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The International Grandmasters Sokeship Council

The I.G.S.C. was created to recognize and award martial artist the world over for life-long dedication, accomplishments and study in the martial arts, and offers the DMS – Doctor of Martial Science in the field of Martial Arts, predicated on "Life Experience". 

The senior members of this council have 50+ years of martial arts experience behind them and have traveled the world learning, training and educating others in the "True Essence" of the Martial Arts and the Bushido Code of Ethics. 

We salute the Grandmasters of the IGSC.

Life Experience-Based Degrees

The I.A.M.S.P. International Academy of Martial Science and Philosophy awards degrees based on knowledge gained through lifelong-study and experience in the martial arts. Individuals who have attained substantial knowledge and experience in their respective field(s) of expertise, may qualify for a degree without additional formal courses or classes, depending on the structure of the degree program. This evaluation-based program is specifically designed for accomplished adult martial artist who have acquired more education and study than a typical traditional university "Graduate", through means other than enrollment and formal traditional classroom instruction. Candidates must appear before IGSC board of examiners presided by the president, and 12 senior evaluators, in the ranks of 9th and 10th Dan. As an international independent issuing body, we find it proper to award degrees to those individuals who through their hard work, life experience, training and dedication, 

have earned the right to be recognized. 

These titles are legal and nationally and internationally recognized throughout world.

Doctorate, Professorship and Master Titles

The Doctor of Martial Science Program (DMS) allows you to earn a (Ph.D./MS) degree, Doctor of Philosophy, specializing in Martial Science. This special degree is not to be confused with the traditional university (Ph.D.) degree. The DMS degree is unique and exclusively presented to martial artist only for life-long study (40-50+ years) in the martial arts, which due to the many years of training and experience required for the DMS, greatly surpasses the 6-7 years it takes to earn a traditional academic PhD, in knowledge and content of any given subject. 

The Professorship title is based on previous or current academic work, special achievement, and contributions to the academic science in general. These degrees have been established to recognize outstanding performance in classroom teaching, or who have developed significant innovations which have also influenced the methods and teaching effectiveness of other faculty / learning institutions or corporations that present educational and skill development, mainly due to expertise and academic excellence developed thru Life Experience. 

This title is awarded to 8th Dan Black Belts.

The Master title is typically awarded at 4th degree black belt. Titles associated with Master rank are Shihan (Senior Instructor), Renshi (Polished Expert), Kyoshi (Teacher of Teachers), Hanshi (Head Master of a Style/System), Soke (Head of Style/System), 

Shodai-Soke (Founder of a Style/System)., Soke-Dai (System Inheritor)

Each recipient of the title, Doctor or Professor is designated as a Fellow of The I.G.S.C.. Appointments are made without regard to the school affiliation of the faculty member, nation of origin, race, color, creed, gender, religion, economic or political status. 


THERE IS NO CHARGE for the Degrees / Titles and rank that this council bestows upon our honorees. Those selected to receive Rank / Titles are carefully Screened, Vetted, Criminal Background and References checked. The recipient must also prove years in the martial arts, Instructor(s) verification, current rank and system history / linage.  Individuals awarded these prestigious titles fall under the Rules, Regulations and Code of Ethics established by the I.G.S.C. and I.A.M.S.P and are expected to conduct themselves in a highly Professional and Ethical manner at all times. Individuals in violation of the Set Rules, Regulations, Guidelines and Code of Ethics will be subject to Disciplinary Action, Suspension of Fellowship Status and/or Title/Rank Revocation if deception is found after title/rank has been awarded.