|SOKE JAMES W. CLEMENTS,
KUDAN - KAMIBUSHISHINKAI
|SOKE CLEMENTS BIO
WHAT DOES SOKE MEAN?
Traditionally, the title SOKE, which
means "Family Head," is bestowed upon
or Shodai (founder) of a new Martial
Arts System or Organization.
SOKE and Shodai can be co-titles. It
can also be transferred to the
designated heir of that system or
organization with the SOKE is no longer
able or willing to dispatch the duties of
the Family Head.
A SOKE can technically be beyond rank -
they can claim any rank they feel is
commensurate to their level of
expertise. A SOKE can take no rank at
all or can assume the rank of Judan
(10th Degree Black Belt).
For practical purposes, a SOKE's rank
is more commonly determined by one
of the following methods:
The development of the Association is
the responsibility of the SOKE. The
SOKE is responsible for the expansion
of the Association, expansion of
services, instructional quality and
techniques, and administrative
efficiency. Committees or assistants
may be appointed to help execute these
The final authority in conferring rank
and developing rank requirements is the
SOKE. The SOKE determines what
composes the style under his/her
administration. The SOKE may establish
methods for recognizing special
achievements in technical development or
in other areas.
The SOKE may also serve to recognize
others as SOKE or Shodai (founders).
The SOKE may offer guidance and rank
recognition to students of other styles
or arts, even if they are not members of
the SOKE's organization.
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