The National Institute of Modern Martial Arts (N.I.M.M.A.) was founded in 1989 by Raymond Gonthier, Ramona Hastings, Halford Jones, Raymond Hall, Michael Descoteau, Dave Rynex, and Christy Hasvelet. The goal of the N.I.M.M.A. dojo is to generate and maintain an interest and unification of all martial arts as an art and a sport. The major styles that were originally instructed at N.I.M.M.A. were: Shorin-Ryu taught by Dr. Raymond Gonthier who earned his black belt in Matsumura Orthodox Shorin-Ryu Karate-do under Grandmaster Fusei Kise, Arnis Lanada taught by Halford Jones and Dave Rynex, and Jukado taught by Ramona Hastings, Raymond Hall, Michael Descoteau, and Christy Hasvelet.
Hanshi Ramona Hastings began training in 1972 in Jukado under Sensei Sonny Lunderville, and received her shodan in 1979, in Jukado, under Sensei Jerry Day. In 1998, Hanshi Hastings was promoted to 10th Dan (judan) by Dr. Raymond Gonthier (1945-1998), and was recognized as Soke-Dai (inheritor of a style). Hanshi Hastings and N.I.M.M.A are constantly pushing forward to benefit its members, the memory of it's history, and martial arts as a whole.
Your current instructors had the fortunate opportunity to train under Dr. Raymond Gonthier. Dr. Gonthier began his martial arts training in Judo in 1959 at the WMCA in Manchester, New Hampshire. Then, between the years of 1970 and 1973, while stationed in Okinawa to serve in the Army, he studied Matsumura Orthodox Shorin-Ryu Karate-do under Grandmaster Fusei Kise (1935-), and Fusei Kise's teacher, Grandmaster Hohan Soken. After receiving his 1st Dan (shodan), Dr. Gonthier left the military and Okinawa, returning home to New Hampshire. He opened his first dojo in 1973 in Claremont, NH with George Dillman. In 1977, he began the Gonthier Karate Academy. Between the years of 1980 and 1989, he only taught private lessons. Dr. Gonthier was promoted to 7th Dan (shichidan) in 1989 by Grandmaster Porferio Lanada, the Grandmaster of the Arnis style we study at N.I.M.M.A. Dr. Gonthier continued to be promoted over the years by Prof. Moore of the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He was promoted to 10th Dan (judan) in 1996.