A Place for Christian Martial Artists

Our Crest

GMAU.crestsThe GMAU crest, color scheme, and design layout have symbolic meaning.


Crimson Red: The color red on the GMAU crest has deep emotional and spiritual connotations. Spiritually, when we consider the color red, we think of the blood sacrifice of Christ our Savior. Our sin, too, is represented in the Bible by the color red.

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.Isaiah 1:18, KJV

Emotionally, red is an indication of raw energy, force, vigor, and intense passion and courage.

Royal Blue: This symbolizes truth and wisdom, heaven and eternity, devotion and tranquility, loyalty and openness.

Gold: This color reflects our spiritual rewards, heavenly crowns, and richness. Furthermore, it serves as a reminder that our treasures should be built in heaven and not on earth.

White: This represents that through the washing of Christ’s blood we have received purity, perfection, peace, innocence, dignity, cleanliness, awareness, new beginnings, and renewed life.

Black: The color black symbolizes depth of knowledge, deep mystery, and faith in God in the midst of the unknown.

Design Layout:

The Cross: Central in the GMAU crest design is a cross, which represents the Cross of Christ. The cross has, for many centuries, represented the sacrificial death of our Savior.

The Holy Bible: Sharing the central design focus is the Holy Bible. The scriptures are THE authority by which all human life is ruled. It symbolizes God's eternal covenant with mankind. Furthermore, the placement of the Bible on our patch reminds us that the GMAU is at its core a Christian ministry and not simply a martial arts association lead by Christians.

Kyohkai: The word “kyohkai” means “temple association” or “church.” While the term “dojo,” does mean a place where students study the “way,” indicating a philosophy of life, the kanji used here for kyohkai is written in the specific form used when describing a Christian or Christ-faith church thus revealing our philosophy that Jesus is the “way.”

The Globe: The globe symbolizes our desire to reach all of the world with the Gospel—the good news of Jesus Christ. The globe also represents the positive, wide-reaching “global” effects of the Christian martial arts. The globe also symbolizes the diversity represented within the GMAU membership.

The Five Stars: The five stars represent many things both openly shared to all and guarded within a typical martial arts system.

Mental/Spiritual/Physical: These words represent the GMAU mission. Our primary goal is to cultivate mature Christian students. This goal is attained through spiritual discipleship, mental discipline, and physical development.

Shield: The shape of the crest was chosen to represent a shield which refers to a characteristic of God.

Our soul waiteth for the Lord: He is our help and our shield.Psalm 33:20, KJV