Each class consists of learning various forms, self defense techniques, fighting combinations, and ends with a devotion and prayer.
As each technique and Scripture lesson is practiced and learned, the student's skill is tested. Within each belt level, stripes are earned for techniques completed.
Once all the techniques and Scripture requirements are met, a final test for graduation to the next belt is conducted.
United Martial Arts is a Christian based Martial Arts School. Our unique style "Tong Hop Moo Sool" was originated by Mr. James Pierce, our Senior Instructor, from the five various arts he has studied for the past 28 years. Tong Hop Moo Sool, translated from Korean means "combination of the arts".
Tae Kwon Do
Tae Kwon Do is derived from several martial arts, with the main influence being tae-kwon - Korean kick fighting. Tae means "to kick" or "smash with the feet". Kwon means to "intercept" or "strike with the hands" and Do means "the way of the art".
Meaning "the gentle way", is regarded as a modern sport deriving from ju jitsu. It uses your opponents body weight and strength against themselves.
Both young and old, it is less than a hundred years old. It is characterized by it's low stances, powerful techniques, and dynamic forms.
Street defense strategy combining forceful self defense, acceptance, and deflection elements of various martial arts.
A combination of joint locks and controlling techniques to place an opponent in a neutralizing posture.
Shihan Pierce received his training and black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He has also studied several other martial arts over the years including Judo, Shotokan, Shorinryu and has a 4th degree black belt in Hapkido. He is a certified 5th Degree Black Belt in Tong Hop Moo Sool. He is a member of the Christian Martial Arts Association, Professional Combined Martial Arts Association and holds a 1st Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. He also serves as the North Florida Representative for Black Belts for Christ.
His goal is to ensure that his students can defend themselves against an attacker in any situation by using proper self defense/fighting techniques. His students are taught the importance of discipline in their lives, and to have respect for themselves and others. Shihan Pierce enjoys teaching students and seeing them succeed in martial arts, school and being strong Christian leaders in their community.
Combined with his love for the Lord Jesus Christ and for the people of Jacksonville, Shihan Pierce developed this Christ-centered martial arts program, United Martial Arts, which is evangelical in mission.
Once again, UMA will be offering daily pick-up from the following schools for After School Karate classes.
Ft. Caroline Elementary
Lake Lucina Elementary
Parkwood Heights Elementary
Merrill Road Elementary
Don Brewer Elementary
Sign up NOW for our awesome after school program! We are a martial arts program that allows all our training to be done during the hours of extended day. Most parents have difficulty getting home from work, running the errands and rushing to ger the kids to their activities. Let us do the running for you, so you can focus on family, homework and down time!!