The Charter of the International Armizare Society calls for a semi-democratic structure in which the Society is overseen by a Governing Council working in concert with both Research and Martial Advisors. The system is a representational democracy, in the sense that, as martial arts are inherently hierarchical to preserve technical quality, only magister-level candidates are generally eligible to serve on the Governing Council.
The IAS Governing Council is comprised of five Magistri d’Armizare, consisting of the three founding members, plus two additional members, elected from the membership. Elected members serve a term of two years. The Council sets policy, review requests for Affiliation and conducts examinations.
Note that in, order to move the organization forward, until such time as there are five Magistri d’Armizare available to form a full Governing Council, the IAS Charter calls for the Founding Members to act as a Governing Council Pro Tempore.
Research and Advisory Councils
When reconstructing a martial art, there is always the danger of “you do not know, what you do not know” — the subtleties of written instruction that rely upon an understanding of the social and intellectual culture that produced a text, as well as the many oral lessons that accompany learning a physical discipline that are simply lost due to a lack of direct transmission. Therefore, to maintain the highest standards of both martial and academic efficacy in the reestablishment of Armizare as a living, martial tradition, the Society has established a Research and Martial Advisory Council. The Council serves to counsel the IAS on various matters of import with regards to research, martial efficacy, pedagogy and any number of topics with specialized knowledge is required. Whereas the Research Council is a permanent, academic advisory body, the chief purpose of the Martial Advisory Council is to call upon the expertise of high level teachers of traditional martial arts to serve as a sounding board and pro tempore committee in the testing and establishment of the first generation of Magistri d’Armizare, until such a time as a full board of five examiners are available.