Every couple needs a night to themselves. Leave the kids at the dojo for a parents night out. On Friday, February 14th we will be hosting a lock in. Drop off time is at 7pm. Pick up is at 10 am the following morning. Cost is $25 per child. We will be providing pizza for dinner and a healthy breakfast before our 9am class. PLEASE sign up at the dojo or call ahead. (904) 762-9687
IT'S OUR SCHOOLS BIRTHDAY AND WE'RE CELEBRATING
Our dojo will be turning 17 on the 17th of January! To celebrate we are throwing a huge birthday bash. Everyone is invited! This is an event you don't want to miss. We have a lot planned!
· Family karate lesson
· Karate demos by our students
· Board breaking
· Brick breaking
· Great deals on gear and uniforms; 20% of all retail
· Free registration for new and returning students
· Potluck dinner (We are providing hot dogs and burgers. Bring anything else you may want!)
It's our 17th birthday this month and to celebrate we're offering a special for all college students! ALL college students who sign up now through January 31st get a special of $75 registration/$99 a month for UNLIMITED karate/self defense classes! Just mention you saw this deal on our website.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our 2012 summer camp! We had a blast this summer and are looking forward to a great school year. There is a lot going on at United Martial Arts this year…
First, we have officially opened a second location in St. Johns county. Grandmaster Pierce and Sensei Glenn Staub have been working hard to make the St. Johns Dojo a huge success. We offer Karate, Self Defense and fitness at this location. The address is 2245 CR 210w suite 101 St. Johns, Florida 32259. Stop by and check it out.
AFTER SCHOOL PICKUP
We have resumed our After School Karate route and still have a couple of empty seats on the van. We are currently picking up from the following schools and may be able to fit additional schools into the route depending on location and release times. Contact us if you are interested (904)568-1782
Don Brewer Elementary
Spring Park Elementary
University Christian School
We have a new schedule out effective immediately. We now have separate classes for adults and advanced training. Also, we have resumed Saturday classes. Click here to view the new schedule.
AFTER SCHOOL KARATE
After school karate will resume on September 4th at the following locations and times. Students must be enrolled at the hosting school to participate in these classes.
Christ the King Catholic School - Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30-3:30
Providence School - Mondays and Fridays 3:30-4:30
University Christian School - Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-4:30
Baymeadows Christian Academy
For more information call (904)568-1782
Sensei Bishop is organizing a tournament to be held at our Arlington dojo on October 20th. If you are interested in competing please sign up at the front desk.
Events: Forms, Point Sparring, Kickboxing, Grappling, Board breaking.
One event is $25 and each additional event is $10.
United Martial Arts of North Florida
Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who helped out with our renovations. The dojo looks great. We still have a few small finishing touches but everything is coming together nicely. Pictures are posted in our Photo Album but you must see it in person!
We are running our classes a little different now. No more themed weeks. We will be working on everything in every class so make sure to always bring your sparring gear! We have been running classes this way for the past couple of weeks and have gotten nothing but positive feedback.
Also, we have started our 2011-12 After School Karate and look forward to seeing progress in those students. There are only a couple of spots left so be sure to sign up soon if you are interested. We are offering pickup for…
Don't forget to bring your gear! It's sparring week! Our school practices multiple types of sparring including kickboxing, point sparring, grappling, and mma.
In point sparring, students learn to control their techniques as they practice techniques against their opponent with controlled power and accuracy. This style of sparring is used in most Karate competitions including the “Black Belts for Christ” tournaments.
Point sparring rules (These are our school point sparring rules. Most Karate Tournaments use these same basic rules. However, there may be some differences in scoring, target areas, or etiquette depending on the circuit you are competing in.)
1. Objective: The objective of point sparring is to gain the most points by contacting your opponent with legal techniques while keeping yourself guarded. The maximum number of points need for victory is decided by the center judge. Examples:
a. Three minute match, most points wins
b. First to five points or a three point lead
c. First to five points or most points after set time
2. No excessive force: Point sparring is meant to develop speed and accuracy in a safe manner. If a student strikes their opponent with too much force a warning will be called against the aggressor. Too many warnings will lead to loss of points or disqualification. The amount of force allowed is decided by the judges and based on the age and skill levels of both participants.
3. Target Areas: Points are only awarded for contact to the front or sides of the torso or the sides or top of the head. Light contact to the face is allowed for adults and advanced students but is not recommended for the sake of avoiding a penalty. A controlled punch that stops an inch or so from the face but could have made contact is still awarded a point. Strikes to the arms and shoulders are considered blocks and do not count as points. Strikes to the back, the neck, or below the belt are not allowed and will be counted as penalties.
4. Boundaries: Sparring rings are marked on the Dojo floor and competitors must stay inside the boundaries. If a student lands a technique with one or both feet outside the ring there is no point awarded. However, if a student with both feet in bounds lands a technique while their opponent is out of bounds, the technique is legal and a point is awarded.
5. Judges: Most in-school point sparring is conducted with three judges. The senior judge will take the roll of center judge and call for points. If contact is made, any judge can call break. The competitors must stop when any judge calls break and both must return to their starting position. The center judge will then call out “Judges Score?” and each judge must IMMEDIATELY give their score. They have the option to point in the direction of either competitor indicating a point. If they wish to call a warning they will point downward in the direction of the offender. If both competitors make contact simultaneously, the judge with hold both fists together indicating a clash. No points are awarded for a clash. If a judge does not see the contact first hand, they will cover their eyes indicating a “no see”. At least two out of three judges must agree for a point to be scored. Remember, sparring is fast paced and the judges may not catch everything. It is the student’s responsibility to show respect for the judges at all times. This means DO NOT ARGUE with the judges call.
6. Conduct: Remember, Martial Arts teaches respect. In some Dojos, students are required to bow and say “Thank you sir or ma’am” each time they are struck by an opponent. This practice is not required in our Dojo, but respect and good sportsmanship is required at all times. Students will bow, shake hands and say “Thank you sir or ma’am” at the beginning and end of each sparring match. Students must also practice controlling their emotions during a match. If a student gets angry during a round the judges may call break and the student may be disqualified. Remember a good Martial Artist has control of his body and emotions alike.
United Martial Arts of North Florida (Previously First Coast Christian Martial Arts) is a Christian based mixed martial arts (MMA) school in Jacksonville, FL. Our unique style, “Tong Hop Moo Sool” (which is Korean for “Combination of the Arts”) was originated by Shihan James Pierce.
Formally a Chief in the U.S. Navy, Shihan Pierce has studied various martial arts over the past thirty years. His training began in “Tae Kwon Do” which roughly translates into “The way of the hand and foot”. After receiving his Black Belt in TKD, Shihan Pierce went on to study various styles of Martial Arts including; Hapkido, Judo, Shotokan, and Shorinryu. It was from these five styles that Tong Hop Moo Sool was born. The style has developed over the past 15 years and grown to incorporate Ju-Jitsu, Aikido, Kickboxing, and other influences of practical Karate styles.
At United Martial Arts we offer a diverse array of classes designed to cater to the needs of students from children to adults. Tong Hop Moo Sool is designed to discipline a Martial Artists mind, body, and spirit. Progression through the style is easy to track with our 9 belt rank system which is structured as follows:
In each belt, students are required to learn and effectively perform various self defense techniques, Katas (forms), traditional stances, blocks, hand techniques, and kicks. We also practice various styles of sparring (controlled friendly fighting) which includes Point sparring, Kickboxing, Grappling and Wrestling (These styles will be further explained in future blogs).
In addition to the physical requirements, students are also required to memorize Bible verses in order to test for the next rank. Teenage and adult students are also required to write short essays on the subject discussed in each set of verses from Green belt to Black belt.
UMA also offers Self Defense and “UMA Fitness” classes as separate courses from Tong Hop Moo Sool. Our Self Defense classes are designed for those who wish to defend themselves without going through the physically challenging journey of becoming a Black Belt. This street smart program teaches basic to advanced strikes, joint locks, and weapon disarming. Self Defense also helps build confidence which can help one improve many aspects of their life.
UMA Fitness classes are held twice a week and are strictly for strengthening the body. These classes are open to adults of any shape or size. The workouts led by our qualified trainers are meant to help each student reach their own personalized goals, whether it is exercise for weight loss or muscle toning and building. You can feel stronger, healthier, and become a better you.
United Martial Arts also offers Century’s “Lil’ Dragon” Program which is designed specifically for children ages 3-5. The Lil’ Dragon program teaches balance, coordination, focus, problem solving, and encourages kids to stay healthy and grow strong.
Classes at the Dojo are held Monday – Friday in the evenings and daytime home-school classes are available.
Dojo Address: 6180-9 Fort Caroline Rd. Jacksonville, Fl. 32277
Dojo Phone #: (904) 762-9687
Shihan Pierce Phone #: (904) 568-1782