Since the 1970’s the acronym AIKIA has stood for America’s Independent Instructors Association. The “K” equally includes Korean martial arts (TKD/TSD/HKD), Karate, Kickboxing, Kenpo, Kung-Fu and Kon-do Bujutsu (Japanese word for Mixed Martial Arts/MMA). Some 40 years and 1500+ member schools later, Aikia has earned international acclaim for being the first to introduce thousands of martial artists to the concept of MSMAC or Mixed-Style Martial Arts Cross-training. Dr. Jerry Beasley, founder of Aikia began turning audiences on to MSMAC at his historic 1988 Karate College, see www.TheKarateCollege.com. This was years before the introduction of MMA. MMA is sport for the cage; MSMAC is mixed martial arts training for self-defense and self-improvement. When you wear the Aikia logo you are saying, “I am independent and I am cross-trained in mixed-style martial arts.” If you train in more than one martial art then Aikia is for you.
If you are talking about training for fighting in the real world, well then baby you better train every part of your body." Bruce Lee, Black Belt magazine Hall of Famer 1971
We believe, as did Bruce Lee, that the truth in combat is independent of fixed styles. Aikia endorsed Independent Black Belts actively research and train in arts outside their base systems (karate, taekwondo, tangsoodo etc.) to advance their knowledge of combat. If you are a Black Belt instructor and you are, as Bruce Lee once said, “training every part of your body,” then join us.
As fate would have it, during an almost two year period between 1967 and 1969, Bruce Lee personally coached martial arts icon Joe Lewis in jeet kune do technique and strategies including JKD mobility, immobilization attacks, broken rhythm, independent motion for lead hand striking, non-telegraphic entries, combinations etc. Lee’s personal coaching and Lewis’ personal work ethic propelled the champ to 11 straight national tournament titles which took place over an 18 month period. Lewis became the most decorated karate fighter to ever train under the person most would call the greatest martial artist of all time… Bruce Lee. See “How Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do Techniques Revolutionized Joe Lewis’ Karate Training” by Dr. Jerry Beasley (www.blackbeltmag.com). Joining Aikia can revolutionize your training as well!
In 1982, Joe Lewis began to personally train Dr. Jerry Beasley exclusively in the JKD he had learned from Bruce Lee: not just in group seminars but in hundreds of hours of personal one-one-one training and exchange sessions. In 1993 Beasley became the only Black Belt ever to earn official authorization from GM Lewis to teach and promote the Lee to Lewis to Beasley JKD Strategies, see www.RUJKD.com . In 1998 Beasley and Lewis co-authored the first and only book detailing the life and times of the greatest karate fighter of all time, see www.JoeLewisAmericanKarateSystems.com. Other “firsts” accomplished by Dr. Beasley include: first Joe Lewis 6th Dan in 1985; first Joe Lewis 7th Dan in 1990 and first Joe Lewis 8th Dan in 1995.
Now you can train in JKD strategies for MSMAC with America’s #1 University Martial Arts Professor, Dr. Jerry Beasley: winner of the highly anticipated year 2000 Black Belt magazine Hall of Fame “Instructor of the Year” award and the prestigious 2009 Black Belt Industry award for “Best Martial Arts Training Camp: Karate College.” Dr. Jerry Beasley is a true warrior-scholar icon with a lineage and training background that will never be duplicated. Add the JKD program to your school curriculum. There are no fees to pay, nothing to buy so start training in today!
To join Aikia just complete the application. You will never be pressured to host seminars, attend camp or hassled to buy products from the organization.
We are counting on you to be a top grade black belt and bring honor to the profession of teaching martial arts. Trust is something you earn. Join Team Aikia today!
Questions? Contact us at CEO@Aikia.net
Our goal is to serve our members: “Whosoever desires to be great among you, let him be your servant.” (Matthew 20:26). In God We Trust.