About Us
Serving Fort Lauderdale Community Since 2004
13 Years of Martial Arts Excellence in South Florida
The International Martial Arts Academy (I.M.A.A.) is one of the most innovative schools of Martial Arts and Personal Protection in the state of Florida.
The International Martial Arts Academy offers world class Martial Arts instruction to physically and mentally empower people of all ages!
The curriculum at IMAA USA is a unique blend of leading martial arts styles and places strong emphasis on valuable life skills such as perseverance, focus and self-discipline. The result: As students learn highly effective self defense techniques, they experience new levels of confidence and empowerment.

• For children, this means better grades in school and better behavior at home. 
• Teens gain a level of clarity that gives them a huge advantage in dealing with the complexities in their lives. 
• For adults, this translates directly to increased success in business and more fulfilling personal relationships.

Sound too good to be true? Consider this: The stress of today’s pressure packed world can derail almost anyone, personally or professionally if they don’t have the internal strength to achieve their goals. Imagine having the clarity to know exactly what you want to accomplish and the mental strength to excel at whatever you set your mind to – That’s what students learn at the International Martial Arts Academy. And as if that’s not enough, we make it enjoyable so our students love coming back for more. 
Stop by anytime and see for yourself!

TOP 5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD TRAIN AT IMAAUSA

- HIGHEST QUALITY, INTERNATIONALLY CERTIFIED MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTION. INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED  RANKS. 
(SO IF YOU TRAVEL OR MOVE IN ANOTHER STATE OR COUNTRY YOU CAN KEEP YOUR BLACK BELT AND DON'T START FROM WHITE BELT AGAIN!).

- STATE OF THE ART FACILITY. ONE OF THE BEST IN US WITH THE UNIQUE FLOATING SPRING TECHNOLOGY TATAMI MAT. 
(OVER 1500 BLOCKS OF FOAM UNDER OUR ZEBRA MATS! BEST OF THE BEST). 

- SAFE, CLEAN, FRIENDLY, RESPECTFUL ENVIRONMENT

- CONVENIENT CLASS SCHEDULE (6 DAYS PER WEEK).

- AGE SPECIFIC PROGRAMS (4 TO 7 - 8 TO 13 - 14 AND UP)
Fun – Exciting – Empowering – Educational!Our Multi Style System is many things to different people. It is a fun sport, an art, a discipline, a recreational or social activity, a fitness program, a means of self-defense or combat and a way of life. It is all of these things and more.

Our carefully structured programs go far beyond throwing, punching, blocking, and kicking. We will help you acquire effective self-defense skills and provide you with a comprehensive, personal development program. It is our goal to raise the quality of life for all our students in every way possible.

The Multi Style System blends some of the most effective martial arts available to make the training more motivating, effective and exciting !
Judo, Traditional Ju-Jitsu (the art of Samurai), Karate  & Muay Thai Kickboxing are just a few of the arts that have influenced our dynamic and always improving curriculum.
Although we honor Martial Arts traditions that go back centuries, we are dynamic and are constantly seeking new and innovative ways to excite our students and build enthusiasm.

Our Mission
Our mission is to bring out the very best in all our students. Self defense is only the tip of the iceberg. As the process unfolds, our students discover capabilities within themselves that they never thought possible.Through high quality martial arts instruction, we empower people of all ages to achieve their full potential. By emphasizing self-defense, health, fitness and life skills in a friendly, safe, positive environment,we inspire our students to become more confident, successful contributing members of the community.
Our Dojo
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• NEW! 4,000 sq. ft. facility
• Unique spring martial arts technology tatami floor
• Comfortable visitor's viewing area
• Well lit, spacious and well-appointed space
• Air conditioned interior
• Beverages - water/sports drinks/snacks 
• Safe parking - we have parking in the back as well
• Separate Men’s & Women’s changing rooms
• Supplementary training equipment
• Retail martial arts equipment and supplies
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At over 4,000 square feet  we are very proud to provide our students with one of the best and most unique Martial Arts studios in the state of Florida. Our Dojo is a first class facility with granite counters, tiles floor, two offices, Kids room with a full kitchen, Separate Men's and Women's Changing Rooms, Separate Men's and Women's Restrooms, Pro shop, fridge-bar  and a comfortable VIP spectator viewing area.

Our equipment is the best of the best: The training area features Zebra training mats (the top quality “Tatami “ mat). We are also proud to be one of the few schools in US to have the Spring Floor Tatami System for maximum comfort & safety. 

In addition to the top quality equipment that we provide our students, we also pride ourselves on the cleanliness of our facility.

We invite you to come tour our facility.
Our Instructors Team
Hall of Fame Sensei Daniel Ruocco
Chief Master Instructor - 5th Degree Black Belt - Master Club

Multi-Style Martial Arts Athlete: Judo - Jujitsu - Combative Martial Arts - Street Jujitsu, Muay Thai, Kendo... 
Trained in Japan, Thailand, Europe & US. With Over 36 Years Of Experience In Martial Arts.
Dr. Daniel Ruocco is the Chief Master Instructor and founder of the International Martial Arts Academy. Sensei Ruocco started martial arts in Capri, Italy when he was 6 years old, competed for many years as an aggressive competitor, taught martial arts in Europe, Japan and United States and currently holds the rank of 5th Degree Black Belt in Multi-Style System, 4th Degree Black Belt in Jujitsu (JA, USJA) , 4rt Degree Black Belt in Judo (USJA). He also holds rank in Karate, Kick Boxing, Ashiara Karate, Kenpo, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, kobudo and Kendo. Certified USA JUDO National Coach, Jujitsu America Instructor and JA Sport Jujitsu referee. Sensei also served in the Italian army.
In 1999, Sensei Ruocco received a Doctorate in Sport Science with elements of psychology, child education, anatomy and biology. He also has written a thesis in "Spine Malformations in the Developmental Years".  Sensei Ruocco found great success winning numerous awards and earned international recognition for his Martial Arts skills and teaching methods. 
He was honored with "Instructor of the year 2006" and "Police Tactics Instructor of the year 2007" by the "Hall of Fame Martial Arts". The highest honor for Sensei Ruocco was to be awarded "Instructor of the year 2010" from Jujitsu America, one of the best martial arts federation in the world. 
Professor Daniel Ruocco has also received the "Blue Ribbon Award" for I.M.A.A. for his excellent contribution and dedication to the Martial Arts. The Blue Ribbon Award represents the school and school owner´s excellent service, dedication,  experience and inspiration. It recognizes that the school is at the forefront of the rising martial arts scene. Since 2008 the International Martial Arts Academy is been awarded with the "Best Martial Arts School / Best Program Award" in Broward County.
In October 2009 International Martial Arts Academy was given the "2009 Top Martial Arts School Award" by EFC Black Belt Schools a martial arts management agency and by its international board of directors of Martial Artists. Every two years Sensei Ruocco has the great honor to train with the best of the world in Kodokan Judo Institute Tokyo, Japan.

Sensei Ruocco currently directs all his efforts to bringing the benefits of Judo, Jujitsu and other arts we teach to the local community.

Personal Thoughts:

"Everything you need in life can be worked on in the Dojo
A strong BODY, a sharp MIND and a vital SPIRIT."