Universal Martial Arts Association Officers


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.

Hanshi Kiichi Nakamoto
Honorary Chairman of the International Board of Directors UMAA
Hanshi, 10th Dan Goju Ryu and Ryukyu Kobudo, Okinawa, Japan

Shihan Frank Williams
UMAAFounder & Kaicho
8th Dan Shorin Ryu Karate and Kobudo, 5th Dan Okinawa Tuite

Mr. Williams’ various martial arts ranks have been awarded and certified by the following organizations:
All Okinawa Shorin Ryu Karate and Kobudo Federation
American Goshin Budo Kobudo Federation
Okinawa Kensei Do-Kou Kai

Sensei Ryuji Williams
Executive Secretary, UMAA
4th 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.

Tony Sandoval,Hanshi, 10th Dan, Hakutsuru
Johnny Lupton, Hanshi, 10 Dan Jiu-Jitsu
Leon D. Wright, Hanshi, 10th Dan, Souseiki Ryu Sekkinsen
Peter Carbone, Hanshi, 9th Dan, Okinawa Kobujutsu
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
Jann Aki, Shihan, 6th Dan, Goju Ryu (Japanese)
Russ Lewis, Master, 6th Dan, Tae Kwon 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.

Larry Isaac, Hanshi,10th Dan Okinawan Kempo & Kobudo
Don Dike, Kyoshi,8th Dan Okinawan Karate & Kobudo
Danita Clarke, Kyoshi,8th 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.

Polly Melick, Renshi,6th Dan Shorin Ryu Karate, New Jersey
Mario Rohl, Renshi,6th Dan Shorin Ryu Karate, Germany
Garry Parker, Sensei,5th Dan Okinawan Goshukan Ryu, Georgia
Robyn Rush-James, Renshi,5th Dan Okinawa Kenpo Kobudo, Arizona
John Killane, Sensei,4th Dan Shorin Ryu, Ireland
Kazuma Nitta, Renshi,4th 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 RyuFrank Williams, 8th Dan
HakutsuruTony Sandoval, 10th Dan
Shorinji RyuDr. Ken Balliet, 10th Dan
Hachiman Ryu Batto JutsuHamamoto Hisao, Soke
Okinawa KempoLarry Isaac, 10th Dan
Kickboxing/CombativesLeon Wright, 10th Dan
Jiu-JistuJohnny Lupton, 10th Dan
Isshin RyuKarl Hovey, 9th Dan
Okinawa KobudoDon Dike, 8th Dan
Motobu Ha Shito RyuKen Jackson, 7th Dan
Mugai RyuRobert Smith, 6th Dan
Shuri-Ryu Karate-DoTroy Price, 6th Dan
Uechi RyuDell Hamby, 5th dan
Japanese Goju RyuJann Aki, 6th Dan
WTF Tae Kwon DoRuss Lewis, 6th Dan
Aiki Jui JitsuRon Den Boer, 5th Dan
Brazilian Jiu-JitsuVitor Shaolin” Ribeiro
Okinawa Goshukan RyuGarry Parker, 5th Dan