News & Events

Black Belt Testing and Extravaganza

Over 30 students and instructors endured 8 hours of training and testing Saturday, February 26th, 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, one member of our family was also awarded the title of Sensei – making this that weekend one of the most memorable in IMA’s long history.

A special congratulations to Sensei Kelara Madani for achieving her Sandan, 3rd degree black belt and earning the title of Sensei! 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.

We also were happy to celebrate other satellite dojo students from New York, Utah and Nevada achieving their new level of black belts.

The same evening, all black belts celebrated their achievement by making demonstration in the form and Kata, Sparring, Self-Defense and others. The dojo was filled with many members and parents and friends that evening and everyone was happy to have this celebration gathering after couple of years.

Please join us to congratulate:

Jr. Black Belts:

Isabelle Schmidt, Ashton Levine, Sasha Trask, Ellie Hus, Asher Echery


Connor Swanson


Kelsang lama, Abinash Baruwal, Phuntsok Yolmo, Helen Cartwright, Mario Rini, David Hsu and Elijah Gilca


Talan Gover


Collin Scherba & Kelara Madani


Kamran Madani & Parkhi Rai


Duke Altschuler & Ciprian Arcalean

USA Karate Team Trial

USA Karate team trial will take place this coming Saturday January 15, in Colorado Springs, CO.

The team selection take place in two phases. First phase competition will be in the morning with kata

male and female and followed by two male and female kumite heavy weights. The afternoon session will consist of the 3 remaining kumite categories. This competition will be among the top 6 athletes from national competition. This selection will be for top athlete who will represent USA karate in international competition in 2022 including Pan American championship and many more.

Our own Kamran Madani will represent IMA in this intense competition to secure his spot in USA Team for another calendar year. He has been training very hard to prepare himself for this day.

The competition will start at 9:00am on Saturday and will be at the Alta Hotel (formally Hotel Elegante) at 2886 S Circle Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80906. So, if you are interested of watching the event and cheer up Sensei Kamran, come on down and be loud!
Good luck Sensei Kam! We are proud of you!

Fire fundraising

Dear IMA members,

We hope that this email finds you well and hope that the yesterday’s fire tragedy did not affect you or your loved ones.

The fire was indeed one of the unexpected and unfortunate incidents that took all of us by surprise. Although we do not know how many of our IMA members have lost their homes and belongings, we have decided to start fund raising to help our extended family members and the community at large.

Please use the below link to donate as much as you can, and also let us know if we can help you in immediate way for anything.

We will put a committee together who will be in charge of distributing the funds and also help our families in need.

Be safe,

IMA Family

IMA sponsored 16 people for Christmas

IMA dojo is excited to sponsor a combined family of 16 people for christmas. The family recently immigrated here from another country and we hope they have a Happy Holiday. Thanks to your donations the IMA Honbu dojo and competition team managed to raise enough funds to get a gift for each family member as well as 100$ in groceries and a smart tv package.
IMA dojo is  a family and we are happy to give back to the community by supporting a family in need.  Thank you to everyone that made it possible to help the community in this season of giving.

2021 Sr. Pan American Championship

The Sr. Pan American karate championship took place on Oct. 21-23, 2021 in Punta Del Este, Uruguay, after two years of cancelation due to COVID 19. The Uruguay karate federation did a great job of hosting the championship in a very short notice. Although the country was still closed to the tourist but the special government authorization made it possible for over 22 countries delegates and competitors make to the Uruguay and compete in 2021 Sr. PKF.

Our own Kamran Madani represented USA in -84Kg and after defeating Argentina, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Guatemala, made his way to the final against Guatemala. Regretfully, over a questionable and missed head kick, his opponent took the lead and Kamran finished the match winning silver medal. His performance was amazing and with great strategy and technical ability, he made it to the podium. Well done Sensei Kamran!

He also competed in the male team kumite matches on the last day of the competition. The US team defeated Chili, Colombia and Uruguay and made it to the final against Brazil. US finished winning silver medal after a close point lost to Brazil in final. Team USA finished over all in 2nd place in this championship. Great job!