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About Us 2018-03-14T15:08:13+00:00

EVERY DAY IS AN OPPORTUNITY

Established in 2010, Inochi Mixed Martial Arts (IMMA) provides a place where one can learn martial arts, have fun in the experience, make a commitment to that training and to use the knowledge as a stepping stone to an improved self, family, community and life. Get ready to embark on an experience that will last a lifetime through one of our exciting programs designed specifically with you and your family in mind.

A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology showed that children who participated in martial art training had better behavior and higher scores on a mental math test. Another article published in The International Journal of Contemporary Family Therapy recommended families take martial arts classes because of the many positive effects martial arts training provides to family members.

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Paul Haben
Paul HabenIMMA Founder and Head Instructor

Inochi’s founder, Paul Haben began his studies in martial arts in 1988, receiving his Shodan Ranking in Jukido in 1995 and later his Yodan Ranking in Jukido in 2015. He also holds a Black Belt Ranking in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu which he received after 9 years of training in 2015 and has studied, coached and taught judo over the last 25 plus years earning his Nidan Rank in 2017. Mr. Haben continues to pursue the foundational principle of integration, continued learning and refinement in Martial Arts for maximum effectiveness.

Mr. Haben’s still continues to train under his instructors:

1988 – present / JuKiDo – Kyoshi Ivan Ujueta, Shichidan JKDF

1988 – present / Judo – Kyoshi Ivan Ujueta and Sensei Robert McCormick, Sandan USJA

2006 – present / Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu–Professor Luis Sergio “Marra” Correa, 5thdegree, IBJJF

We believe in honoring the traditions of the arts and allowing those traditions to temper the individual but not limit the individual.  With that in mind, Mr. Haben has and still continues to train in a variety of other combat systems incorporating the effective and applicable technique into the Inochi system.  Inochi is not unique in its concept however it is unique in its implementation. Every class is a fresh look at continuing to advance in each student’s technique, character, effectiveness, self-control, composure, self-discipline, confidence and many, many more attributes that lead to success in martial arts yes, but more importantly in life.

Mr. Haben is also an ordained minister serving with Pastor Rick Hawkins since 1992 and is currently serving at Place For Life in San Antonio, TX. For more information about Place For Life click here.

Mr. Haben and his family reside in Bulverde, TX where they also direct Outward Ministries with the mission of empowering families and individuals to discover and walk in their purpose, bringing change to a community.

1992

Yellow Rose – ISKA, NBL –
3rd Place Kata

1994

Texas Gold – ISKA, NBL –
3rd Place Kumite

1998

Lion’s Den – UMA, AOK –
2nd – Kata
2nd – Kumite

2001

Samurai Classic II – NBL, JKDF –
1st Kata
1st Kumite

The Quest – ISKA NBL –
2nd Kata
2nd Kumite

2006

Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Open – TXBJJF / IBJJF –
2nd Medium Heavy Gi

2007

De La Riva Jiu-Jitsu Classic – TXBJJF / IBJJF –
3rd Medium Heavy Gi
3rd Medium Heavy No-Gi

2008

IBJJF Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championship – IBJJF –
3rd Senior 1 Medium Heavy Gi

Power Team Spring SA Jiu-Jitsu Open – IBJJF –
2nd Medium Heavy Gi
2nd Medium Heavy No-Gi

Flex BJJ SA Jiu-Jitsu Open – IBJJF –
2nd Medium Heavy Gi

Power Team Fall SA Jiu-Jitsu Open – IBJJF –
1st Medium Heavy Gi

2009

TXBJJF Summer Jiu-Jitsu Challenge – TXBJJF / IBJJF –
1st Medium Heavy Gi

Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Open – TXBJJF / IBJJF –
2nd Medium Heavy Gi
1st Medium Heavy No-Gi

BTT SA Jiu-Jitsu Open – IBJJF –
3rd Medium Heavy Gi
3rd Open Weight Division Gi

2010

IBJJF Houston International Jiu-Jitsu Open – IBJJF –
1St Senior 2 Middle Weight Gi
2nd Men’s Senior 2 Open Weight Gi

NAGA World Jiu-Jitsu Championship –
1st Director Middle Weight Expert Division Gi
1st Director Middle Weight Expert Division No-Gi

2011

IBJJF Dallas International Jiu-Jitsu Open – IBJJF –
2nd Senior 2 Middle Weight Gi
2nd Senior 2 Open Weight Gi

2013

IBJJF Dallas International Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship –
2nd Senior 2 Middle Weight Gi
2nd Senior 2 Open Weight Gi

NAGA World Jiu-Jitsu Championship – NAGA –
2nd Director Middle Weight Expert Division Gi
2nd Director Middle Weight Expert Division No-Gi

NASKA TX State Championship –
1st Kata
1st Kubudo

2000
Samurai Classic – NBL, JKDF – Organizer / Referee

2002
Samurai Classic III – NBL, JKDF – Organizer / Referee

2003
Samurai Classic IV – NBL, JKDF – Organizer / Referee

2004
Samurai Classic V – NBL, JKDF – Organizer / Referee

2010
Champions Edge – NBL, IBJJF, JKDF – Organizing Committee / Head Referee

2011
Champions Edge I & II – NBL, IBJJF, JKDF – Organizing Committee / Head Referee

Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship

  • Central USA Trials – Assistant Director
  • Eastern USA Trials – Assistant Director
  • Central American Trials – Assistant Director / Referee

2012
Champions Edge III & IV – NBL, IBJJF, JKDF, USJA – Organizing Committee / Head Referee

MSBJJ SA Jiu-Jitsu Open – IBJJF – Host / Assistant Director

Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship

  • Abu Dhabi WPJJC – Assistant Coach
  • Eastern USA – Assistant Director
  • Central American – Assistant Director / Referee

2013
Champions Edge V & VI – NBL, IBJJF, JKDF, USJA – Organizing Committee / Head Referee

MSBJJ SA Jiu-Jitsu Open – IBJJF – Host / Assistant Director

Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship

  • Western USA – Assistant Director
  • Eastern USA – Assistant Director
  • Central American – Assistant Director / Referee

2014
Champions Edge VII & VIII – NBL, IBJJF, JKDF, USJA – Organizing Committee / Head Referee

MSBJJ SA Jiu-Jitsu Open – IBJJF – Host / Assistant Director

2015
Champions Edge VII & VIII – NBL, IBJJF, JKDF, USJA – Organizing Committee / Head Referee

MSBJJ SA Jiu-Jitsu Open – IBJJF – Host – Assistant Director

2016
Champions Edge IX – NBL, IBJJF, JKDF, USJA – Organizing Committee / Head Referee

Kyoshi Ivan Ujueta
Kyoshi Ivan UjuetaJukido Founder and Director

Paul Haben’s instructor in Jukido since 1988 is Kyoshi Ivan Ujueta.  Kyoshi Ujueta is also Mr. Haben’s Father-in-law and is the founder of Jukido.  Jukido is a blended system of Martial Arts with Judo, Jujitsu, Kyokushinkai Karate and Wing Chun as its core.  Kyoshi Ujueta’s study in the martial arts spans over 45 years.  His Martial Arts journey began at the age of 13, training in Judo at the New York Dojo Institute in New York City.

While in Manhattan, New York, Kyoshi Ujueta was introduced to a system of martial arts called Nisei Goju Karate, founded by the late Master Frank Ruiz.  Kyoshi Ujueta learned the art of Nisei Goju, a hybrid of five styles of martial arts, Under the tutelage of Sensei Rick Diaz, Soke Chaka Zulu who received his 10th Dan ranking from the late Master Peter Urban and Sensei Ron Van Clief.

After receiving his Shodan ranking in Judo and Nisei Goju, at the age of 18, he moved to California where he dedicated himself to learning the art of Kyokushinkai Karate founded by the late Master Masutatsu Oyama.  Upon receiving his Shodan ranking in Kyokushinkai, Kyoshi Ujueta continued his training living as a Zen Buddhist monk for almost 11 years, studying and instructing in Kempo Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, T’ai-Chi Ch’uan, Shaolin Kung Fu and Wing Chun.

Kyoshi Ujueta converted to Christianity in 1984 and upon doing so felt convicted to leave Martial Arts behind.  To make his separation from Martial Arts and his commitment to Christ complete he made the decision to make a demonstrative commitment.  Packing all of the material, certifications, awards, etc. that he had accumulated over the past almost 20 years, Kyoshi dug a pit, incinerated all of it and buried it.

After this monumental moment in his life Kyoshi Ujueta, with a renewed insight to Martial Arts founded Jukido in 1988 with Christ being the foundation of this system, allowing people the opportunity to learn how to benefit themselves and others and positively develop their integrity and character by living the Gentle Powerful Way of Jukido.

Professor Luiz Sergio Marra Corrêa
Professor Luiz Sergio Marra CorrêaMarra Senki Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association Founder and Director

Paul Haben’s instructor in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since he began as a while belt is the Head Instructor and Founder of Marra Senki Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Competition Team. Professor Luiz Sergio Corrêa, from Brazil, has been practicing Jiu-Jitsu for over 30 years with over 20 years as a Black Belt.  Currently a 5th degree Black Belt, Professor Marra recieved his Black Belt from Master Paulo Strauch, a Red Belt and former instructor from the Reilson Gracie Academy.

Professor Marra is also one of the few Black Belts to hold a Professor diploma that is signed by Carlos Gracie Junior, Robson Gracie, Osvaldo Alves and Master Mansour. Professor Marra is a former member of Brazilian Top Team and was an instructor to H.E. Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed (founder of the Abu Dhabi World Championships).

  • Brazilian Champion Master Pluma – 1996
  • Panamerican champion Master Pluma – 1997
  • Brazilian sub-champion Pluma Master – 1997
  • Panamerican sub-champion Pluma Master – 1998
  • 3rd Asbolut Panamerican Master – 1998
  • Brazilian sub-champion Pluma master – 1998
  • 3° World adult Galo  – 1998
  • 3° International de Master Pluma – 1999
  • Brazilian champion Pluma Master – 1999
  • Champion I International Chevrolet, Pluma Adulto – 2000
  • Sub-champion Absolut Catarinense – 2000
  • International champion de Master Pluma – 2001
  • Champion Adult Pluma, Copa Quiosque, Curitiba, PR – 2001
  • Sub-champion Pena Adulto Copa Quiosque – Curitiba, PR – 2001
  • Brazilian Champion Pluma – Senior 2001
  • International champion de Master e Sênior – 2002
  • 2-time Champion COPA Quiosque Natureza de Jiu-Jitsu, Florianópolis – 2002
  • 3x world champion Master 2003, Rio De Janeiro
  • Bronze Medal Grappler’s Quest Advanced Division – 2006
  • Gold Medal Pan American Championships, Black Belt Senior 2 – 2007
  • Silver Medal No Gi World Championships, Blackbelt Senior 2 – 2008
  • Gold Medal No Gi American Nationals, Blackbelt Featherweight Sr 2 – 2008
  • Silver Medal Gi American Nationals, Blackbelt Featherweight Sr 2 – 2008
  • Gold Medal Gi IBJJF Houston Open Featherweight Sr 2 – 2010
  • Bronze Medal Gi IBJJF Houston Open Blackbelt Open Div Sr 2 – 2010
  • Gold Medal Gi NAGA, Blackbelt Featherweight – 2010
  • Bronze Medal NoGi NAGA, Advanced – 2010
  • Hall of Fame – Most Achieved International Athlete – 2010
  • Silver Medal Master/Senior World Championships, Blackbelt Sr 2 – 2012
  • Silver Medal Pan Am Championships, LtFeatherweight Blackbelt Sr 3 – 2013
  • Gold Medal UAEJJ World Pro JJ Championship, Senior Blackbelt – 2013
  • Gold Medal IBJJF Dallas Open, Adult Light-Feather Blackbelt – 2013
  • Gold Medal IBJJF Masters World Championships, Lt-Feather Blackbelt 2014
  • Gold Medal IBJJF Pan American Championship, Lt-Feather Blackbelt 2016
  • Gold Medal IBJJF Masters World Championship, Lt-Feather Blackbelt 2016
  • Xtreme Fighting Championship VII – Win, Submission Rd 1 (19 Aug 06)
  • Jesse James Leija’s “A New Beginning” – Win, Submission Rd 1 (21 Nov 06)
  • Masters Of The Cage XI – Win, Submission Rd 1 (17 Feb 07)
  • Masters Of The Cage XIV – Loss, Ref Stoppage (23 Jun 07)
  • Kings of Kombat 2 – Win, Submission Rd 2 (3 Nov 07)
  • 2014 – USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt of the Year
  • 2015 – TXMMA – Texas BJJ Lifetime Achievement Award
Sensei Robert McCormick
Sensei Robert McCormickUSJA Judo Senior Instructor

Paul Haben’s Judo Instructor since 2009 is Sensei Robert G. McCormick. Sensei McCormick graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a Master’s Degree in Education. Sensei McCormick is dedicated to educating the next generation and served as a math and science teacher and a football and track coach in Oklahoma City. He also served his country in the USAF as an operation room specialist from 1973 – 1979.

Sensei McCormick began training Judo in 1974 after a successful Golden Gloves boxing career, winning the Golden Gloves Middle Weight Championship of Oklahoma in 1972. Sensei McCormick received his Black Belt in 1983 and is currently a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Judo and a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu. He is also an avid diver and scuba diving instructor. Sensei McCormick oversees Inochi Judo and Professional Judo Institute’s Judo program under the oversight of 6th degree Red/White Belt, Sensei Eji Teragouchi and through the accreditation of United States Judo Association.

Josiah Haben
Josiah HabenAssistant Instructor

Josiah is a Blue Belt at IMMA. Born premature and then growing up with Cerebral Palsy, Josiah has had the unique experience of incorporating Martial Arts into his lifestyle and adapting techniques to his unique and individual self. Having been born into a Martial Arts family Josiah was raised in the arts as a 3rd generation martial artist. His foundation and knowledge of techniques and principles make him an excellent teacher especially adhering to the concept of maximizing individual potential.

Josiah has a unique ability to connect at an individual level and excels as one of our primary Assistant Instructors in our Inochi Lil’ Dragons and Kids programs.

Josiah is in his Senior year at Dallas Baptist University and is in the process of obtaining his Bachelors in Theology with an emphasis in Biblical Studies.  Josiah is also a professional musician, writer, author and plans on entering into full time ministry upon graduation.  Don’t worry, he still plans on being one of our main Assistant Instructors as well!

Avalon Haben
Avalon HabenAssistant Instructor

Being the daughter of the school owner can have its pros and cons. Avalon has dealt with them all with the grace that only comes from a resilient foundation. Avalon is an accomplished musician and is a member of the elite group of musicians in the United States Marine Corps Band. As a Marine, Avalon knows what is required to be able to muster up the tenacity and fortitude necessary to persevere in most any situation.

In Martial Arts, Avalon has been training since the age of 5 and is currently a Blue Belt at IMMA. Although Avalon is away serving our country in the USMC, she has been one of our key coaches for our kids.  When Avalon is home she serves as an Assistant Instructor and sets a great standard of excellence for our IMMA future generations to follow.

Michael Garza
Michael GarzaAssistant Instructor

Michael is one of IMMA’s founding members and recently received his Purple Belt in December of 2016.  Since 2010 Michael has trained along with his brother Jacob both being dedicated to advancing the purpose of IMMA and living a lifestyle (Inochi) that brings success not only in Martial Arts but in life. Michael works diligently with our kids, teens and adults ensuring they have a solid foundation to grow from.

Michael is devoted to living a life that reflects Christ and is dedicated in his church attendance with his brother Jacob, three sisters and parents.

Michael is working to complete his EMT certification in order to continue to give back to his community and is committed to his goal in obtaining his IMMA Black Belt, which actually is recognized as a black belt ranking by the IBJJF-Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, JKDF-Jukido and USJA-Judo.  This is no small feat as it takes anywhere from 10-12 years to accomplish this!  To help him along in his journey Michael also enjoys working out, basketball, football and gaming.

2011 

Champions Edge II – White Medium Heavy
Silver – Gi
Silver – No-Gi

2012 

Marra Senki Spring Open – White Absolute
Bronze Gi

Mat Shark SSL – White Heavy
Gold Gi
Bronze No-Gi

2014 

NAGA Austin Championship – Blue Advanced Heavy
Gold Gi
Gold No-Gi

2015

NAGA Austin Championship – Blue Advanced Heavy
Gold Gi
Gold No-Gi

BJJ Tour San Antonio Championship – Blue Heavy
Silver

2016

Fuji BJJ San Antonio Championship – Blue Heavy
Silver

James Delaney
James DelaneyAssistant Instructor

James is one of IMMA’s founding members and recently received his Purple Belt in December of 2016.  He began his journey in Martial Arts in 2010 and fully understands and advances the vision of IMMA to develop whole and healthy individuals who live life on purpose and never quit.  James’ experience in management in the service industry gives him a distinct advantage in relating and connecting with people.

James has dedicated himself through consistent training and through this dedication has established a solid foundation in the arts and strives to impart this knowledge and culture to the next generation here at IMMA.

James is a TX Hill Country native and Graduated from John Jay High School  in 1997 and went on to receive his Associates in Applied Science for Collision Refinishing from St. Phillips College in 2010.  James is a devoted husband to his wife Heather and father to his 2 children Siobhan and Declan.

Along the journey to obtain his IMMA Black Belt James also enjoys hunting, fishing, traveling, cooking and recreational shooting.

2012  
Champions Edge IV – White Medium Heavy
Bronze – Gi
Bronze – No-Gi

Marra Senki Spring Open – White Medium Heavy
Silver Gi

Marra Senki Fall Open – White Medium Heavy
Bronze Gi.

2013
Abu Dhabi WPCC Central USA Trials – White Master Medium Heavy
Bronze Gi

IBJJF London International Open – White Master Medium Heavy
Silver Gi

2014
NAGA Austin Championship – Advanced Medium Heavy
Bronze No-Gi

2015
BJJ Tour San Antonio Championship – Blue Master 2 Medium Heavy
Gold

Blue Master 2 Absolute
Gold

IBJJF San Antonio International Open – Blue Master 2 Medium Heavy
Bronze

TRAINING AND RANKING

Inochi Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts follows the IBJJF ranking system. This is due to the fact that we teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in detail and the ranking in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is not only one of the most coveted and revered, it is also one of the most challenging and takes the longest to achieve the Black Belt ranking. As an adult it will take you anywhere from 8-12 years to achieve your Black Belt ranking here at IMMA. This depends on your desire, dedication and determination to learn.

At IMMA our conviction is to equip you, our students, with the ability to work wherever the fight might go. That is why our curriculum is accredited by:

– IBJJF for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

– USJA/IJF for Judo

– JKDF for Jukido

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