Name: Shihan Jeff Brown
Belt Degree: Shihan
Years Experience: 32
Sensei Jeff Brown, founder of the International Institute of Martial Arts, Inc. began his training at the age of ten in Canada in the art of Wado Ryu under Sensei Ray Green and Master Shintani. His training continued training in California and Arizona while competing professionally in kickboxing.
At the age of eighteen, Sensei Brown founded The International Institute of Martial Arts and utilized the Sports Palace in Escondido for instruction. The studio began with thirteen students and by the end of the first year, it had grown to over sixty. In 1994, he IIMA moved into a larger facility located at 346 E. Valley Parkway in Escondido where it became recognized for training world, national and local champions. In 1996, IIMA returned from the Vegas World Championships with one World Championship Title in Kumite.
By 1998, The International Institute of Martial Arts had grown to over 120 students. IIMA opened a new and larger location which offered a full-size kickboxing ring and academic tutoring center on W. El Norte Parkway in Escondido. Within the first two months, enrollment doubled. In November of 1998, Sensei Brown was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame for his exceptional breaking ability. The 1999 IMAC World Championship Tournament in Vegas awarded IIMA nine World Championship Titles.
IIMA completed its first remodeling project of the Escondido location in March of 2002. The new look included fully matted floors with Olympic style Swain mats, a pro shop, Black Belt Club distinguished uniforms, a boxing training center, private lesson room and Krav Maga classes.
In January 2003, The International Institute of Martial Arts relocated to its current headquarters location at 456 East Mission Road in San Marcos. The new facility, nearly 20,000 square feet, offers four training rooms with a wide variety of classes ranging from Jujitsu, Aikido, Kickboxing, boot camps, Summer Camps, school pick-up programs and academic tutoring. IIMA took home twelve 1st place World Championship Trophies at the IMAC tournament in Vegas and held over fifty World and National Titles.
In 2004, Sensei Brown was inducted into the Action Martial Arts Hall of Fame in Atlantic City for his instructional abilities and he was inducted into the Masters Martial Arts Hall of Fame for his exceptional contribution to the martial arts through his integration of martial arts in after-school programs.
The International Fitness Center, immediately adjacent to IIMA, opened for business in January 2004. The gym included full service gym equipment, personal training, tanning beds, locker rooms with showers, nutritional supplements and kids classes.
The IIMA 2006 World Team consisted of the 20 most elite martial artists of IIMA. The International Institute of Martial Arts was declared the most "winningest school" at this event and Sensei Brown received nomination to the 2007 IMAC Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
IIMA"s KidFit USA program is a physical education and after school program that incorporates fitness, martial arts and character development throughout local schools. (www.kidfitusa.org)
The International Institute of Martial Arts believes in encouraging students to be the best they can be both physically and intellectually and that if students make good choices in life, they will achieve exceptionality. IIMA students strive for excellence. All of IIMA"s students have the ability to become champions.
By pushing past personal limitations, students excel not only in the Martial Arts, but in life.
Name: Michelle Brown
Belt Degree: Black
Years Experience: 20
Michelle Brown, originally from Illinois, received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Language Arts from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa in 1992. She received her Master"s Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Severe Affective Needs in 1993 at the University of Northern Colorado while living in Boulder, Colorado.
Michelle Brown was a teacher for Youth Benefits Placement Agency, a service providing protection for abused, neglected and runaway children. She instructed English, Math and Lifeskills to students with emotional disabilities ranging in age from 11-18 years old.
She taught as a Special Educator at Jefferson High School in Edgewater, Colorado. She determined vocational plans for students, taught 9th grade Government and 9th-12th grade Algebra, while adapting the curriculum to meet students" needs. She also served as the co-director of the urban-art program for at-risk teenagers.
She spent three months as a Winant Clayton volunteer in London, England for the Oxford House Arts and Education Department. She taught Somalian refugees and African/Bengali immigrants, creating units for British infant and junior schools, and directed art and history projects in regular and special needs schools, and published and displayed work of local artists and poets. This was followed by travel to Ireland, Scotland, Amsterdam, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy, France, Spain and Greece.
Michelle Brown was a teacher for the La Jolla Learning Institute, a non-public secondary school (grades 6-12) in San Diego. She developed assessment tools, instructional strategies, enrichment activities and behavioral goals. Following this, she was the SED (Severe Emotionally Disabled) Day Class teacher at Del Dios Middle School in Escondido where she provided ability-appropriate curriculum, interactive programs to improve social/emotional skills, and daily counseling and behavior management.
In 1998, Michelle founded the Educational EDGE (Eliminating Detrimental Gaps in Education) academic tutoring facility in affiliation with the International Institute of Martial Arts.
In 1999, Michelle Brown participated in an abroad program through the University of San Diego in Otalora, Spain at the Educational Center of Mondragon Corporation Cooperative (MCC). Seminars and study took place in the Basque Country of Northern Spain and were followed by travel to San Sebastian, Madrid, Costa Del Sol and Barcelona.
Mrs. Brown has Elementary and Special Education teaching credentials in Illinois, Iowa, Colorado and California (grades K-12). She is working towards her Administrative Credential. She also carries a certification as a CPI instructor - Crisis Prevention and Intervention.
Mrs. Brown is currently a Leadership Studies Doctorate Student at USD, a Program Director for the International Institute of Martial Arts, the chief instructor for the Tots' Program, and cofounder of the KidFit USA Program.
Mr. and Mrs. Brown are proud parents of four children: Kai (2000), Brendan (2002), Katie (2004) and Sarah (2005).
Name: Sensei Judy Nicklin
Belt Degree: Sensei
Sensei Judy Nicklin is the IIMA General Manager. She is a world grand champion in forms. She holds titles in forms, weapons, and sparring. More than her achievements she is very proud to be able to say that she has instructed students both adults and children in achieving their own personal goals. She believes that martial arts can be enriching for all ages. She knows that it instills life skills that promotes one to become more successful in life. She has experienced first hand how commitment, dedication, discipline, and perseverance will help one to achieve great success. Among her greatest honors, in 2014 Sensei Nicklin was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame as instructor of the year & IMAC Martial Arts Hall of Fame as instructor of the year.