MARTIAL ARTS SOUTH AFRICA (MASA)
The official Governing Body for Martial Arts in South Africa, as sanctioned by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee.
The Martial Arts Authority of South Africa was created in 1994 with the guidance of the South African Government.
The prime objective of the organization is the unification of various Martial Arts under one organization, which is managed using the fundamental principles of integrity, fairness and non-discrimination.
This in itself was a giant step forward, as it would not only ensure that there would not be any discrimination based on the grounds of race, gender, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, birth or HIV/AIDS status, but it would also ensure that all types of Martial Arts be accommodated, without any discrimination towards the sport/art and its origins.
As a result of this approach the Martial Arts & Games Committee SA has developed into an organization which is bound by strong ethical principles, as well as an institution which assists smaller groups with administrative training and guidance, so that they ultimately conform to the recognition criteria as stipulated by the SASC&OC and the constitution of MASA.
Due to MASA being an organization for all martial arts, it is in fact a multi-coded sports organization, which concerns itself with martial arts specifically.
As a result of this, MASA has opted to adopt a unique structure which accommodates even the smallest group and ensures that all groups have equal input and voting rights, thus large individual styles cannot use MASA as their individual powerbase to control the other groups.
MASA does not have provincial organizations as this could cause some smaller groups from being excluded in various decision making processes, but instead MASA has opted for a block representation system, ensuring that all organizations through their democratically elected representatives form part of the National Executive Council of MASA.
When a new affiliate becomes part of MAASA, they are placed in a “block”, which is a committee specifically concerning itself with the functioning of martial arts that has its origin in a specific region.
The following blocks exist in MAASA at present:
- Japanese Weapons
- Japanese Throwing Arts
- Korean Martial Arts
- Mixed Martial Arts
- Sports Martial Arts
- Amateur Kick Boxing
Each affiliate which forms part of these blocks has two members (which are democratically elected at the annual congress of MASA) who then form part of the executive of that specific block insuring that all affiliates have equal representation and voting privileges.
All the executive members of the various blocks (two per affiliate) then in turn elect two members (at the annual congress of MASA) from their blocks, to represent the block on the National Executive Council of MASA. These elections take place annually.
The NEC of MASA, elect the working committee of MAASA, who sees to the running of MASA on a daily basis. The working committee comprises of:
- A President
- General Secretary
- Development Director
These positions are vacated and office bearers are elected (at the annual congress of MASA) every Four (4) years.
The working committee of the NEC of MASA manages the organization according the mandate of the NEC of MASA and all decisions are regulated by the constitution of MASA.
The representatives of each block at MASA are responsible for coordinating the activities of their affiliates and is the mouthpiece of MASA at their block meetings, as well as being the mouthpiece for the block at MASA.
All Blocks have to formulate and manage their block activities which are regulated by the constitution and administration procedure as formulated by MASA in conjunction with the SASC&OC
All affiliates to MASA who become members of the various blocks have International Affiliations, thus through the various affiliates MAASA is Internationally Affiliated to multiple International organizations, and not one specific body, as the concept of MASA is unique in the world.
All of the blocks are assisted by MASA in developing and maintaining the following activities:
- A development plan
- An Affirmative action plan
- A code of conduct for International participation and dress code
- Selection Criteria
Thus MASA in conjunction with the SASCOC sets the guide lines and assists the various blocks to comply with the criteria.
Any application for National Colours are evaluated according to the selection criteria, as well as the compliance to the set overall criteria.