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Our DojoIMA-International Budokan Shotokan Karate was founded in 2001 by Sensei Amadou Niang. Sensei Amadou's vision was to bring traditional karate to everyone by offering classes at local recreation centers.

We take great pride in being the first IMA-affiliate dojo in Utah. Our students not only train in traditional Shotokan, but also achieve great success in local, national, and international karate tournaments.

At IMA-International Budokan we teach traditional Shotokan based on the philosophies of the founder of Shotokan karate-do, Gichin Funakoshi. Our students learn in a safe and fun environment, and are taught traditional karate with the use of basics (kihon), forms (kata), and sparring (kumite). They participate in local, national, and international competitions.

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IMA- International Budokan Shotokan Karate was founded in 2001 by Sensei Amadou Niang. His vision was to bring traditional karate training to everyone by offering karate classes and karate compeition classes at multiple local recreation centers throughout the Salt Lake Valley We take great pride in being the first IMA-affiliate dojo in Utah.

At IMA-International Budokan we teach traditional Shotokan based on the philosophies of the founder of Shotokan karate-do, Gichin Funakoshi. Our students train in a fun, safe environment, and are taught traditional karate with the use of basics (kihon), forms (kata), and sparring (kumite). They also participate in local, national, and international competitions, and achieve great success.

Local Utah karate tournament locations include: Salt Lake City, Utah, West Valley City, Utah, Park City, Utah, Sandy, Utah, Cottonwood, Utah,

National and international karate tournaments include:

  • USA Open Karate Championships, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • USA National Championship and Team Qualifiers, Reno, Nevada
  • IMA Annual Championship in Utah, Northwest Recreation Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Intermountain Karate Championship, Park City, Utah
  • IMA Rocky Mountain Karate Championship, Louisville, Colorado
  • IMA North Fork Karate Championship, Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Colorado State Championship, Eagle, Colorado.

Karate classes and competition training are offered throughout the Salt Lake Valley, Utah, at:

  • Central City Recreation Center in downtown Salt Lake City
  • Redwood Recreation Center in West Valley City, UT
  • Northwest Community Center, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Rowland Hall, on the East Bench, Salt Lake City, UT

This provides karate lessons and competition training for people in: Canyon Rim, Cottonwood, Cottonwood West, Sugar House (Sugarhouse), Millcreek, East Millcreek, Cottonwood Heights, Indian Hills, Emigration Canyon, Parleys Canyon, Holladay, West Valley, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Valley, Harvard Yale, Glendale, the Avenues, Downtown Salt Lake, 9th & 9th, Murray, Yalecrest, Liberty Park, Mt. Olympus, University of Utah, 15th & 15th, the East Bench.

SENSEI AMADOU NIANG Head Instructor, 6th Degree Black Belt

Over his long tenure as karate student and instructor, Sensei Amadou Niang has attended seminars and camps by many respected experts of karate-do including: Cyrus Madani, Taiji Kase, Guy Chauvin, Masayuki Hisataka, Shojiro Koyama, Hirokazu Kanazawa, Masafumi Shiomitsu, Fumuo Demura, and WKF 1980's kumite legend Goeffrey Thompson ( five times world champion).

The International MartialArts Association (IMA) was founded in 1991 by Shihan Cyrus Madani. IMA is dedicated to teaching Shotokan Karate. The main school is located between Denver and Boulder, Colorado. Website: www.imakarate.com

USA KARATE Website: www.usankf.org