While most martial arts instructors are highly qualified and well intentioned there are a small number who claim qualifications that they do not have or have not earned.
In the past there have also been martial arts instructors who have committed serious crimes or who have abused their students.
In an effort to assist potential students, martial artists and the community as a whole to correctly identify properly qualified and trustworthy martial arts instructors, the NZMAI was established.
There are also instances of hard working and competent martial artists who have no senior teacher and therefore no path for promotion or have inadvertently gained their grades from an unqualified teacher.
In these cases the NZMAI is there to help by setting up panels of independent but appropriately qualified people to assess individuals so their grades can be recognised and to put these people back on track for further progress in martial arts. We need the help of properly qualified martial artists to achieve this.
What if you are already reputable and recognised as such?
You may consider that because you already belong to a reputable local or overseas organisation, you do not need the services of the NZMAI. This may be true to some extent. However other New Zealand martial artists may need your help. We are a community of like minded people and as such we can support each other in numerous ways.
Once the auditing process is complete you will be in a position to protect your chosen art from those who would seek to bring it into disrepute.