Home | Legal Disclaimer | Home Study Certification Courses | News | Testing & Services | Endorsements | Credentials | USA Students | International Students | Contact Us/ Questions & Answers

Contact Us/ Questions & Answers

ak.jpg

Please contact the IMMA Customer Service with your questions!

*Due to high volume of emails, we respond to emails in the order that we receive them (please be patient). 

*If your question is already answered in this site, we usually do not respond, so please patiently read through the entire site before contacting us!


 
 
 
Commonly Asked Questions:
 
 
Q: How long does it take before I am eligible to test?
A: There are no time limits to test! As soon as you have learned the material visit the "Testing" section and follow the procedure.
 

Q: Can you really learn from Videos?
A: Yes...That is why Instructional Videos have always been in demand for decades!
 

Q: Is earning your certification by video legitimate?
A: Yes! People even earn various college degrees through various legitimate online university sites all of the time! As long as you practice & learn the material with a partner/partners there is no issue. Historically there are known cage fighters that initially used videos and trained with partners out of their garage and made it all of the way to the UFC! Obviously most competitors train in a class setting...
 

Q: Can I see a sample certificate?
A: No! Due to people forging etc. All certificates are 8 1/2 X 11 inches.
 
 
Q: When I pass my Video Test do I receive a Certificate or an actual Belt?
A: You recieve a Certificate with The Belt/Instructor Rank stating the level that you attained!
 
 
Q: In what format do I send you my Test?
A: You can send your Test via: DVD, YouTube, VHS, VHS-C, Etc.
 

Q: Can someone with no previous experience learn from these videos?
A: Yes, but it is better if you have previous experience! These courses are not a substitute for in person training, however it is a great & easy way to learn and earn your black belt at your own pace and in the privacy of your home!
 
 
Q: Is there a seperate Test Fee per belt level or is it one Test Fee from White Belt to the Black Belt level?
A: There is only one Test Fee from White to Black Belt!


Q: Does the certificates say; "DVD certification" or "Certified by DVD"?
A: NO! It is a legitimate certification of a belt/instructor rank earned!
 
 
Q: Do I need a "Partner" to train in these courses?
A: This will be a Yes & No Answer...Obviously Yes if you want to reach your "Full Potential" in order to see if you can handle sparring or doing dills with partners is the best way to have a reality check on what you can truly do!

No, If you simply want to go at your own pace by hitting a Heavy Bag by yourself or using a Training Dummy, Grappling Dummy etc. and want to see some improvement but you are not critical of the outcome!
 
 
 
Q: Can I send my Video Test without  using a Partner?
A: If for some reason you can not find a partner during the time you wish to video tape your test and you have learned all of the material you may perform it like a Kata or use any training equipment (Grappling Dummy, Heavy Bag etc.)!
 









                                                                             rodrigo medeiros,Me,sifu-eric bentzen,snake blocker @ my school in '02
Master-Rodrigo Medeiros, Master-Mike, Sifu/Guro-Eric Bentzen, & Kru-Snake Blocker at Mike's former Corona, California Martial Arts Academy-2002

                                                                                        
 
 
                                                         
                                                           
                                                                  
                                                                         MASTER-MIKE
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                   
                                                              
 
 
                                                                        
                                                             Master-Mike & GM-Hock Hochheim 
                                                                 
                                  
 
 
 

~IF YOU HAVE A MARTIAL ARTS VIDEO CERTIFICATION COURSE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE OFFERED THROUGH THE INTERNATIONAL MMA ASSOCIATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE IMMA CUSTOMER SERVICE THROUGH THE EMAIL LISTED ON TOP OF THE "CONTACT US" PAGE!




Are Distance Learning Programs Effective?


Read the following article that appeared in

Black Belt Magazine: 

CAN YOUR VCR TEACH YOU TECHNIQUES AS WELL 
AS LIVING, BREATHING HUMAN BEINGS? 
BY BOBBY NEWMAN PH.D.

     In recent years there's been a boom in the sales of videotapes designed to teach certain skill sets to viewers. As soon as video was determined to be an effective teaching tool, forward thinking martial artists entered the fray and began churning out volume after volume covering every style imaginable. It has become big business. Up to 35 percent of the ads in Black Belt offer some form of videotaped instruction. They represent an almost endless parade of styles and instructors, with individual tapes costing as much as $60 and complete sets selling for $500 or more.  Despite the popularity of martial arts instructional tapes, no study of their effectiveness has been performed. Until now. In a quest for hard evidence, three subjects with no martial arts experience were selected to participate in an experiment. These are the results. 

THE METHOD 
     The subjects were three women, all of whom were in their 20s and in good health. They were tasked with learn- 10 kenpo karate techniques. For some techniques, the mode of instruction was one-on-one training with a certified personal trainer who holds a black belt in the art. For others, it was by videotape. 
     All the techniques were taught on the same day. Two of the students learned in their homes, while the third learned in a commercial martial arts facility. Before each session, they were told to stretch their muscles and perform calisthenics. Then the training commenced.  
     Each live technique was performed three times by the instructor. Then the students practiced it with the instructor as the partner until they could execute it proficiently.  
     Each video-based technique was viewed three times. Then the students practiced it with the instructor, but he merely served as the attacker. He did not make corrections or offer advice.
 

THE OUTCOME
     The study determined that all three students were able to effectively perform each technique for the instructor in fewer than 10 attempts. No systematic differences between the two methods of instruction were evident. The subjects appeared to learn the techniques equally well from either source. The tapes, however, imparted the skills at a much lower cost to the students!