Why should I choose IMA Karate?
Choosing a karate school (dojo) is a very important first step for every karate student. You need to be sure that you find the place that is right for you and for your family. IMA provides a dojo environment where the training is serious but the atmosphere is friendly and supportive. Each student at IMA is able to progress at his or her own rate. At IMA, a student’s rate of advancement depends on personal ability and, more importantly, on their level of commitment to training.
What does IMA mean?
IMA means International Martial Arts Association, an organization created in 1992 by Hanshi Madani, to promote principles and techniques of Shotokan Karate but also to create an environment where both individuals and families could grow and learn together.
What is the recommended age to start?
The recommended age for beginning serious training is from approx. 6 years old, deopending on, the individuals. However, we do offer 'young Ninjas' program from age 3. This group works on Karate initiation, in a funny and playful way to help children to better know their body, control their movements, respect rules and others.
How many days do I get to practice?
Our classes are set everyday Monday to Friday from 4.30pm to 8.00pm. See schedule for more information.
Is there an age limit in Shotokan?
No. A child as young as 3 can learn shotokan. A person as old as 100 can learn Shotokan under proper instruction. Realistic goals are set based on the needs and ability of each student.
How do I learn karate?
You will learn KATA which is the form, KIHON which is the basics or fundamentals, KUMITE which is the technique of meeting, BUNKAI which is the analysis or breakdown.
Do I need to call to schedule a time for the free class?
No. You are welcome any time we are having classes. We prefer you to come to try the class you would actually be taking. No appointment is necessary, just show up. Be sure to wear something comfortable and easy to move in.
Will I be required to fight in tournaments?
No. Even if though members of our school participate to tournaments very often and do extremely well, and even participation allows us to learn from and expose ourselves to other styles and students, tournaments participation is completely voluntary. Learning to win over yourself , not others, is the ultimate goal!
How can I recognize a good instructor?
A good instructor is someone who: "loves to teach and help others", sincere, considerate, mature, confident, "has understanding and patience", can motivate the students, has good attitude and good techniques, cares and is protective of her/his students. Observing classes is the best way to judge whether or not a school will be a good learning environment for you.

IMA HOUSTON Karate is a unique place to pursue the study of martial arts for you and your whole family.

  • Conveniently scheduled classes
  • No contract is necessary
  • A very reasonable monthly fees with discounts available
  • High quality of instruction with over forty years of experience
  • Year-round training
  • Flexible programs – students can start karate at any time
  • Special instruction to help youths develop motor skills and coordination
  • Special help for students with ADD and learning challenges
  • A wide variety of classes in karate and martial arts training
  • Guidance to help youths respect their parents and honor their friendships, relationships, and obligations

IMA HOUSTON is proud to be part of the big IMA (International Martialarts Association) Family, a worldwide organization, known for producing students and instructors of the highest standards for over 20 years.
If you are looking for a strong and non-political karate organization, this is the right place to be!