Keiko Fukuda are considered  by the World Martial Arts Council to be genuine lifetime achievements, and any organization awarding such accolades to much younger people that have achieved far less by comparison, should be aware the word 'lifetime' means exactly that, and anyone accepting such awards should seriously question their validity.  

Such practices are not only disrespectful towards the genuine recipients of these distinctions, but they also show total disregard for Integrity, Respect, Courage, Honour, Compassion, Honesty and Loyalty, the 'Seven Virtues of Bushido', which formed the very foundation on which all martial arts were built. 

Independent Registry of Martial Arts Grades

The International Martial Arts Grade Accreditation Board has established an independent registry that maintains a complete global record of grades and titles of every registered individual; the dates these were obtained; names and ranks of examiners; and the martial arts for which they were awarded. The registry was established to protect the achievements of all martial artists from beginners to masters, which means any grade, rank, title or other martial art qualification can be instantly verified at any time, regardless of location. This is the only international record that prevents the widespread practice of non-recognition of past achievements, especially in cases where clubs cease to operate, organizations split, or when individuals change associations involving the same martial art, and have to accept a lower grade or revert to having no grade at all. The registry permits any martial artist, regardless of ability, to register achievements themselves, have them internationally recognized, and recorded for any required future verification.  Any credible martial art awards involve spending significant time and money; once earned these should never have to be re-established; and therefore, it is crucial these are protected indefinitely.

Grade Related Applications

*For details of External Grade Recognition and Individual Database Applications, Forms & Fees visit the WorldMAC Projects page.

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