United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame – School of the Year

6 Time Hall of Fame Inductions
10 Time Best Business Award
2019 Highest Rated Martial Arts school in NJ

Our Team

School owner/Chief Instructor-Robert Nichols has been studying martial arts for 28 years. And is as passionate about learning now then ever . Mr. Nichols currently holds Black Belts from various schools and in different styles of Martial Arts. He is a fifth-degree black belt in TaeKwonDo as well as a 7th degree Black Belt in Ninjitsu. He is currently the highest ranking SAMI Knife Fighting Instructor in America and in 2017 became the first sanctioned SAMI Training Center owner in America. In 2018 he also became licensed in SAMI Panatukan concepts, SAMI Axe and Tomahawk Fighting Concepts, and SAMI Kapap concept.

A member of the United States Martial Arts Hall Of Fame as “Instructor of the year,” Mr. Nichols has proudly run Union UTA since its opening in 2001. An anti-bullying consultant and martial arts business consultant, Mr Nichols married his high school sweetheart in 2006 and lives with her and his daughter in western NJ. An active member in the community, both in his hometown and in Union, Mr Nichols believe’s deeply in the value of martial arts training as a vehicle for self improvement.

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Leadership Team

The pride of our program is our interactive Leadership program. Our leadership program helps students to gain confidence and focus by providing them with tools to become leaders. Our Leadership team are the instructors that run our classes daily. Our school boasts one of the largest instructor staffs for an individual school in the state of New Jersey. Each instructor is a certified Martial Arts instructor and trained personally by Mr. Nichols to teach our curriculum. Instructors range in age; though some may seem young they have all passed a written, verbal and practical evaluation. Instructors can be recognized by the “collars” they have attached to the edge of their uniforms. Different color collars denote the different certifications that instructors hold. Instructors should be able to answer many questions about curriculum, events and much more and can be a very helpful resource to parents. As well as junior instructors we also have office personnel that are there to answer questions and assist parents in any way possible. Please feel free to speak to them about anything. More important than anything out leadership team serves as mentors and activists in our community. Being an active member of this team is the ultimate goal of all of our students.