If a person enters this world, grows up, trains at a single dojoÂ under a single master and eventually retires in the same city, chances are he or she won’t need the services Dr. Ibraham Ahmed provides. However, the rest of us – who have been known to move to different towns, to switch arts, to outlive our instructor – are a different story.
Way back in the 1970s, Ahmed recognized the frequency with which life’s variables wreak havoc on a martial artist’s career. He dreamed of establishing an institution that could document and evaluate a person’s dojo training, home workouts, seminar attendance, independent learning from books and DVDs, participation in tournaments and demonstrations, and just about every other conceivable form of skill and knowledge development. The institution would then catalog the experiences its staff deemed relevant and issue suitable rank. In 1977 that dream became reality when he created the World Martial Arts College.
Ahmed, a naturopath andÂ acupuncturistÂ by trade, holds a ninth-degree black belt in the Korea Tae Kwon Do Han Moo Kwan and a seventh degree in the World Taekwondo Federation, so he certainly didn’t create the college to benefit himself – he obviously didn’t need outsiders to acknowledge his credentials. He did it for the benefit of those martial artists who weren’t so fortunate, those who were in need of legitimate rank commensurate with their accomplishments.
“I wanted to help those highly skilled martial artists who were orphaned because either their instructor left the area and there were no other schools available or in some cases because he had passed and left no one to carry on from that point,” Ahmed said.
“These students continued to practice, participated in distance learning, went to seminars, read books, followed the videos online, and became proficient through attendance at tournaments and by teaching others. Many trained under multiple instructors and had no way to pull their rankings together. This is why I founded the World Martial Arts College, an organization that certifies life-experience rank from all styles of martial arts.”
“The WMAC concept has proved so popular in the world martial arts community that it now boasts black belts in every state in the union, as well as 20 foreign countries. Its success stems from the fact that it uses a board of directors to oversee rank evaluation and certification,” Ahmed said.
In recent years, he’s expanded the services the college provides to the martial arts community. It now organizes seminars that enable masters to continue to develop their skill base and offers consulting services to martial arts schools around the world. A recent initiative – one Ahmed is particularly proud of – involved the launch of the Stars for Charity Expo (www.starsforcharityexpo.com), where Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia Rothrock, Michael Jai White, T.J. Storm, Cary Tagawa and others donated their time for the benefit of Americans in need of health care.
Helping others – whether it’s martial artists without a master or members of the public who can’t afford to see a doctor – is a recurring theme in the life of Dr. Ibraham Ahmed, and it’s the mission of the World Martial Arts College. For more information visit www.worldmartialartscollege.com or call (313) 815-8767.