Congratulations 2014 IMA Karate Black Belts

The IMA Family offers its sincere congratulations to everyone who successfully earned new black belt designations this weekend!

Over 30 students and instructors endured 8 hours of training and testing this past Saturday as part of their black belt progression. In addition to multiple members of the IMA family earning advanced black belts through many years of dedicated training, three members of our family were also awarded the title of Shihan – making this past weekend one of the most memorable in IMA’s long history.


Black Belts

Kuro Shiro
Keegan Jarred, Athena Peters, Brandon Le, Harvey Nexhip, and Ben Gygi

Kuro Midori
Bryan McCarty, Anneka Pawlak, Kurt Nakasato, Kate Nakasato, Keon ZiaShakeri, and Andy Nou

Shodan Ho
Vani Topkar, Sherri Murgallis, Brent Cain, Tammy Nakasato

Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt)
Ewan Albright, Nisha Maheshwari, Jacob Peters

Nidan Ho
Dasha Petropavlovskikh, Doris Danielson, Kai Funk, Parkhi Rai, and Wendy Fayles

Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt)
Kamran Madani

Yondan (4th Degree Black Belt)
Deborah Keyek-Franssen and Odile Lynch

Godan (5th Degree Black Belt
Bob McCormick, Michelle Prud’Homme, and Shanta Thokar

Rokudan (6th Degree Black Belt)
Rick McGavin, Rudolph Muhammad and Fariba Madani

Special Achievements

In addition to the numerous black belt awards given, additiona awards were presented at our Black Belt Extravaganza Dinner on Saturday night:

Dasha Petropavlovskikh and Keith Nakasato

Deborah Keyek-Franssen

Rudolph Muhammad, Rick McGavin, and Fariba Madani

Celebrating 20 Years!

In addition, Shihan Fariba Madani was presented with an award for 20 years of martial arts training!

Thanks also to all of the black belts and instructors who helped with the Dan testing and to all of the friends and family that came to support the students.