Institute of Martial Arts & Sciences

Promoting professionalism and quality in the martial arts worldwide

About the imas

The Institute of Martial Arts and Sciences is a new concept in martial arts, we are striving toward a more Professional and Academic future for our art form. An officially recognised professional Institute, the IMAS was formed by a group of high ranking martial arts instructors, educators, researchers and academics. Together they make up our Faculty. All faculty, members and students are working towards a set of common goals and objectives, known as our Mission Statement.





Encourage Education and Research in the Martial Arts 


Promote professionalism throughout the Martial Arts


Afford Martial Artists the opportunity of obtaining recognised and accredited qualifications


Act as a platform to encourage academic debate



Membership of a professional institute is an extremely special kind of qualification in its own right being widely considered as the very pinnacle of achievement and bearing testimony to the individuals superb levels of knowledge and skill which have been duly recognised by their peers. The Institute offers Professional Membership at various levels for all martial artists of all abilities and from all styles. Membership starts at the Associate level, which is available to students of the Martial Arts at any level, or academic students of a related discipline. The most senior level of membership available is fellowship of the Institute. Fellowship is reserved for very senior, experienced martial artists who also hold certain academic qualifications. Further information on joining us can be found in the relevant section of our web site. Our faculty consists of specially selected individuals most of whom hold advanced degrees (Masters/PhD) and/or senior ranks in various martial arts and sciences. They are dedicated to helping our students to learn and achieve, and act as tutors, supervisors, mentors, researchers and assessment/examinations officers.  

      IMPORTANT STATEMENT REGARDING EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION. IMAS embraces martial arts practitioners from across the globe. We welcome and celebrate the different cultures represented by our membership. We are committed to including people of all races, genders, religions, sexual orientations and physical or intellectual abilities. We welcome you to participate in the organisation and it’s courses sharing our commitment to diversity. If you behave in any way to exclude or discriminate against people because of physical or mental ability, race, sexual orientation, gender, trans status or religion in any IMAS context or in public, including online, your behaviour will not be welcome and your will be asked to leave. We all need to improve our understanding of diversity and inclusion and you are welcome to ask for support in improving your education and understanding of issues facing minority groups. IMAS is able to offer individual support for instructors and recognised qualifications in EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION whenever and wherever needed.