MATA Professional Code of Ethics

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As a MATA-certified Professional, I agree to live by the Martial Arts Teachers’ Association Principles of Professional Conduct. Whenever I work with students, the public, other martial artists or fitness professionals, I agree to:

1. Provide a safe atmosphere.

2. Give effective instructions.

3. Treat all clients on an equal and fair basis.

4. Constantly update myself on every aspect of health and physical activity research.

5. Carefully study this research so that I comprehend it and can put it into

practical use.

6. Become CPR certified and maintain this certification.

7. Have a good knowledge of first aid.

8. Know and comply with all city, state and federal laws applicable to my business.

9. Fully understand and comply with all Employment and copyright laws

10. Constantly attempt to educate the public on the benefits of the martial arts and fitness


Keep all clients’ information confidential.

Without hesitation, when deemed necessary, refer students to someone who is better qualified to meet their needs in the medical, fitness or health professions


MATA Professional Practices and Disciplinary Procedures

The Martial Arts Teachers’ Association has standards of professional practices and disciplinary procedures which are written as a guide to aide and educate certified instructors, certification candidates and members of the public on the MATA Application and Certification Standards which MATA deems relative to members’ professional conduct and disciplinary procedures.

It is understood that revocation or appropriate action may be taken by the MATA for violation pertaining to the application or certification of an MATA member or prospective member in the case of:

1. Member or prospective member is found to be ineligible for MATA certification.

2. Dishonesty during the taking of the certification exam.

3. Found to have unauthorized possession of certification examinations, answer sheets, score

reports, answer sheets, unauthorized certificates or applicant files or any other confidential

or any proprietary MATA documents or materials and the unauthorized use, distribution or

access to same, copyrighted or otherwise.

4. The making of fraudulent statements or material misrepresentations to the public or MATA.

This would include, but not be limited to, any statements made to apply for, obtain or retain

Certification by the applicant, certified instructor or anyone else.

5. Found to have any mental, emotional or physical condition temporary or

permanent, which would impair or have the potential to impair the competency or impair the

ability to act in a professional manner. This condition would not be limited to but would

include any substance abuse.

6. Found to be negligent in the professional performance or intentional misconduct. This

negligence or intentional misconduct would include, but not be limited to, releasing

confidential information to unauthorized persons, a disregard for the safety of others,

physical, emotional and mental abuse of others.

7. Conviction of a felony or a misdemeanor, a guilty plea or a plea of nolo contendere, when

it would be relevant to the health, martial arts and/or fitness instructions or education of

the public or would be detrimental to the public’s health, martial arts and/or fitness

and would cause an impairment of the competency of the certified instructor or impair

the ability to provide an objective professional performance. This would include, but not be

limited to rape, violence toward another person, sexual, physical or emotional abuse of

a child, sexual harassment, to threaten the use of or the use of a weapon of violence, the

possession, sale of, intent to sell, the distribution of or the distribution of any controlled


8. Failure to meet the requirements for certification or recertification.

MATA has developed a three-tiered disciplinary process starting with a probable cause review. Should probable cause be found, there will be hearing. Should the person be find guilty of alleged violation(s), that person shall have the right to appeal in order to ensure that the examination of the alleged violation(s) of the Application and Certification Standards was determined unbiased and fairly in order to (1) determine probable cause and (2) impose sanctions that are appropriate and necessary to protect the public and the integrity of the certification.

Note: As an MATA certification candidate and/or certified professional, it is your responsibility to become familiar with and comply with the MATA Professional Practices and Disciplinary Procedures

Exam Content

Percentages in the categories indicate how much of the exam is devoted to each area.

To become a MATA-certified Martial Arts Instructor, a basic understanding of pedagogy, sports and child psychology, physiology and risk management, and injury prevention is required. Studying for this certification will also involve expanding your knowledge of effective communication. Instructional techniques and motivation skills