Who Can Be Involved?
Anyone can get involved.
Instructors must allow visiting students from other IAOMAS schools to train at your school FREE for up to two weeks so that yours are offered the same, worldwide.
Non-instructors can enjoy the social network from our FaceBook page and group, and keep an ear open for regional IAOMAS events they can participate in.
Joining is free – no fees or politics, just real martial artists.
What’s the deal?
IAOMAS is a network of schools worldwide that agree to allow any student FREE training for at least two weeks, should they visit that country (or area). This is ‘NON-POLITICAL’, and is based on individual school instructors. Should the visiting student be staying in that area longer, they can negotiate a continuing arrangement with the instructor.
Rules & Guidelines
It goes without saying that schools should treat visiting students with respect (no matter what the style). You need to prepare for and allow visiting students and instructors to practice with your school for free for up to two weeks. Visiting members should follow the local school rules/code of conduct at all times.
Host instructors and visiting students represent their respective organisations and may cause their schools to become disassociated if they cannot follow rules and guidelines herein! Complaints from visiting students or from Host Instructors should be directed towards the appropriate FaceBook group.
To join IAOMAS, first you will need to have a martial art or related business website. You will then need to place an IAOMAS logo and link to the www.iaomas.com domain prominently on your website. Please use one of the IAOMAS logos featured at the bottom of this page. Second, fill in the joining form as completely and as accurately as you can. Make sure to give us as much background information on your style(s) as possible. This helps us categorize you. If not, you might just end up as a ‘MMA’. Once the link on your website has been confirmed, your information will be listed on your country’s site.
After filling in the joining form, you may choose to integrate some of the IAOMAS member benefits information into your website. We recommend that you make an appropriate announcement to your associate instructor and membership body, and encourage participation at our online forum. To gain the most benefit from our organisation, you might think of planning some yearly online or offline events with fellow IAOMAS member schools.
To prepare for those guests who might visit your training facility, you might like to choose an informal facilitator as appropriate from your student or instructor body. This ensures that your guest(s) understands your training environment and enjoys the experience of cross training with you. Ideally, you might like to set up a small section on your website for guests who might come from a very different martial arts background. Hint: those schools that benefit from the IAOMAS are those schools that have a plan of how both the school and the travelling martial student benefit from their interchange.
For those schools who have students intending to visit other IAOMAS schools worldwide on their travels, an instructor (or the travelling student) may want to drop a courtesy email to the country or school being visited. Visiting students may also wish to bring a small but appropriate gift that may help strengthen this worldwide IAOMAS network.
Lastly, the IAOMAS is a volunteer-managed coalition. If you have spare time, or if you have a skill or resource you’d care to share, please contribute a little back to the IAOMAS. A little goes a long way. Good things have a way of coming back to you! Contact your Country Site Owner for more information or get in touch directly with IAOMAS Council Members on the IAOMAS Forum.
Now all you’ve got to do is stick the logo on your site and fill in the form!