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Let’s Stop Bullying Together

Bullying is an epidemic plaguing our youth today. It is an even bigger problem in the special needs community. Children with disabilities are two to three times more likely to be bullied than their non disabled peers. We all hope that there are teachers or parents that can step in and stop such harassment, but…

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Looking for a way to help out the special needs community and get a great meal? Look no further. Join Red Robin and your local law enforcement for their Tip-a-Cop fundraiser. On October 16, Special Olympics Orange County will partner with Red Robin for the annual Red Robin Tip-A-Cop. Law enforcement officers will wait tables,…

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Welcome Miguel!

Let’s take some time to welcome our newest student, Miguel, to UPMA. Miguel comes to us from Texas where he studied Tae Kwon Do. Miguel has Cerebral Palsy and has some physical limitations, but he isn’t going to let that hold him back. Way to go, Miguel!

We need your help!

There are thousands of people with disabilities living in Orange County and Long Beach. Sadly, at this time, UPMA doesn’t have the resources to advertise and let people know that we’re here to serve them. That’s where you come in. Right now, we get most of our new students through referral. Please do us a…

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Tournament for Grapplers with Disabilities

We are proud to support the Grapplers Heart Tournament for their dedication to giving people with disabilities an avenue to compete. The tournament is designed to help recently disabled people return to competition and to encourage those who have never competed before to begin. Competition is an excellent way to test your skills as a…

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We have a new look!

As you can tell, our website has received a make over! Please take some time to look around at all the features. Don’t forget to share it with your friends. Our goal this year is to add one more class per week to the schedule so that we can better serve the special needs communities…

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UP-MA Rules!

That’s right, I said it.  

Featured in the OC Register

I was recently featured in the OC Register for participating in the Steve Austin Broken Skull Challenge!

Amazing Grappler

Please take some time to read the following article about an amazing grappler from Brazil. Just another reminder that we can do anything we set our minds to. I for one will be watching for Luciano this year at Worlds. All of us at UPMA wish him the best of luck.

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