What is a Sokeship?
A Sokeship is an old Asian system designed to certify founders and inheritors of a martial arts system.
What is a Soke?
A Soke is simply a founder or the inheritor of a martial arts system, which is based on Okinawan or Japanese martial arts. So is Doju for Korean and Sijo for Chinese based martial arts. Only a Head Master of a martial arts system with Head Family Status can issue accreditation, certification or recognition. Any other person, Hall of Fame or Association is not a true accreditation.
What is a Founder?
Founders are individuals who meet certain requirements and were sponsored as a first generation founder "Shodai Soke" of their own martial art system.
What is an Inheritor?
An individual that was selected by a Soke to inherit the system of a martial art once he has passed away.
What is a Head of Family?
An individual who legitimately inherited a martial art system.
What is a Soke-Dai?
He is the appointed successor by the Soke. Upon the Soke's death the Soke-Dai automatically inherits the system.
The United States Soke Council accepts those individuals that have documented proof of their certifications.