Official Consitution and Bylaws

The official American Institute of Martial Arts Constitution and Bylaws available in PDF format.

Official Certificates

The American Institute of Martial Arts takes great care in making sure your credentials are respected. These are the official certificates recognized by the international.

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1985-1994

This Official Black Belt Certification recognized under Founder Joseph W. Bonacci was based off the original logo artwork with updated hand drawn AIMA lettering done by Mr. Albenze. This certificate was also used in conjuction with earlier promotions for the Kwan Mu Kan gradings in conjuction with Mr. Bonacci's affiliation with Mr. George E. Anderson


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1994-1998

This Official Black Belt Certification recognized under Founder Joseph W. Bonacci features the re-drawn logo artwork and updated hand drawn AIMA lettering done by Mr. Albenze. This was the first official certificate to include an offical AIMA black belt ID number.


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2000-2005

This Official Black Belt Certification received further modifications under Mr. Albenze with the added watermark eagle carrying the insignia of Independance, Strength, Freedom. The student ID number was removed and all students received the offical AIMA student ID card with trackable ID numbers. (see student ID cards for details). This offical certificate was also the first to feature the AIMA gold leaf seal as a mandatory item for gradings (see gold leaf seal for details). This new design was a preparatory stage for the soon to be revised 2006 edition of the American Institute of Martial Arts constitution and bylaws that was under construction by the current president Michael A Albenze. Mr. Albenze is the original designer of the 1996 constitution and bylaws as the AIMA Executive VP with Gary Sass as president and Jim DelGarbino as Vice president.


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2005-Present

This Official American Institute of Martial Arts black belt certificate is the only OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED certificate under the American Institute of Martial Arts consitution and bylaws since 2005 as founded by Soke Joseph W. Bonacci, Director Max E. Ciscell, and President Michael A Albenze; Dai Soke. This certificate, designed by Mr. Albenze and authorized as the only official Dan grading document by Mr. Bonacci (founder) and Mr. Ciscell (director), carries the full weight of recognition by the AIMA board of directors and the IMAA. This Official certificate features the dualing phoenix with gold raised border, the AIMA logo in full color, the student ID number along with the mandatory gold leaf seal, and carries the authorization of at least a 5th Dan or higher signature along with a board member's signature.


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Executive Board Contacts

Michael Albenze, President

Dai Soke SokeAlbenze@aima-usa.com

Ron Latone, Vice President

Hanshi, 8th degree HanshiLatone@aima-usa.com

Henry Kennedy, Exec. Vice President

Hanshi, 9th degree HanshiKennedy@aima-usa.com


Official Grading Certifications


As stated, The American Institute of Martial Arts began in 1977 with a concept of becoming an institute for all practitioners of the arts to have an organization that would promote and protect the integrity of the hard working practitioner; to establish honor and integrity within the rank requirements; to train officially certified instructors who have been through an established educational instructor curriculum that can be verified, and to give all styles the security of knowing that hard work will be recognized and those that destroy the integrity of the hard work of others through false claims will be equally recognized and discredited openly for all to see. We are an Institute that takes great care in making sure you earn what you have earned! Any Certificate bearing the American Institute of Martial Arts logo, language constituting a grading received from the American Institute of Martial Arts that carryies a DAN grading that is not listed above or does not carry the weight of the Founder's signature (bearing acception to the bylaws that ony the founder or his successor can carry out) should be considered fruadulently awarded under the promotional guidelines of the American Institute of Martial Arts official consititution and bylaws inacted in 1998, revised in 2006 and available for viewing on this site ARTICLE 10 A-1.

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