Since 2000, INTERNATIONAL MARTIAL ART CENTER has been providing instruction in the martial arts in the Buena Park / Cypress, & Lakewood / Downey CA area.
Our Lakewood location is on the corner of Woodruff & South (next to the 76 gas station).
Our Buena Park location is on the corner of Ball & Valley View (next to Ralph's MKT)
We hope you enjoy our website and will stop by and visit us if you are in the area. This site is designed to give you information about our facility, our style of martial arts, our staff and provide you with information on how to contact us as well.
SPECIAL OFFER for Buena Park Only
9 WEEKS FOR $99
Muay Thai Kickboxing
Includes Uniform or Boxing Gloves and T-shirt
All Unlimited Classes included
New Members Only.
You can also reach us through our Contact Form. You can also call us on the phone at:
714-826-1575. Please refer to our Hours of Operation to call us within our business hours.
Anybody can do Muay Thai Kickboxing at IMAC Martial Arts!Muay Thai Cardio Kickboxing is an intense cardio workout that builds strength, speed, timing, stamina and power. Each class includes heavy bag work, exercises for abs, arms, and legs, and more.
MTC Kickboxing combines Aerobic and anaerobic conditioning and helps develop all of the important areas of fitness. The primary focus and benefit of each MTC kickboxing Class is FITNESS. The classes are designed to help the student lose weight, build muscle and transform his/her body. Additionally, each class is designed to challenge the student's cardiovascular fitness and raise his/her level of conditioning.
The next element of MTC kickboxing is SAFETY. Adults have different needs than teens and children. Each MTC Kickboxing Class is designed to protect the student's knees, ankles, back and neck. There is no Sparring with other students in the Basic MTC Kickboxing course.
We understand that our students have jobs, families and responsibilities. We protect our students from injury by creating a curriculum that considers the adult student's needs.
The next element of MTC Kickboxing is EDUCATION. Each class is designed to challenge the student intellectually, We realize that most people join our program for fitness and not to become a World Champion Fighter.
We teach correct technique in order to provide a safer and more efficient workout. The students learn how to perform their punches, kicks, knees, and footwork correctly.
Students go on a mental journey each and every class, taking them away from the normal stress and strain of their busy lives. Martial Arts is, in fact, a "Journey towards Self Perfection".
The last and most important element of MTC Kickboxing is FUN. There are lots of ways to get into shape, but the one you will stay with the longest and benefit from the most is the one you enjoy. We are experts at disguising repetition so that material is familiar, but not boring. It's not necessarily what we teach that makes MTC kickboxing so unique... it's how we teach it.
We promise a TERRIFIC WORKOUT that is SAFE, EDUCATIONAL and lots of FUN... Every Time!
For members who want to kick it up a notch, we have our KRU Muay Thai class. THIS IS THE REAL DEAL Which focuses on Power, Speed, Techniques, Conditioning, and Sparring.
KRU MUAY THAI TRAINING
KRU MUAY THAI curriculum is the first of its kind. It is a complete Martial Arts System that includes a progressive rank system, inclusive of fitness, technical skill and self defense combat applications that has been modified to not only be safe for the practitioner, but alot of fun, too. Meaning of “KRU”?
“KRU” is literally translated from the Thai language as meaning “teacher”. KRU Muay Thai is therefore a teaching style. Not to be confused with “cardio kickboxing”, the origins of Muay Thai date back thousands of years to Siam now known today as Thailand.
“KRU” is also a homonym for “crew”, or defined as a group of single-minded people who share a common goal. Therefore we like to think that we never train without our “KRU”, our teachers and peers. The KRU Muay Thai curriculum thus involves both components, and is completed by our will to learn, progress and grow. KRU Muay Thai is a highly sought after program that is practiced in school from the West Coast of the United States to the UK in Europe. You will find the best quality of instruction as well as have the best facilities to train in. Great environment with all the benefits such as confidence, weight loss, strength, speed, self defense and more.
MACHADO Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the most evolved martial art for self-defense and is ideal for anyone. Jiu-Jitsu will teach you to defend yourself in any situation, regardless of your size or strength.
Originally a Japanese art, Jiu-Jitsu was transformed by the Brazilians (mainly the Gracies) into the best martial art for fighting known to man. This has been repeatedly proven in Ultimate Fighting Championships and full-contact contests around the world. In its true form it is a gentle, yet effective form of self-defense.
The gentle nature of Jiu-Jitsu means that you can train everyday in a fun, progressive manner without fear of injury. It will get you into the best shape of your life, regardless of your age or physical condition. In short, Jiu-Jitsu is awesome; the diversity of what it has to offer is unparalleled by any other martial art form.
Martial arts professionals around the world seek out Jiu-Jitsu because without it, they are incomplete martial artists.
* The Jiu-Jitsu classes at IMAC are conducted under the strict guidence of Master John Machado and Master Mike Young Gun Lee. We have special training methods to get you to be the best you can in the shortest amount of time. Our Jiu-Jitsu program is second to none, we have the best trainers in the country. We proudly wear the Machado Jiu-Jitsu emblem on our uniforms, so come be a part of one of the most respected names in the Jiu-Jitsu world.
Among the first of the top-notch Brazillians to make the move to America, were the renowned Brazillian fighting family, the Machado Brothers. Through the help of martial arts legend Chuck Norris, himself a Machado student, the brothers relocated from Rio De Janeiro to the United States during the late 80's and early 90's. Before setting up their Academies in Los Angeles, each of the five brothers held Brazil National Jiu Jitsu titles in each of their respective weight divisions. A unique accomplishment in a highly competitive arena. The five brothers, Carlos, Rigan, Jean, Jaques, John and Roger were all brought up on a diet of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; spending most of their childhood years on the mat, and competing in innumerable local, state and national tournaments.
Related to the Gracie family by marriage, the Machado's have always been regarded as part of the inner circle of the authentic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tradition.
Their competition portfolio includes a plethora of Brazilian and American National BJJ titles; Sambo titles, Greco-Roman wrestling and World Submission Grappling titles. They are among the most sought after BJJ coaches on the international circuit; and to date are proud to count an impressive list of martial arts celebrities and fighters as part of their student body. Through their coaching efforts, the Machado's have produced National champions in both Brazil and the USA. Following their move to the USA they have produced a number of fully qualified black belt instructors, who in turn, have begun producing champions of their own
Hapkido literally translated: Hap means "coordination of harmony," Ki means "the essence of power," and Do means "the art" - in short, "the Way of Coordinated Power."
The essence of Hapkido MMA is to gain the advantage through technique, avoiding the use of strength against strength. For example, if the attack is strong, one must receive it gently. If the attack is gentle, one must counter it powerfully. Re-directing your opponent's attack makes this style more suitable for students who's size and strength are less than average, as they are not required to meet an attacker head on.
Hapkido Mixed Martial Arts instills in its practitioners a sense of Morality, Dignity and Self–Respect, along with the physical development and mental well-being. Regardless of the age of the practitioner, the true spirit of Hapkido enables one to develop respect for his\her fellow man by physical and mental growth, and most importantly to develop a Perfection of Character. Since the students constant pursuit is directed toward the perfect Control of Mind and Body, and since his whole attitude is based on Peace and Harmony with others, he will Never Advocate Violence nor look for trouble. When an individual has true confidence in himself, he can be polite and respectful to others. He does not have to show off. He can act with Humility and dignity. His physical strength and mental energy can be used for constructive causes such as helping others and improving Society. Sustained by a sense of Pride, Self-Respect, and inner-Peace, we strive for victory over our own Weaknesses. To Conquer Fear, to know True Honor, and to develop the courage to Refuse Failure is our real goal. The respect we seek is our own. The victory that we seek is to Conquer Ourselves.
Hapkido uses diversion or suppression and combines skeletal joint locks, pressure points, throws, kicks, and strikes for self-defense. The Hapkido practitioner uses their attacker's power against him. Hapkido MMA emphasizes circular motion, non-resistive movements, and control of the opponent. Hapkido MMA's reputation for powerful kicking, as in most all Korean styles, is well documented. Although, Hapkido MMA contains both outfighting and infighting techniques, the goal in most situations is to get inside for a close-in strike, lock, or throw. Submission or finishing techniques are used to control the attacker once they reached the ground.
Many Hapkido MMA techniques are unsuitable for use in sparring, as their use would result in injury, even when protective gear is used. Sparring is available, but emphasizes the use of proper body alignment and timing exercises through kicking and punching techniques.
Junior & Teens Champion HAPKIDO / MMA 9yrs to 14yrs
Our Junior Champions MMA class is an exciting mix of martial Arts, including Hapkido, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai Kickboxing. Your child will always want to train and get in shape and never be bored with there classes.
We believe strongly in the importance of family and community. Each student receives individual attention in an atmosphere of teamwork and camaraderie. We strongly emphasize respect across all levels and ages of students and instructors. This respect helps to create positive energy and reminds us that we must all work together to reach our goals. IMAC Programs for kids are unlike any other martial arts or fitness programs for young people. This program is designed to help your child reach their highest potential in life and in school.
The students will learn the importance of self respect, self discipline, goal setting and perseverance all while having fun!!!
The physical aspect of the classes will get the students into shape while learning the martial arts of Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Korean Hapkido
*These martial arts are the most respected martial arts in the world. Your child will learn life lessons that will last them a lifetime. Don't worry, we're not trying to make fighters, we're just teaching them martial arts that they can be proud of and build confidence in them so they do not become targets for bullies. Bullies usually pick on other students who lack confidence. Studies have shown that martial arts is one of the best ways of building confidence.
*We are very concerned with the well-being, health and education of our children. For ten years our innovative methods of teaching have influenced thousands of kids to become achievers in life, as well as in the dojo. We provide non-violent resolutions to conflict. Yet, we strongly believe a child must develop the skills and ability to defend themselves and understand right from wrong. Students will develop greater confidence and self-discipline as they learn how to act and react to the world around them. Our students are treated with respect and are taught to return the same respect toward others.
*We believe in praise, encouragement and positive reinforcement. Parents that work with us as a team will enjoy seeing their child strive for excellence at school, at home , and at the dojo.
*Respect, Honor, Responsibility, and Confidence - all the things needed to succeed in life. Don't let yourself miss this opportunity to get the training which will help your child get ahead of the rest.
The Best for Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Hapkido and Kids Karate in, Anaheim, Artesia, Bellflower, Buena Park, Cerritos, Cypress, Downey, Fullerton, Hawaiian Gardens, La Palma, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Norwalk, Paramount and Stanton.
Future Champions HAPKIDO 4yrs to 8yrs
Our Future Champions MMA Program is a detailed curriculum of Hapkido, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu,and Muay Thai Kickboxing. With it's main focus on improving your childs basic motor and listening skills. These skills will help them enter society with a more confident and enthusiastic outlook.
They will become better students at school, better listeners at home and more ambitious towards the future.
We believe the years between the ages of 4 and 8 are the most important years of a child's development.
Our program will enhance positive development in a fun and motivating way. It also teaches kids to set goals and how to reach those goals.
Our step-by-step curriculum will guide your child on an exciting journey to becoming a Champion in every aspect of their lives. In the Future Champions classes your child will be exposed to positive social interaction. They will learn how to work with others and follow directions from their instructors.
Our Future Champions Instructors are good role models who are trained specifically to work with young school-aged children.
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