Martial Arts Australia is not on its own when it comes to encouraging instructors to gain higher qualifications before launching into running their own school. We value government recognised qualifications and encourage all instructors to meet our industry standards before teaching. Our industry has been operating successfully in a self-regulatory capacity for many years and has grown substantially because of it.
The International Martial Arts Alliance has long been accepted as an industry peak body for martial art instructors and school owners and it continues to grow and serve the industry. Let’s just look at the term ‘Peak Body’ because it should not be used lightly to gain false credibility.
The term ‘Peak Body’ is often used but not easily defined. That’s because peak body means different things to different groups and people. Often, this term elevates an organisation to an industry representative. However, it is not realistic to assume only one peak body per industry. For example, you may have heard the terms CPA, ICAA or NIA . Perhaps your accountant uses one of these? Well, all these associations are peak industry bodies.
Usually, a peak body is made up of smaller groups with allied interests. That’s because a single large body can offer a strong voice. Also, education and sharing information is more effective. So, is it correct to suggest one individual could represent a large and diverse industry?
A number of associations such as AKKA ( Australia Kyokushin Karate Association) or the AJJA (Australian JuJitsu Association) can also be called peak bodies. These groups represent thousands of martial artists within their membership and deserve to be acknowledged as industry leaders. However, each specialises in a particular system. Specifically, one is a Kyokushin Karate peak body and the other a JuJitsu peak body.
The Australian Industry Commission defines a peak body as: ‘A representative organisation that provides information dissemination services, membership support, coordination, advocacy and representation, and research and policy development services for its members and other interested parties.’
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