Award Criteria for Induction into the IMA- Hall of Fame Criteria, Important!

The Board will decide whether they get nominated! Only 80 persons for 2026 can be inducted!!

Candidates for induction may be nominated or recommended by anyone. All applications will be formally reviewed and submitted to the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame nomination committee. You must be approved for induction by one or more committee members

A recipient of the IMA-Hall of Fame Award, the individual must have made a significant contribution to the martial arts way. As an example of these significant contributions:

Must also have the true spirit of a martial artist and be of good character that represents a strong role model to those who are coming after.

Creating world class students (teachers / champions). Winning several National or International titles or championships for a country Held long running tournaments or public exhibitions.

Brons Life Award (15+ Yrs)
Competitor of the Year
Black Belt of the Year
Studend of the year
Martial Arts School of the Year
Assistant Instructor of the Year
Instructor of the Year
Volenteer of the year
Silver award

Silver Life Award (25+ Yrs)
Master of the Year (5e dan +)
Martial Arts Organization of the year
Organisator of the year
International Instructor of the Year
Gold award

Golden Life Award (40+ Yrs)
Ambassador of the year
Founder of the Year
IMA-HOF Honor Award
Grandmaster of the Year (8e dan +)
Platinum award

Platinum Life Award (50+ Yrs)
Martial Arts Legend
Distinguished Grandmaster of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award
Posthumously Awarded