STATUTES & LAWS
1. Mission statement
2.Name and Jurisdiction
3. Purposes and powers
II. Quality Control
2. Black Belts
IV. Membership 1. General membership information
membership, 3. Lifetime membership
4. School membership,
5. Honorary membership, 6. Transfer of
V. General 1. Publications / Works, 2.Training at other
3. Rank Promotions (Testing), 4. Teaching
VI. Professional categories 1. Instructors, 2. Country / State
Headquarters & Representatives,
(A. Procedures, B. Licensing
C. Testing), 3. Terminated Members,
4. Penalties, 5. Termination
6. International Headquarters, 7. Board of Governors, 8. Reporting
following rules and regulations are in full effect for all
World Independent Hap-Ki Do Federation ® Members, Black Belts,
violations of these Rules and Regulations should contact the
W.I.H.K.D.F. World Headquarters. I. Organizational 1. Mission statement
The World Independent Hap-Ki Do Federation (hereinafter referred to
as W.I.H.K.D.F.) was founded by Klaus Schuhmacher, who also founded the
art called Progressive Hap-Ki-Do ® (P.H.K.D.). The
ideals and goals of the W.I.H.K.D.F. revolve around the instruction
of our current and future generations in strong leadership skills,
development of mental and physical prowess. This is a
traditional, proven method of developing human potentials, including
training in philosophies, cultural exchange, knowledge, patience,
mental concentration, and focus. Martial-arts instruction
differs from other academic training in that one learns skills that
if misapplied can be detrimental to others. Therefore, strict, governing
guidelines must be exercised when licensing
professional instructors and facilities. A continuing program of
advanced education and re-evaluations is necessary to ensure that the
highest quality instruction is available to the
order to maintain such high standards, a singular organization
(W.I.H.K.D.F.) is established that collectively self-governs all
it's licensed instructors and academies and to adequately protect the
quality of the teachings, skills, and objectives of it's
teaching anyone the physical means to cause injury or worse to
another human being without teaching the proper moral restraint,
mental training, and behavioural instruction is tantamount to giving
someone a weapon whose mental and/or moral integrity is not
the singular source of Hap-Ki-Do in the world, it is a main
objective of the W.I.H.K.D.F. to self-regulate our own members to
ascertain that only the highest quality instruction is given to our
members and the public at large.
The primary purposes and objectives of the W.I.H.K.D.F. are to
serve and protect our membership and communities as follows:
2. Name and Jurisdiction
This organization shall be known as the World Independent Hapkido
The abbreviation of the name shall be
3. Purposes and Powers
The W.I.H.K.D.F. is intended to be a non-profit organization; the
purposes for which it was formed and the powers possessed by it include:
To stimulate interest in Hapkido. 2. To unite people for their
mutual education and benefit. 3. To encourage cooperation and better
understanding among members. 4. To supervise and conduct clinics, and
demonstrations under the auspices of this Federation. 5.
To research and study Hapkido with a view to establishing the
highest standards of instruction and conduct. 6. To research and study
Hapkido in order to better understand its history, philosophy,
principles and concepts. 7. To maintain and preserve Hapkido records
as deemed necessary by the Executive Committee. 8. To publish
information about Hapkido, including W.I.H.K.D.F.
The following limitations are placed on the power of the
W.I.H.K.D.F. and upon the liabilities or obligations arising from its activities.
1. The organization shall not discriminate against any person or
group because of race, sex, creed, religion, national origin or martial arts affiliation.
2. The organization shall not enter into agreements, contracts or
arrangements which bind any school or individual members personally.
3. This federation shall be self-governing, non-profit,
non-partisan and non-sectarian.
No member or group of members shall be deemed to be acting in
any matter for or on behalf of the W.I.H.K.D.F., or as the
W.I.H.K.D.F., unless specifically authorized to do so by the
Constitution or By-Laws or the W.I.H.K.D.F.
II. Quality Control
To ensure the highest quality instruction available to the public
and to maintain the highest levels of expertise found in Hap-Ki-Do as taught by it's founder III. Behavior
As a student of Hap-Ki-Do is of utmost importance to abide by
a martial code, a code of honor. A warrior personifies one with high
moral repute, compassion for humanity, respect for one's self and
others, and a constant and never-ending quest for self
betterment and personal excellence. The set forth rules are to help
you become a more dignified individual who understands and exemplifies
the importance of integrity and the indomitable spirit.
As a student of Hap-Ki-Do it is your duty to: 01. Always follow the
tenets of our code of ethics a. Maintain loyalty to your country b.
Always be loyal to your parents c. Always be loyal to your
teacher d. Practice trust and camaraderie with your friends e.
Maintain courage when faced with difficulties f. Never abuse your skills
g. Always personify the qualities of humanity, justice,
courtesy, wisdom, trust, goodness, virtue, loyalty, and courage 02.
Always show respect to your elders 03. Always maintain a clean body and
mind 04. Never abuse drugs and /or alcohol 05. Never
get involved with gangs 06. Always follow the Academy rules
indicated in your manual 07. Always strive to be the best in everything
you do 08. Junior members shall always follow the 9 home rules
found in manual 09. Junior members shall periodically complete the
Personal Conduct Profile 10. Respect must be shown to all senior
students 11. Support and assistance shall be given to all lower
ranked students 12. Offer your assistance to those in need 13.
Always assist and support your Academy's functions towards our
2. Black Belts
your master / instructor whenever possible towards the
goals of Hap-Ki-Do Train diligently to increase your knowledge and
ability levels Assist all students in their advancement. Continued
training- As a black belt in Hap-Ki-Do, periodic continued
training is necessary to maintain and upgrade your ability levels.
1. Students / General Membership
Application for Membership (All applications must be approved by
the president !)
A person applying for individual membership shall submit to the
corresponding headquarter all pertinent information:
name, address, phone number and current rank in Hapkido.
A description of its current Hapkido program. Membership fee which
shall be prescribed in the By-Laws. Description of Hapkido background
including past and current instructors, their names,
addresses, and ranks. 2. Anyone who practices the martial art of
Hap-Ki-Do and/or any other korean Martial-Art like Kuk-Sool-Do,
Hwarang-Do, Bi-Sool, Kung-Jung-Mu-Sul, etc..., considered a
student. All students must be members of the W.I.H.K.D.F. to be
officially recognized as a bona-fide student.
Membership shall be open to all persons who are interested in
and/or involved in Hapkido and who pledge to adhere to the Constitution, By-Laws and ethics of this Federation.
All memberships shall be open to all individuals adhering to the
Constitution, By-Laws and ethics of this organization.
2. Black Belt Membership
3. Cooperate Membership
4. Lifetime Membership.
lifetime member is any individual registered who has paid the
life membership fee. The life member enjoys all the right, duties,
responsibilities and privileges of an individual member except the
payment of annual dues; is listed by individual name on the
roster and receives an individual copy of all mailings.
membership fees shall be prescribed in the By-Laws. If for
any reason a life membership status of an individual is cancelled by
this organization, his/her life membership fee shall be refunded after
deduction of all annual fees accumulated during his/her
period of life membership.
5. Honorary Membership
membership shall be awarded by this Federation to
individuals in recognition of their distinguished service to the
Federation, or for their support of Hapkido within this Federation.
we live in an ever-changing world, it is important to remain
with our feet firmly planted on the ground. We must forge an
immovable foundation in which our future generations will have the
opportunity to feel the power of unity and strength within a
family. Our association is this foundation that will help us realize
our collective dreams together as one. Your obligation to the
association brings us one step closer to our goals and
W.I.H.K.D.F certifications issued to you is the only official
document that is recognized by W.I.H.K.D.F. Academies and Clubs
showing your active membership status and rank level. Your
certifications are your proof that you are a recognized practitioner
If you transfer from one location to another, send in a new
application with your new number h. Membership in the W.I.H.K.D.F. may not be transferred.
order to test for your 1st Dan Degree Black Belt you must
submit copies of your student rank certifications, as well as copies
of all certifications of seminars you attended that were offered and
sanctioned by the W.I.H.K.D.F.
W.I.H.K.D.F. is the only issuing agency for a bona-fide
validated W.I.H.K.D.F. certifications. Anyone caught with a forged
stamps/signatures or counterfeit passports / membership cards may be
liable for prosecution.
For your knowledge and progression, you are encouraged to
purchase the W.I.H.K.D.F. manuals, books, videos, and other sanctioned materials as they come available.
actively promote and further disseminate the teachings of this
sole source of the martial and healing art of Hap-Ki-Do to all
corners of the globe. Education: To provide as an educational source ,
continual instruction in all phases of these multifaceted
martial arts, with continued educational opportunities to all its
members Business Enhancement: To provide for an organizational forum for
the exchange of business information; ideas; technical
training, and growth techniques to it's professional members. Civic
Duties: To establish a series of information and educational programs to
encourage interaction with government, corporate, and
community-based organizations from local levels through global
interactions to assist in our mutual goals. Youth Programs: To further
develop the leadership qualities of our youth, especially
assisting those youngsters designated " at risk" , through the
tenets Hap-Ki-Do Scholarships: To provide scholarships for those
individuals whose needs qualify them to receive such assistance
Protection: To protect the reputation of Hap-Ki-Do from
non-qualified individuals who falsely claim to teach these martial arts
for the benefit of the W.I.H.K.D.F. membership and the public at
6. BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Section 1. Composition.
The president shall be composed of voting representatives and
alternate representatives of each country or state.
Section 2. Responsibility.
as otherwise specified in the Articles of Incorporation or
the By-Laws, the president shall be vested with all powers of the
organization and shall have authority to act on all organizational
Section 3. Jurisdiction.
president shall have the power to assume original and
appellate jurisdiction, upon notice to those involved, in any matter
where, the best interests of the organization will be served thereby.
Section 4. Discipline.
president shall have the power to discipline members and to
impose, enforce, or remit penalties for any violation of the
Articles of Incorporation of these by-laws, or rules and regulations of
1. Publications / Works
is our responsibility to maintain the highest quality control
of all publications, Internet work and video productions
representing the W.I.H.K.D.F. to the public at large. All publications /
works must be reviewed by the Grandmaster Klaus Schuhmacher prior
to release to the public to ensure the accurate portrayal of our
cherished arts minimize any misrepresentation maintain accurate
historical account maximize the interests of public
Works Defined: Any publications, books, manuals,
magazines, news, articles, newsletters, periodicals, video
recordings, films, movies, audio recordings, training films, cassettes,
records, CD's, CD-ROM's, tapes, computer programs, and any
printed matter concerning the W.I.H.K.D.F.
can not make any instructional works Students can not
publish any works without the express written official authorization
of the W.I.H.K.D.F.. Failure to comply can result in criminal
2. Training at other academies/ clubs
On a visiting basis, you may train at other W.I.H.K.D.F.
facilities upon showing the instructor your validated W.I.H.K.D.F. certifications.
3. Rank Promotions (Testing)
students are encouraged to test for the next belt rank (kub)
promotion upon approval of your master / instructor. Testing is an
important growth factor and a determining means to judge advancement and
individual progress. 01. All students testing for Color
Belt ( Kub) rank must fulfil the following: a. Current Membership
status in W.I.H.K.D.F. (bring copies of your certifications) d. Complete
testing application form e. Wear clean, complete uniform
f. Bring mandatory sparring equipment g. Completion of all material
for your rank h. All the appropriate testing fees i. Student is
responsible for obtaining a partner for your test 02. All Kub
Testing is comprised of: Attitude Respect Demeanor Technique -
power, speed, position , balance, coordination
Miscellaneous - During a Kub Testing, parents may not film to
photograph their child during the testing, though this is not allowed during black belt testing
All students testing for Black Belt must fulfil the
Membership status in W.I.H.K.D.F All official paperwork
is to be completed and sent to W.I.H.K.D.F Int. Hdqts. 2 weeks prior
to testing (copies of forms attached): Degree Dan Testing Application
Letter of Recommendation Black Belt Personal History
W.I.H.K.D.F Student certifications 4 recent passport-sized photos
Photocopy of candidate's Driver's License / Country Passport / Social
Security Card or Identification.
All Testing & Processing Fees are to be paid by Money Order
sent to W.I.H.K.D.F Int. Hdqts 2 weeks prior to testing
1. Annual Membership Assessment must be paid within 1 month of
Upon the successful completion of your examination, you will be
notified of your results, and will be awarded your degree.
Without certifications to teach, one cannot be called
rank of a 1st Dan Black Belt is a most honored, highly
respected position, but it is just the beginning of the study of the
complete true martial art of Hap-Ki-Do. A Black Belt symbolizes
modesty, self-sacrifice, honesty, self-respect., integrity,
courage, responsibility, and indomitable spirit. It is not the belt
that is upon your waist that matters, it is the person that wears the
belt that makes the difference. Therefore, you must
contribute your selfless devotion to the continued prosperity of
those around you, your personal growth, and the growth of our
association. Any individual who has successfully met the
requirements set forth in the student manual and tested for, and
received their black belt through the W.I.H.K.D.F.
VI. Professional categories
4. State / Headquarters
A. Procedures 1. Yearly reporting of activities and special
events, seminars / clinics, tournaments
Follow up to ensure that all students and Black Belts under
your control are current with their W.I.H.K.D.F. membership
obligations. 3. You are responsible for pertinent information regarding
W.I.H.K.D.F. to be distributed to your students in a timely
Upon receipt of written authorization (State / Province Hdqt.
Certificate) from the W.I.H.K.D.F., signed by Grandmaster
Schuhmacher, the authorized academy shall use the name of the
association in the following manner only: W.I.H.K.D.F. state / province
B. Licensing 1. The W.I.H.K.D.F. International Hdqts. will award
the license of State/ Province Hdqts. to only one Academy location per State / Province.