International Martial Arts Academy

Our dojo has closed after 19 years of service to the community. If you’re looking to make contact

Operating as usual

Photos from International Martial Arts Academy's post 01/02/2022

Happy New Year…Year of the Tiger! 🐅

Later in 2022, we’ll celebrate the 2 year anniversary of my private dojo. We’ve continued to train and persevere, year-after-year.
👊🏼👊🏿👊🏻👊👊🏽

With ferocity and fortitude, we hope that you, too, attack the new year like a tiger.

Photos from International Martial Arts Academy's post 05/27/2021

June 1st marks the ONE YEAR anniversary of training that’s been going on at my private dojo! One full year of perseverance. Through a major shoulder surgery, a pandemic, the passing of two loyal dogs, and the death of my father, we continued to train.

Together...week by week...we did it! 💪🏼
We kept going!

May your upcoming Memorial Day be restful. 🇺🇸

06/06/2020

The surgery is done. The nerve block administered during the surgery is fading...but at least I can focus on my recovery now.🤞🏼😓💪🏼 Resting up until my follow-up visit with the surgeon on Monday.

Photos from International Martial Arts Academy's post 06/03/2020

This was not only the first day back to training (post-quarantine)...but also the last training for me for a while.😭 My shoulder surgery is scheduled for Thursday morning.😔

I loved being able to train again with these guys—I missed my budo brothers. I’m lucky to have them. Thanks for kicking off our reboot right!💜

Also, it was awesome to see those of you who decided to come train with me at the start of our private dojo on Monday!♥️ Of course, we won’t have class on Friday (as I will have just had surgery), but I’ll see you Monday...all braced up!😣

FYI: I’ll be creating a private page/group soon for those of us who have decided to continue to train.
—Sensei

Photos from International Martial Arts Academy's post 05/18/2020

Saturday was moving day for the dojo—it was a looong day!

Thank you to all of my former students who surprised me by showing up to help (thanks, Jocelyn—you were the only one who knew when we were planning to move)! It was wonderful to see all of you again (even given the circumstances) and to get to catch up with each of you at lunch (thank you, Gaurav). It makes me realize that maybe having a reunion is something we should just do anyway every few years.💛 Having all of you (and even some of your spouses/partners) there was invaluable and meant more to me than you will ever know (Elaine, Neelay, Michael, and Myle).

And thank you to the crew I train with (Chad, Khanh, Brett, Juba, Diallo, and Devin). Whenever I need help, I can always count on you.💜 I needed your physical strength and moral support yesterday and you were there for me like you always are. Some of you I’ve trained with for as long as 17 years—you prove time and again that when the chips are down that you’re my family.

I feel so very lucky. I could not have remotely been able to get done by myself what we accomplished together. Thank you for loving me like you do.♥️

If you aren’t caught up on what’s happening with the dojo, see the previous post—there’s a video I’ve made explaining the factors in my decision and how I’m moving forward. If you need to contact me, email me at: [email protected]

Truly,
Fox Sensei

The Future of IMAA: Moving Forward 05/13/2020

The Future of IMAA: Moving Forward

After owning International Martial Arts Academy for 19 years, I’ve decided to close my business. This has been a difficult, painful decision, but given the conditions that a business like mine has to operate under now and moving forward through the foreseeable future, it is the reasonable choice to make.

Please take a moment to watch the entire video I have made for you (it’s about 12 minutes long). It’s essentially what I told the students and parents at the meeting that I held at the dojo last night.

I will be operating as a private dojo, moving forward. If you are interested in continuing to train with me, information for contacting me (and the manner in which I’ll be choosing students to train) is in the video message attached here. If you know of a dojo family who has not seen this announcement, feel free to pass the link to this on to them.

To my former and current students, thank you for the nearly two decades of loyalty and love. This dojo has been like a family to me. The decision to close this business has been a painful one. Those of you who didn’t make it to the meeting I had last night are being spared the sight of watching me cry...so that’s probably for the best!

With much love and sincerity,
Stacey Fox
Sensei/Owner
International Martial Arts Academy

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The Future of IMAA: Moving Forward Check out a video I made via Loom

05/10/2020

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there!🌹💐🌺 Here is Sensei with her mom, back in the 1970s.

05/06/2020

I will be posting a notice for a dojo meeting to be held on Tuesday, May 12, at 7:00 p.m. (I’ll probably post the event tomorrow here on our page so that I have some idea of who will be in attendance). I intend to have the meeting at our dojo. I’d love for all of our students and/or parents to attend (of course, at an acceptable social distance).

So stay tuned. I hope you and your families are happy, healthy, and doing well!♥️

04/27/2020

Governor Abbott has extended the closure of facilities like ours (we are classified as a “gym”) until at least mid-May in the State of Texas. At that point, the state will reconsider this status based on data and consider a phased approach to reopening (not sure what that would look like).

In the coming week or so, I’ll personally post on this page.

I hope all of you and your families are safe and sound.♥️

Sensei

04/27/2020

Governor Abbott will be announcing his plan for the state tomorrow. I’ll make a post later in the week based on the guidelines issued.

Be safe.♥️

04/16/2020

An update from Sensei.♥️🙏🏼

03/27/2020

Found this on our door—the City of Plano must be making sure that we all know (we’ve been closed...we knew).😕 We’re ordered to be closed until April 27.😳😢 For small businesses, this is devastating.

03/19/2020

Checking in with everybody. I hope this quarantine has an end in sight. I miss all of you. Be safe and healthy out there.♥️

Thinking of y’all,
Sensei

03/16/2020

Reminder: the dojo will be closed this week due to school closures—the recommendation has been to not gather. We’ll reassess things this coming weekend. Thanks for your support!♥️

03/13/2020

Due to the closure of all of the schools for 1 more week in an attempt to keep people from potentially becoming ill, the dojo will be closed. We’ll reevaluate (and, hopefully, reopen) the following week.

03/09/2020

Reminder: the dojo will be closed over spring break. Enjoy your vacations!
P.S. I am doing well (and am healthy) in Japan.🤗

Photos from International Martial Arts Academy's post 02/24/2020

Conducted a Women’s Self Defense Seminar this weekend—the ladies did fantastically. 💪🏼 I’m proud of their willingness to try new techniques...and for their ferociousness!

Here’s to women with a little (or a lot) of fight to them!♥️👊🏼

02/17/2020

Reminder: the dojo will be closed today—Monday, February 17. Enjoy your day!🇺🇸

Don’t forget: Test is this Friday, February 21. Test is by invitation only—no classes on test day!

02/07/2020

Make note:

*Monday, Feb. 17: the dojo is closed (Presidents’ Day/School Holiday)

*Friday, February 21: TEST DAY! Testing is by invitation only. NO classes that day.

01/20/2020

The dojo is closed today (Monday, January 20) in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday. See all of you tomorrow!

01/17/2020

Test Day is tomorrow (Friday, January 17)!
No classes on Friday.

NOTE: the dojo will be closed on Monday, January 20, in honor of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

01/11/2020

Due to the latest tornado warning (and storm line still to come), we will not be conducting tonight’s adult class at 7:15.🌪

01/10/2020

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10: We’ll play it by ear tonight—if the weather starts looking bad, we may close up for the night. I’ll be there at 5:15 p.m., though.

Be safe out there!

Sensei

01/02/2020

Happy New Year! Here’s to a wonderful 2020.
🎊✨🎉🌟

Classes at the dojo resume tomorrow (Thursday, January 2). See you on the mats!

12/25/2019

Merry Christmas to all of the dojo’s friends and families! Enjoy time with those you love.

12/23/2019

Reminder:
The dojo will be closed from Dec. 23–Jan. 1. We will reopen on Jan. 2!

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
🎄🎅🏼🎁♥️🎉

This is me...in Dallas: December, 1974.

—Sensei

12/01/2019

Don’t forget:
dojo cleaning from 1:00-3:00 p.m. today!

12/01/2019

Dojo Cleaning is tomorrow!🧽🧹🧼

Sunday, December 1
1:00-3:00 p.m.
*Come in something you don’t mind getting dusty in!

—Sensei

11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving to our dojo family and friends!
♥️🍂🍽💛🦃🧡🍁

11/25/2019

The dojo will be open today (Monday, Nov. 25) and tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 26)! We will be closed Wednesday—Friday (Nov. 27-29).

*Dojo Cleaning:
Sunday, Dec. 1, 100-3:00 p.m.

11/23/2019

Test tonight at the dojo! Advay did well...and Yash sparred with him at exactly the right pace. Proud of the testers and those who assisted. Thanks for you help, Nidhi, Yash, and Dhruv!

11/22/2019

Test Day is today: Friday, November 22

No classes today!

11/18/2019

TEST DAY: Friday, November 22.
NO classes on Friday.

Thanksgiving Break:
*the dojo will be OPEN Monday-Tuesday (11/25 and 11/26).
*the dojo will be CLOSED Wednesday—Friday (11/27-11/29).

Dojo Cleaning: Sunday, December 1
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Come in something you get a little dusty in!

Photos from International Martial Arts Academy's post 11/10/2019

At Yoshida-Jinja (Japan). ♥️ I’ll be back soon...

10/28/2019

On October 31 (Halloween):
5:15 and 6:15 classes only
(no 7:15 class)!
👻 Students may wear their costumes to class—it will be a day of games and fun!🎃

10/18/2019

A reminder:
Test Day is today!
NO classes today (Friday, October 18).

10/15/2019

Don’t forget:

*TEST DAY is this Friday, October 18. There are NO CLASSES on Friday.

*Thursday, October 31 (Halloween): children’s classes at 5:15 and 6:15 ONLY. They may come dressed in their costume—no need to bring equipment!

Sensei

10/14/2019

Reminder: No classes today (Monday, October 14)!

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