Reno, Nevada ~ USA


About the IWA

Founded - 2010

Headquartered - Reno, Nevada USA

Founders - Grand Master Mikeal 'Bear' Smith & Master Monua Cary

Created to provide a non-political Martial Arts Organization providing a conduit for training, promotion and networking amongst all Martial Artists, regardless of style or system, who exhibit the standards, morals and philosophies consistent with the ways of a true Martial Artist, by maintaining examples of respect, humility, honor, integrity, might for right and an open mind for continued learning.



To provide a conduit for Martial Artists, who have exhibited the moral, mental, and physical attributes consistent with the true values of the Martial Arts, the opportunity to seek advancement and receive promotional rank when circumstances of fate or other reasons require them to do so and to be the Black Belt certifying organization for certain Martial Art schools which have been accepted into the Independent Warriors Association.


About the Founders



Master Monua Cary

JuJitsu Instructor, Women's Self Protection Instructor, First American woman to win the World Title in Sport JuJitsu (Auckland, New Zealand), Specialized training in: Various Weapons, NinJitsu, Judo, Aikido, Karate & Executive Protection

~ 7 Degree Black Belt Jujitsu
~ 1995 Women’s World Sport Jujitsu Champion (WCJJO)
~ Coach for the U.S. Jujitsu Team 2007-2009 (WCJJO)
~ Member IFAA Black Dragon Fighting Society
~ Lifetime Member United States Martial Arts Association

~ 2014 U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Legend Landmark Martial Arts Master of the Year Inductee
~ 2012 U.S.A. Hall of Fame, Hall of Heroes Inductee, Jujitsu Master of the year
~ 2011 Masters Hall of Fame Inductee, Lifetime Achievement Award
~ 2008 United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee, Female Master of the Year
~ 2010 Woman of The Year Global Network of Professional Reality Based Fighting Instructors
~ 2010 Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame Nominee

~ Specialized training in weapons, Ninjitsu, Judo, Aikido, Karate; and Executive Protection.


Grand Master Mikeal 'Bear' Smith

Martial Arts Grand Master; Soke & Founder of the PGR Self-Protection System™. Chief Instructor of the American Tang Soo Do Alliance for the State of Nevada.

~ 9th Degree Black Belt - CQC PGR Self-Protection System™

~ 5th Degree Black Belt American Tang Soo Do

~ 4th Degree Black Belt NinJitsu

~ 4th Degree Black Belt JuJitsu

~ Advanced Instructor - International SFC Unarmed Combatives

~ Trained in Close Quarters Combat and Philippine Stick Fighting

~ Educated in the healing practices of Japanese first aid and Chinese acupressure.


~ 2017 World Head of Family Sokeship Council Hall of Fame Inductee

~ 2012 United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee

~ 2011 United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee

~ 2010 World Head of Family Sokeship Council Hall of Fame Inductee

~ 2010 NBK Black Belt Hall of Fame Inductee



Annual Gathering & Training Clinic

The IWA holds its Annual Gathering & Training Clinic on the first Saturday in the month of May.

Annoucements and registrations begin
every January via our Facebook page.

Contact Us

Contact us for Membership

~ Types of Membership ~

General Member - Individuals; verified 2nd Degree Black Belt or higher

Member School - Recognized school, club or training center

~ Membership Dues ~

$0.00 plus support and promote the IWA and its principles; when possible participate in IWA events

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