Mary Malmros, Don't you have any Certificates? Is there not a governing body to say who can and who can't teach!
therefore it has to be approved, and therefore is officially recognised
Uhh, no dude, all that those certificates say is that I've passed the standards for this rank in the JKA or that rank in the USAF or whatever. They say nothing, and are in no position to say anything, about whether what I'm doing is "officially" a "martial art".
In other words, there is no ultimate authority that can officially dictate what is and isn't a martial art. You have to make up your own mind.