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We’re Growing!

What a blessing. As of 3/29/17, both beginning classes are full. It’s time to bring in more help and think about adding more classes. Volunteers do not need martial arts experience. A patient heart and an energetic spirit are all you need. Please contact coach Kristen directly if you are interested info@up-ma.com . Any new classes…

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Exciting News

Stay tuned for news about our next competition opportunity!

Adaptive Athletes Come to Orange County

You’ve heard us talk about the benefits of a martial arts program several times now. You may even have followed some of the links that took you to more in depth articles. Now here is a chance to see first hand how martial arts and specifically jiu jitsu can benefit people with disabilities. This is…

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Physical Benefits of Enrolling a Child in Jiu Jitsu

In the past, we have covered many of the reasons why Jiu Jitsu is good for kids. We have looked specifically at how it is beneficial for kids with disabilities in the fact that it builds confidence, etc. We have not taken an in depth look at how it is physically beneficial. Here is an…

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Our amazing Assistants

The only way that UPMA is able to operate is with the help of some amazing people. People who are willing to give up their free time to help others. One of those people is 12 year old Ryan Movchan. His gi sponsor, Moya Brand, recently did an article about him. Please click the link below…

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Meet Amaris

Amaris first walked through the doors of UPMA nearly four years ago. I immediately noticed how shy she was, that she lost her balance easily and was afraid to try new things. Amaris suffers from regular and sometimes severe seizures. As a result, she can be shaky, often lose her balance, and has a developmental…

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Grappler’s Heart Tournament

The 2016 Grappler’s Heart Tournament has come and gone. What an amazing experience it was. Jiu Jitsu fighters from all over the US and even one from the UK came to compete. For more than half the athletes, it was their first time competing. What made Grappler’s Heart so special? It wasn’t because there were…

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We’ll miss you, Ian.

The UPMA family was saddened to learn that yesterday Ian Matuszak lost his battle with cancer. Ian was an inspiration to all of us both on and off the mat. He didn’t let anything stand in the way of pursuing his dream of training Jiu Jitsu. He directly had a hand in leading several of…

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Prevention of Bullying for People with Special Needs

There is a lot of talk these days about the problem of bullying. Many of us had to deal with bullies as kids. Sometimes, even as adults, we still find ourselves dealing with a bully. Unfortunately, this is often times an even bigger problem for our friends with special needs. Individuals with special needs are…

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