Originally created for instructors and practitioners of Taekwondo who wished to focus solely on self-defense, the association has attracted both instructors and practitioners in other Korean arts such as Hapkido. The association does not interfere in the day-to-day running of any member school, instead it offers practical self-defense resources and continuing education in the form of online discussions (http://excoboard.com/martialwarrior/148245 and http://excoboard.com/martialwarrior/148251/1784262), Annual seminars and online articles (http://iksda.8m.com/rich_text_6.html).The International Kong Soo Do Association is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of traditional Korean martial arts in the form of practical self-defense skill.
I wanted to add an update concerning the IKSDA. Recently the IKSDA was approached by two Hapkido schools, one Tang Soo Do school and one Taekwondo school in regards to joining. The goals and focus of the IKSDA i.e. traditional self-defense were their goals as well. Originally, the IKSDA was TKD/HKD folks that simply changed the label of the art to Kong Soo Do and was a close association of schools here in the U.S. and Australia. However, after much discussion, it was decided that the IKSDA should be opened up to include TKD, HKD and TSD schools that have the same goals and focus without requiring them to change the name of their art to KSD. The feelings of the IKSDA Director and Master's Council is that the actual label used is not nearly as important as the goals and focus i.e. non-political, non-sport, traditional self-defense instruction and support system.
Additionally, since the IKSDA has never been about $, the fee structure has been reduced to $5 for initial membership and $5 for promotions. This reflects our belief that the quality of the individual is not determined by a piece of paper, but rather their skill and experience. In these economic times we just couldn't see charging large sums of money for a piece of paper that is simply a documentation of a person's hard work.
If anyone has any questions, please let me know.