News & Events: General Announcements

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 »

Shout-Out to our IMA referees

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A big shout-out to the following IMA referees who worked the 2013 National Championship and US Team Trials in Greenville, South Carolina: Sensei Luis Ruiz – IMA Goshin-Ryu Shotokan Karate-Do School; Brooklyn, New York Senpai Noorul Ameen – IMA Goshin-Ryu Shotokan Karate-Do School; Brooklyn, New York Sensei Shanta Thokar – IMA New York; Elmhurst, New York Senpai Parkhi Rai – IMA New York; Elmhurst, New York Sensei Amadou Niang – IMA International Budokan Shotokan Karate; Salt Lake City, Utah Senpai Jennifer McGavin – IMA North Fork Karate; Paonia, Colorado Senpai Doris Danielsen – IMA North Fork Karate; Paonia, Colorado Shihan Patrick … more »

2013 USA Karate National Championships and Team Trials Results

I.M.A. Honbu dojo was represented by 15 athletes at the 2013 USA Karate National Championships and Team Trials in Greenville, South Carolina. Ewan Albright, Alex Quiachon, Kamran & Kelara Madani, Lily Martinelli, Alex Matsumoto, David Muhammad, Kate and Kurt Nakasato, Jake Peters, Brandon and Kyle Sheridan, Zachary Smith Ken Umezono and Keon ZiaShakeri, trained for many extra hours at the dojo to prepare themselves for this intense competition. Each I.M.A. competition team member had an outstanding performance. Four of our team members placed on the USA Team and will represent United States Karate in the upcoming Junior Pan American Championship … more »