Shihan Kai Organzation Constitution

Article I: Name
The name of this organization shall be "United States Shihan-Kai."

Article II: Purpose
The purpose of the organization shall be threefold:

  1. To improve the quality of karate in the United States and
  2. To provide a medium for the exchange of martial arts knowledge and
  3. To provide a means of rank advancement for senior martial artists.


Article III: Types of Membership
There shall be two types of membership:

1. Permanent

  1. Individual-a single budoka
  2. Club-consists of the instructor of a single dojo
  3. Association- consists of the head instructor of two or more dojos
  4. Honorary-bestowed on those who help foster karate-do
  5. Retired-those that have retired from teaching

2. Provisional

  1. Temporary-for those that have not yet reached fifth dan in a recognized style.


Article IV: Membership Criteria
Permanent membership in the United States Shihan-kai is limited to those individuals that have a minimum grade of Godan, 5th degree black belt, from a recognized organization in Japanese or Okinawan Karate In absence of acceptable credentials the Board may demand a physical test demonstrating the candidate's proficiency. Provisional membership for those below the rank of Godan is available for an annual fee. Acceptance of a member must be ratified by a majority of the board members. A current member must sponsor prospective members.

Article V: Dues
There will never be any dues for permanent members. Provisional members must pay a $25 annual fee.

Article VI: Board Members
A panel of seven members shall govern the organization. Each member is entitled to one vote. All decisions shall be based upon majority rule. A majority is four votes. The Chairman of the Board will appoint board members for a three-year term. Terms may be renewable. Board appointments must be ratified by a majority of the Board. Board members may be removed by a majority vote of the Board.

Article VII: Duties of Board Members
Board members shall oversee all meetings, training sessions, membership applications, and the issuance of diplomas. The Board reserves the right to create positions necessary with carrying out the goals of the organization.

Article VIII: Meetings
Regular meetings of this organization shall be held at a time and place that is convenient for the membership or by electronic media. Regular meetings shall be held at least yearly. A reminder shall be given one month in advance of each regular meeting.

The Board may call special meetings. The written petition of at least four Board members shall call special meetings. The purpose of the meeting shall be stated in the call. At least a two weeks notice must be given for special meetings.

Article IX: Constitutional Amendments
The Board must review proposed amendments to this constitution. Amendments to the organization's constitution can only be adopted by a majority vote of the Board. The Board must be able to preview the proposed amendment for at least two weeks prior to the vote.