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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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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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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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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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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 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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New Year, New Possibilities

Anyone that knows me, knows that I am not good at keeping people informed about what is going on with me. Hence, the long period of time without a new post. Well, with the new year comes a chance to do many things better. So, here’s to keeping you informed about what’s going on with…

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