The Martial Arts Weapon Certification Program is designed to help keep individuals motivated with goals and progression out side the standard belt ranking. This is not a training program or a program that will teach you how to use weapons, this is a program to prove that you know each weapon to become certified in each weapon, however the requirements for each certification can be used as a training outline for objectives to learn.

Why certificates? Well, just like any award we work for and achieve, it sets us apart from others, shows dedication and hard work. It is proof that we know what we say we know, because someone else is backing us up, we proved it to them, and now they give us their stamp of approval. That is what a certificate does, it gives us prestige, confidence, and admiration of others

The program works like this, once you sign up you get a login to the website. You can look at each category and each weapon in the categories. You can select and work on several weapons at once, in any category, if you do not see a weapon you would like to work on you can submit a request via the “Contact Us” tab at the top of the website. When you have finished the work for a weapon, and it is verified by an instructor, you are awarded a certificate. You can work on any weapon, however it is suggested that you first earn the weapons in the Hardwood category, then progress to each of the other categories in order, more on that later.

Each weapon has requirements that you can look at and work on. Once you are finished with a requirement there is multiple ways you can get it passed off, depending on the requirement. Take for example a requirement that asks for you to write about the history of that weapon. You can type the history in the requirement page and submit it, you can type up the history in a word document or other word processor and submit it in the upload area of each requirement, or you can write up the history on a piece of paper and scan it in on a computer and submit it via the upload area of the requirement.

As another example, lets say a requirement that you want to work on asks you to demonstrate the use of the weapon in some way. You can either video yourself, or have someone else video you, doing the demonstration and upload it either directly to the website or to some other site, like youtube, then submit the link of the video in the requirement, make sure in the video you state that the video is to complete a requirement for the Martial Arts Weapon Certification Program. (This helps us make sure it is a video meant for the program).

Now the certificates, each weapon has a certificate to be earned. When you earn three certificates in a given category you will earn the certificate for that category. The certificates for each of the four categories must be earned in order, first the Hardwood category, then the Bladed category, then the Flexible Category and finally the Projectile Category. Once you earn the category certificate for each of the four categories you will earn the most prestigious Weapons Mastery Certificate.