The Ken Shobu Do International Federation (KSDIF) has established the set of Governance Documentation, i.e. Code of Ethics, Code of Conduct, Safeguarding Policy, Whistleblower Policy, Privacy Policy. Detailed information you can see below. The full documents set is available upon request to the KSDIF on kenshobudo@gmail.com.
Code of Ethics
The fundamental purpose of the KSDIF Code of Ethics is to assist the KSDIF members in making consistent choices when faced with ethical dilemmas and to set out ethical principles and standards, and therefore applicable throughout the Ken Shobu Do community and sport governed by KSDIF. The KSDIF members herein undertake at all material times to respect and to ensure compliance of the following principles:

Fairness: Operating within the spirit of the rules, never taking an unfair advantage and making informed and honorable decisions at all times.
Respect: Recognizing the contribution, which all people make to sport, treating them with dignity and consideration, as well as caring for the property, and equipment they use. Respect is for all irrespective of age, sex, religion or race.
Responsibility: Taking responsibility for one's actions and being a positive role model at all times.
Safety: Encouraging healthy and safe procedures, preventing and reporting dangerous behavior, while demonstrating concern for others.
Integrity: A set of principles derived from honesty, fairness and consistent respectability of good character.
Equity: Practicing fairness and applying social justice to all situations and decision-making processes. Ensuring that all individuals are respected, have equal opportunities and have their rights protected.
Transparency: This is a fundamental principle of any form of modern governance. To ensure that any and/or all transactions, events, decisions and practices are fully transparent to ensure fairness and equity.
Accountability: This principle encourages responsible decision-making and ensures sound decisions. KSDIF members can play a vital role in such decisions and hence accountability is an important precept.

Scope of application
Art. 1
The present Code applies to KSDIF and each of its members and staff, including but not limited to members of the Executive Committee, members of Commissions, the affiliated National Federations and their members and staff, and all officials, athletes, coaches and referees (hereinafter the "Parties").

The Parties shall pay particular attention to observing the KSDIF Ethical Principles, including but not limited to fair play and sportsmanship, when participating in KSDIF's championships and all other activities.

Art. 2
The Parties must comply with the following principles:

1. Human dignity. All doping practices at all levels are strictly prohibited. The provision against doping in the World Anti-Doping Code shall scrupulously be observed.

2. Nondiscrimination, either on the basis of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, philosophical or political opinions, sexual preference or any other grounds.

3. Nonviolence, including abstaining from any kind of pressure and harassment, whether physical, mental, professional or sexual.

4. Friendship, mutual aid and fair play.

5. Integrity – the parties shall respect the rules concerning conflicts of interests and used due care and diligence in fulfilling their mission.

6. Good Governance and Resources – principles of good governance of the Ken Shobu Do movement – transparency, responsibility and accountability.

7. Priority to the interests of the sport of Ken Shobu Do and the athletes in relation to financial interests.

8. Protection of the environment.

9. Universality and Political neutrality – to maintain harmonious relations with state authorities.

Art. 3
The Parties shall use due care and diligence in fulfilling their mission. They shall, on all occasions and to the best of their ability, serve the interests of Ken Shobu Do and KSDIF. They shall refrain from any behavior which might jeopardize Ken Shobu Do, and they must not act in any manner likely to tarnish the reputation of KSDIF.


Art. 4
The Parties shall refrain from asking, accepting or proposing, either directly or indirectly, any payment or commission, any advantages or services of any kind, in exchange for the performance of their duties for KSDIF or for their work carried out for KSDIF, unless they have previously obtained an express authorization in writing from the competent KSDIF authority. KSDIF must be informed of any offers of this kind which are made to a Party. KSDIF shall adopt proper measures to ensure protection of such Parties, so that they can inform KSDIF without risk of reprisal.

Art. 5
The Parties may receive or accept gifts only as a mark of respect or friendship and of nominal value in accordance with prevailing local customs. Any gifts offered to a third party must have been previously authorized by KSDIF. Gifts may only be offered by KSDIF or on behalf of KSDIF; the Parties shall refrain from offering any gifts in their personal names. Any gifts received must be reported to KSDIF. Any gifts exceeding US$ 100 in value must be immediately sent to sender. An overall sense of moderation should prevail concerning hospitality and accommodation.

Art. 6
The Parties must not be involved nor have relationships with any organizations, firms or persons whose activities are incompatible with the KSDIF Ethical Principles.

Art. 7
The Parties who represent KSDIF in an outside body shall be obliged to intervene and to vote in accordance with any instructions that they have received from the competent authority at KSDIF. They shall not accept any instructions as to how to vote from any third-party.

Art. 8

The Parties shall refrain from disclosing any information concerning KSDIF or its activities that has not been made public, unless such a disclosure has been authorized by the competent authority at KSDIF or is required by law.

Art. 9
The disclosure of information must not be aimed at making profit or taking any personal advantage, nor may it be motivated by malicious intent to damage the reputation of any person.

Conflict of interests
Art. 10
A situation of a potential conflict of interests arises when the opinion or decision of a Party may be reasonably considered as liable to be influenced by relations that such Party has, has had or is on the point of having with another person or organization that would be affected by the Party's opinion or decision. A case of conflict of interests is constituted when a Party, having abstained from declaring a situation of a potential conflict of interests, expresses an opinion or takes a decision in the circumstances described in the above paragraph.

Art. 11
In assessing the situations described in Article 10 above, direct as well as indirect interests must be taken into account. This also includes the interests of a third person or entity (e.g. parent, spouse, relation, dependent, contractor, or contractee). The circumstances in which a conflict of interests could arise are, for example:

– a personal or material involvement (salary, shareholding, other various benefits) with suppliers of KSDIF;

– a personal or material involvement with sponsors, broadcasters, various contracting parties;

– a personal or material involvement with an organization liable to benefit from the assistance of KSDIF (e.g. subsidy, approval clause or election).

Art. 12
It is the responsibility of each Party to avoid any case of conflict of interests.

Faced with a situation of a potential conflict of interests, the Party concerned must refrain from expressing an opinion, from making or participating in making a decision or from accepting any form of benefit whatsoever. However, if the Party wishes to continue to act or is uncertain as to the steps to take, the Party must inform the Ethics Commission of the situation.

Art. 13
The Ethics Commission shall propose to the Party concerned a solution as, for example:

– registering the declaration without any particular measure;

– removal of the Party from expressing the opinion or from making or participating in making the decision at the root of the conflict;

– relinquishment of the management of the external interest causing the conflict.

In the event that a Party neglects to declare a situation of potential conflict of interests or refuses to act according to the solution proposed by the Ethics Commission, the Ethics Commission shall propose to the KSDIF President and to the Disciplinary Commission a decision that may include the measures provided in the above paragraph, as well as possible sanctions. The KSDIF President and the Disciplinary Commission are responsible, in the final instance, for taking decisions and/or sanctions concerning conflicts of interests.

Mission and composition
Art. 14
An independent KSDIF Ethics Commission (hereafter the "Commission") is charged with the following mission:

1. to assist KSDIF in developing and updating a framework of ethical principles, including the KSDIF Code of Ethics, based upon the values and principles enshrined in the KSDIF Code of Ethics, Statutes, Bylaws, Disciplinary Code, Procedural Rules, Technical & Competition Rules, all such values and principles being hereafter referred to as "KSDIF Ethical Principles";

2. to help ensure compliance with the KSDIF Ethical Principles in the policies and practices of KSDIF;

3. to provide assistance, including advice or proposals, upon request by the KSDIF President, the Executive Committee, the Disciplinary Commission or the Congress, in order that the KSDIF Ethical Principles are applied in practice;

4. to investigate complaints or other issues submitted to the Commission by the KSDIF President, the Executive Committee, the Disciplinary Commission or the Congress, and raised in relation to the non-respect of the KSDIF Ethical Principles, and, if necessary, to recommend sanctions or other action to be taken by KSDIF, its President, its Executive Committee, its Disciplinary Commission or its Congress;

5. to bring to the attention of whatever entity it finds appropriate, including but not limited to the KSDIF President, the Executive Committee, the Disciplinary Commission or the Congress, any matter infringing the KSDIF Ethical Principles and recommend actions or sanctions;

6. to advise on how to avoid or resolve conflicts of interests;

7. to pursue any other tasks relating to the development and implementation of the KSDIF Ethical Principles, as requested by the KSDIF President, the Executive Committee, the Disciplinary Commission or the Congress.

Art. 15
The Commission shall be composed of five members, designated as follows:
– a Chairman and a Vice Chairman, appointed by the KSDIF President;
– three members appointed by the Executive Committee.

Neither the Chairman, nor the three members to be appointed by the Executive Committee shall be members of KSDIF. The Vice Chairman can be chosen among members of KSDIF.

Art. 16
Members of the Commission must all be familiar and acquainted with the values and Ethical Principles of the Olympic Movement, preferably through personal experiences; one member at least of the Commission shall have a background in the legal profession and another member at least in the carrying out of high level executive office or public service.

Art. 17
The duration of the term of a member of the Commission shall be four years. Such term is renewable twice.

Art. 18
A member of the Commission may only be removed from office by a unanimous decision of the Executive Committee or, in the absence of such decision, by decision of the Congress.

Art. 19
In the event of vacancy due to death, resignation, incompatibility or inability of a member to perform his functions, the member shall be replaced. The new member shall complete the term of the member he replaces and may be appointed for one new four year term.

Art. 20
Members of the Commission may not take any measure nor exercise any authority in relation to a matter where any conflict of interests or any other form of conflict exist or is perceived to exist.

Indemnification and expenses
Art. 21
Members of the Commission shall be indemnified by KSDIF in relation to any claim by any third party deriving from the carrying out of their duties as members of the Commission.

Art. 22
Members of the Commission serve as volunteers. They are entitled to be reimbursed by KSDIF for all their travel expenses as well as to a per diem allowance to cover their other costs.

Art. 23
The Commission shall be assisted by a secretary designated by the Chairman of the Commission, whose costs will be reimbursed by KSDIF.

Art. 24
The Commission establishes its own rules of procedure.

Art. 25
The Ethics Commission shall forthwith make a report to the Disciplinary Commission. The Disciplinary Commission shall then assess and make it's recommendation(s) to the Executive Management Committee. A written decision shall then be made by the Executive Management Committee based on the report and recommendation(s) of both the Ethics and Disciplinary Commissions.

Art. 26
The Commission shall present every year a report to the Congress on the conduct of its activities.

Conduct Policy


This policy defines a code of conduct for Member associations of the Ken Shobu Do International Federation ("KSDIF") and such individual associations' members, including athletes sponsored by the Member, officials, officers and other affiliated parties ("Constituents"). It details all the bodies that manage any matters related to conduct, and it describes the procedures for addressing instances of improper or inappropriate conduct. The primary mechanism for dealing with disputes is direct discussion between the persons or parties involved. This policy takes effect in the event the latter is unsuccessful and/or in matters of import wherein formal redress is required.

A. Basis in the Bylaws

The basis for this policy is based upon the KSDIF Bylaws which state:

The Executive Committee shall have the authority to establish policies, subject to approval of the Congress, to adjudicate disputes among Members or between Members and itself. Such disputes may include, but shall not be limited to, disputes regarding eligibility for membership, eligibility for individual participants in Sanctioned Events, rulings with regard to world records, rulings involving anti-doping violations, and rulings with regard to disciplinary issues concerning events or events sanctioned by KSDIF. The Executive Committee, with the approval of the Congress, shall establish conduct policies for the on-site adjudication of disputes at events sanctioned by KSDIF and for the off-site decision-making procedures for dispute resolution. In addition, such policies shall provide for a fair and appropriate appeal process within KSDIF. In no circumstance whatsoever shall differences between the disputing parties be taken to a court of law, and as a condition of membership KSDIF shall require Members to renounce the right to take a dispute before a court of justice.

B. Scope of the KSDIF Conduct Policy
When it comes to conduct policy and potential disciplinary action, KSDIF has jurisdiction and the right to adjudicate issues relating to KSDIF Sanctioned Events or issues arising between or amongst two or more Members and/or their Constituents. KSDIF does not take responsibility or have the right to adjudicate issues between or amongst the Constituents of one Member that do not involve an KSDIF Sanctioned Event or other Members and their Constituents but may accept such jurisdiction when all parties to the issue are willing to submit to its jurisdiction. This jurisdiction is wholly discretionary and is based on the consent of the Executive Board.

Above and apart from its own rules, KSDIF expects all Members and their Constituents to respect and abide by the laws, regulations and statutes of the legal jurisdiction in which they participate in for any event or activity, whether at an KSDIF-sanctioned events or not. KSDIF, its officers, directors, agents, and affiliates shall extend its full co-operation with the relevant authorities to ensure compliance with such laws, regulations and statutes, and it is expected that all Members and their Constituents shall do the same. In the event the Members and their Constituents breach and/or contravene any of the laws, regulations and statute of the legal jurisdiction in which they had participated in any event or activities, KSDIF can also initiate its own disciplinary proceedings for such Members and Constituents.

C. Good Conduct
Although much of this document deals with inappropriate conduct and potential disciplinary procedures required addressing such conduct, it is to note that good conduct is encouraged and commended by KSDIF through several awards recognizing individuals and teams which uphold and demonstrate the tenets, precepts and spirit of Ken Shobu Do through fundamental sporting principles of fair play and respect.


KSDIF employs a dual system, independent and operating in parallel, to ensure proper conduct in all Ken Shobu Do-related activities over which it has jurisdiction. One system is overseen by the on-site administration during a Sanctioned Event and the other by the Executive Committee or its designated Conduct Committee for any and all matters.

A. Acting Disciplinary Authorities
KSDIF shall and must enforce its conduct policy and be able to institute real-time resolutions, decisions, and penalties if there are conduct infractions in the midst of a specific Sanctioned Event or program. These resolutions, decisions, and penalties are to be administered by an Acting Disciplinary Authority, which may be an Event Director, designees of the Event Director such as an Event Rules Group, an officer or Executive Committee of KSDIF, or some other KSDIF-appointed individual or group. An Acting Disciplinary Authority may, as necessary, impose sanctions or penalties for violations of the Code of Conduct described herein, in order to ensure expedient administration of its duty. However, the potential sanctions or penalties are limited to participation at the specific Sanctioned Event or program in progress, and could include limited redress such as censure for inappropriate behavior, to sitting out one bout or event in a multi-tier event, to not being allowed to participate in the balance of the Sanctioned Event or program, to entire event disqualification for the individual or entire team if the infraction is very serious.

(i) Event Rules Committee
An Event Rules Committee (ERC) shall be established at each KSDIF Sanctioned Event before the event begins. The ERC shall arbitrate disputes between athletes, officers, staff and members of the public. The ERC is chaired by the Chair of the Relevant Committee or the delegated representative, and one(1) delegate each from four(4) countries which are represented at the event. The ERC will address formal requests, complaints or protests about any issue concerning event or off-event activities. Requests, complaints or protests may be brought to the attention of ERC by any Representative or registered athlete. Requests, complaints or protests may be brought at any time during the period starting from the beginning of the Sanctioned Event to midnight on the final day of play. Upon receipt of a request, complaint or protest the ERC will meet at its earliest convenience and make a decision available to all parties involved at least two (2) hours before the start of play the following day. The decision shall be posted in writing where all athletes may have access to read the outcome. Further, any issue that is reviewed by the ERC or that involves any ejection of an athlete from a game, match or balance of an event must be reported to the KSDIF Executive Board in writing by the chairperson of the ERC within 30 days from the end of the Sanctioned Event. The ERC may, at its discretion, disqualify an athlete or an entire team from any event or from the entire event whenever that athlete or team exhibits violent, obscene, abusive, disruptive or illegal behavior; cheats or otherwise attempts to create an unfair advantage for themselves or disadvantages others through circumvention of the rules; or otherwise causes substantial hardship, inconvenience or annoyance to spectators, officials or athletes. The ERC may also censor an individual athlete or team orally or in writing; alter or nullify the result of any event; or order an event to be partially or completely refought. In the event of an extremely serious conduct violation the ERC may, after disqualifying an athlete or team from competition, refer the matter for later review and sanctioning actions by the KSDIF Executive Board. Any athlete or team disqualified from the event shall forfeit all fees paid. Should any member of the ERC have a vested interest in any matter, that member shall be withdrawn to be replaced by another representative, or in the case of a delegate from one of the four countries another delegate from another country. Should two or more members of the ERC have a vested interest in the matter put to the ERC they shall be replaced by unbiased KSDIF officials available at the event. Should an issue be brought to the ERC that effects the general interest of all or a group of teams participating in the event, the ERC may call an advisory Meeting of all or selected teams. The calling of such a meeting does not in any way reduce the powers of the ERC and the ERC is in no way bound to suggestions or decisions made by such a Meeting. Should any athlete or team, or group of teams, choose to challenge a decision made by the ERC in the course of handling a request, complaint or protest during an KSDIF World Championship event, they should file a written protest to the KSDIF Executive Board within 30 days of occurrence.

(ii) Conflicts or Additional Actions
It is feasible that more than one Acting Disciplinary Authority may have jurisdiction over an event. In such cases, the multiple Acting Disciplinary Authorities with jurisdiction should coordinate their efforts, in order to determine a consistent and appropriate course of action. The immediate decisions of an Acting Disciplinary Authority are essential for the proper administration of the sport and are not recorded as violations of the conduct policy. For example, the TRG has the authority to eject a violent athlete from an event. In such case, the ejected athlete may face further sanctions if a violation of conduct is found to have occurred after a complaint is submitted to the Conduct Committee — a separate enforcement body.

B. The Conduct Committee
The second system of ensuring proper conduct is the disciplinary oversight of the Executive Committee directly or through the establishment of an ad hoc Conduct Committee. The Executive Committee, or Conduct Committee acting as proxy, employs a complaint-defense-review-appeal process to ensure justice in resolving allegations of improper conduct. In the example of the ejected athlete, if a conduct complaint is filed and the Executive Committee or Conduct Committee determines that the complaint merits hearing, the athlete shall be given an opportunity to submit a written defense against the allegations, and, as described below, the Executive Committee or Conduct Committee will rule based on the complaint, the defense, and its own investigations. The defendant may appeal the ruling. The Executive Committee or Conduct Committee ensures that conduct complaints are adjudicated equitably and in fairness and those violations are met with appropriate punishments, independent of those necessary to keep events running smoothly. Both systems of enforcement protect the same standards of conduct as in this herein Conduct Policy. The two pronged regulatory structure described here ensures the expedient administration of Ken Shobu Do-related activities by KSDIF as well as swift and equitably enforcement of its Code of Conduct.


A. Code of Conduct
KSDIF Members and their Constituents are expected to behave in a manner consistent with the ideals and vision of the organization. This responsibility manifests itself in and outside of the Ring, in interactions with the administration and officers of KSDIF, and in dealings with other Members and their Constituents.

(i) Conduct During Sanctioned Events
"Conduct During Sanctioned Events" refers to the actions of Members and their Constituents during the entire course of a KSDIF Sanctioned Event; this is applicable both to actions during a competitive match as well as to actions outside of competition-related matters. Members and their Constituents are expected to treat one another with respect, to conduct themselves in a safe and orderly manner, and to adhere to the rules of Ken Shobu Do while competing inclusive of all cultural rules – donning of the MonKong and performance of the Wai Kru, in addition to adhering to any specific tournament and site regulations, including the KSDIF rules on anti-doping. Violations of conduct occur upon the breach of these expectations. Sanctioned Event Conduct violations may therefore include (with the clause being violated appearing in parentheses), but are not limited to, abusive heckling (respect), dangerous conduct (safety), spitting at another athlete (respect), cheating (rules), deliberate fouling (rules), reckless and improper behavior at a tournament party (order, safety), drinking on the sidelines when prohibited (site regulations), taunting (respect), and violence against another athlete (respect, order, safety). Repeated, excessive or deliberate inappropriate conduct constitutes a violation of this conduct policy. An individual instance of inappropriate conduct may also warrant sanctioning by the Conduct Committee if the action is severe enough. Such a sanction may be in addition to any sanctions or penalties imposed by an Acting Disciplinary Authority. Physical violence against another competitor or Officials can never be condoned and will always be sanctioned. Violations of the KSDIF Anti-Doping Rules are governed under the specific provisions of that policy. Actions that result in the involvement of local legal authorities will be reviewed with particular scrutiny.

(ii) Conduct regarding KSDIF
"Conduct regarding KSDIF" refers to actions by a Member or its Constituents in dealing with Tournament Directors and their staff, officers and administrators of KSDIF, including but not limited to actions, statements, emails, written words, or documents of a Member's officers or staff, or athletes or teams governed by a Member. Members and their Constituents are expected to be truthful and respectful in their dealings with officials of KSDIF. Violations of conduct occur upon the breach of these expectations. Violations of Conduct regarding KSDIF may therefore include, but are not limited to, filing a fraudulent roster; hacking the KSDIF Website; supplying fraudulent membership data to KSDIF; hosting a KSDIF Sanctioned Event but excluding a competitor based on a personal grievance; theft of privileged information from KSDIF or its directors, officers or administrators; obstructing an agent of KSDIF from performing his/her duty; and libel or slander (defamatory) against a director, organizer or administrator regarding KSDIF-related activity. For example, an athlete who groundlessly accuses a Board member of embezzlement while being interviewed live on television may violate this Code of Conduct on the grounds of slander, even if that athlete later recants while off camera. Tournament Directors and their staff, members of the administration of KSDIF, and other such KSDIF-appointed individuals or groups may serve as Acting Disciplinary authorities with respect to violations of the Conduct regarding KSDIF, provided the conduct pertains to an event or process reasonably under their jurisdiction. For example, a Tournament Director is the Acting Disciplinary Authorities for Conduct regarding KSDIF in connection with a Sanctioned Event. A Tournament Director who finds that a team has filed a fraudulent roster (one that has ineligible participants of other nations on it, or an over-aged junior athlete) may upon confirmation from members of KSDIF's or Continental Federation's Executive Board exclude that team from competition. Any further disciplinary action beyond that imposed by an Acting Disciplinary Authority can only occur as a result of a complaint submitted to the Conduct Committee or Board.

(iii) Conduct within the KSDIF Community
Members and their Constituents are expected to act consistently with the mission of KSDIF to Promote Ken Shobu Do. Actions inimical to Ken Shobu Do are violations of conduct. Such violations may include, but are not limited to, libel or slander (defamatory) against Members and their Constituents in the media, publicly bad-mouthing other Disciplines, obscene acts on televised media featuring Ken Shobu Do, and vandalism or other destructive behavior toward a Sanctioned Event facility.

B. Other Regulatory Codes
Note that an Acting Disciplinary Authority may adopt any of a number of reasonable regulatory measures for administering penalties for the violator(s) within the course of a Sanctioned Event:-

i. a stern warning with a discretionary monetary penalty (fine not less than US$100 and not exceeding US$1000);

ii. exclusion, suspension and/or barring of the violator(s) from the Tournament and any other sanctioned events including but not limited to Championships, World Meets, Meetings, Seminars and Games. Period of exclusion, suspension and barring to range from one (1) to five (5) years;

iii. rehabilitative initiatives decided upon by the Conduct Committee;

iv. dismissal or expulsion from KSDIF and/or Continental Federation(s);

v. any other measures decided upon by the Conduct Committee.

Such regulatory guides must conform to the outlines of this Code of Conduct. Actions resulting in penalties administered through the application of such guides do not constitute conduct violations unless a complaint is filed by the Acting Disciplinary Authority or eyewitness member and are deemed so by the Board or Conduct Committee as proxy. Likewise, actions which receive no rebuke under such codes may still be considered as improper conduct upon complaint and review, and thus are subject to sanctioning under this policy.

A. Complaint
(i) Complaint to or by an Acting Disciplinary Authority
A complaint against a Member or its Constituents may be made by directly contacting an appropriate Acting Disciplinary Authority, which may act upon such a complaint as it sees fit. No written complaint is necessary. Further, an Acting Disciplinary Authority may originate a complaint if they personally witness a perceived violation of the Conduct Policy.

(ii) Complaint to the Conduct Committee
A complaint against a Member or its Constituents can be filed by any other Member or its Constituents, or group thereof, any Acting Disciplinary Authority, any member of the administration of the KSDIF, or by any officer or other person or entity designated by KSDIF. In the case of a complaint against on-field conduct, the complainant must be a witness to the conduct in question. An individual who hears of but does not witness offensive conduct may request an investigation by the administration or officers or directors, who may act on such requests at their discretion. A complaint is lodged by completing a Complaint Form and submitting it to KSDIF. The complaint must be filed within thirty (30) days of the conduct in question, unless an extension has been granted by the Executive Committee or Conduct Committee as proxy. Multiple complaints regarding a single allegation of poor conduct may be treated as a single complaint. The Executive Committee or Conduct Committee as proxy will determine whether a complaint is credible enough to warrant a hearing. In the event that it is, the Executive Committee or Conduct Committee will inform the defendant of the complaint, making known to him/her the allegations being charged. The defendant will have thirty (30) days to submit a written defense.

B. Review
Actions by an Acting Disciplinary Authority may be taken without a formal complaint and without a hearing. However, it is encouraged that the Acting Disciplinary Authority uses its discretion in this authority, and ensures that all the facts are known prior to exercising its authority, and a hearing which gives all affected parties an opportunity to present their perspective on a situation will often be appropriate. Whenever there is a conduct complaint, the Executive Committee of KSDIF will appoint an ad hoc Conduct Committee comprised of three Executive Committee members with no direct connection to or conflict of interest with the complainant or the defendant. The Conduct Committee acts as the disciplinary committee on behalf of the full Executive Committee of Directors. The Executive Committee retains the right to revoke such delegation and hear a complaint as a full Executive Committee if it so chooses. Rulings of the Conduct Committee are based on majority vote when no consensus can be reached. In the event of a tie, the chair of the ruling committee casts the deciding vote (i.e., the Chair of the Conduct Committee as proxy). Rulings of the Executive Committee are based on majority vote as defined by the KSDIF Bylaws. Rulings must be delivered within sixty (60) days of receipt of the defendant's statement (or failure to file or stated waiver of the right to file, whichever is earliest). Unless otherwise stated, rulings take effect immediately. The Executive Committee or Conduct Committee will adjudicate based on the complaint, the defense, and any pertinent evidence obtained in the course of investigating the complaint.

C. Appeal
(i) Appeal of Decision of an Acting Disciplinary Authority
A sanction imposed by an Acting Disciplinary Authority can be appealed by submitting a written appeal to KSDIF within thirty (30) days of the sanction. Such appeals are heard by the President together with the Chair of the Committee for the involved event. For example, an appeal to the action of an Event Director at a Sanctioned Event for World Championships would be heard by the President and the Chair of the Executive Committee. The President has the sole vote in such appeals. Appeals will be decided within thirty (30) days of receipt.

(ii) Appeal of the Executive Committee or Conduct Committee
A member found to have been in violation of proper conduct will have the opportunity to challenge the decision of the Executive Committee or Conduct Committee by submitting a written appeal to KSDIF within thirty (30) days of notification of the decision. Appeals may contest the decision, challenge the appropriateness of the punishment, or introduce compelling new evidence. Appeals which merely restate a case will be deemed frivolous and need not be heard. The KSDIF Executive Committee will review appeals (quorum of 8 Executive Committee members) and rule within ninety (90) days of receipt. Rulings on appeals of the Executive Committee are based on majority vote as defined within the KSDIF Bylaws. Unless otherwise stated, rulings on appeal take effect immediately. In the event that a penalty or sanction by the Executive Committee or Conduct Committee pertains to an impending event, the appellant may request an expeditious hearing of his/her appeal. Despite any and/or all jurisdictional claims no case may be taken to a court of law, and as a condition of membership KSDIF shall require Members to renounce their right to take a dispute before a court of justice in any jurisdiction.

(iii) Appeals of Rulings Involving Violations of KSDIF Anti-Doping Rules
Cases involving further appeals of rulings involving violations of KSDIF Anti-Doping Rules shall be governed under the specific rules contained in KSDIF's Anti-Doping Policy.


A. Sanctions by an Acting Disciplinary Authority
An Acting Disciplinary Authority may impose all sanctions necessary for its administration of duties.
Such sanctions include but are not limited to assessment of foul or demerit points against a team or athlete, ejection of a team or athlete from a single bout, ejection of a team or athlete from the remainder of a Sanctioned Event, or rejection from a match-up or bout.

No Acting Disciplinary Authority may suspend any athlete or team from participation in any event other than the immediate Sanctioned Event being administered by that authority. The same restriction applies to probation.

B. Sanctions by the Executive Committee or Conduct Committee
The Executive Committee or the Conduct Committee acting as proxy is not limited in its range of sanctions, except by the legal requirement of proportionality with the severity of the action or its consequences. Such sanctions include but are not limited to any sanctions that an Acting Disciplinary Authority may impose, public or private censure, demand of public or private apology, a demand for the completion of service to the Ken Shobu Do community, probation, and suspension from participation in KSDIF Sanctioned Events. Suspensions or penalties imposed for a period of time longer than one (1) year will be reviewed annually by the Executive Committee.

KSDIF encourages and promotes the precepts of inter ties respects between all Members and their Constituents. Members and Constituents are to exercise sincerity and considerate in their dealings within the Ken Shobu Do community. These standards of conduct are to be maintained by the strong tradition of etiquette and sportsmanship within the Ken Shobu Do community, and by good-faith resolutions of disputes among the parties involved. In the rare event that self-governance does not suffice, the KSDIF Code of Conduct is enforced by two bodies: (1) through Acting Disciplinary Authorities and (2) by the Executive Committee, through the Conduct Committee. During KSDIF events, the Acting Disciplinary Authority may take such steps and impose such penalties as necessary to keep events running smoothly. An athlete or team thus penalized may appeal to KSDIF Executive Committee or the designated Conduct Committee.

The Executive Committee oversees the conduct of KSDIF members through a complaint-defense-review-appeal process. Complaints are filed within thirty (30) days of an incident and individual defendants and their representative Member Associations are given thirty (30) days to submit a defense. Rulings are made by the Executive Committee-designated Conduct Committee within sixty (60) days, and appeals filed within thirty (30) days of a ruling are then decided within ninety (90) days of receipt by the full Executive Committee (quorum of eight-8) Executive Committee Members) . The Executive Committee or Conduct Committee is not limited in its range of sanctions, but suspensions or penalties imposed for a period of more than one (1) year will be reviewed annually. The two systems of enforcement operate independently.

Safeguarding Policy
The KSDIF Safeguarding Policy reflects the commitment of KSDIF Constitution Article II that all members of the KSDIF family do not face discrimination of any kind such as race, ethnicity, skin-tone, gender, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
For KSDIF safeguarding refers to all of the actions KSDIF takes to keep all children and vulnerable at risk groups they come into contact with safe – and includes the proactive measures put in place to ensure they do not come to harm as a result of any direct or indirect contact with the federation. Child safeguarding encompasses the prevention of physical, verbal, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect and maltreatment of children by employees and other persons whom the federation is responsible for, including contractors, business partners, visitors to premises and volunteers.
As abuse occurs in many different forms, KSDIF has a zero-tolerance policy stating that no abuse or cause of harm towards children and vulnerable groups is tolerated in any form. KSDIF states that all children have an equal right to protection regardless of any personal characteristic, including their age, gender, ability, culture, racial origin, religious belief and sexual identity. It is also important to note that certain forms of abuse disproportionately affect girls, and there is additional vulnerability and increased risk for children who have a physical or mental disability, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or other identified young people, children from minority ethnic groups, displaced or refugee children, and those who are under institutional care.
This Policy states the commitment of KSDIF:
▪ to improve health and wellbeing by supporting people to get active;
▪ to protect athletes, supporters of Ken Shobu Do and entourage;
▪ to provide parents, staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to vulnerable group protection;
Whilst working towards this vision and achieving these aims, KSDIF recognizes the importance of establishing and maintaining an environment in which children, young people and adults are protected from harm of any kind.
KSDIF operates within a broad partnership of organisations, groups and individuals, working jointly to achieve our aims for sport and physical activity, therefore expecting all members and partners who work with and for us to address safeguarding as a mandatory requirement of their working agreement with us.
Whistleblower Policy
KSDIF is dedicated to conducting all of its practices ethically, morally and within a legitimate frame work to the highest degree. Anyone reporting on another person to have participated in acts deemed as, unlawful, regarding incorrect financial data or violating KSDIF bylaws, policies and procedures, or improper conduct which violates the KSDIF will be supported and matters will be handled with the utmost of professionalism.

Reporting Responsibility
The KSDIF Whistleblower Policy is intended to encourage and enable employees, promoters, spectators and everyone involved in the sport to bring to attention any illegal practices or serious violations with regard to KSDIF policies, so that they can be addressed and the correct conduct and action can be taken. The individuals or groups that can be reported regarding these matters include, the federation itself, its leadership or others acting on its behalf with matters relating but not limited to accounting, auditing, ethical violations, harassment or discrimination as well as any other acts or behaviours deemed as improper conduct.

KSDIF holds the capacity for complainants to have their identity disclosed when reporting information on others and every effort will be made to ensure this. However, we would advise for those wishing to file a complaint to submit their names so that a solid case can be built and increase the likelihood of the alleged acts being taken more seriously as a more thorough investigation can be conducted.

Method for Reporting
Complainants wishing to pass on information are able to do so using kenshobudo@gmail.com. Aside from been convenient this will help ensure anonymity for those seeking it and will actively encourage people to pass on information without fear of repercussion. The information will then be dealt with by our compliance officer and addressed immediately.

No Retaliation
It is contrary to the values of KSDIF in the event of a report to retaliate against any staff, volunteers or member associations filing a complaint in good faith regarding a violation or suspected violation. However, KSDIF also reserves the right to discipline anyone who makes an accusation under false pretenses.

In order for our goal of transparency and accountability to be achieved KSDIF must ask for full compliance from all of its members. It is the responsibility of all board members, officers, employees and volunteers to report concerns about violations of KSDIF's code of ethics or suspected violations of law or regulations that govern KSDIF's operations.

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