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Karate & Taekwondo

Part I: IIMAF POWER KARATE
Part II: IIMAF TAEKWONDO

"MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH UNTIL THEN LET IIMAF TRAIN YOU TO PROTECT YOURSELF."

Origin: The Ryukyu Kingdom, The Empire of Japan

Part 1: IIMAF POWER KARATE

The IIMAF Power Karate is a hard Striking Martial Art style, which Power Development Techniques are an important part of the training. In IIMAF Power Karate all the leg strikes and hand strikes are done with maximum power. In IIMAF Taekwondo speed and flexibility are the most important aspect of the art, whereas in IIMAF Power Karate most Kicks are performed low, hard and all the hand Strikes should make contact at full power if legally and Morally Justified. The goal is to knock down or knock out the criminal attackers as soon as possible with only 1 to 3 Strikes. IIMAF Power Karate has been developed partially From the Kingdom of Ryukyu, Okinawan indigenous Martial Arts methods which includes Empty Hard Hand Strikes and Kicking. Karate means empty hand Self-Defense fighting. IIMAF Power Karate is a Hard Striking Style, which uses IIMAF Power Karate Punching, IIMAF Power Karate Kicking, IIMAF Power Karate Knee and IIMAF Power Karate Elbow Strikes, and IIMAF Power Karate Open-Handed Techniques such as IIMAF Power Karate Knife-Hand Strikes, and the IIMAF Power Karate Vital Point Strikes. Monarchy and Buddhism seem to be the root of all Asian Continent Martial Arts Systems. Martial Arts means Military Arts.But one popular story states that Martial Arts came from India over a thousand years ago, brought to Empire of China by a Buddhist monk called Bodhidharma (“daruma” in Japanese).

A Karate student is called a Karateka. Since the 1950's Karate became popular among U.S. Military Personnel.

The Fighting Martial Arts movies of the 1960s and 1970s served to greatly increase the popularity of Karate which began to be used when referring to all Martial Arts. Karate studios began appearing across different countries.

That the most of the followers of Karate in different countries trained in Karate only for its fighting Techniques, which should Not be the only reason for training. Many see IIMAF Power Karate as a mysterious way of Self Defense fighting which can cause major injury to the attacking violent criminals with a Single Strike. IIMAF Karate Training may be considered as a challenge within oneself or as a life-long effort that can be won only through Self-Discipline, Hard Training, a Good and Healthy Life Style.

For many IIMAF Power Karate practitioners, Karate is a deeply philosophical practice. IIMAF Power Karate teaches moral and ethical principles that could have empowering significance to its Practitioners. Today IIMAF Power Karate is practiced for Self-Defense, Fitness and as a Martial Sport. In 2005, in the 117th IOC International Olympic Committee voting, Karate did not receive the necessary two-thirds majority vote to become an Olympic Sport. Some claim that there are over 50 million Karate practitioners worldwide.

IIMAF POWER KARATE SUGGESTIONS FOR A BETTER LIFE:

1-HEALTH AND SAFETY ARE THE GREATEST WEALTH.

2-THERE ARE NO ABSOLUTES.

3-TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES.

4-CONTROL YOU’RE IMPULSES.

5-NEVER UNDERESTIMATE YOUR ENEMIES.

6-NEVER USE EXESSIVE FORCE.

7-ENJOY LIFE, LIVE LONG AND PASS QUICKLY.

8-BE A LOYAL FRIEND AND KEEP LOYAL FRIENDS.

9-ALWAYS BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS.

10-HONESTY STARTS WITHIN.

11-ALL HUMANS SHOULD HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS.

12-SUPPORT HUMAN RIGHTS, THE RULE OF LAW AND LAW AND ORDER

13-RELIGION AND POLITICS SHOULD NOT MIX.

14-RESPECT YOURSELF.

15-DON'T GIVE INTO SUPERSTITION.

16-LETS JOIN FORCES AND PUT AN END TO EXTREMISM, FANATICISM, AND FUNDAMENTALISM OF ALL KINDS.

17-RECISM AND REVERSE RACISM ARE BOTH WRONG. TWO WRONGS DON’T MAKE ARIGHT. IN SOME CASES REVERSE RACISM COULD EVEN BE WORST THAN RACISM. WE SHOULD ALL STRIVE TO STOP THE ACTIVITIES OF ALL TYPES OF HATE GROUPS.

Sensei Shawn Shervan, 2012

IIMAF Power Karate Punching:

The IIMAF Punching Techniques can be used against attacking criminals. Some of the IIMAF Power Karate Punches are identical to the IIMAF Royal Muay Thai Kick Boxing Punching, But in IIMAF Karate every Strike is executed with Maximum Power, these Techniques include:

The IIMAF Power Karate Jab Punch:

You can learn to use the IIMAF Jab Punch as a straight Punch, from the front hand against the head or the body of the attacking criminals. The IIMAF Jab Punch is often used in a combination with the IIMAF Cross Punch.

The IIMAF Power Karate Cross Punch:

You can learn to use the Cross Punch which could be the same as a Straight Punch against the face, head or the body of the attacking criminals.

The IIMAF Power Karate Hook Punch:

You can learn to use the Hock Rounded Punch against the face, the head or the body of the attacking criminals. The IIMAF Hook Punch is an arching motion.

The IIMAF Power Karate Upper Cut Punch:

You can learn to use the IIMAF Uppercut Rising Punch Striking against the chin and body of the attacking criminals.

The IIMAF Power Karate Short and Long Straight Punch:

You can learn to use the IIMAF Short Straight and Long Punch (usually you would want to Strike the chin, body, and face of the attacking criminals with this Punch.)

The IIMAF Power Karate Back Fist Punch:

You can learn to use the IIMAF Back Fist usually from the front hand; The IIMAF Reverse-Back Fist and The IIMAF Power Karate Spinning Back Fist Punch are done usually from the backhand. The IIMAF Back Fist Strike is used against the head and face of the attacking criminals. The raising of the arm and the bending of the arm at the Elbow and then straightening the arm are done quickly to Strike the side of the head of the attacking criminals with the rear of the knuckles.

The IIMAF Power Karate Cross Counter Punching:

You can learn to use the IIMAF Cross Counter Punching. This is an IIMAF CounterPunch which can be done immediately after the attacking criminal throws a Jab and then right away, you defend yourself by exploiting the opening of the attacking criminal’s position and countering with an IIMAF Cross CounterPunch.

The IIMAF Power Karate Over Hand Punch, the IIMAF Overcut Punch or Drop Punch:

You can learn to use the IIMAF Semi-Circular Punch and The IIMAF Vertical Punch which can be thrown with the rear hand. It is usually when the attacking criminals are either Bobbing or Slipping.

The basic IIMAF Power Karate Kicks are:

IIMAF Power Karate’s Front Kicks: you can learn to use the IIMAF Front Kicks which Includes IIMAF Front Push Kicks or the IIMAF Front Snap Kicks which could be executed as Low, Medium and High. Your aim could be the Stomach, legs, face, chest of the attacking criminals, by using your toes, blade, side, ball, heel, shin or the instep of your foot.

The IIMAF Power Karate’s Side Kicks:

You could learn to use the IIMAF Side Kicks, Striking with the blade, side or heel of the foot with leg parallel to the ground; this Kick can be performed to the leg, head, face or body of the attacking criminals.

The IIMAF Power Karate’s Semi-Circular Roundhouse Kicks:

You can learn to use the 30, 45, 180-degree IIMAF Roundhouse Kicks with your toes, ball, shin or the instep of your foot against the attacking criminals.

The IIMAF Power Karate’s Roundhouse Kicks:

You can learn to use the IIMAF Roundhouse Kicks Striking with the front toes, shin, ball, instep of your foot. You could also learn to use the shin of your legs, against the body, head or face of the attacking criminals in a cutting motion.

There are many special or variant IIMAF Power Karate’s Kicking Techniques, including Spinning Kicks, and other variations such as:

The IIMAF Power Karate’s Hook Kicks or Heel Kicks:

You can learn to extend your leg out to the side of the body, and then hooking the leg back to Strike and hit the legs, body or head of the attacking criminals with the ball, heel or sole of your foot.

The IIMAF Power Karate’s Crescent Kicks:

You can learn to use the Crescent Kicks which could be an outside in or an inside out in an attack or defensive manner against the attacking criminals.

The IIMAF Power Karate’s Hammer and Axe Kicks:

You can learn to use the Axe Kicks or Hammer Kicks which could be done straight down, inside out or outside in, with the Knees bent or Straight. The Axe Kicks or Hammer Kicks can be executed as a cut-down or a downward Kick. Kicking with the bottom or base of the heel, ball of the foot against the attacking criminals.

The IIMAF Power Karate’s Back Kicks:

You can learn to use the IIMAF Back Kicks which could be delivered with the bottom, the blade or the heel of the foot against the attacking criminals.

The IIMAF Power Karate’s Sweeping Kicks:

You can learn to use the IIMAF Sweeping Kicks with one foot or both feet against the attacking criminals. You could Sweep depending upon their and your strength and balance.

IIMAF Power Karate Knee Strikes:

The IIMAF Power Knee Strikes are indicative of its Karate heritage which is the main difference that separates this style from other Martial Arts styles which use power over speed.

IIMAF Power Karate’s Straight Knee Thrust Kick:

You can learn to use the Long-Range IIMAF Knee Kicks with IIMAF Front Heel Kick combinations. This IIMAF Knee Strike Kick is delivered with the back or reverses Knee against the attacking criminal’s: stomach, hip or back, neck, face, head, shoulder or the arm.

IIMAF Power Karate’s Rising Knee Strike Kick:

You can learn to use the IIMAF Rising Knee Kick to be delivered with the front part of the Knee. It can make an explosive snap upwards to Knee Strike to the attacking criminal’s face, chest, face, head or chin.

IIMAF Power Karate’s Side Knee Snap Strike Kick:

You can learn to use the IIMAF Side Knee Strike Kick as an advance and a deceptive IIMAF Knee Kick which could be used in close-range fighting against the attacking criminals. The Knee is lifted and the toes are pointed down, and it is snapped to left and right, Striking the attacking criminals sensitive parts of their leg joints, charley horse, insides of thighs or their lower stomach. The IIMAF Power Karate Knife Hand Strikes are Hand Strikes using the part of the hand which is the opposite of the thumb, familiar to many people as the Karate Knife Hand Chop. This IIMAF Knife Hand Chop refers to Hand Strikes performed with the side of the knuckle of the small finger. The best targets for the IIMAF Power Karate Knife Hand Strike includes upper body and middle section Strikes of the attacking violent criminals. IIMAF Power Karate Knife Hand Strikes are referred to Open Hand Strikes that resembles the sharp edge of a sword or a knife. This Strike can be delivered as high, middle or low Strikes and it is usually extended outwards at about face level towards the nerve or at a key strike points.

During practice, the IIMAF Knife Hand Strikes and other IIMAF Techniques are practiced in front of the mirror, on pads, on punching bags and shields. These IIMAF Power Karate Strikes are used in close combat position, considered by some the ideal combative stance, which Striking, Kicking and Throwing Techniques can be applied. In IIMAF Power Karate Knife Hand Chops can be used against the collarbone of the attacking violent criminals. The IIMAF Hand Strike Chops maybe use as the fundamental strike in a basic attacking and defensive Self Defense situations. All IIMAF Power Karate Knife Hand Strikes can be used with both sides of the hand. You need to have the thumb tucked in, leaving the fore finger side of the hand out, this allows the blade of the hand to be used as a Striking area. This is IIMAF Power Karate Knife Hand Strike can be called an Inside Knife Hand Strike whereas the pinkie finger side is called Outside Knife Hand strike.

IIMAF Power Karate Fore Fist:

A closed fist may be jabbed out directly to Strike with the Fore Fist knuckles. This is a suitable position for general Punches to soft areas of the body of the attacking criminals. Without protection, it is not advisable to Strike the bony parts of the attacking criminals body or face as fingers are likely to get broken on the hard jaw bones of the criminal attackers.

IIMAF Power Karate Hammer Fist:

A closed Fist may be brought down in a hammering motion to Strike with the underneath of the hand. Such a Strike can obliterate an attacking criminal’s nose, making it near impossible for him to retaliate.

IIMAF Power Karate Fingertips:

This Strike can be used to Strike the vulnerable areas of the criminal attacker’s body such as pressure points. Used in Self-Defense and not competition sparring, One and two finger Strikes are made to the criminals face. Four finger Strikes engaging the tips of the outstretched hand (known as Spear Hand) can be made to the vital points of the criminals attackers neck.

Part 2: IIMAF TAEKWONDO Taekwondo means:

“Tae" to strike or break with foot"; Kwon: means "to strike or break with the fist"; and Do: means "the way" or "the method of"; so "Taekwondo" is loosely translated as "the way of the foot and fist" or "the way of Kicking and Punching". Taekwondo popularity has resulted in the varied development of the Martial Sport into several different domains: as with many other Arts, it combines Olympic Combat Techniques, Self-Defense, sport, exercise, meditation and a way of Life. Many countries have Taekwondo National Teams. There are two main styles of Taekwondo. Both come from Karate. One of these styles is the source of the sparring system of Olympic Taekwondo which is now an event at the Olympic Games and which is governed by the Olympic Community. There is also a more recent form called the IIMAF Taekwondo which is thought by the Imperial International Martial Arts Federation.

Separate from the various Taekwondo Federations, there have been two general branches of Taekwondo development: Self Defense style and the Olympic sport style. The term "Olympic Taekwondo" typically refers to the Martial Sport style which some believe it was established in 1972; in particular, the names and symbolism of the Karate Patterns often refer to elements of Okinawa and Japan. The Okinawa Karate Te and the Buddhist Korean Martial Arts could be the foundations of Taekwondo. IIMAF Sport Taekwondo has evolved in the decades since then and has a somewhat different focus, especially in terms of its emphasis on speed and competition (as in Olympic sparring), whereas IIMAF Taekwondo tends to emphasize on speed and Self-Defense. The two are not mutually exclusive, and the distinctions between them are not blurred.

Although there are Techniques and Technical differences between the two main styles, the art in general emphasizes Kicks thrown from a mobile stance and non-mobile stances, employing the leg's greater reach and power (compared to the arm). The greatest difference between Two styles, or at least the most obvious, is generally accepted to be the differing styles and rules of Training and competition. The IIMAF Taekwondo training generally includes a system of Kicks, and Punches. The IIMAF Taekwondo instructors also incorporate the use of Self-Defense Techniques borrowed from other Martial Arts, such as the IIMAF KukSool Hapkido.

Imperial International Martial Arts Federation's Philosophy:

Since the foundation of the Imperial International Martial Arts Federation in 1992, the IIMAF Taekwondo philosophy can be described as a Way of Life, which could be summed up in 3 phrases of the Student Creed:

  • "Good Intentions (Good Thoughts),

  • Good Words

  • And Good Deeds.

The IIMAF Taekwondo Pledge:

“I Will Not Smoke or Stop Smoking,

  • I Will Not use and abuse Illegal Drugs or I will stop using and abusing Illegal Drugs,

  • I will Not abuse Prescription Drugs or I will stop Abusing Prescription Drugs,

  • I Will Not Gamble or I will Stop Gambling,

  • I Will Not abuse Alcohol or I will stop Abusing Alcohol,

  • I Will Not Commit Violent Crime".

  • Addiction is an International Disease. Many cannot over come Addiction by themselves.

  • If you have a Addiction problem, Please seek professional help. Ask for help, before its too late.

Alternatively, the Arya Philosophy is based on Indo-European principles of the Law of opposites (Light vs. Darkness) (Good vs. Bad), etc. Nothing good or bad will last forever. No human is perfect. These concepts originate from the classical teachings of "Zarathustra" and the "Gatha" the book of Zoroaster” the Gatha could be considered to be one of the main foundations of Indo-European Philosophy and Thought.

IIMAF Taekwondo History:

The history of Taekwondo has been a matter of discussion. Most Taekwondo Federations officially state that Taekwondo was derived from Okinawa, Japan and Buddhist Korean Martial Arts. Others state that Taekwondo is derived from native Eastern Martial Arts with influences from neighboring Countries or that it was partially affected by Okinawa karate.

IIMAF Taekwondo Non-Combat Stance:

Neutral, Non-Combat Stance used in class at all times when students are not Training, during addressing the class, and or during class discussion. Feet are pointed outwards at slightly under a 45 degree angle with the heels close together. When bowing you should incline your head 15 degrees forward, remembering to always keep your eyes fixed on your opponent. Your IIMAF teachers are not your opponents, You are not competing with your teachers.

IIMAF Taekwondo Closed Stance:

Feet are parallel and close together. It can be sideways facing or facing your opponent. It is used to simulate the IIMAF Taekwondo Fighter being restrained. Where the arms are in front of the face with on Taekwondo Fighters fist covered by the opposite hand.

IIMAF Taekwondo Fighting Stance:

Standard Fighting stance used in IIMAF Taekwondo to prepare the person for kicking and Punching. The body is turned to present only the side to the opponent and the legs are split one and a half shoulder widths apart. The front foot points directly forwards while the back leg is turned out just under 90 degrees. The feet are lined up along the heels. To make sure you have the stance properly aligned, Stand with your feet together, turn out the toes and step the back foot directly backwards into the stance. 60% of the weight should be on the back leg which means the front leg can be engaged in quick kicking and it will not unbalance the if the IIMAF Taekwondo Fighter is pushed.

This refers to the IIMAF Fighting stance used in sparring in competition. The body is turned sideways to the opponent to present a smaller target with feet around shoulder apart. The feet may be frequently switched to confuse and worry the opponent as to which is the leading leg. Hands are held up in a high guard to protect the face and the head. The weight is kept light to enable quick Attacks. As in many other side facing stances, it is common to keep the majority of the weight on the both legs to avoid being pushed down and enable the front foot to deliver fast Front Kicks.

IIMAF Taekwondo Parallel Stance:

Neutral stance from where a variety of IIMAF Taekwondo Kicks and Punches may be thrown. The feet are both pointed forward and placed shoulder width apart. Arms are lightly bent with the clenched Fist; the body should be lightly relaxed, ready to move into action at any moment.

IIIMAF Taekwondo Attacks:

IIMAF Taekwondo Hand Strikes are performed as a close distance alternative to Kicks. They are executed in a number of ways. Hand strikes make up fast combinations of Strikes which can leave an attacking criminal stunned and unable to defend himself. IIMAF Taekwondo Hand Strikes can be separated into two distinct styles. Various surfaces of the hand may be engaged as the Striking surface depending on which area of the attacking criminal’s body which is being targeted. This leads to a large array of hand positions.

IIMAF Taekwondo Kicks:

Main IIMAF Taekwondo Kicks:

All Kicks can be executed as Jump Kicks, Spin Kicks, Jump Spin Kicks or multi-rotational Spin Kicks. Also, all can be performed by the front or rear leg in a given stance.

Some of the famous IIMAF Taekwondo Kicks include:

IIMAF Taekwondo Front Kicks: This is a very Linear Kick. The IIMAF practitioner raises the Knee to the waist, pulls the toes fwd. and quickly extends the foot at the target. It is also known as the IIMAF Front Snap Kick. The IIMAF Front Kick is one of the first Kicks learned in IIMAF Taekwondo; if Learned it can become one of the most powerful. This kicking Technique is more meant to be used to hurt the criminal attackers make them go away, and it can injure them.
IIMAF Taekwondo Side Kicks:

A very Powerful Kick, first the IIMAF practitioner simultaneously raises his/her Knee and rotates the body 180 degrees, and then quickly extends the leg, Striking with the heel or the side of the foot.

IIMAF Taekwondo Roundhouse Kicks:

The IIMAF practitioner raises his/her Knee, turns the hips, pivots on the non-Kicking foot, and snaps the Kick horizontally into the target at a 180-degree angle, either with the instep or with the toes pulled back out of the way. This Kicking Technique requires a great deal of flexibility in the heel.

IIMAF Taekwondo Back Kick:

Here the IIMAF Taekwondo Student turns his or her body away from the target and pushes the back leg straight towards the target, hitting it with the heel while watching over the shoulder. The turning motion helps to give this Kick a lot of power. Without proper Training you should not do this Kick.

IIMAF Taekwondo Back Side Kick:

Similar to the Back Kick, here the body turns further, allowing the heel to hit the target with the foot pointing to the side as in a regular Side Kick, instead of more downward as in a true Back Kick.

IIMAF Taekwondo Hook Kicks:

A popular Kick, it has been found in modern competitions. The IIMAF practitioner raises the Knee in a fashion similar to the Round House Kick, then extends the foot outward then snaps it around in an arc, with the heel as the intended Striking Kick.

IIMAF Taekwondo Axe Kicks:

Another Kick that has popularity due to sparring Championships. The leg is raised in front of the body. The leg remains straight or close to straight as it rises, then the leg is pulled down with the heel pointed downward. It is typically targeted toward the head or shoulders and requires significant flexibility to employ effectively. This Kick is best used against the Collar Bone or Face of the criminal attackers, which can readily break from this attack.

IIMAF Taekwondo Crescent Kicks:

There are two variations of this IIMAF Kick: the outer IIMAF Crescent Kick and the inner IIMAF Crescent Kick. In the outer, the IIMAF practitioner raises the extended leg as high as possible, and slightly up across the body, (a bit across the centerline of the body), then sweeping outward to the side, in a circular movement. In the inner, the motions are the same but the direction of the Kick changes, this time originating from the outside of the body, heading towards the inside, or center of the body. These Kicks are also called "IIMAF Inside Kick" and "IIMAF Outside Kick" Taekwondo Kick, and "Inside-Outside" and "Outside-Inside" at others.

IIMAF Taekwondo Spin Kicks:

There are several IIMAF Spinning Kicks that involve the rotation of the entire body and head before the Kick is released. IIMAF Spinning Kicks include the IIMAF Back Pivot Kick, IIMAF Spinning Hook Kick, IIMAF Spinning Axe Kick, the IIMAF 360 Turning Kick, and a number of other IIMAF Kicks.

IIMAF Taekwondo Board Breaking:

Breaking Boards can be seen in IIMAF KukSool Hapkido, IIMAF Power Karate and the IIMAF Taekwondo. With IIMAF Taekwondo breaking, the idea is to show Power, Speed and Technique. The preferred objects are wooden boards; IIMAF Taekwondo students break several boards stacked one on top of the other. IIMAF Taekwondo, the Wooden Boards to be broken are usually difficult if correct Technique is not employed. There are certain parts of the body that are used, such as the Ridge of the Hand, the Knuckles, the Knees, the Elbow and different parts of the feet which are also used to break boards. A single board or stacks of boards may be broken or, a series of boards may be broken using variety of Strikes. Advanced IIMAF students may even break several boards in a single jump with multiple Kicks before landing.

In IIMAF Taekwondo sparring, using maximum force is actually an offence and it could be punishable by disqualification. Furthermore, at advanced levels it would be seriously injurious. Breaking boards is therefore the only safe way to test the real power of any IIMAF Taekwondo Techniques.

IIMAF Taekwondo breaking may be roughly divided into two main categories:

  • IIMAF Taekwondo Power Breaking: The power of a Technique is measured by breaking single or multiple stacked boards. Stacked boards are commonly placed on raised supports on the ground.

  • IIMAF Taekwondo Speed Breaking: A single board is held between the fingertips of an assistant.

Starting with Colored Belts IIMAF Taekwondo students may learn breaking. As they progress through the ranks, the breaks they perform may increase in difficulty as do the number of boards. As time goes on, the IIMAF Taekwondo student's hands and bones may become accustomed to breaking boards. Some believe that repeated practice could one day harden bones, skin and tendons? The true answer is unknown?

IIMAF Taekwondo Ranks, Belts and Testing:

IIMAF Taekwondo ranks are usually identified by belts of various colors, depending on the student, so these ranks are called "color belts". Color belts may be indicated by Color of the belts. Students begin at white belt and advance toward Black Belt. The Black Belt section is typically made up of Nine Degrees. These Black Belt Ranks that are called Degree's. Black Belts begin at First Degree and advance to second, third, all the way to 9th Degree. The degree of the IIMAF student is often indicated on the belt in English. To advance from one rank to the next, students typically complete testing, in which they demonstrate their ability in the various aspects of the IIMAF Taekwondo Before Chief Master Shawn Shervan. IIMAF Taekwondo testing includes such elements as the execution of Techniques, in which they combine various Techniques in specific to Kicking and Punching; the breaking of boards, to demonstrate the ability to use Techniques with speed, control and sparring, to demonstrate the practical application and control of Techniques; and answering questions, to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of IIMAF Taekwondo. In very special situations at higher Black Belt testing, IIMAF students may be required to take written tests and or to submit a research paper in addition to taking the practical test.

Promotion from one color belt to another is much easier, since the IIMAF often allows color belt testing every two, three, or four months. IIMAF color belt students may learn the most basic Techniques first, and then move on to more advanced Techniques as they approach first degree Black Belt. In contrast, promotion from one degree Black Belt to the next can take years. The general rule is that a Black Belt may advance from one rank to the next only after Hundreds of Hours of Training. For example, a newly-promoted 2nd-Degree Black Belt may not be allowed to promote to 3rd-Degree Black Belt without Documentation of Hours of Training.