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.