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.
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!
2021 Gasshuku will take place on October 2-3, at IMA HQ and Zoom.
We will be celebrating the 27th anniversary of Gasshuku in a totally different environment than previous years. This is our first in-person (& zoom) event since the start of the pandemic, and we look forward to your participation to keep the event beneficial and safe for everyone. Join us for this in-person or zoom 2021 Gasshuku. Let’s enjoy some quality training together. Our goal is that despite COVID-19 events like this will give karate-ka additional motivation to stay engaged and to keep training. This year event will include multiple sessions spread in two days with focus of agility, kumite and kata drills to help developing speed and power in kata along with some drills to help everyone increasing kumite ability. We also have divided the training by groups to allow maximum benefits for each participants. Attendance is limited to the first 50 who register. (We will maintain a waitlist if necessary). Masks are required, and participants will be asked to maintain personal distances of at least 6-feet at this no-touch, event. Please bring your individual beverages and individually-packaged snacks. We will send the log in information for those of you who will be joining us by zoom. If interested please fill out below form and mail it with your method of payment to: IMA 1340 Main Street Louisville, CO. 80027
If you are not feeling well for any reason, or if you have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the two weeks prior to October 10th, please forego this event and join us for a future one. You will be Reimbursed %100.
You are perhaps one of the millions of people around the world who are glued to your TV in late night and watch the Olympic Games. Japan has done a tremendous job of making the dream of many athletes become a reality by hosting the 2020 Games after one year of delay.
Karate will be show cased for first time (and as of now for the last time) in 2020 Olympic Games. We all hope that the 80 Karate-ka from around the world perform an exciting game and show the world that we deserve to be a permanent inclusive Olympic sport.
Karate competition will be on Aug. 5-7 and you can watch it live. The below link will give you all information about US team competitors as well as a link to watch the competition.