Legion of Honor Awards
The IFOJJ would like to always improve our annual event as much as we can and not leave our loyal members and supporters without a progressive system of acknowledgement for their dedication to the arts. Unlike a "Hall of Fame" these awards recognize a Martial Artists' dedication to the arts. We have decided to add to the Legion of Honor Awards in the spirit of the martial arts. With a true progression of titles using the well known warriors and time and place we have read about in history. After all, we are modern day warriors practicing the code of the bushido. This was always the philosophy taught by our founder O’sensei Michael De Pasquale Sr.
|Combat MMA fighter||Black Belts that have an MMA history|
|Bushido||8 to 14||At least 16 years old and at least two years as a Black Belt|
|Tanto||15 to 19||Minimum age = 20|
|Shoto||20 to 24||Minimum age = 25|
|Samurai||25 to 29||Minimum age = 30|
|Daito||30 to 34||Minimum age = 35|
|Daimyo||35 to 39||Minimum age = 40|
|Shogun||40 to 49||Minimum age = 50|
|Imperial Court||50 +||Minimum age = 60|
|Young Warriors Spirit Award||Under age 16 and by instructor's nomination only|
|Military Service Award||Awarded to martial artists who have served in the armed forces.|
|Michael DePasquale Sr's Gold Shield Award||Awarded to martial artists who are active or retired law enforcement officers.|
|Budo Spirit Award||Posthumously awarded to martial arts pioneers and masters. Recipients are selected each year by Soke DePasquale Jr.|
If you will be awarded the same award due to time requirements it would follow the order: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum.