Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who can learn martial arts with

A. The program is designed for men, women, and children, ages 6 and older. The training program is set up for individual and group training; whether you want to learn on your own or join as a group, IMA is the perfect cyber martial arts learning solution. Each section of curriculum is divided into 4- month long units; each ends with a student testing for a belt goal. A comprehensive training outline and content rich, instructional videos make learning martial arts straight forward and beginner friendly.

Adults can learn on their own time and IMA is a great option for anyone looking for a corporate wellness exercise program. For children, parental permission and an adult-mentor are required. The mentor can be any adult: parent, relative, family friend, teacher or counselor, who is willing to supervise and proxy the program. Mentors would regularly schedule and administer practices and monitor online student activity. Children can log on and practice on their own, as well as, participate in group sessions.

This makes IMA perfect for private, public and charter schools searching for PE options. The administrative controls allow for complete monitoring and accountability of student activity and participation. A teacher, acting as a mentor, can administer multiple classes with group size flexibility, ranging from one to dozens of students taking different level classes.


Q. What are the computer requirements?
A. General System Requirements:

   Adobe Flash Player 10.0.22+ plug-in
   Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 7.0+
   Broadband connection with 500+ Kbps

PC Specific Requirements:

    Platform: Windows 2000 or higher with latest updates installed
    Processor: 500MHz or faster
    RAM: 128MB or more
    Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory
    Sound Card: at least 16-bit

Mac Specific Requirements:

    Platform: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher with latest updates installed
    Processor: 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster
    RAM: 128MB or more
    Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory
    Sound Card: at least 16-bit

Q. Is it hard to learn how to use the IMA program?
A. No. The interface is similar to using other commonly used desktop and online applications. Everything is user friendly and easy to follow. Mini-how to video clips explain all the different functions of the user interface.
Q. How do I track my training?
A. IMA has a visual tracking system that helps you monitor the training time in each of the required training sections. The training outline gives the student a week by week guide of what to practice and a proficiency standard to shoot for.
Q. How do I interact with my mentor and IMA instructor?
A. Students will have the ability to internally email their mentor and instructor. All IMA curriculum answers are posted in the students’ video library for everyone to share and benefit from.
Q. Will I be missing the interactive nature of a conventional classroom setting?
A. IMA is not meant to be a replacement for conventional martial arts instruction from reputable schools or studios. It simply provides a learning option and greater flexibility to those who live in areas where there are no schools available or whose lifestyles don’t allow for them to attend regular classes.
Q. What time are classes held?
A. IMA is open 24/7, so anytime that is convenient for you is the perfect time to train. Groups have the flexibility to schedule training sessions whenever it suits their group. The only requirement is your PC and internet connection.
Q. How much time will I be expected to train?
A. Typically, a student should expect to practice about 36 hours over 16 weeks as a base line amount. Anything more will only enhance their overall technical ability and knowledge of the curriculum. For children this means that a portion of their training would be done as a group, supervised by the mentor and then individually at home. In cases where the internet connection is limited to a public facility; i.e. in rural areas where a school or community center has the only connection available, group classes can be set up and the requirement to log in individually can be waived. The most common use would be schools administering a PE course or community sponsored activity at a recreational facility.
Q. Do classes have specific start and end dates?
A. Yes, each course has a designated start and end date. Each section spans a 16-week period. Breaks for schools to observe extended closures can be accommodated. The course can start whenever you chose.
Q. How long will my program take to complete?
The amount of time you will need to earn each belt typically takes four-months. This is with the expectation that the student has followed through in good faith on the required training and viewing time and, if he or she is a child, that they have received active supervision during the entire process by a mentor.
Q. How will I be graded?
A. Once a student has completed the required hours of active training with the IMA program, they will be required to submit a testing video of all required curriculum. They can use any webcam or video recording device. A mini-video will outline the general expectations and what to film and will be available in the tips library at the 15-week mark of your training. Your results and any comments from the IMA instructor will appear in the instructor’s notes located on the student interface page. Upon successfully passing the test, a belt and certificate will be mailed. You will then be given the option to continue to the next belt program.
Q. How will I know which classes to take?
A. All students are required to begin with program 1-Yellow Belt. After each belt is completed, you will be allowed to sign up and continue to the next section of curriculum. There are discounts for registering for a 12 month membership. Special requests can be addressed by contacting IMA by clicking on the contact us button or emailing us at
Q. How and when can I enroll in an IMA online course?
A. You can enroll at anytime. Courses begin with the completion of the registration and payment process. Parental consent and mentor registration is also required for minors. Community group, educational organization, or corporate sponsored programs should contact IMA for registration details.
Are you ready to start your martial arts journey?