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.

Our school opened in 2001 and since then, we‘ve grown tremendously! We’ve become a school of more than:

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Time Winner of Best Business from U.S Commerce

  • No testing or belt fees!
  • Low Monthly Rate
  • Large Multiple Family Member Discountst
  • No “Locked-In” Contracts
  • Large Staff of 85 assistant instructors including 22 certified instructors!
  • Open since 2001
  • Extra Workout Floor Expansion in 2011 and again in 2014, 2015, 2019
  • We focus on leadership skills, disipline, respect, confidnece, character building and much more
  • Specialized Adult classes offered in combatives, knife training, firearms disarms and no-nonsense personal protection
  • 10 time winner of Best Business from United States Commerce Association
  • We teach a varity of Martial arts styles including: American Taekwondo, SAMI Combat Systems, Authentic Ninjutsu, ground tactics, Kickboxing, , Tactical Combat Training, 20
  • Different weapons and tools
  • America’s 1st SAMI International Training center
  • We have been teaching Anti-Bullying and character development in public and private schools for over 10 years reaching approximatly 5000 kids a year


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.

In 2017 Union UTA became the first SAMI International Training Center in the Western World! With the partnership with SAMI founder Peter Weckauf, Union UTA truly became an international school.

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.

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.