International Fighting Arts Association-KUMITE

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Huo Yuanjia

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Hanshi Frank Dux

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International Fighting Arts Association

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Count Dante/John Keehan

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Grandmaster Lawrence Day

In the motion picture Fearless, Jet Li portrays Huo Xianji, founder of the Jing Wu Martial Arts Association of China. Like many Chinese martial arts films, it depicts the true story of the life and career of this legendary boxer. At the conclusion of the film Huo participates in the turn of the century first San Soo international martial arts tournament that brought champions from all over the world to compete in No-Holds-Barred competition to determine who indeed was the best of the best. This was event was the natural evolution of the closed Chinese Death Matches that had been held between Wu Shu masters on the mainland for centuries. In these matches participants were required to sign "death warrants" so that if they were crippled or killed their opponents could not be held legally responsible.

All nations, styles and systems were welcome. Masters were so expert that they fought with live weapons as well as Hand-to-Hand. The final match was between Huo and Japanese master Senzo Tanaka. Their battle was heroic. Huo, who was fighting to restore his national pride, had been poisoned by rival elements in his government who wanted him to lose. In the end, even though he struck the winning blow, Tanaka raised Huo's hand and proclaimed him the champion, so great was his respect for his valiant opponent.

After that, the martial artists or many nations convened a great meeting and agreed to hold such matches again. Not for the paltry political gain of their nations, but rather for themselves. True warriors understand that martial arts are not about fighting. They are about becoming a better person so that we can help others. It is true that one is empowered by learning the combative techniques of self-defense, real martial arts also include, and many begin, with exercises and healing methods. In this way the patience of the student is tested and he is only given information that can help him. The power of life and death is not handed out lightly. There are many levels of skill and training. By competing against one another we discover ourselves and perfect our art. Thus, the International Fighting Arts Association was formed.

Sensei Tanaka of the Japanese Kokuryukai, still listed by the FBI as a subversive organization since WWII, was a moving force in this project and many others. He was heavily involved in the training of many famous martial artists, including Chicago's infamous Count Dante (John Keehan). The Count was an expert in Judo, Jui-jitsu, Gung Fu, Tai Chi Chuan, Shaolin Boxing, Kempo, Karate, Yawara, Boxing and Wrestling, as well as holding a Black Belt in Aikido and a Master's certificate in Kibo. He was able to study these arts while serving as the director of a wig and hair-piece firm based in India, China, Indonesia, Korea, and Japan; where he availed himself of the opportunity to train and practice with the masters of every field in addition to participating in and surviving several Oriental Death Matches and reportedly killing three men with his bare hands. The American Branch of the ancient and honorable Black Dragon Fighting Society was founded by Count Juan Raphael Dante and opened to public membership in 1968.

He was scheduled to fight again in 1975 but his untimely death allowed his protege Frank Dux to attend and become the first American to win the event. His epic battle to honor his teachers was made famous in the movie Bloodsport. In the movie he is asked to prove he is a student of Senzo Tanaka and therefore eligible to participate in the closed Kumite matches by demonstrating his skill at Dim Mak, the delayed death touch. He does this by shattering a brick with a technique known as the Tibetan Burning Palm, taught to him by Grandmaster Lawrence Day. They knew this was a signature technique of the Kokuryukai, the Black Dragon Tong of Retribution and the Amur River Society, taught only to senior students. Hanshi Dux holds sixteen unbroken world records as recognized by the South African Olympic Committee. He continues to train and compete all over the world.

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The legend has always been that Ashida Kim, using another name, went to Chicago in 1968 to work with a biker gang who were providing “security” for the protesters at the Democratic National Convention. And, that while there he became a member of the Black Dragon Fighting Society and learned the Dance of Death from World’s Deadliest Fighting Secrets, taught by Count Dante himself, in a secret Chinatown Dojo hosted by the Blackstone Rangers. [Ninja Hands of Death]

Although there are those born long after these events occurred who dispute this story, two of the original members of that martial arts organization, Grandmaster Doug Dwyer and Grandmaster Lawrence Day, who were there at the time, have confirmed that he was there and is a member their fraternal order. In 2012, Year of the Black Dragon, Grandmaster Don Miskel, 9th Dan Dante Goju Ryu and one of the original students of Count Dante, was designated Head of Family for operations of our fellowship.

Among many martial artists there is a great importance placed on the history and lineage of a style or system or organization. This is the documented lineage and legacy that we offer. This is the legacy of which you can be a part.

By special arrangment with the Academy of Martial Arts, the International Fighting Arts Association and Official Black Dragon Fighting Society, in which Grandmaster Kim is honored as one of the Patriarchs, we have agreed to offer Affiliate Memberships in this our most ancient and honorable international martial arts fraternity. This is the first step toward achieving Full Membership Status and numbers you among the world's finest martial artists. It entitles you to display the IFAA signs and symbols, wear the badge of membership and enjoy the support of our Brotherhood.

•Be part of a global fraternity and growing network of diverse martial artist that is currently recognized by the Mongolian and South African governments and has representatives in the U.S. and dozens of other countries.

•Ability to tap into our strength by being a martial art family of one that protects against racial bias, virtual online bullies, political entanglements and cultivate a kindred spirit for the arts.

•Register your current rank and be globally recognized via network of affiliate Dojo.

•Access to international resources from the Society's instructional library.

•Ability to petition for rank advancement testing in current style from qualified masters.

•Opportunity to participate in the growth of our Society and receive honors and financial rewards in the process.

•Receive discounted entry to our Black Dragon teaching seminars and our annual Fellowship Meeting.

•Opportunity to mingle, learn and associate with pioneers and giants in the industry.

•Future benefits will include group insurance for your school and personalized IFAA credit card.

You will receive:

*11 x 17 parchment Certificate of Membership signed by nine Grandmasters of the Black Dragon Fighting Society, including Hanshi Frank Dux, Dr. Lawrence Day and Sensei Ashida Kim, recognizing you as a Registered Martial Artist of our fraternal order. Please indicate your rank, style and name spelling as you wish it to appear on the certificate to be kept on file as part of your Permanent Record.

*One each embroidered Official Black Dragon Fighting Society Membership Patch, Official Identification Card signed by the Head of Family-Patriarch Council, and 4 x 8 inch History Scroll.

*Registry of IFAA Grandmasters including History, Traditions and Mission Statement of our Brotherhood.

*Your Name, Rank and Contact information will be added to the Official Black Dragon Fighting Society Webpage, verifying your membership, valdating your rank, and enabling new students to find and contact you. For an additional One-Time-Only fee of $35 your picture and biography will be added to the yearly Black Belt Registry.

*Password to the Black Dragon Fighting Society Online Library including over 2000 Martial Arts, History, Qi Gong, Health and Longevity texts in PDF format, for an additional One-Time-Only fee of $35 your book will will be added to this Collection, if you do not have a published text Dojo Press will help you produce one.

*Free Subscription to the Black Dragon Newsletter, a quarterly online martial art newsletter that services our global community, to which you can submit articles, schedule of seminars, and event reports of your Dojo to share with fellow members, and that will keep you informed of BDFS activities and details of our Annual Gathering.

The Black Dragon Fighting Society exists as a congress and confederation of martial artists for the purpose of preserving, practicing and promoting the martial arts. To qualify, an applicant must present certifiable documentation of rank or be an expert in one of the few acceptable self-defense forms recognized by the brotherhood. Many World Famous Champions have been unable to meet the strict entrance requirements and have failed to gain admission into our forbidden fraternity.

The Black Dragon Fighting Society does not arbitrarily award rank. Graduation and rank advancement require evaluation of credentials and skill by the IFAA Promotions and Review Board. But, we do recognize rank that you have earned, time-in-grade, natural skill and ability, military and law enforcement training, mixed martial arts, life experience and techniques learned on the street. This is an entry level affiliate membership. Full Membership is by invitation only and requires sponsorship by an active member of the Brotherhood and approval of the Grandmasters Council. The exact membership, and training procedures and occult teachings in the most savage and terrifying fistic and grappling arts known to man are closely guarded secrets of the fellowship, who are sworn to a Vow of Silence and joined together in an initiation ceremony of blood. We are not "recruiting new members." We are inviting our fellow martial artists to join us in this noble mission.


Applicants should present credentials and One-Time Only $150.00 Application Processing Fee to

The DOJO-Academy of Martial Arts for consideration.

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Due to the large number of members who want to participate more fully and support our fraternal order, the following fee schedule has been established by vote of the membership at the Chicago Homecoming Event 2015. All memberships begin at the Affiliate level and require the one-time-only $150 Application fee and submission of credentials as indicated above. Prior certification indicates that you have already “paid your dues” in terms of time-in-grade and fees to instructors. This fee goes toward a criminal and background check. We have asked several members to return their membership certification because of bad conduct even if they pass this first test. Yearly dues are $10/month.


The next level is Sponsorship. Members at this level enter into partnership with the Society and as benefactors have a vested interest in and sustain the organization and its good works. Yearly dues are $120 ($10 per month). Members at this level are part of the General Assembly and have a vote at the Annual Gathering of our Fellowship and may be elected to serve on the Executive or other functioning Committees of our brotherhood. The General Assembly is governed by Robert’s Rules of Order under which motions may be made affecting the direction and activities of the Society and voted on by a quorum of the registered members and presented to the Patriarchs for action.

Members at this level will receive:

*One each embroidered Official Black Dragon Fighting Society Membership Patch.

*Yearly Member in Good Standing Award and Certificate of Recognition for their contribution to the charitable and other activities of our organization.

*Members at this level may test for graduation to increase their rank and receive a Free Subscription to the BDFS Newsletter and access to the Online Library

*Your Name, Rank and Contact Information will be added to the Official Black Dragon Fighting Society Webpage, verifying your membership, validating your rank, and providing contact information so that potential students can solicit for services or lessons. For an additional One-Time-Only fee of $35 your picture and biography will be added to the yearly Black Belt Masters Registry available in 8.5 x 11 inches, soft-cover and online PDF format.

*Password to the Black Dragon Fighting Society Online Library including over 2000 Martial Arts, History, Qi Gong, Health and Longevity texts in PDF format, for an additional One-Time-Only fee of $35 your book will be added to this Collection, if you do not have a published text Dojo Press will help you produce one.

The Sponsorship Program enables us to support our charitable operations, including Visiting Veterans started by Hanshi Frank Dux. To whatever city he may travel, Hanshi Dux makes an effort to visit wounded warriors in area hospitals, taling with them, swapping tales of adventure and peril, letting them know that they are not forgotten. As well as out Anti-Bullying Campaign, begun by Grandmaster Jay Blanton, based on personal experiences from his book Prevailing Against Bullies, My Life Story. And includes our Fight For Truth efforts to discocurage online trashing by malevlolent trolls who have nothing better to do than make life miserable for others. Also, our Widows and Orphans Fund to help the families of fellow martial artists who have passed on. And, our Black Dragon Legacy Foundation, than enables us to provide martial arts lessons to poor and under privileged youth who need our help to preserve the legacy of our martial arts brotherhood and pass it on to future generations.

We ask only that you donate $1, or more if you wish, to help these causes. Please click the Donate tab underneath this message to contribute. We appreciate your support and donation.

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There are several memberships that are offered to individuals and schools affiliated with our martial arts fraternity. Membership in an organization should promote a win-win for all parties involved. That is to say, we are here to help you grow in the martial arts but more specifically through the legacy of the Black Dragon Fighting Society. Also, your membership to us has great value as well. Your training and knowledge that you have attained over the years brings much to our eclectic society and art. Proven Masters and Grand Masters are asked to contribute their skills to special events like seminars and workshops that are scheduled throughout the world. Participation is voluntary however; compensation may be offered to assist in expenses when available.

The following memberships are available to you at this level:

*Individual Black Belt Membership-This membership is designed to allow an instructor association to an organization that has resources to help independent instructors continue their training. The benefits of this membership entitle the member to attend closed sessions (only open to the Black Dragons) and learn the secrets of the Society that have been passed down from its founder and Senior Grand Masters. The annual dues for this membership are: $120 ($10 per month). The initial application fee is $25.00 is Non-Refundable and is to be included with the annual dues. Members receive a Certificate of Membership at current verified rank, Black Dragon Fighting Society Association Patch and I.D. card. After the initial application, dues can be paid on a monthly, quarterly or annual schedule. Check the appropriate box on the Application Form that will be mailed or e-mailed to you.

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*Color Belt Membership: This membership is designed to invite under black belt ranks to participate in the functions of the Black Dragons but more especially to have association with a parent organization that offers national and international certification to its members. The membership also has benefits for younger ranks to participate in seminars, tournaments and workshops. There is a new program for young dragons called, “Black Dragon in Training” and it is a great way for instructors to offer additional training and programs to their curriculum. The annual fee for this membership is $35.00; there is a one time Non-Refundable application fee of $10.00. Members receive a Certificate of Membership at current verified rank, Original Count Dante Association Patch and I.D. card.

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*Charter Membership: This membership is offered to martial arts schools affiliated with our organization that have active students. It is designed to assist the instructor/school owner in the development of association with an international organization and to offer a means of additional income through student memberships. The charter membership brings authenticity to an organization and credibility to schools and clubs that otherwise are without affiliations. The Charter Membership is offered at $150.00 for the first year and $100.00 each year thereafter. If the owner of the school has multiple locations, the Charter fee for additional Charters are only $100.00 for the first year and $75.00 each year thereafter. There is a one time Non-Refundable application fee of $35.00 and is to be included with initial annual dues for each charter membership. The benefits of this membership are: The affiliate is granted the privilege of offering memberships to their students. Color Belt memberships are only $35.00 with $10.00 initial application fee. The affiliate will keep the application fee. Black Belt memberships are listed above and the affiliate may retain $10.00 for the administration thereof. The Charter Member is NOT Allowed to offer Charter Memberships to other schools.

Charter Members receive:

*One each embroidered Official Black Dragon Fighting Society Membership Patch.

*Official Charter Certificate with license to operate under the guidelines of the Black Dragon Fighting Society, membership applications and other recourses.

*Members at this level may test for graduation to increase their rank before the Evaluation and Review Committee and may apply to the Authorization Panel for the International Fighting Arts Seal of Approval. This Seal is a great way to build a solid reputation and protect your business. The BDFS is an international organization that operates Regional and Local Dojo all over the world. This Panel consists of senior Black Belts, elected from the Membership to 4 year terms of Judgeship, who volunteer to review published and non-published material, either submitted for review or question of authenticity and effectiveness, and render rulings to determine if the material rises to the standard set by the membership and authorize awarding the Seal. The names of the Panel Members shall be published to the Membership so there is no “hidden agenda” or preferential treatment. This Seal of Approval cannot be purchased, it can only be earned. Written Appeal of the Panel’s findings can be made within 30 days of publication of the Decision. As a private, non-profit organization, the purpose of this BDFS Panel is to promote an ethical marketplace. This Panel helps resolve buyer/seller complaints by means of conciliation, mediation and arbitration and reviews advertising claims, online business practices and charitable organizations associated with the Society. This Panel is authorized to develop and issue reviews on businesses and non-profit organizations and encourage people to check out a company or charity before making a purchase or donation. there is a one time Non-Refundable application fee of $250.00 for this service. Those who receive the IFAA Seal of Approval are awarded the Official International Fighting Arts Association patch, gold dragon on black background with red trim.

*Name, Rank and Contact information will be added to the Official Black Dragon Fighting Society Webpage, verifying your membership, validating your rank, and providing contact information so that potential students can solicit for services or lessons. For an additional One-Time-Only fee of $35 your picture and biography will be added to the yearly Black Belt Masters Registry available in 8.5 x 11 inches, soft-cover and online PDF format.

*Free Subscription to the BDFS Newsletter and Password to the Black Dragon Fighting Society Online Library including over 2000 Martial Arts, History, Qi Gong, Health and Longevity texts in PDF format, for an additional One-Time-Only fee of $35 your book will be added to this Collection, if you do not have a published text Dojo Press will help you produce one.

No member shall represent him or herself as a representative of the BDFS without a letter of appointment from the Society stating such position. These positions are generally administrative however; there are some directors that operate as mediators, state and regional coordinators and national and international representatives or ambassadors. A Charter School Membership is not a representative of the BDFS but a independent school owner who has benefits and privileges to conduct business for their school and the BDFS. A Charter School owner is not a spokesperson for the Society however; the opinions of the Charter Member are very important in the growth of this organization and those opinions need to go through proper channels.

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Full Membership can only be achieved by unanimous vote of the Review and Evaluation Committee, Board of Directors, and Patriarch Council, who consider time-in-grade (minimum five years) and the contributions made by the applicant during the probationary period. Those awarded this level of membership receive a certificate similar to the 11 x 17 Affiliate Certificate, but on lambskin and sanctioned by the Mongolian government worth $2000.

What separates us from all the other martial arts clubs, besides our lineage, is that we don’t easily award rank. We don’t ask you to learn anything or stop doing anything. We offer our fellowship and friendship to support and further your cause. We don’t charge yearly or monthly dues for basic memberships, and we don’t invite you to a banquet where you have to pay for your own trophy. We have a higher purpose than that. To set a good example for all, to help others, to make the world a better place.

We do these things and establish these standards not because they are easy, but because they must be done. If not us, who? If not now, when? We invite those who wish to participate in this great work to join us so that we can all do our best together and good deeds spread out like the ripples on a pond to cover the whole Earth.

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