About the Varsity Martial Arts League (VMAL)

The Varsity Martial Arts League (VMAL) has teamed up with The Educational Martial Arts System, Inc. (TEMAS), a 501( c)(3) non-profit since 1992, providing the martial arts community long term stability and community development.

“The martial arts athlete have earned the right to level the playing field and to be recognized among the most dedicated athletes,” shared Brian Manna, TEMAS Executive Director. “Week in week out the martial artist is putting in the hours to train their mind and body for personal development and compete in a sport that they love, at the same time sharing and building the members they train beside.”

These programs are open to martial arts athletes in all styles and disciplines who are enrolled in 8th grade through continued education and are currently VMAL members or become VMAL members. Weither you attend public, private, charter or home school you can achieve your award.The program will run June 1-May 31 of each year, and will honor those who document their training and competition involvement by awarding award certificates.

Support and recommendation letters have been issued for individual martial artists and distributed to schools of higher education for more than a decade.

Company Overview
The company was established to provide this unique opportunity for the martial arts community. The chief operations are managed by industry leaders donating the majority of their time to the betterment of the martial arts, out of a state of the art ~10,000 sq. ft. facility. VMAL is currently working on large scale portal to enable complete online entry of data through the varification proccess, we look forward to seeing it go live.



There are a large number of distinct styles and schools of martial arts. Sometimes, schools or styles are introduced by individual teachers or masters, or as a brand name by a specific gym. Martial arts can be grouped by type or focus, or alternatively by regional origin. (From Wikipedia, List of martial arts)

The VMAL is open to the acceptance of martial arts styles based specifically on the completion of the achievement requirement, and does not recommend or purport the authenticity, accuracy, or skill levels of any of these styles or instruction.


The term Master in martial arts has been equated to being a teacher of teachers, may indicate the highest level of achievement in a particular style. Being a teacher is indeed a valued profession which extends both technique and concepts. Each martial arts styles may use different title to represent this or a similar position.


The term Grandmaster (or Grand Master) has been used to designate the highest level or founder of a style or system. In modern time there are some styles that use the title Great Grandmaster to denote the original developer of a style. Each entitlement is associated directly with a specific style, system, or association and is recognized by it’s individual merit and membership.

A partial list of participating Grandmasters and Masters can be viewed under the Sponsor Tab.

VMAL History

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