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It’s not only kicking and punching! IMAA uses martial arts to teach the principles of respect, self-discipline, and perseverance. As kids learn and better themselves in martial arts they become more confident and transform into the FUTURE leaders of tomorrow.

If you looking for your child to learn how to defend themselves, become more confident, and stay in shape at the same time, look no further. IMAA Ft. Lauderdale is a school that combines the philosophy of Martial Arts with a new age approach to give kids the confidence and principles they need to be successful. We are the only school that teaches Judo, Jujitsu, and Karate in one Multi-Style System.

IMAA voted best martial arts school in Broward County 11 Years in the row
Kid's learn a variety of benefits, including:

• Motor skills and muscle memory
• Confidence in themselves
• Respect for others
• Learn to say “NO” to negative peer pressure
• How to overcome challenges
• Rock Solid Goal Setting
• Developing Black Belt Principals

As our students learn to better themselves physically they begin to gain confidence, perseverance and other Black Belt Principals which translate into other aspects of life.In addition, parents love how we take the belt system and martial arts philosophies and relate them to the child’s life. Children are taught the martial arts lifestyle, goal achievement, and then importance of working hard to choose success.


Our Kids learn how to deal with Bullies, Strangers and more...

 Our program integrate Bully Baster, Stranger Danger, Self Defense aspect in every class. While our classes are fun and motivating we make sure kids understand that out there you have to be always vigilant and martial arts is the best to build Self Awareness in kids and Adults...

Using innovative teaching methods and just the right amount of fun, we teach life skills and physical skills that will benefit them now and for their lifetime.

We emphasize non-violent conflict resolution and teach kids to recognize and avoid lures and threats. But for those rare instances where they may need to defend themselves, our students are armed with the most practical and effective self-defense techniques to get out of a dangerous situation.

1. Self-Defense:
    The first reason why most people practice martial art is for self-defense. Not only will the martial arts teach you the techniques to defend yourself, but also the way to think about defending yourself. They also help you build up the reflexes you need if you’re ever in a difficulty, and give you the confidence to fight back.
2. Belts and Ranking:
    Belts are a great way to help children track their progress and motivate them to strive higher. Belts and ranking may help build the child confidence and their desire to succeed. For this purpose, in our Martial Arts system, we use a system of Colored belts to indicate the knowledge and skill levels of their practitioners. In many cases, the first belt promotion can be attained in few months and when children obtain that first belt, it shows them that with the right motivation, they can succeed. One belt is always not enough, once a child passes one belt test he or she is already thinking about the next one.
3. Self-Confidence:
    As children become more skillful confidence gets increased significantly. They become more self-assured and confident. The IMAA instructors encourage all students to achieve this goal, but the confidence level will extend far beyond the Dojo (Martial Arts Studio).
4. Exercise:
    Our martial arts classes always start with the warm-up. The warm-up and practice include the bulk of the time, and for that time your child will be constantly on the go – stretching, crunches, punches, and kicks. The workout each child gets will not only assist in the natural development of his/her muscles but also help them build stronger Cardio-Vascular systems. Even in the most active of team sports such as Soccer, Hockey, or Basketball, children don’t get that much of a workout simply because they generally don’t play the whole game and even if they do, there are still breaks in the action.
5. Emphasis on Individual Achievement:
    In the martial arts, each child’s success is based on his or her own individual qualities. Yes, your kid may not be the most winning Judoka in his Judo class, but that will be because he tried and lost, and not because he wasn’t good enough to make it off the bench like other sports in which he may not play the game at all because his coach told him so. Knowing that their own ambition and hard work will drive them to succeed, they will be motivated to follow their dreams without the fear of hating the sport or not having the chance to practice it.
6. Discipline:
    The core of any martial art is ‘practice makes perfect’ There is constant repetition in drills and practices with emphasis on details and rhythm. Kicking, punching and throwing are practiced and repeated over and over. Those practices teach them the benefits of frequent practice, and the patience to get there All of this teaches children to respect one another, their opponents and colleagues, and how to play games fair and square.
7. Judo isn’t about brute force, it is about control:
    Judo teachers emphasize the concept of maximum efficiency. This is evident, as the root of many Judo techniques is not necessarily brute force, but using your opponents’ movements and strength against him or her. While physical strength and size are important, mental strength is probably the most critical factor in competition.
8. Gender Equity:
    Most of parents consider martial arts for their sons, not nearly as many would consider it for their daughters. However the martial arts are one of the few sports where both boys and girls can play together. There are also tremendous international opportunities in Women’s martial arts as well. Your daughter’s red belt will not be any easier for her to attain than your son’s red belt will be for him. It also gives brothers and sisters an opportunity to practice together and learn from one another as well.
9. Respect for Strength:
    The first thing parents think about when they send their kids to martial arts class is: “Is my child going to use this to hurt others?” Although this is a legitimate concern, it is always addressed early by instructors who remind students that the techniques they learn in the dojo stay in the dojo except in self-defense, and shouldn’t be used to intimidate people.
As children learn the ropes, they will learn to respect their newfound strength and techniques. They will also quite bullying as well.
10. Competition:
    Similarly to team sports, Judo is all about competition. The latter is great for kids to test their skills and show their progress. Unlike team sports, the loser can’t really blame anyone beyond his or herself. But then this gives them a sense of respect for their opponent, as well as motivation to do better the next time. Each Judo or Sport Jujitsu tournament is a fresh start, and it is seldom that you get only one match even in the Olympics where there is a single-elimination for the Gold and Silver medals, there is a second-chance round for those who have lost their first matches for them to be able to win a Bronze.
Martial Arts training regardless of whether it is Judo, Jujtsu, Karate etc. are a great activity for kids much more than team sports such as, Baseball, Basketball and Soccer. Here are some reasons why you should choose our programs for your kids:

The team is truly inspiring!!
Always pushing to give your best!
★★★★★ My son and I have been going to this place for about 6 months now. The team has truly inspired him to set and to persuade his goals, which is a great life principle for 9 year old. Sensei Ruocco and his devoted team are simply the best. We have tried multiple dojo's within the course of 4 years, until we found IMAA. Their dojo is super clean, kids are committed to bettering themselves, it's like one big family. They have fun events, parents nights out, birthdays, you name it. The best part that after kids classes, they have adult classes, it's a place for the whole family. Thank you for being such a wonderful place.

                                   Justina Mensa
★★★★★ The instructors and the facility are awesome! Sensei Ruocco takes a lot of pride in his dojo and students. Always pushing to do your best while building confidence and self-esteem. They teach valuable skills while having fun, and getting a great workout! The students are taught, discipline, self-control, leadership, and how to be a role model for the younger students!​​

                                     Kellyann Pires
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Dear Parents,
My name is Sensei Daniel Ruocco. I have been training in martial arts since I was 6 years old, in Europe, Japan, Thailand and the USA. I've been professionally teaching children just like yours for over 25 years, and I’ve spent countless hours focusing our Martial Arts Classes on things that all parents want for their children.
Things like Focus, Confidence, Discipline, and Independent Motivation – Life Skills that International Martial Arts Academy students use every day in their school classroom, at home and everywhere they go.
We will teach your child new, unique, awesome skills that they can’t learn anywhere else. What we REALLY do is teach our students Self Discipline, Self Defense and Confidence as part or our core curriculum. 
We don’t force Self-Discipline on our students, but instead slowly build discipline through fun class drills, group exercise dynamics and our engaging 'Kids Martial Arts Curriculum'. 
Self Defense: We teach our students to avoid confrontation and not to use martial arts outside the Dojo. The combination of Judo, Jujitsu and Karate teach them how to physically defend themselves, bring the opponent on the floor quick and we train them to run away and ask for help... However FAR more important, our Martial Arts classes teach them to emotionally defend themselves from the challenges they’ll face in everyday life! 
Confidence: There is no better confidence than "Martial Arts Confidence"! Before you know it, they’re standing proud and showing confidence in their eyes, no-one is going to mess with them! 
We know for a fact that your child will WANT to learn these vital life skills. Our professional instructors and super-high energy, engaging classes set your child up for success by using our IMAA Success Cycle System. 

It REALLY is that simple, and it REALLY is that effective.

Welcome to our Dojo!
Sensei Daniel Ruocco

Multi-Style Martial Arts Athlete:
5th Degree Black Belt in Multy Style System, 4th Degree Black Belt in Judo, 5th Degree Black Belt in  Jujitsu - Combative Martial Arts - Street Jujitsu, Muay Thai, Kendo... with Over 36 Years Of Experience In Martial Arts.

Doctorate in Sport Science specialized in Child Psicology and Anathomy.

He travels and trains every year in  Japan, Thailand and Europe to bring the best martial arts to the Fort Lauderdale community.

Give your child focus, confidence & fitness fun with our A+ Kids Martial Arts program.  

​Our Award-winning Kids Martial Arts Program is so much more than just learning EMPOWERING martial arts and keeping them bully-proof.
It will also ENRICH their body, mind, and spirit with...

Courage, confidence & discipline
Incredible focus and excellent listening skills
Fantastic health & fitness habits as they run around & stay active.
Great social skills when they make new friends, partner up & play.
A safe and positive place to unwind, learn and grow.

Kids love it!
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Very professional and family based!
My son loves IMAA.
★★★★★ The staff does an amazing job with the children! Besides learning martial arts they also learn about character and integrity.
The kids have so much fun. Can't get enough of it! Highly recommend.
Very professional and family based.

                                                                       Jenifer Brown 
★★★★★ IMAA has a great facility and Sensei and all the instructors have helped my son adjust to life in a new dojo since moving here to Florida in June. My son was apprehensive about starting all over and losing his Brown Belt Status in Karate but the Sensei and his team got him past that.  Thank you!
​We look forward to a mutually beneficial and rewarding experience for years to come.

                                                            Maxine Campanella
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  1. ★★★★★ Family loves IMAA. We have four members of our Family currently training there. The atmosphere is focused, clean and positive. It really is a Martial Arts Family feeling. We attend several classes a week and as parents have seen so may improvements in our children since joining. They are all working hard to achieve their goals. Improvements in attitude, fitness, attention, flexability, self confidence are some of the few things we are seeing. The dojo is clean, safe and full of positive vibes. The instructors are kind, tough, strong and have a real gift working with. The kids truly look up to them and respect them. Sensei is a true gentleman and we are impressed with his leadership, As parents we are not the only influences in our children's lives. School and extra curricular activities will also influence them greatly and we are so pleased with the role models IMAA have been to our kids so far. I would highly recommend this academy to anyone looking to do something positive for themselves or their kids. There is no stopping us, we can only hope our kids will go all the way to Black belt here with IMAA.
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  2. ★★★★★ Wonderful Academy! They are organized and consistent with the kids. The instructors go the extra mile to keep kids engaged. Sensei is an awesome role model and the kids look up to him - he commands respect by showing respect to others. My two boys - ages 4 & 6 - are learning self control, respect for others, and if they put in the effort, they get a reward that was earned with hard work. In addition, they get exercise of both the body and the mind! I have tried other karate schools, but this is the best!
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