IMAI Coaching Staff

At IMAI we have a very diverse group of instructors with a variety of judo backgrounds. This helps ensure that we deliver instruction that meets your child’s needs as they begin, or continue, their Judo journey.


Tim Wilson

Head Judo coach for IMAI. USA Judo Intercontinental Coach. Holds the rank of Black Belt (Shodan) in Kodokan Judo.  Tim began his Judo career with the McCall Judo Club before moving to Seattle where he continued his growth as a competitive Judo player.  Tim was a member of the San Jose State University Judo Team, a member of the Olympic Training Center Judo Team and a National and International medalist.  His focus is on sport competition with a unique ability to get the best out of your child.


Tracy Basterrechea

Head Jiu Jitsu coach for IMAI.  USA Judo National Coach; United States Judo Federation (USJF) Bronze level National Coach.   Holds the rank of Black Belt (Shodan) in Kodokan Judo a rank received under Sensei Rocky Lima and a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu  awarded by Craig Kukuk, the first American awarded a Black Belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Tracy has been a national competitor and coach in Judo.  He has also medaled in the Police and Fire Games in freestyle wrestling and submission grappling. Tracy is also a long time police defensive tactics instructor and an instructor for Gulla’s Arrestling System.

Tracy’s focus is on creating great competitors and even better members of our community.


Steve Viera

Competition Judo coach for IMAI.  United States Judo Federation (USJF) Bronze level National coach.  Holds the rank of Yodan (4th degree Black Belt).  Sensei Steve started Judo in 1968, in Fall River, Massachusetts under Sensei Wayne Dickenson.  Sensei Steve grew up in a rough neighborhood and he credits Judo with giving him a way out. He served in the United States Air Force from 1974-1978.  Sensei Steve trained with the Capital Judo Club and the Treasure Valley Judo Club under Sensei Rocky Lima.

Sensei Steve’s emphasis is on building kids with strong values with open minds and a strong focus on anti-bullying.


Rome Acapon

Sensei Rome started Judo at a young age in Hawaii ultimately earning his Black Belt (Shodan).  Sensei Rome has been a national competitor and medalist and he is currently a Certified National Judo referee.

Ben White

Sensei Ben White was introduced to Judo while attending the College of Southern Idaho in 2007 training and competing for four (4) years under Sensei Brian Matsuoka. He then moved to the Boise area and began training/teaching with Boise Valley Judo, where he became an active referee and helped expand the Intermountain Yudanshakai’s technological advancement with computerized scoring and the CARE System.  Ben earned his Black Belt (Shodan) with Boise Valley Judo under Sensei Val Brisbin, Brett Gertje and Ben Ott. Sensei Ben has a strong passion for the art of Judo and is the lead instructor of our beginner class. He has a knack for making Judo fun for the beginners teaching them Judo through fun activities as well as traditional teaching methods.


Ivan Sim

Coming soon…


Bryan Gilbert

Sensei Bryan started Judo at Started judo in 1975 at the age of 8 years old at the McCall Judo Club under the watchful eye of Sensei John Pyle.   After moving to Boise he then joined the Capital Judo Club training under Sensei Mike Campbell before joining the Treasure Valley Judo Club practicing and teaching under Sensei Carlos Castillo and Sensei Steve Viera.  After a ten (10) year hiatus Sensei Bryan has returned to Judo with IMAI. Sensei Bryan credits his brother Faron Gilbert for introducing him to the sport of Judo or as Bryan likes to say, “voluntelling me I am going to do this new sport he discovered.”  Bryan holds the rank of Black Belt (Shodan).