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Why Union’s United Taekwondo Academy?
Shihan Robert Nichols has been studying martial arts for 20 years. Mr. Nichols currently holds 10 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 also well versed in other styles and systems, bringing this knowledge to our school and program. Firmly believeing that a martial arts program should grow and evolve with the students, Mr. N continues to train as to add value and benefits to the UNION UTA curriculum.
Mr. Nichols has run Union’s UTA since its opening in 2001. Mr. Nichols is a four time New Jersey state Top Ten champion and has won three national competitions. Shihan Nichols first induction came in 2012 when he was inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall Of Fame as “Instructor of the year.” He has since been inducted into various Hall of fames on 7 different occasions. Some of the inductions include, “International Instructor of the year,” “Recognized Contributor to the Martial Arts,” and “School owner of the Year.” When not running the academy, Mr. Nichols spends his days in the local elementary and secondary schools volunteering his time teaching the Bully Busters Program as well as various other non-violent conflict resolution skills. He has taught the Bully Busters Program to every grade in every school in the Union Public School district as well as various schools in Springfield, Roselle, Roselle Park, and Elizabeth. He has also worked with the D.A.R.E. program affiliated with the public school system. Mr. Nichols has received numerous awards and accolades from various sources including the Mayor of Union Township, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the March of Dimes Foundation, The NJ Center for Outreach and Services to the Autism Community (COSAC), the US Marshals, the Union Board of Education as well as volunteering for the National Night Out Against Crime.
WE ARE THE LARGEST SCHOOL IN UNION!
In 2001 UNION UTA started as a traditional Taekwondo school. With great respect to this world wide martial art we have chose to have more of an adaptive curriculum, evolving and adjusting with the needs of our students. Our program has grown to include aspects of kickboxing, Ninjitsu, Judo, grappling, kali, combative knife concepts, and MMA style fighting. Not only do our students work toward their Black Belts in our system, but through the practicing of many aspect of the martial arts, focus on improving themselves as individuals.
With the variety of Martial arts we study, UTA has become host to MMA style Fight Night events where competitors from our school and others train for and participate in MMA inspired matches.
Our organization not only benefits the students in our classes but also spends time giving back. For instance, the organization succeeded in raising over $50,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In the past 5 years we have raised over $450,000 for children’s charities. Other charities we have sponsored were March of Dimes, COSAC, and various children’s cancer organizations.UTA has always strived to give back to our community. With our leadership team spending time on community service projects.
Union UTA also hosts a number of other events annually, such as tournaments, demos, parties, and testing. Union UTA has also participates in many local events, fairs, and outings. We feel a personal responsibility to be involved with our community and its members. We have Martial Arts students from, Union Springfield Elizabeth Maplewood Irvington Roselle Roselle Park Westfield Vauxhall and surrounding areas in NJ.
With different goals for both our children and adults, UNION UTA focuses on each individuals goals and growth. So regardless of a student’s reasons for joining our program, it’s our commitment to excellence and service that help our students achieve.