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Grappler’s Heart Tournament 3.0

The third edition of the Grappler’s Heart Tournament took place this past weekend in New York City. It is great to see some familiar faces as well several new competitors taking part. This tournament continues to be the only one of it’s kind geared toward people with disabilities. Congratulations to all of the competitors! Hopefully,…

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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 . Any new classes…

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Exciting News

Stay tuned for news about our next competition opportunity!

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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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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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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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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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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Reaching Out to Serve the Special Needs Community

Part of this year’s commitment to expanding the number of students with special needs that we can serve is to partner with other communities. For example, the cities of Cypress and Buena Park often work together to promote one another’s classes. Last week we reached out to the city of Cypress to see if they…

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