Certification is different from membership. Anyone who adopts the tenets of the WMAA and adheres to them are considered a 'member in good standing'.
To be certified through the WMAA a member must satisfy certain requirements:
The WMAA honors each style's requirements as to patterns, one-steps, breaking, free fighting and the like.
1. Until the Black Belt test the testing form or the summary WMAA form is submitted with a recommendation from the affiliated school's Head Instructor. They are verified and processed. Then certificates are mailed to the school.
2. For 1st Degree Black Belt and higher the above requirements apply.
The main concerns in competent performance remains balance, coordination, focus and precision.
The WMAA attempts to maintain an accurate and substantive history for an individual Dan member that we may 'show to the world' as needed. We are not selling ranks nor do we wish to become mere advertising elements for an individual or school. Integrity is key to the individual, school, or organization.
There are two basic standards regarding time periods between Dan promotions.
1-2 years for 1st Dan
An additional 2years for 2nd Dan
An additional 3 years for 3rd Dan
An additional 4 years for 4th Dan Master and so on through 9th Dan Grand Master. A total of 45 years or more may pass before attaining the rank of 9th Dan.
3 or more years for 1st Dan
3 0r more years between additional Dan.
So a 4th Dan Master should have a minimum of 10 years before attaining this rank.