If a martial arts school has been accredited by the USAMA, it means USAMA has determined that the martial arts school meets the accreditation standards outlined in the Code of Ethics, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any complaints about the school or its instructors. USAMA accredited martial arts schools pay a fee for accreditation review and monitoring for continued compliance and for support of USAMA services to the public.
The USAMA Code of Ethics represents standards for martial arts school accreditation by the USAMA. Martial arts schools that meet these standards and complete all application procedures will be accredited by the USAMA.
Martial arts schools are under no obligation to seek USAMA accreditation, and some martial arts schools are not accredited because they have not sought USAMA accreditation.
If the USAMA is funded by martial arts schools, how does the organization ensure fairness and objectivity?
The USAMA’s value to the martial arts community is based on our marketplace neutrality. Our purpose is not to act as an advocate for businesses or consumers but to act as a mutually trusted intermediary to resolve disputes and provide information to assist prospective students in making wise enrollment decisions. Martial arts schools support the USAMA because a trustworthy community is in everyone's best interest.