Unified OTFA Questions

What do I as a school owner or black belt need to do differently now?

Nothing - keep teaching the most wonderful martial art in the world! Nothing changes locally, and there should be no disruption to your students. What may change is that you find more tournaments, seminars, and black belt classes open to you within a reasonable distance - which is a great thing.

What is the name of this new, unified organization?

The memberships of the three AAs are merging into one of the existing associations, the OTFA. The OTFA remains an Affiliated Association (AA) under the ITF, as it has been for years. As a well-structured legal entity and registered 501.c.3 non-profit, we meet all of the requirements set forth by the ITF - and then some. After we get the merger completed, and 2020 elections behind us, we may change the name/branding for a new, fresh approach. Until then, however, we'll go under the OTFA brand.

What happens to the other AAs, the ATFI and the NTA?

With the memberships merged, the legal entities of ATFI and NTA will follow a legal dissolution process, as we'll all be unified in one organization with a blended and unified leadership structure and membership base.

Will there be any change in my fees, etc.?

We don't expect any significant changes. At the first of the year when normal membership dues are scheduled, they'll go to this unified organization instead of the separate AAs. We've tried to blend the fee structures of the three former AAs into one that is both simple, and competitive, with little disruption to existing members. We think that you'll be very much pleased with what we'll be offering.

What if I have patches, flags, etc. from the former AAs still in inventory?

You can continue to use them...they reflect the well-fought and hard-won path to unify the ITF in this country and will always be a part of our lineage and history. Be proud of them! They are accepted in the newly unified entity; over time, we may rebrand with a new name and logo, but even then, we will honor our roots.

What should I tell my students?

Tell them that the United States is continuing its trend towards unification, making our art stronger in this country. Share with them that they are now a member of the dominant ITF association in the United States, and that this should bring greater opportunities to anyone that wants to progress competitively or individually in their art.

What are the benefits of being in this larger organization?

Really, they are almost too many to count. With over 75% of the ITF membership in the US in this organization, we'll have critical mass that will allow us to cost-effectively make resources available at a scope that we've never been able to before. Now, schools that may not have had a senior instructor or master reasonably available to them in terms of distance will have a much better chance of local/semi-local support for testings, trainings, black belt classes, etc. We'll have seminars as one unified group that will be 501c 3 Non-Profit Corp open to all, with greater depth of masters and instructors to draw from. We'll have economies of scale in terms of purchasing power for equipment, insurance, and other services. And we'll have a much richer collective brain trust to tap into for areas such as marketing, school building, financial strategies, etc.

Does this make us the National Association (NA)?

The OTFA remains an Affiliated Association (AA) under the ITF, as it has been. As a wellstructured legal entity and registered 501.c.3 non-profit, we meet all of the requirements set forth by the ITF - and then some. We'll continue in this AA role, which is different from the NA role with regards to certain responsibilities. However, this will simply be a continuation of the role/responsibilities that each of the former AAs (ATFI, NTA, OTFA) had in the past, so it will be seamless.

Who are the leaders of this unified association?

The OTFA now has three executives, and eight Board Members. The executives are the President, Master Fabian Nunez; the Secretary-General, Master Scott Saccareccia; and the Treasurer, Mr. Edward Davila. The Board of Directors is comprised of Master Ruben Suarez, Master Carlos Ramirez, Master Vincent Affatigato, Master Brian McNamara, Master Don Kerner, Master Marcello Cancelliere, Master Travis Young, and Mr. Charles Foley. This Board has agreed to serve until we structure open elections in 2020 that involves the entire unified OTFA membership.

Will there be elections in the future?

Yes. The interim Board of Directors is laying the foundation to have elections in the 2nd quarter of 2020, between April and June. We want to enable instructors and leaders from across the country the opportunity to offer service and be presented to the membership.

Will all members be able to vote?

Only the ITF Plaque holders will be able to vote using our state-of-the-art electronic voting system, to enable all members to vote from where they are, completely securely and anonymously, without the cost and imposition of traveling across the country to a congress, assembly, or other meeting. In this way, we feel that we'll get the broadest participation and input from our members.