The acronym AIKIA stands for America’s Independent Instructors Association. The “K” equally addresses Korean martial arts (TKD/TSD/HKD), Karate, Kickboxing, Kenpo, and Kon-do Bujutsu (Japanese word for Mixed Martial Arts/MMA). In 1983 the late GM Joe Lewis considered the composite of Japanese characters for Aikia [(ai|kia(i)] to be best translated as “allegiance of courage.” It takes courage to become independent!
"If you are talking about training for fighting in the real world, well then baby you better train every part of your body." Bruce Lee, Black Belt magazine Hall of Famer 1971
Aikia was designed in the 1970s to unite instructors who followed the independent methodology made famous by martial arts icons Bruce Lee, Joe Lewis and Bill Wallace. During a period of two years between 1967 and 1969, Bruce Lee personally coached Joe Lewis to 11 straight victories. We continue the legacy GM Lewis made available exclusively to Aikia members during his many years as Aikia’s National Director for Training and Instruction. See “How Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do Techniques Revolutionized Joe Lewis’ Karate Training” by Dr. Jerry Beasley (www.blackbeltmag.com). In the 1980s/90s Aikia brought together the elite Black Belt magazine Hall of Famers Joe Lewis, Bill Wallace and Dr. Jerry Beasley as national directors for training and instruction. Their influence on the America’s oldest and best martial arts organization for Independents has been felt worldwide.
“I want to help restore this sense of pride in the martial arts through AIKIA.” Joe Lewis 1983
The late Grandmaster Joe Lewis put it best when he said, “The feeling that I find missing in so many schools nowadays is a sense of pride and belonging. I want to help restore this sense of pride in the martial arts through AIKIA. I haven’t been associated with an organization since 1973. I was so impressed with the philosophy, ideas, and sincerity of AIKIA; I chose to fully endorse their efforts by serving as National Director for Training and Instruction. If you are a martial arts instructor, I encourage you to join in our effort to better the professional practice of martial arts instruction.” Joe Lewis, 1983
The philosophy the grandmaster spoke of is that an organization should serve as an “allegiance of courage” to align with instructors who are courageous enough to venture outside their respective arts. We believe, as did Bruce Lee, that the truth in combat is independent of fixed styles. Aikia endorsed Independent Black Belts actively research and train in arts outside their base systems to advance their knowledge of combat. If you are a Black Belt instructor and you are, as Bruce Lee might say, “training every part of your body,” then join us.
The main thing black belts hate about organizations is ‘politics.’ Politics means ‘money’ and in Aikia skill talks and money walks. Aikia is free of politics. We are today as we were almost 40 years ago. Service, not profit, is our motive. Aikia membership is an endorsement that allows you to join forces with the most prestigious independent rank granting institution in the world. We provide high-level continuing education through the Karate College, a yearly training camp that has been called by Black Belt magazine,” the best in the nation.”
“It’s my favorite camp. When we began the Karate College in 1988, no one could have known that it would have been so important to so many people.”
“I love Karate College. You can meet some of the best people in martial arts there. I plan things around the Karate College dates because I love it there.”
“Dr. Beasley has put together the premiere camp in the nation. Every other camp is measured by how close they get to the Karate College model.”
Aikia, The Allegiance of Courage, wishes to perpetuate the Bruce Lee>Joe Lewis>Aikia lineage by opening our membership to all arts and styles that use the standard white thru black belt grading system. Aikia has become a martial arts fraternity for the “Best of the Best”.
How do I join?
Complete the application. Your “Lifetime” fee is only $99! The student lifetime membership fee is only $19. You will receive two of the original and historic 1983 Aikia certificates (Instructor and Black Belt member) hand stamped and authorized by Joe Lewis and Dr. Jerry Beasley. Plus you receive the 140 page Dojo Dynamics Instructor marketing manual and a free download link of the book Joe Lewis American Karate Systems (original hard copies sold on Amazon for as much as $60-$200).
As an Official Aikia Independent Instructor you may:
Does all this sound too good to be true? We are counting on you to be a top grade black belt and bring honor to the profession of teaching martial arts. Trust is something you earn. Join Team Aikia today!
Questions? Contact us at CEO@Aikia.net
Our goal is to serve our members: “Whosoever desires to be great among you, let him be your servant.” (Matthew 20:26).