STATUTE of THE INTERNATIONAL MARTIAL ARTS AND COMBAT SPORTS SCIENTIFIC SOCIETY
The legal basis for the International Martial Arts and Combat Sports Scientific Society is the Act of 7 April 1989 – Law on Associations (Journal of Laws No. 20, item 104; the Journal of Laws of 1990, No. 14, item 86) and the Act of 18 January 1996 on Physical Education (Journal of Laws No. 25, item 113).
The International Martial Arts and Combat Sports Scientific Society pursues its objectives in cooperation with Idōkan Polska Association and other Polish and foreign martial arts and combat sports associations.
ART. 1. General provisions
1.1. The International Martial Arts and Combat Sports Scientific Society, further referred to as the IMACSSS, is an association of individuals. Legal entities may be supporting members.
1.2. The IMACSSS operates in European countries and outside Europe and its registered office is in Rzeszów.
1.3. The IMACSSS is a voluntary, self-governing and lasting association established to conduct non-profit activity.
1.4. The IMACSSS is an autonomous association that establishes its objectives, operating programs, organisational structures and internal provisions concerning its activities independently.
1.5. The IMACSSS may be a member of national and international organisations that engage in the same or similar type of activity.
1.6. The IMACSSS authorities use a round seal with the text IMACSSS inside and the following circumscription - International Martial Arts and Combat Sports Scientific Society.
1.7. The IMACSSS emblem is a flying eagle in red.
ART. 2. Objectives and methods of operation
The objective of the IMACSSS is to deal with combat sports related issues.
2.1. This objective will be implemented as follows:
2.1.1. Expanding scientific knowledge about the various aspects of combat sports and martial arts and aiming to popularise physical education, clean sport and noble ways of martial arts, within IMACSSS’ statutory activity.
2.1.2. Expanding, within IMACSSS’ statutory activity, 1) the biotechnical as well as 2) the philosophical, sociological, psychological, pedagogical, and historical (in a broader sense – humanistic) knowledge concerning the cultural, anthropological, axiological, moral, aesthetic, educational and organisational assumptions and issues of martial arts and combat sports both in the historical and contemporary perspective. The cognitive activity involves both theoretical as well as empirical research connected with competitive sport on one hand (Olympic, professional and performance combat sports) and with martial arts as sport for all on the other hand, that is, done for leisure, health, self-defence, self-fulfilment purposes, or during Physical Education classes.
2.1.3. Organisational and scientific cooperation with universities and other institutions dealing with research and studies in martial arts or combat sports in and outside Europe.
2.1.4. Cooperation with international, European and extra-European as well as Polish associations dealing with sports science, especially with multiaspect research in martial arts and combat sports.
2.1.5. Forming international initiatives and scientific teams doing research of various assumptions and manifestations of sporting activities and in martial arts of various social groups.
2.1.6. Organising international symposia, conferences and congresses, as well as lectures and meetings in order to present and exchange opinions on the latest achievements in research as regards scientific interpretation of martial arts and related sports.
2.1.7. Establishment of the IMACSSS Library containing the most significant research in martial arts and combat sports in the form of non-serial publications and periodicals published in English and other congress languages.
2.1.8. Publishing activity related to non-serial publications and under cooperation with scientific periodicals, especially with “Ido Movement for Culture”.
2.1.9. Integrating and consolidating societies, groups, science and research movements and institutions dealing with popularising physical education, sport and martial arts – keeping their identity intact – on the national and international level.
2.1.10. Promoting knowledge about educational systems and routes regarding martial arts and combat sports among children, young adults and adults as significant factors promoting personal development as well as supporting and developing physical fitness.
2.1.11. Organising sporting and leisure events – camps and training courses.
2.1.12. Sporting and educational activity among the disabled.
2.1.13. Representing IMACSSS members before offices and central institutions, sports unions, associations, foundations and other administrative and economic entities in Poland and abroad.
2.1.14. Inspiring, coordinating, supporting and commissioning specific tasks to IMACSSS members and other entities that comply with the IMACSSS statutory objectives.
220.127.116.11. Non-profit activity in the following areas:
18.104.22.168. Publishing activity.
22.214.171.124. Other tourist activities.
126.96.36.199. Research and development in other sciences related to physical education, humanities and social science.
188.8.131.52. Non-school and non-university forms of education not elsewhere classified.
184.108.40.206. Other activity related to protection of human health, not elsewhere classified.
220.127.116.11. Educational and social care.
18.104.22.168. Activity of other membership organisations.
22.214.171.124. Other artistic and entertainment activity.
126.96.36.199. Sport-related activity.
188.8.131.52. Other recreational activity.
184.108.40.206. Activity related to improvement of physical fitness.
2.1.15 Other services, not elsewhere classified.
220.127.116.11. Non-profit activity based on economic calculus in the following areas:
18.104.22.168. Publishing activity.
22.214.171.124. Other tourist activities.
126.96.36.199.. Research and development in other sciences related to physical education, humanities and social science.
188.8.131.52. Non-school and non-university forms of education not elsewhere classified.
184.108.40.206. Other activity related to protection of human health, not elsewhere classified.
220.127.116.11. Educational and social care.
18.104.22.168. Activity of other membership organisations.
22.214.171.124. Other artistic and entertainment activity.
126.96.36.199. Sport-related activity.
188.8.131.52. Other recreational activity.
184.108.40.206. Activity related to improvement of physical fitness.
2.2. Other services, not elsewhere classified.
2.3. The income from paid activities for public benefit is meant solely for fulfilling tasks within the public tasks sphere or statutory objectives.
2.4. The IMACSSS carries out statutory activity through its executive agencies, ordinary members and other organisations and institutions.
2.5. In order to obtain finance necessary for fulfilling statutory objectives, IMACSSS may conduct business activity in compliance with the current law. The entire income from business activity is utilised for statutory objectives.
ART. 3. Membership, rights and obligations of members
3.1. Membership in the IMACSSS is permanent and is conditional upon a resolution of the IMACSSS Board. Acquisition of IMACSSS membership takes place on the basis of an application filed by an individual or a legal entity. The applicant may appeal against a decision by the IMACSSS Board before the IMACSSS General Assembly.
3.2. IMACSSS membership is terminated as a result of the following:
3.2.1. Voluntary resignation filed in writing by a member.
3.2.2. Cancelation due to failure to pay membership fees for a term exceeding 3 years.
3.2.3. Cancellation of a member for acting to the detriment of the IMACSSS or for failure to comply with provisions of the IMACSSS statute, by a resolution of the IMACSSS Board adopted by a majority of 2/3 of votes with at least 1/2 of those eligible for voting present.
3.2.4. A member may appeal to the nearest IMACSSS General Assembly against a decision by the IMACSSS Board on his exclusion or cancellation.
3.2.5. Exclusion of a member from the IMACSSS is equivalent to withdrawal of the right to use the name of the association – International Martial Arts and Combat Sports Scientific Society, and in special cases to IMACSSS Board’s application to the relevant registration agency for delegalizing the association.
3.3. IMACSSS members include:
3.3.1. Ordinary members.
3.3.2. Honorary members.
3.3.3. Honorary president.
3.3.4. Supporting members.
3.4. Ordinary IMACSSS members:
3.4.1. Individuals connected with science of sport and physical education (especially with social science of sport) and individuals practically dealing with sport, physical education and martial arts in particular may be ordinary IMACSSS members.
3.4.2. Ordinary members hold 1 casting vote at the IMACSSS General Assembly and on the IMACSSS Board.
3.4.3. Ordinary membership can be obtained by a resolution by IMACSSS.
3.4.4. Ordinary membership is permanent and members of IMACSSS authorities are elected for a four year term of office.
3.4.5. The list of candidates for IMACSSS ordinary members is established, based on the applications filed, by IMACSSS Secretary General and presented to the IMACSSS Board.
3.5. Honorary members of the IMACSSS:
3.5.1. An individual that is of particular merit for martial arts or combat sports or for the development of scientific knowledge may be an honorary member of the IMACSSS.
3.5.2. An individual that is of particular merit for the development of the IMACSSS may be an honorary president.
3.5.3. Honorary IMACSSS membership and honorary presidency of the IMACSSS is awarded by the General Assembly upon the IMACSSS Board’s application.
3.5.4. The honorary president and members of the IMACSSS may participate in the General Assembly with advisory votes and hold passive voting right.
3.6. Supporting members of the IMACSSS:
3.6.1. A legal entity that contributes to the development of the Society may be a supporting member of the IMACSSS.
3.6.2. Supporting IMACSSS members may be represented at the General Assembly by their representative holding advisory vote and a passive voting right.
3.7. Newly-accepted ordinary IMACSSS members pay a registration fee, and the ordinary and supporting IMACSSS members make a payment in advance, until 1 June, of annual membership fee in the amount established by the IMACSSS Board. The honorary president and honorary members of the IMACSSS are exempt from the annual membership fee.
ART. 4. IMACSSS authorities
4.1. The following constitute IMACSSS authorities: the General Assembly, the Board and the Auditing Committee.
4.2. The term of office of IMACSSS authorities lasts four years, and their activities are based on the regulations adopted.
4.3. Unless IMACSSS regulations provide for otherwise, resolutions of IMACSSS authorities are adopted by an ordinary majority of votes, with at least 1/2 of those eligible for voting present in order for the resolutions to be effective; if the number of favourable and unfavourable votes is equal, the vote of the meeting chairperson is the deciding vote.
4.4. During the term of office, the IMACSSS General Assembly may revoke members from its body that fail to fulfil their obligations or neglected the good reputation of the IMACSSS through their behaviour. (cf. 3.1).
4.5. During the term of office, the IMACSSS Board may co-opt new members in lieu of those who have resigned, have been revoked or have ceased to represent ordinary IMACSSS members; however, the number of co-opted members may not exceed 1/3 of the total number of a particular electable agency. In the place of ordinary IMACSSS members who have resigned, been revoked or those that have ceased to represent ordinary IMACSSS members, individuals from the list of persons not elected for IMACSSS authorities by the IMACSSS General Assembly may be co-opted. A resolution on the co-option is adopted by the IMACSSS Board.
4.6. In the case the IMACSSS president resigns or cannot fulfil his function, the IMACSSS Board will assign this function, on the basis of a resolution, to another member of the IMACSSS Board until the nearest IMACSSS General Assembly.
4.7. Resolutions mentioned in Art. 4.4 - 4.6 are adopted by a majority of 2/3 of votes with at least 2/3 of those eligible for voting present.
4.8. An appeal against the resolutions mentioned in Art. 4.4 - 4.6 may be lodged at the nearest IMACSSS General Assembly within 30 days of the date of delivering the resolution in writing. Lodging an appeal does not preclude implementing a resolution.
4.9. Authorities may appoint executive agencies, including committees and task teams.
ART. 5. The IMACSSS General Assembly
5.1. The General Assembly is the highest authority of the IMACSSS.
5.2. The following take part in the General Assembly:
5.2.1. With a casting vote – ordinary IMACSSS members.
5.2.2. With an advisory vote – the honorary president of the IMACSSS, honorary IMACSSS members, representatives of supporting IMACSSS members, members of the resigning IMACSSS Auditing Committee, representatives of international, European and extra-European, as well as Polish associations dealing with martial arts, combat sports and sports science, as well as the invited guests.
5.3. An Ordinary General Assembly is summoned by the IMACSSS Board once every four years.
5.4. An Extraordinary General Assembly of the IMACSSS is summoned by the IMACSSS Board:
5.4.1. On its own initiative.
5.4.2. Upon an application of at least 2/3 of the total number of ordinary IMACSSS members.
5.4.3. Upon a request of the IMACSSS Auditing Committee.
5.5. The Extraordinary General Assembly is summoned by the IMACSSS Board within 2 months of the date of filing an application. The purpose of such an assembly may only include the issues for which it was summoned.
5.6. The General Assembly of the IMACSSS elects IMACSSS authorities as follows:
5.6.1. The President of IMACSSS is elected on the basis of applications filed by ordinary IMACSSS members and the resigning IMACSSS authorities 30 days before the date of IMACSSS General Assembly.
5.6.2. The IMACSSS Auditing Committee is elected on the basis of applications filed by ordinary IMACSSS members and the resigning IMACSSS authorities 30 days before the date of IMACSSS General Assembly.
5.6.3. The IMACSSS Board is elected on the basis of applications filed by ordinary IMACSSS members and the resigning IMACSSS authorities 30 days before the date of IMACSSS General Assembly.
5.6.4. IMACSSS authorities are elected through secret ballot.
5.7. Ordinary members taking part in the IMACSSS General Assembly hold active and passive voting right. Each member is entitled to one vote.
5.8. Honorary IMACSSS members, representatives of supporting members, members of the IMACSSS Auditing Committee and the invited guests taking part in the IMACSSS General Assembly have a passive voting right.
ART. 6. Notifications and regulations of the IMACSSS General Assembly
6.1. A notification by the IMACSSS General Assembly giving the date, the venue and the proposed agenda should be sent to IMACSSS members no later than 14 days before the date of the General Assembly.
6.2. A General Assembly summoned according to the provisions of this Statute shall be valid provided at least 50% of those eligible take part in it.
6.3. The session of the IMACSSS General Assembly is held according to the agenda and the regulations are passed by the IMACSSS General Assembly.
ART. 7. Competences of the IMACSSS General Assembly
7.1. Adopting resolutions on changes in the IMACSSS Statute and dissolution of the IMACSSS.
7.2. Adopting resolutions on IMACSSS members appealing against IMACSSS Board’s decisions on revoking and excluding them from IMACSSS member lists.
7.3. Deciding on the main directions of IMACSSS activities and accepting reports of the IMACSSS Auditing Committee.
7.4. Passing resolutions on operating programs and accepting IMACSSS Board’s reports, deciding on the budget and accepting reports on implementation thereof.
7.5. Appointing and revoking executive agencies of the IMACSSS.
7.6. Appointing and revoking IMACSSS vice-presidents, the Secretary General and the treasurer.
7.7. Deciding on financial policy for the four-year-long term of office.
7.8. Election of the President of the IMACSSS in secret ballot as well as members of the IMACSSS Board and members of the IMACSSS Auditing Committee.
7.9. Accepting or rejecting an application for a vote of acceptance for IMACSSS Board.
7.10. Examining and settling applications of IMACSSS Board, Auditing Committee and members.
7.11. Awarding the position of an IMACSSS honorary member and honorary president.
ART. 8. The IMACSSS Board
8.1. The IMACSSS Board has a maximum of 15 members.
8.2. The IMACSSS Board includes:
8.2.1. The President of IMACSSS elected in separate ballot.
8.2.3. The IMACSSS Secretary General, the treasurer, one to five vice-presidents elected in a separate ballot, and other members.
8.2.2. The last former president.
8.3. IMACSSS Board members do not receive salary for their work, except for the incumbent elected members of the Presidium of the Board who may receive salary.
8.4. Meetings of the IMACSSS Board take place at least once per year, and the resolutions of the IMACSSS Board are adopted by an ordinary majority of votes, with at least half of members eligible for voting present.
ART. 9. Competences of the IMACSSS Board
9.1. Implementing the resolutions of the IMACSSS General Assembly.
9.2. Representing the IMACSSS between IMACSSS General Assemblies.
9.3. Taking decisions on IMACSSS membership.
9.4. Applying to ordinary IMACSSS members for summoning an extraordinary General Assembly.
9.5. Managing fixed and movable assets of the IMACSSS.
9.6. Taking decisions by proxy of the IMACSSS General Assembly.
9.7. Adopting the regulations of the IMACSSS Board and executive agencies of the IMACSSS.
9.8. Deciding on the registration fee and annual membership fees.
9.9. Deciding on the statute and functions of the IMACSSS Office as an internal administrative unit.
9.10. Cooperation with Polish, international, European and extra-European associations dealing with social science concerning sport.
9.11. Cooperation with agencies of the government, administration and local government and with agencies of associations dealing with sport and physical education in Poland and abroad.
9.12. Representing the IMACSSS in proprietary, financial and organisational proceedings towards other administrative and economic entities.
9.13. Taking decisions on symbols and official badges of IMACSSS.
ART. 10. The Presidium of the IMACSSS Board
10.1. The Presidium of the IMACSSS Board is an executive agency of the IMACSSS Board and manages IMACSSS’ day-to-day activities on its behalf.
10.2. The Presidium of the IMACSSS Board includes: IMACSSS president and vice-presidents, the Secretary General and the treasurer.
10.3. The Presidium of the IMACSSS Board is responsible for decisions taken on behalf of the IMACSSS Board and during each meeting the IMACSSS Board presents a report on the decisions taken.
ART. 11. IMACSSS Auditing Committee
11.1. The Auditing Committee is an agency that supervises the whole of IMACSSS’ activities.
1.1.2. The composition of the IMACSSS Auditing Committee.
11.2.1. The IMACSSS Auditing Committee consists of three members elected by the IMACSSS General Assembly. The Committee activities are managed by its president and his deputy when the former is absent.
11.2.2. The composition of the IMACSSS Auditing Committee may not include:
220.127.116.11. A member of the IMACSSS Board.
18.104.22.168. An IMACSSS employee.
11.3. Competences of IMACSSS Auditing Committee:
11.3.1. Conducting, at least once a year, an inspection of the IMACSSS Board’s activities and presenting reports and conclusions to the IMACSSS Board.
11.3.2. Submitting reports and conclusions concerning the vote of acceptance of the IMACSSS Board at the General Assembly.
11.3.3. Cooperation with the IMACSSS Board and Office, as well as with other executive agencies of IMACSSS as regards enforcing activity that is compliant with the IMACSSS Statute and internal regulations.
11.4. Supervising executive agencies of IMACSSS.
11.4.1 The IMACSSS Auditing Committee operates on the basis of independently established regulations.
ART. 12. Executive agencies of the IMACSSS
12.1. Committees and task teams of the IMACSSS are formed upon the IMACSSS members’ initiative on the basis of a resolution of IMACSSS authorities. They may act as committees and task teams acting throughout the term of office or on a temporary basis to implement specific objectives. Individuals that are not IMACSSS members may take part in activities of committees and task teams. Committees and task teams operate on the basis of regulations accepted by the IMACSSS Board.
12.2. The IMACSSS Office.
12.3. Other agencies appointed in compliance with this Statute.
ART. 13. IMACSSS property, funds and IMACSSS finance administration
13.1. IMACSSS property consists of funds, and movable and fixed assets. IMACSSS funds are created from membership fees, donations, subsidies, inheritance and bequests, and own business activity.
13.2. Transferring property to its utilisation may not take place to the benefit of an IMACSSS member, member of IMACSSS authorities or an employee, and his relatives – on principles other than in relation to third parties.
13.3. The IMACSSS does not grant loans nor secures liabilities with own property to persons mentioned in Art. 13.2.
13.4. The IMACSSS does not purchase goods and services on special terms – from entities in which persons mentioned in Art. 13.2 participate.
13.5. Employee’s relatives mentioned in Art. 13.2. include:
13.5.1. A spouse.
13.5.2. A lineal relative and a relative within the second degree of lateral consanguinity.
13.5.3. A lineal kinsman and a kinsman within the second degree of lateral consanguinity.
13.5.4. A person related by adoption, care or guardianship.
13.6. Signatures of two persons out of the following are required for the statements concerning property rights and liabilities to be effective: president of IMACSSS, vice-presidents of the IMACSSS, the IMACSSS Secretary General, treasurer, and the Chief Accountant.
ART. 14. Amending the IMACSSS Statute
14.1. The IMACSSS Statute may be amended by the IMACSSS General Assembly and has to be passed by at least 2/3 of votes with at least half the number of those eligible for voting present.
ART. 15. Dissolution of the IMACSSS
15.1. Dissolution of the IMACSSS may take place on the basis of a precedent written application of at least half of ordinary IMACSSS members. A resolution on dissolution of IMACSSS is taken by the IMACSSS General Assembly by a majority of at least 2/3 of those eligible for voting.
15.2. The last IMACSSS General Assembly passes a resolution on the procedure of liquidation and allocation of IMACSSS property and assets.
ART. 16. Final provisions
16.1. The IMACSSS Board and the General Assembly have the right to interpret the provisions of this Statute.
16.2. The IMACSSS Board and the Presidium have the right to interpret all resolutions, regulations and other internal acts.
16.3. Resolutions of the IMACSSS Meeting changing the interpretation of the IMACSSS Board and the Presidium have no retroactive power. The same applies to resolutions of the IMACSSS Board in relation to interpretation adopted by its Presidium.