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The Universal Martial Arts Associations is recognized as a leading traditional martial arts organization. UMAA is dedicated to the preservation of the "ALL STYLES" of Martial Arts because we believe there is knowledge to be gained from all of the world's martial systems. Most of the "old Masters" knew this to be true and also trained in various arts to enhance their knowledge and ability.

The UMAA was founded to help preserve our "DIVERSE" martial arts history and eliminate "POLITICS" found in many systems or styles. UMAA promotes based on experience, knowledge, and ability. An Advisory Board directs the UMAA, certifications, and promotions. No single individual determines acceptance into the UMAA or professional ability of candidates. The following UMAA officers are responsible for the day to day operation of the association.

Nakamoto Kiichi
Honorary Chairman of the International Board of Directors UMAA
Hanshi, 10th Dan, Okinawa, Japan

Frank Williams, Shihan
UMAA Kaicho
9th Dan Shorin Ryu Karate and Kobudo, 5th Dan Okinawa Tuite

Ryuji Williams, Renshi
Fuku Kaicho, UMAA
5th Dan Shorin Ryu Karate

The Advisory Board is comprised of some of the leading martial artists in the world spanning traditional disciplines. The Advisiory Board acts as a special advisory group to the President to provide guidance and direction to the operation of the Association. The UMAA Advisory Board is comprised of Hanshi, Kyoshi and Shihan. It is an honor to have such a well known group of martial artists as part of the UMAA.

Johnny Lupton, Hanshi, 10 Dan Jiu-Jitsu
Leif Hermansson, Hanshi, 10th Dan, Karate & Kobudo
Leon D. Wright, Hanshi, 10th Dan, Souseiki Ryu Sekkinsen
Kevin McGrath,
Hanshi, 10th Dan, Urban USA Goju Ryu
Karl Hovey,
Hanshi, 9th Dan, Isshin Ryu Karate
Charles Mann, Hanshi, 9th Dan, Okinawa Kenpo Karate & Kobudo
Ken Morgan, Kyoshi, 7th Dan, Shorin Ryu Karate
Ken Jackson, Kyoshi, 7th Dan, Kuniba Ha Shito Ryu

Russ Lewis, Master, 7th Dan, Tae Kwon Do
Jann Aki, Kyoshi, 7th Dan, Goju Ryu (Japanese)
Polly Melick, Kyoshi, 7th Dan Shorin Ryu Karate, New Jersey
Sam Albright, Sa Bom, 6th Dan, Tang Soo Do

The UMAA has Special Advisors for kata and kobudo divisions. These officers serve as Seminar Leaders, Advisors to the Executive Board and are considered Subject Matter Experts(SME) for their years of studyand Leadership in various martial arts.

Don Dike, Kyoshi, 9th Dan Okinawan Karate & Kobudo
Danita Clarke, Kyoshi, 9th Dan Okinawan Shorin Ryu & Hakutsuru

The UMAA Renshi Board is a group of Elite Licensed Instructors that assist the UMAA with technical and adminstratives issues as well as assist with the organization, planning and execution of special events such as Summer Camps, Gasshuku's, Seminars, the UMAA Hall of Fame and other important local, State, Regional and National UMAA events.

David Kaye, (Chairman) Renshi, 6th Dan Isshin Ryu Karate, New Jersey
Mario Rohl, Renshi, 6th Dan Shorin Ryu Karate, Phillipines
Robert Getty, Sa Bom, 5th Dan Tang Soo Do, Pennsylvania
Robyn Rush-James, Renshi, 6th Dan Okinawa Kenpo Kobudo, Arizona
John Killane, Renshi, 5th Dan Shorin Ryu, Ireland
Kazuma Nitta, Renshi, 5th Dan Shorin Ryu, Okinawa, Japan


The UMAA also has separated styles. An individual who has received a teacher or senior teacher's certification directly from the Founder or Current Head of the particular traditional system heads each style/division. These individuals are responsible for establishing the minimum style requirements in accordance with the internationally accepted standards for the particular system.

Okinawa Shorin Ryu Frank Williams, 9th Dan
Hakutsuru Danita Clarke, 9th Dan
Seidokan Ron Nix, 9th Dan
Hachiman Ryu Batto Jutsu Hamamoto Hisao, Meijin
Okinawa Kempo Charles Mann, 9th Dan
Kickboxing/Combatives Leon Wright, 10th Dan
Jiu-Jistu Johnny Lupton, 10th Dan
Shotokan Liam Gorman
Isshin Ryu Karl Hovey, 9th Dan
Okinawa Kobudo Don Dike, 9th Dan
Motobu Ha Shito Ryu Ken Jackson, 7th Dan
Mugai Ryu Leif Hermansson, 10th Dan
Shuri-Ryu Karate-Do Troy Price, 7th Dan
Uechi Ryu Dell Hamby, 5th dan
Japanese Goju Ryu Jann Aki, 7th Dan
WTF Tae Kwon Do Russ Lewis, 7th Dan
Tang Soo Do sam Albright, 6th Dan
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gustavo Machado,4th Dan
Okinawa Goshukan Ryu Garry Parker, 6th Dan
Phillipino Kali Samuel Bambit Dulay, 9th Dan

For more information, you can contact UMAA by mail, phone, or email address.

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