As 2021 comes to an end we are so proud of all our students and instructors and all they have accomplished! 2021 led to the relaunching of our school with the continued development and refinement of our Martial Arts.
We are excited about all the new students who have joined and existing students who continue to take things to the next level. This year was just the beginning with new ideas and goals for 2022 ahead!
This past year we had multiple belt gradings/promotions, blackbelt promotion, reestablishment and performance of our Demo Team, multiple successful competitions, joining an global organization, and mush more while having a whole lot of fun!
We are looking forward to 2022 and want to thank everyone for being part of our Martial Arts Family! Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Ending the year strong with another competition last Sunday with our strong fantastic students! This event went beyond competition as it was a charity tournament to collect and raise money for Toy's For Tots, hosted by the World Karate Union!
Our school is extremely proud to have participated and donated the 2021 Toys For Tots Karate Tournament! Our school was able to bring roughly 50 toys with us to donate from our student's contributions. The event overall raised $8,300 for Marine Toys for Tots Foundation! Every student at our school should feel proud to be part of helping a child in need being connected with a Toy this holiday.
Our students were in full form with many of them competing and placing in Weapons, Kata, and Kumite/Fighting. Also a VERY colorful demonstration by Sensei Adel involving a shoe that earned him a Silver Medal!
Overall the school brought home 5 Gold Medals, 8 Silver, and 8 Bronze for the day amongst all our participating students. Our students whipped through their weapons demonstrations with some of the most exciting Nunchaku, Sai, Escrima, and Bo Staff Katas! Sensei Jennie was fierce with her Escrimas and her gloves when fighting in the ring.
All student's placing in Kata demonstrated Traditional Okinawan Goju-Ryu Kenkyukai Katas. Adult Beginner white belt, Ben, earned a Gold metal with his demonstration of Gekisai Dai Ichi Kata. Sensei Howie earned a Bronze with his demonstration of Saifa, and Sensei Mat earned Gold with Seiyunchin Kata.
The day was finished off with Sensei Mat taking home a Gold Metal for the Adult Men's Black Belt fighting division with his Captain America Hayabusa Gloves!
Congratulations to everyone involved for their victories, effort, and being part of such an amazing cause for the holidays! Thanks to the World Karate Union for inviting and hosting such a great event. We look forward to being part of the next event.
So proud of how far our school has come in one year! Our Martial Arts family continues to grow and educate students of all ages! It has also been more difficult for some students as we have transitioned into our new school curriculum. Starting in all types of Martial Arts, the foundational moves are all similar coving basic blocks, hand technics, and kicking movements. As the students test and move on they find those same basics transitioning into more complex and combinations of movements.
Student of all ages were tested on all curriculum requirements for their own level to earn their new rank. Students who have not met those requirements will continue to train until they reach their goal and earn the ability to test.
Congratulations to all our promoted students who successfully passed their required grading for their rank.
Their journey is only beginning!
The Who's Who Championship, hosted by Hei Long Dojo, is a New Jersey tournament that happens every year at Fort Monmouth. The United Martial Artist Academy was very excited to be invited and have the chance to be part of this in person experience.
Very proud of our warriors and mentors who came out to participate and support last week's tournament! Our students placed in multiple divisions in kata, weapons, and fighting! This is the first tournament we went to as a school since COVID-19 we couldn't be prouder of everyone's effort and dedication!
Congratulations to everyone who attended and competed!