Tamanegi Do Martial Arts Association Code of Ethics

Tamanegi Do Martial Art Association Members

The Tamanegi Do Martial Arts Association is part of the Bear Warrior Budo Kai training Curriculum via the Okii Kuma Ryu Tamanegi no Budo. We are a proud participating member of the TDMAA and adhere fully to the principles set forth by this Budo Association. 

Tamanegi Do Martial Arts Association

The martial arts instructor member of the Tamanegi Do Martial Arts Association or TDMAA recognizes the importance of the martial arts for activities in sport, recreation, public service, education, defensive application, research and commercial purposes and the necessity of preparing students with the knowledge and skill necessary to engage in the martial arts with safety.

The TDMAA instructor recognizes the right of mature persons with requisite skills and physical capacity to receive instruction without discrimination as to race, sex or creed, and pledges to practice the profession according to the highest ethical standards.

The TDMAA instructor acknowledges the nature of the responsibilities of instructing students in the martial arts and exposing them to a potentially hazardous environment and is committed to improving safe martial arts instruction. 


The TDMAA instructor's first duty is to the safety of all students. Success is measured by the progress of each student toward attaining the skills, acquiring the knowledge and forming the habits essential to safely engage in the martial arts.

The instructor is obligated to stimulate the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, physical skills and fitness and the formulation of safe personal martial arts practices. The TDMAA instructor is pledged to promote Safety Through Education.

In fulfilling this obligation, the instructor shall:

Expose the student to varying points of view and theories.

Instruct in all subject matter for which s/he bears a responsibility, as prescribed by established standards.

Present techniques, kihons, and kata of various styles in a fair and impartial manner without degradation, but the instructor is free to express honest opinions consistent with personal experience.

Assure the safety of ALL students.

Personally follow all safe martial arts principles, recognizing that influence by example is the cornerstone to the development and promotion of safe martial arts practices.

Instruct objectively, without favoritism or granting special advantage, and not expose the student to prejudice, embarrassment or disparagement.

Enroll and instruct any student physically and psychologically qualified and not engage in any discriminatory practice or procedure.

Maintain a level of physical, educational and professional competence equal to standards established by this Martial Arts Association.

Conduct all training sessions personally or arrange for them to be conducted by a designated qualified sensei or kyosei.

Certify only those students who have satisfactorily passed the established standards of a TDMAA course.

Instruct in conformity with established association standards to enable all students to be certified by the association upon satisfactory completion of the Tamanegi Do Martial Arts Association courses of study.

Fully disclose to the prospective student all reasonably anticipated costs, charges and assessments before enrollment or obligation is established. 


The Tamanegi Do Martial Arts Association instructor is responsible for the support and development of sound public policy relating to martial arts education and for the promotion and encouragement of programs and policies directed at martial art use and training. In fulfilling this obligation to the public, the TDMAA instructor shall:

Participate in the implementation of sound educational and practical policies.

Keep informed of developments in martial arts equipment, techniques, procedures, technology and education.

Officially represent this Martial Arts Association to the press and public only when specifically authorized, and shall reveal as personal views those which differ from the positions of the Tamanegi Do Martial Arts Association. 


The Tamanegi Do Martial Arts Association instructor recognizes that the quality of his services influences the attitudes of other martial artists, the public in general and governmental bodies. The TDMAA instructor pledges to:

  • Raise professional standards
  • Improve instructor services
  • Encourage qualified and interested persons in pursuing the profession

Contribute actively to the support, planning and programs of Our Martial Arts Association. 

In fulfilling this obligation to the profession, the TDMAA instructor shall:

Instruct in conformity with course standards established by the Tamanegi Do Martial Arts Association, as amended and supplemented.

Accord just and equitable treatment to all members of the TDMAA.

Participate in a professional inquiry if and when requested by TDMAA.

Accurately represent his professional qualifications.

When requested by the TDMAA and for good cause accurately evaluate performance and qualifications of other instructors. 


The Tamanegi Do Martial Arts Association instructor regards the employment agreement as a pledge to be executed in spirit and fact in a manner consistent with quality instruction.

The TDMAA instructor recognizes that sound professional relationships with employers are built upon integrity, dignity and mutual respect.

The TDMAA instructor shall not conduct or participate in any course where unqualified persons are utilized in martial arts instruction or engage in any course of instruction that is in derogation of commitments to the student, the public, the profession or the Association.

In fulfilling employment obligations, the TDMAA instructor shall:

Only apply for and accept a position on the basis of professional qualification.

Give prompt notice to the employer of any change in the availability of service or the instructor's status.

Adhere to the terms of the employment agreement, unless these terms have been legally terminated, falsely represented or substantially altered or there has been a default in the employer's performance.

Not delegate assigned tasks to unqualified personnel. 


The TDMAA instructor, by virtue of his voluntary membership in TDMAA, recognizes a responsibility and obligation to promote the Association and support the official decisions and policies of the Association.

In fulfilling this obligation to the Association, the TDMAA instructor shall:

Publicly support the TDMAA, its leadership, its instructors and its martial artists.

Bear in mind that TDMAA is unique in the worldwide martial arts industry, in that it is a truly traditional organization with a yodansha leadership directly appointed by the Shodai based on qualification.

This structure is the best possible mechanism for ensuring that technical activity meets the needs of its members, and every member instructor has a real opportunity to grow and lead his dojo to the highest level.

Make every effort to bring about changes in a professional manner by direct personal contact with those fellow members who are in positions of authority and responsibility.

Prior to instructing in any fashion, the instructor must renew in active status and obtain liability insurance in lieu of other proof of financial responsibility. The instructor is specifically responsible for obtaining documentation of such status and insurance prior to initiating any instruction whatsoever. 


In order to maintain high standards of professional conduct, the Yudansha of the TDMAA shall have the power to censure, suspend or revoke certification of any TDMAA member or impose any other discipline, sanction, supervision or probation.

The Yudansha may review and , with good cause, reinstate a suspended or expelled member. The Yudansha may appoint Ethics Committees to hear complaints regarding alleged violations of this Code of Ethics and to recommend a course of action to the Yudansha. 

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