News & Events: General Announcements

19th Annual IMA Unity Tournament – December 14, 2013

Once again, it is our tradition to finish the year with our IMA Unity Tournament. The purpose of this tradition is for IMA students and IMA friends from different locations to meet each other and have a nice, friendly gathering. This is designed for all ages and levels (white to black belt). In addition to the tournament, we will have our annual Holiday Party Potluck, (a free event) with dinner entertainment by our very own karate-ka at 6:00 p.m. (cocktail attire). This is a “Do Not Miss” event! The party will be at the Honbu dojo on Saturday the 14th, … more »

7th Annual IMA Utah Karate Championship

Join IMA Utah in Cottonwood Heights on Saturday, November 9th for the 7th Annual IMA Utah Karate Championship! The tournament will be held at the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center (basketball court), located at 7500 S. 2700 E., Cottonwood Heights, Utah. Hotel accommodations at a special rate and a shuttle to and from the Cottonwood Recreation Center will be offered by the Crystal Inn – Midvalley. More information about the tournament and online registration can be found at the IMA Utah website. Register today! Sign-in starts at 8:30 AM and the opening ceremony will be held at 9:30 AM. The tournament … more »

IMA Welcomes Sensei Luis Ruiz to the IMA Family

It is our great pleasure to welcome Sensei Luis Ruiz (5th Dan) to the IMA family. My wife and I have known Sensei Luis Ruiz for many years and have witnessed his dedication to the sport of karate for a long time. His successes include building a strong dojo (, establishing the largest tournament in New York, and forging close alliances with Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic as well as other Pan American areas. Sensei Luis is a five-time USA National Champion and two-time International World Champion. He has developed many elite athletes nationally and internationally over the years … more »

Welcome Shihan Rudolph Muhammad!

IMA would like to extend a warm welcome to Shihan Rudolph Muhammad, 6th Dan, as the newest member of our IMA organization from Kansas, USA. Shihan Muhammad has over 40 years of martial arts training, and originally trained in Shotokan. He has found a home with IMA and is back in touch with his karate roots. Shihan’s son, David (5th Dan), is a familiar face around the Honbu dojo. He attends our annual Gasshuku and is a member of the IMA competition team. David travels with our team to compete at many tournaments including this year’s US Open championship in … more »

IMA Goshin-Ryu Results From The 2013 National Competition In Greenville, South Carolina

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I would like to congratulate the IMA Goshin-Ryu competition team from New York, under the guidance of chief instructor Ruiz Sensei. 16 athletes participated in the 2013 national championships and US team trials. The results of the four days of competition are as follows: Maya Wasowicz: Gold medalist in +60 kg under 21, representing USA at the Jr. Pan American championships in Colombia, and the Jr. world championships in Spain. She also participated in the senior division in +68 kg and earned a silver medal. Manuel Tavarez: Gold medalist in -67 kg, representing USA on the senior team Bernard Colonel: … more »