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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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Pray for Our Friend Ian

You may remember that a few months ago we mentioned our friend Ian Matuszak. Ian is a jiu jitsu fighter with cerebral palsy and an all around good guy. He is also battling cancer. Ian needs our prayers right now. Please take some time to pray for his recovery and for his family. He has…

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Looking Forward to Our First Competition

With the start of 2016 comes great anticipation. We look forward to meeting new students and introducing people to Kung Fu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. We look forward to seeing what sort of personal growth our students can achieve this year. Perhaps most of all, we look forward to competing in this year’s Grappler’s Heart…

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Walk Now for Autism Speaks

It’s that time of year again. Time to get ready for the annual Autism Walk. This year it will take place on Dec. 6th at Angel Stadium. As usual we will be fundraising as a team and will have a booth at the walk. Please stay posted for more information on how you can help…

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We Stand with Ian

Have you ever heard of a jiu jitsu fighter by the name of Ian Matuszak? No? Well it’s about time you learned his name. Ian is a huge inspiration to us here at UPMA. He was born with Cerebral Palsy, but hasn’t let that stop him from training and competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He…

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What a Difference a Day Makes!

Last week we welcomed two new students to UPMA. This is always exciting and sometimes a bit challenging as well. Sometimes the newness is just too much for a student with disabilities. It is easy for them to get overwhelmed and for them to want to retreat inward. That is exactly what happened to Raymond.…

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What is Jiu Jitsu

Many of you know that Coach Kristen recently won gold at the 2015 Pan Jiu Jitsu Championship. You may also know that this is one of the biggest tournaments in the world. What many of you don’t know, is what Brazilian Jiu Jitsu consists of. Many people hear the term Jiu Jitsu and automatically associate…

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