Founder

Grandmaster Greg Goepfert

IIMAA was founded by Grandmaster Greg Goepfert and several individual Black Belts. IIMAA is a group of independent martial artists working together to achieve success in our lives as well as in our businesses.

GM Goepfert has developed a system named “Budo Ryu Shin Gendai Senshi” which translates to “living the martial way as a true modern warrior”. This system of martial arts comes from over 35 years of training in many different martial arts styles. ​In addition to founding his own system and being granted Sokeship and his 8th Dan by an international board; GM Goepfert also holds the following internationally recognized ranks:

– 7th Dan Tae-Kwon-Do
– 4th Dan Aikido
– 4th Dan Tang Soo Do
– 1st Dan Shotokan Karate
– Black Belt Jiu-Jitsu
– Level 1 Certified Krav Maga Instructor
– Certified Personal Trainer
– CrossFit Level 1 Instructor
– CPR/AED Certified
​GM Goepfert is a certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Instructor under Carlson Gracie Jr. and a G.R.A.C.I.E. certified instructor by Royce Gracie.

GM Goepfert has been inducted into the following Halls of Fames​:

The Martial Arts World Magazine International Hall of Fame for outstanding community protection 2012. Presented by Grandmaster Y.K. Kim and Chief Master Bill Clark.
– World Karate Union Hall of Fame on June 27th, 2009 as Master of the Year

– The Martial Arts Health and Fitness Association as Founder of the Year for 2010

– Action Martial Arts Magazines Hall of Honors on January 8th, 2010

GM Goepfert also works with the following organizations:
-Martial Arts Health & Fitness Association (Germany)
-International Combat Union (UK)
-World JFC Federation (Italy)
-World Juboxing Federation (Italy)
-Brazilian Confederation of Traditional Kickboxing (Brazil)

​GM Goepfert spent several years living and training in Okinawa, Japan and Korea while serving in the U.S. Air Force. During this time GM Goepfert trained Special Forces and Law Enforcement personnel in hand to hand combat and defensive tactics.

GM Goepfert has many competition victories, including: 1st place in the Okinawa International, 1st in the 1989 World Karate Championships, 1st in Nationals, and 1st place in State. In addition he has several students that have won World, National and State Championships.
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GM Goepfert has owned and operated several martial art schools in Illinois, Florida, Massachusetts and Okinawa. He has also taught martial arts classes at many academic schools, colleges and military bases.

​GM Goepfert has served as a Law Enforcement Officer and spent two years assigned to the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office Training Division (12th largest SO in the U.S.) where he was the lead Defensive Tactics Instructor. He was also tasked with instructing all high liability areas to over 1,600 Deputies. GM Goepfert served as an adjunct instructor for Palm Beach College Criminal Justice Academy where he instructed students in all areas of police work. GM Goepfert holds Instructor certifications in Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Handgun, Shotgun, Rifle, Pepperball, Traffic Stops, Driving, Taser, etc. In addition he is certified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Firearms, Defensive Tactics and Driving.

GM Goepfert has earned his Bachelors Degrees in Business Administration and an MBA with a concentration in Human Resources.