Peak Industry Body for Martial Arts
Martial Arts Alliance / Martial Arts Australia – PEAK INDUSTRY BODY
The International Martial Arts Alliance / Martial Arts Australia have long been accepted as an industry peak bodies 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’ or 'Professional Industry 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.