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THE CONSTITUTION OF THE
TSU SHIN GEN INTERNATIONAL BUDO ASSOCIATION

ARTICLE I - NAME AND TYPE OF ASSOCIATION

§1. The name of the Association is: Tsu Shin Gen International Budo Association. The Association was founded by Soke David C. Cook 10th Dan. The Tsu Shin Gen International is a Financial Enterprise, which is independent of all other Associations. The Tsu Shin Gen International Budo Association shall hereinafter be designated the TSG in this Constitution.

ARTICLE II - SEAT OF THE ASSOCIATION

§2. The official seat of the TSG shall be set by the President of the TSG.
 

ARTICLE III - THE AIMS AND OBJECTS OF THE ASSOCIATION

§3. To give clubs that are affiliated to the TSG access to the TSG styles and knowhow. To give them access to the Senior Instructors of the TSG. To give official recognition to those Black Belts who have been promoted and approved by the TSG.

§4. To educate and license Tsu Shin Gen Instructors.

§5. To educate and license arbitrators, referees and judges for the Association’s Competitions.

§6. The exchange of knowledge and experience between those clubs that are affiliated to the TSG.

§7. To improve the technical standard of the individual members of those clubs which are affiliated to the TSG.

§8. To set the standards for and regulate the promotions of the individual members of those clubs which are affiliated to the TSG.

§9. To arrange promotional tests both for Black Belts and Kyu grades.

§10. To organise courses, seminars, training camps and competitions in order to achieve the aims and objects of the Association.

§11. To adjudicate in any eventual conflicts between affiliated clubs and/or their individual members if necessary.
 

ARTICLE IV - THE OFFICIAL STYLES OF THE ASSOCIATION

§12. The official Budo styles to be practiced by those clubs that are affiliated to the TSG are:

TSG-KARATE 
TSG-MIX FIGHT
TSG-KICKBOXING
TSG-GRAPPLING
TSG-KYOKUSHIN KARATE
TSG-ASHIHARA INTERNATIONAL KARATE

ARTICLE V - THE STRUCTURE OF THE ASSOCIATION

§13. The Association has the following structure:

THE SOKE
THE PRESIDENT (A lifetime position for Soke David C.Cook)
THE TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
NATIONAL BRANCH CHIEFS (Conutry representatives)

§14. The Soke/President may employ whatever professional help is felt necessary to ensure the smooth and effective function of the Association.
 

ARTICLE VI - THE AFFILIATION AND TESTING FEES OF THE ASSOCIATION

§15. The affiliation and testing fees of the Association will be set by the Association’s President
 

ARTICLE VII – AFFILIATION REGULATIONS

§16. Affiliation to the Association is open to both commercial and non-profit making clubs that are organised in a businesslike manner.

§17. Clubs wishing to affiliate to the TSG must practice one of the official Budo styles named above.

§18. Clubs wishing to affiliate to the TSG must make a written application to the Soke/President of the TSG or to the National Branch Chief in the country in question. A copy of which must be then sent to the President of the TSG in English.

§19. The representative of a club applying for affiliation must submit the following to the TSG:


(a) A résumé in English of the club's senior Instructor's Budo career.
(b) A recommendation from the TSG National Branch Chief where applicable.
(c) The current club affiliation fee.


§20. New clubs may be asked pay a license fee for each Branch.

§21. Branches may be asked to issue a Log Book that includes a lifetime registration fee for each of their new members to the TSG no later than 3 months after the student's enrolment in the Branch.

§22. Clubs that are affiliated to the TSG should regularly send their Instructors to the courses, seminars and training camps that are arranged by the TSG.

§23. Any club that fails to comply with the rules and regulations of the TSG can be expelled from the Association by the President of the TSG.
 

ARTICLE VIII - THE PRESIDENT AND TECHINICAL DIRECTOR OF THE ASSOCIATION

§24. The President and Technical Director of the TSG is the founder of the Association, Soke David C. Cook, and the positions are a lifetime position that can only be relinquished by Soke David C. Cook.

§25. The President of the TSG has the authority to decide in all matters pertaining to all of the activities of the TSG.

§26. The President of the TSG and respective TSG National Branch Chief, where applicable, will together approve the affiliation or expulsion of all Clubs, Instructors or individual members.

§27. The President of the TSG, in consultation with the respective TSG National Associations where applicable, will appoint or dismiss the official National Branch Chiefs of the Association.

§28. The President of the TSG has the authority to appoint Special or Standing Committees, and the determination of their terms of reference, powers and duration.

§29. The President of the TSG is the official contact person between the TSG and any other Organisation, Association or authority.
§30. The President of the TSG will have any other responsibilities bestowed upon him by the Constitution of the TSG.

§31. The President of the TSG has the right to delegate any or all of his duties to suitable persons.

§32. If Soke David C. Cook is no longer active he may appoint a new President and also a Technical Director in order to split the Administrative and Technical areas of responsibility of the Association.

§33. The TSG Technical Director of the TSG is appointed or dismissed by the President of the TSG. The main function of the TSG Technical Director is to make sure that all Instructors and clubs are teaching all techniques, Kata and Drills in the way that Soke David C. Cook has developed them.
The Technical Director shall also make sure that all Instructors and clubs are adhering to the Grading Syllabus developed by Soke.

§34. The Technical Director of the TSG may award Instructor status to those Instructors who have successfully completed the TSG requirements up to the Senior Instructor level.

§35. The Technical Director of the TSG may advise the President on the promotional requirements of the Association.

§36. The Technical Director of the TSG may award Grading Status to the official National Grading Officers; he will also specify the highest grade to which the official National Grading Officers in question may promote. The Technical Director of the TSG will monitor the promotions awarded by those persons with Grading Status, to assure that the norm for promotional standards set by Soke are being adhered to. Anyone with Grading Status not adhering to the required standards can be stripped of their Grading Status, by the President or Technical Director of the TSG.

§37. The Technical Director of the TSG may have any other duties or responsibilities bestowed upon him by the Constitution or the President of the Association, and the Technical Director may delegate certain of his duties to suitable persons.
 

ARTICLE IX - A BOARD OF ADVISORS OF THE ASSOCIATION

§38. Any eventual Board of Advisors of the TSG if assembled is only an advisory body to the Soke/President and the Technical Director of the TSG; members will be appointed or dismissed by the Soke/President of the TSG. The Soke/President may add temporary or permanent posts to the Advisors.
 

ARTICLE X - THE NATIONAL BRANCH CHIEFS OF THE ASSOCIATION

§39 The position as a National Branch Chief is mainly an administrative post.

§40. The National Branch Chiefs of the TSG will be appointed or dismissed by the President of the Association. They may represent one or more of the TSG styles. The TSG National Branch Chiefs are bound by the Rules and Regulations of the TSG Constitution. National Branch Chiefs come under the jurisdiction of their National Representative Supervisor where applicable.

§41. The National Branch Chiefs of the TSG shall coordinate and actively work to expand the Association and activities within their respective styles and countries.

§42. The National Branch Chiefs of the TSG may have any other duties or responsibilities bestowed upon them by the Constitution, the President of the Association, or their TSG National Supervisor or TSG National Associations.
 

ARTICLE XI - TSG CLUB/BRANCH REPRESENTATIVES

§43. A TSG Club/Branch Chief will be accepted on the recommendation of the TSG National Branch Chief of the appropriate Country and TSG style. All applications are subject to the final approval of the TSG President.
Each applicant for TSG Club/Branch Chief Status must submit the following to the TSG.

(a) A résumé of their Martial Arts career.
(b) A recommendation.
(c) The current registration fee.

TSG Club/Branch Chief shall have the rank of at least Shodan. They shall be the Chief Instructor of a well organised club. They shall be recognised as a good club manager, who shall contribute to the progress and development of the TSG. They shall also promise to continue to give loyal support to the TSG.

All TSG Club/Branch Chiefs must register the membership of all of their students, no later than 3 months, after the student’s enrolment in the club. The appropriate application form and current fee shall be sent to the TSG National Branch Chief.

Due to various geographical and other considerations the TSG policy of Grading Status may vary from area to area, and country to country. In special circumstances the President or the Technical Director of the TSG in consultation with the TSG National Branch Chief will award TSG Grading Status to TSG Club/Branch Chiefs, when necessary. Club/Branch Chiefs with Grading Status must issue TSG certificates for every Kyu grade that they award.

All TSG Club/Branch Chiefs come under the administration of their TSG National Branch Chief, and they must accept and comply with the TSG Constitution and the rules and regulations therein.

The TSG Club/Branch Representative by accepting the written or verbal Club/Branch Representative contract promises to purchase all training equipment bearing the Logos, and Trade Marks of the Association, from TSG authorised suppliers. The TSG Club Representative also promise not to enter into any commercial projects involving the TSG without the explicit written approval and permission of the President of the TSG. The Club/Branch Representative also promise not to make unauthorised copies of any of the TSG texts, supplied or written by the Soke/President of the TSG.

This agreement is to give the Licensee, a License to operate as a TSG Club/Branch Representative. The first License is only valid to the 31st of December of the first year of membership. Subsequent Licenses will be valid for one year at a time. This agreement shall remain in effect until the TSG gives written notice of termination. Every year the TSG will review the operation of the Licence, and if the TSG finds any evidence of dishonorable conduct, the Licensee will be given written notice of such. If these improprieties are not corrected, then the TSG has the option of terminating this agreement.
If the Licensee does not receive written notice of the termination of this agreement, then the License is automatically extended for a period of one year.
In the case where the club is a non-profit making organisation run by a committee of the members, the Chairperson of the club will be the Club Representative to the TSG. All of the above Rules and Regulations apply to such a Club and Club Representatives.
 

ARTICLE XII - TSG NATIONAL GRADING OFFICERS

§44. National Grading Officer Status is usually awarded to or withdrawn from the National Branch Chief of the Country in question by the President or the Technical Director of the TSG.

§45. National Grading Officer Status is awarded to Senior Instructors with at least Sandan who have the required experience and have successfully completed all of the required courses and educations.

§46. The National Grading Officers of the TSG will monitor the promotions awarded by those persons with Grading Status in their respective Countries, to assure that the norm for promotional standards is being adhered to. Anyone not adhering to the required standards can be stripped of their Grading Status by the Technical Director.
 

ARTICLE XIII - TSG GRADING STATUS

§47. TSG Grading Status is awarded or withdrawn by the President or the Technical Director of the TSG, in consultation with the National Grading Officer, in the region in question.

§48. TSG Grading Status is awarded to Shodans or above who have successfully completed all of the required courses and educations. Occasions may arise where President or the Technical Director gives special dispensation for other persons to promote.

§49. TSG Grading Status is awarded to a minimum number of TSG Instructors, in any given country or region, in order to keep the technical standard of the students as uniform as possible.
§50. TSG Grading Status is awarded only after the President or the Technical Director is satisfied that the TSG Instructor in question is capable of conducting a promotional test.

§51. The National Grading Officers of the TSG will monitor the promotions awarded by those persons with Grading Status, to assure that the norm for promotional standards is being adhered to. Anyone not adhering to the required standards can be stripped of their Grading Status by the President or the Technical Director.

§52. All Dan and Kyu grade certificates shall originate from the TSG Headquarters (Honbu). Any TSG National Grading Officer or Instructor with Grading Status who is not issuing the TSG Headquarters certificates will automatically forfeit their Grading Status.

§53. Although the TSG Instructor with Grading Status is solely responsible for the grades awarded in his name, it is preferred that they involves other Instructors in the process.
 

ARTICLE XIV- THE ASSOCIATION’S PROMOTION REGULATIONS


§54. Soke will set the promotional requirements and Grading Syllabus of the Association. All TSG Instructors with Grading Status, must adhere to these requirements and Syllabus, or forfeit their grading status.

§55. TSG Instructors with TSG Grading Status will have the highest grade to which they may promote, specified by the President or the Technical Director of the TSG.

§56. TSG Instructors with TSG Grading Status are the only persons who are authorised to award grades within the Association.
However the highest grade to which a TSG National Grading Officer may promote is Sandan.

§57. Dan tests shall be monitored by the President or the Technical Director. Aspirants must normally have written permission from their TSG National Branch Chief to test for a Dan grade. The President or the Technical Director of the TSG has the authority to waive this stipulation.

Dan Grades above Sandan will only be awarded by the Soke/President of the TSG.

The minimum age for testing for Shodan is 16 years old.
The minimum age for testing for Nidan is 18 years old.
The minimum age for testing for Sandan is 24 years old.

All Dan grades above Sandan will be awarded by the Soke/President of the TSG. Aspirants, who are tested, will normally be tested at a major training camp or semuinar, by Soke or the Technical Director of the TSG.

§58. No student may test without fulfilling the TSG’s minimum active time in grade requirements that are as follows for the TSG-Combat Karate, TSG-Grappling, TSG-Kyokushin Karate and TSG-Ashihara International Karate styles:

To:
10th Kyu 3 months
9th Kyu 3 months
8th Kyu 3 months
7th Kyu 4 months
6th Kyu 4 months
5th Kyu 4 months
4th Kyu 4 months
3rd Kyu 5 months
2nd Kyu 5 months
1st Kyu 5 months
Shodan 5 months
Nidan 2 years
Sandan 3 years
Yondan 4 years
Godan 5 years
Rokkudan 6 years


For the TSG-Mix Fight style the active times in grade are as follows:
To:

10th Kyu 4 months
9th Kyu 4 months
8th Kyu 4 months
7th Kyu 5 months
6th Kyu 5 months
5th Kyu 5 months
4th Kyu 5 months
3rd Kyu 5 months
2nd Kyu 5 months
1st Kyu 5 months
Shodan 5 months
Nidan 2 years
Sandan 3 years
Yondan 4 years
Godan 5 years
Rokkudan 6 years

For the TSG-Kickboxing style the active times in grade are as follows:

To:
Red Belt 3 months
Blue Belt 3 months
Yellow Belt 3 months
Green Belt 3 months
Brown Belt 6 months
Shodan 6 months
Nidan 2 years
Sandan 3 years
Yondan 4 years
Godan 5 years
Rokkudan 6 years


The times in Grade for the lower Kyu grades are longer in the TSG-Mix Fight style due to the fact that there are more techniques to learn and shorter in the TSG-Kickboxing because of less techniques.

By virtue of special circumstances, the TSG minimum active time in grade requirements may be waived by the President.

Permission must be obtained in advance from the TSG, by those persons wishing to test for Dan grades.

Permission must be obtained from the TSG National Branch Chief by those persons wishing to be tested at an International Training Camp or Seminar for a Kyu grade.

§59. Persons with Dan grades issued by Organisations other than the TSG, or persons who wish to re-grade from one TSG style to another, will be tested by the Presidnt or the Technical Director of the TSG, for the same grade, according to the current TSG Grading Syllabus. The aspirant must have been an active member of the TSG for at least one year. They must have applied in advance to the President or the Technical Director for permission to test.
Persons with Dan grades awarded by other Organisations than the TSG may apply to the President or the Technical Director of the TSG, for dispensation to wear their Black Belt until such a time that they have been tested and approved by the President or the Technical Director of the TSG as Black Belts.

§60. Persons with Dan grades issued by Organisations other than the TSG, who have been accepted and approved by the President, will be eligible for testing to the next Dan grade, after two years active membership of the TSG, provided that they have an active time in grade, that exceeds the TSG’s minimum time in grade requirements.

The TSG President has the right to waive the requirements in §59 and §60.

Persons with Kyu Grades issued by other Organisations will retain their grade until they are fully prepared to take their next higher grade in a TSG style.

§61. The National Grading Officers of the TSG will monitor the promotions awarded by those persons with Grading Status, to assure that the norm for promotional standards is being adhered to. Any Instructor not adhering to the required standards can be stripped of their grading status by the President or the Technical Director.
 

ARTICLE XV - TSG INSTRUCTOR STATUS

§62. The various TSG Instructor Status levels are awarded by the President. The Technical Director may award up to Senior Instructor level.
The TSG Assistant Instructor Status is awarded to Kyu Grades, who have successfully completed the required education and they are officially authorised to assist a TSG Club Instructor in their own club.

The TSG Instructor Status is awarded to persons with at least Shodan, who have successfully completed the required educations.

The TSG Senior Instructor Status is awarded to persons with at least Sandan in recognition of their proven teaching ability. They are officially authorised to teach TSG on a National level in the country where they live.

The TSG Master Instructor Status is awarded by Soke to persons with at least Godan, in recognition of their proven superior teaching ability and technical knowledge and administrative ability. They are officially authorised to teach TSG on an International level.
 

ARTICLE XVI - THE ASSOCIATION DAN GRADE TITLES

§63. Persons with a grade lower than 1st Dan will be addressed as "Sempai" during the time that they are instructing a class.

§64. Persons with 1st to 4th Dan have the official title of "Sensei".

§65. Persons with 5th to 7th Dan have the official title of "Shihan".

§66. Persons with 8th and 9th Dan have the official title of "Hanshi".

ARTICLE XVII - THE ASSOCIATION LOGOS AND COPYRIGHTS

§67. TSG Country Associations, TSG National Branch Chiefs, TSG Clubs and TSG Instructors by virtue of the acceptance of this constitution and any contracts which may exist between them and the TSG or any verbal agreements, accept that they may not use the Logos of the TSG in any commercial enterprise, without the prior explicit written approval of the President of the TSG.
Also that all TSG Logos used in marketing must conform to the official TSG Logos.

§68. TSG Country Associations, TSG National Branch Chiefs, TSG Clubs and TSG Instructors accept that they will only wear training apparel bearing the Official Logos and Trade Marks of the TSG.

§69. TSG Country Associations, TSG National Branch Chiefs, TSG Clubs and TSG Instructors promise not to make any unauthorised copies of any texts or Instruction DVDs of the TSG or any related training methods and principles supplied or written by the Soke/President or Technical Director of the TSG, without the prior explicit written approval and permission of the President of the TSG.

§70. All of the above is also applicable to all the individual members of Clubs affiliated with the TSG.
 

XVIII - RESIGNING FROM THE ASSOCIATION

§71. TSG Country Associations, TSG National Branch Chiefs, TSG Clubs and TSG Instructors that wish to resign from the TSG, must send a letter stating their reasons, to the President of the TSG. If the President finds that there is reasonable cause for breaking the existing agreements, then he will give written permission to do so, provided that all fees and other monies, which are due to the TSG have been remitted in full.

§72. TSG Country Associations, TSG National Branch Chiefs, TSG Clubs and TSG Instructors that resign from the TSG, relinquish all rights to the use of the Logos and Trademarks of the TSG.

§73. TSG Country Associations, TSG National Branch Chiefs, TSG Clubs or TSG Instructors that resign from the TSG, relinquish all rights to the use of the TSG Training Methods and Grading Syllabus.

 

ARTICLE XX - EXPULSION FROM THE ASSOCIATION

§74. Any TSG Country Associations, TSG National Branch Chiefs, TSG Clubs and TSG Instructors who behave in a manner that is detrimental to the reputation of the TSG or Budo, will be given written notice of the fact. If there is not a reply within 28 days of the receipt of the notice, explaining the reasons for such behavior, together with a written promise not to repeat the offence, the TSG Country Associations, TSG National Branch Chiefs, TSG Clubs and TSG Instructors in question will be expelled from the Association.

§75. The above procedure will be followed by any TSG Country Associations, TSG National Branch Chiefs, TSG Clubs and TSG Instructors, who have a student who behaves in a manner that is detrimental to the reputation of the TSG or Budo, will notify the President of the TSG of any such action.
 

 
August 2015
N.B.
The Soke/President of the Tsu Shin Gen International Budo Association retains the right to change or modify the Constitution of the Association.

 

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