Institute of Martial Arts & Sciences

Promoting professionalism and quality in the martial arts worldwide

IMAS Yearbook – Available to order Now

October 20, 2012

This is the very first yearbook of the Institute of Martial Arts and Sciences, so is quite an historic text in it;s own right. Consisting of 200+ pages in A4 format,

This yearbook, contains certains research papers and articles from our journal’s last year of publication, as well as some lighter articles from our newsletter, which was the precursor to the IMAS Quarterly in our first few years of operation.

While the majority of the contents have been contributed by members of our faculty (simply because research is one of the most important duties of being numbered among that very select band),  there are others that have been penned by some of our yonger and less experienced associates, and the institute would like to encourage many more of these.

As you will see, the material included covers a multitude of different aspects, arts and styles that are well researched,  interesting and informative, so there is something for everyone form traditional western and eastern systems of combat, to philosophy and safety while training, education and instruction to law enforcement.

Please help support the institute and its important work by purchasing your copy today

Our  thanks to everyone who worked so hard in making this yearbook a reality:




Prof. James Lee-Barron PhD FIMAS (Editor in Chief)

Prof. Lee-Barron is the founder and president of the institute.

Having over 45 years experience in the martial arts holding senior grades in several, and 30 years in the fields of education and training, he has taught all kinds of people including those with profound learning difficulties, ex-offenders and members of the armed forces and police.

He is a published author, and has contributed research articles and papers for several journals and periodicals. Having taught in schools, colleges, universities, community education centers and even prisons in several countries, he believes passionately in the importance of making education and training accessible to everyone and in the value of research in the martial arts and combat sports. In addition to his work with the institute, jaimie runs an international martial arts organisation and continues to work as a college lecturer.


Prof. Matthew Clempner MSc FIMAS (Editor)

Prof. Clempner was one of the founding fellows of the institute, and is a life-long student of the martial arts having represented the UK at the Olympics in both Judo and Wrestling.

Mathew has a long and distinguished service as a police officer which saw him as part of several specialist squads and is an instructor of various defensive tactics for the UK Home Office. He is a noted authority in the traditional Russian martial arts, and an acknowledged expert in several others.

In addition to being one of the institutes senior examinations officers and his work as an editor for our quarterly journal, he also runs regular first aid courses which are specially tailored to the needs and requirements of the martial arts.


Prof. Mohi Chowdhury MB ChB FIMAS (Editor)

Prof. Chowdhury’s day job is as a busy medical doctor specialising in paediatrics and he also lectures upon medicine at university. He has over 30 years of martial arts training behind him holding senior rank and position in a number of these systems.

In addition, he possesses numerous other teaching/training qualifications and has written and published several important research papers in various refereed journals. Consequently, Mohi is a very valued tutor/assessor for the IMAS instructors award as well as running regular first aid courses for martial artists and others.

He is a noted expert in karate, and is the Education Liaison Officer to the IMAS faculty for this martial art.


Mr. Marius Baade MSc AIMAS

Mr. Baade is a fine example of one of our younger, associate members. Even so, he has managed to cram quite a lot of training and experience into his life so far, with a university education and a good few years of intensive martial arts training under his belt, including judo, jiu jitsu, kick boxing and self defence.

In addition, he is already considered something of an expert in both security procedures and emergency first aid, and is currently concentrating upon developing his military caree by undergoing special training in order to qualify as both a combat medic and close combat instructor.


Prof. Kevin Pell FIMAS

Prof. Pell has been a devoted martial artist for over forty five years with his speciality being Jiu Jitsu, in which he is an internationally renowned instructor. Kevin has a background in the armed forces and close protection industry, and is a both former commando and police officer who now runs his own international Jiu Jitsu organisation.

Prof. Pell is a published author, having written two books and several articles concerning the martial arts, and is the IMAS Education Liaison Officer for the martial art of Jiu Jitsu in the United Kingdom.


Rev. Toby Humphry MA FIMAS

Toby Humphry, an Anglican priest and teacher, has many years of martial arts training behind him and holds several Dan grades.  He taught martial arts to military personnel and civilians while he was deployed on operational duties as a Territorial Army chaplain, as well as on courses and seminars in various European countries.

Toby has written several articles on the spiritual and philosophical aspects of the martial arts and he is currently collaborating with Dr. Melvyn Willin FIMAS on research into the paranormal aspects of the martial arts. As well as studying the impact of rheumatic diseases and their common comorbidities on martial artists and martial arts teaching, Toby is also a noted technician in the practical aspects of martial arts with a particular interest in bladed weapons.


Prof. Wojciech Cynarski PhD FIMAS

Prof. Cynarski is Head of the Department of Humanities at the University of Rzeszów, Poland, where he teaches sociology and sociology of sport tourism in the Faculty of Physical Education UR.  He has years of martial arts training and teaching behind him and is the president and technical director of the Association Idokan Poland.

Prof. Cynarski is founder of the International Martial Arts and Combat Sports Scientific Society and is the Editor in Chief of the “Ido Movement for Culture, Journal of Martial Arts Anthropology.

He is the author of several books and research papers, also possessing extensive experience in numerous martial arts including Ju Jutsu, Karate and Kobudo, holding very senior rank in each.


 Prof. Mike Cartier FIMAS

Prof. Cartier has an extensive experience of a wide range of martial arts, but his real interest lies in the various traditional European combative systems.

This interest has led him into the research of Pankration from ancient Greece, and to further concentrate his efforts upon the martial schools of the Renaissance. Mike has translated several important texts on this subject and has formed special study groups in order to research the subject further, both technically and academically, having written numerous papers and articles concerning this subject that have been published in various journals.

Prof. Cartier holds the position of Research Fellow upon the IMAS faculty.


Prof. Brian Jones PhD FIMAS

Prof. Jones is Professor of Exercise Science at Georgetown College in the United States. His academic specialism is Sports and Exercise Science, which goes hand in glove with his extensive martial arts background.

He has black belts in Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo and Taekwondo, as well as having experience of several others. In addition, Prof Jones is the Kentucky state director for the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and holds a number of health and fitness qualifications.

Brian is a published author and has written dozens of articles concerning both the martial arts and other aspects of physical education. Prof. Jones is a very valued member of  faculty for the IMAS.


Prof. John M. Landry PhD FIMAS

Prof. Landry has been involved with the martial arts for his entire life and holds advanced grades in several of these. He is a long-serving police officer and is a specialist in defensive tactics and techniques for law enforcement, In addition, he has a PhD in Education and is on the adjunct faculty of two universities at which he lectures upon certain aspects of criminal justice. His current research interest is reality based self-defense for both police and the general public. Professor Landry a certified pistol, shotgun, and rifle instructor. He serves as his police department’s Training Coordinator and Chief Instructor.

John is a Research Fellow on the faculty of the Institute of Martial Arts and Sciences, and also holds the position of Education Liaison Officer for Law Enforcement.


Prof. Roberto Gonzalez Haramboure PhD FIMAS

Prof. Haramboure holds senior rank in the martial art of karate, and is a very successful instructor and coach with his students winning both national and international titles and even setting certain records. He is a published author and, having earned a PhD in sports sciences, he has written several papers concerning effective coaching and performance enhancement. He taught and lectured in various different countries where is valuable expertise and experience are always sought after.

Prof. Haramboure is currently working as an advisor to the National Ministry for Sport in Peru.


 Mr. Yun Choi Yeung MEd MSc FiFL FIMAS

Mr Yeung has a background in business and postgraduate researches in the Chinese matrix management style, education program evaluation, and pure eccentric movement in Chinese Martial Arts. He has lectured at various colleges and has a lifelong interest in the unique development of adhering techniques in Chinese Martial Arts.

His recent research interests are the benefits of non-concentric exercises for people with spasticity, and the relevancy of meridians in Xingyiquan. In the 1990’s and early 2000’s, he was involved in the development of Taiji pushing-hand and Yongchun (Wing Chun) sticking-hand competitions in the South of China.

In 2007, he was introduced to the martial sport of modern Pangration, which has its traditional roots in ancient Greece, and has since become heavily involved in the development of this combat sport in the UK, recruiting athletes for team GB and organising national and international competitions and events.