Please make sure to check our below for special event registration, featured products, and announcments

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Upcoming Events and Reminders

*April 20- Spring Tourn

*April 24- Gear for Testing Due

*April 25- Closed. Leadership Meeting 6pm

*April 27- Candidate Workout 2-330

*April 29-May 8- Testing Applications are open

*May 4- Leadership Team Workout 2-330

*May 8- Essay/Fitness Challenge Paperwork deadline (Candidates)

*May 11- Jr Breaking Seminar

*May 15- No classes- PICTURE DAY

*May 16, 17, & 18- No Classes- TESTING

*May 20- Kids Fun and Games Day. No Adult classes (sr staff workout) School wide zoom meeting at 6pm

*May 21- Kids Fun and Games Day- Teen and Adult Hardcore 730 to 9pm. Candidate Zoom meeting 6pm

*May 22- Summer Clothing orders due

*May 25 & 27- Closed for Memorial Day

*May 28- New Class schedule starts

Purchase Books by our Chief Instructor!

Now available on Amazon, for Kindle, and Audible!

Our Chief Instructor, Robert Nichols is also an author!

His award winning book, “How to Earn a Black belt in…. An Average Guy’s Guide to Life.” is now available in paperback, e-book, and audiobook.

This common-sense book covers topics like parenting, leadership, relationships, and more. All while Robert Nichols shares personal stories on these subjects.

His new book, being released January 2023, "Elite Martial Artists in America," is a co-author book with martial arts legends Stephen K. Hayes and Dana Abbott. Each martial arts master covers a section in relation to Leadership, motivation, and business.

Robert Nichols is also available for speaking engagements, martial arts business consulting, and SAMICS International Seminars. He is available for virtual events and travels the country teaching. Visit the website below for information.



Upcoming Candidate/Black belt Event Dates for the Sept 2023 Testing

Candidate Meeting- 1/22

Book Requirements- 2/1

Candidate Workout- 2/24

Candidate Workout- 3/16

Candidate Workout- 4/27

Gear Orders Due- 4/24

Applications, Fitness Challenge, Essays Due- 5/8

Testing- 5/18

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2024 Spring Invitational Tournament

Saturday April 20th, 2024

Round Robin Sparring Event-Open to Green Belts and Above!

Event cost-$35 per competitor

Registration Deadline April 9th- A $25 Late registration fee will be added to all applications received after this date.

No spectator Fee.

Info and Registration here!

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Board Breaking Seminar

Board Breaking Seminar for Jr’s

Saturday May 11th – 1pm to 230pm

Make sure you are testing ready!

(Or do it for fun!)

A fun filled, educational Saturday event for board breaking practice! This is an opportunity to focus on breaking and build that confidence.

Seminar is for Jr students. Course includes 4 boards to break at event.

$30 per student Pre-register before 5/6

$40 5/6 and after

Register Here!

Testing Applications!

Testing Applications will be available from April 29th through May 8th. If you are intending to test you must fill out a testing application online.

Testing Applications

May 2024 Testing

May 13 & 14- Little Dragons Exam 430pm

Wed May 15- No classes

Thurs May 16- 5-615pm- Beginner Jr‘s EXAM & 630pm- Advanced Jr EXAM

Fri May 17- 5-615pm- Intermediate Jr EXAM & 630pm- Teen/Adult Colored belt EXAM

Sat May 18- Black Belt testing- 10am


  • All Gear orders are due in No Later than April 24. They have been emailed home and are for the ranks listed in the email and on the website.
  • CANDIDATE ESSAYS, 45-DAY FITNESS paperwork, Personal Development Challenges, and Black belt (black and candidate) testing applications DUE May 8th. MANDATORY FOR TESTING!
  • All TESTING APPLICATIONS will be available April 29 through May 8th (Applications will include boards for green and up)
  • All Colored belt students with 4 stripes on their belt should show up to a testing time. If you are short by stripes please speak with Mr Nichols for a final decision.
  • If you are testing please be in proper clothing- (Approved pants/shorts, shirt, or uniform)
  • Little Dragon Students evaluations will be done in class May 13 & 14 Please only attend 1 time during these dates. (All Little Dragons are evaluated regardless of how long they have been here)
  • Make up testing will be done by appointment only and only at the discretion of the chief instructor. Make up testing require an appointment and are subject to a private lesson fee of $40. There are NO make-up exams for Candidates or black belts.
  • Students that arrive LATE to testing will NOT be admitted.
  • Bring everything you need for your exam. This includes weapons and gear for required ranks. If you are not prepared, you may not pass.
  • If you do not meet exam requirements you will be contacted via email within 24 hours of the exam. It will then be your decision and responsibility to schedule a make-up test or wait until the next exam date.
  • A Student’s attendance does affect their potential to test. Our check in system tracks attendance throughout a cycle. Students have “minimum class requirements” per level in order to be eligible to test. These class requirements are based on 1 testing cycle.

Beginner Ranks-16 Classes/Intermediate Ranks-20 Classes/Advanced Ranks-24 Classes/Black Belts-25 Classes/ All candidates 30 classes

  • Colored belt students will receive their new ranks in classes starting May 22. Black belts and Black belt candidates will receive ranks the day of their exam.
  • Monday May 20 Is our “New Cycle” Zoom meeting for all students and parents at 6pm. Tuesday May 21 at 6pm is a meeting for ALL Candidates and Black Belts. This includes new candidates and candidates that did not test from the previous cycle. This is MANDATORY to test for your black belt. Information will be emailed home. (There are no adult classes May 20)

Remember that it’s ok NOT to test! Every student’s progress happens in their own time. Just because we have an exam scheduled does not mean you have to be ready. Preparation for an exam should begin months in advance, not a few weeks before an exam. It is the student’s responsibility to be prepared and know what is on their exam. All curriculum requirements are on our website.

Summer Clothing Pre-Order time!

Due Date May 22

Get your summer gear and sweat it out in style!

Union UTA Summer T-shirt

Union UTA Men’s or Women’s Muscle T

Union UTA Kids Tank Top

Union UTA MMA Shorts

Order Here!

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Day and Summer Camps!

Friday Day camps and a Week-long camp!

Day camp- July 12, 26. Aug 2, 9, 16, & 23

Week Long Testing Camp- JULY 15th-19th

*Day Camp will be a once a week, Friday, Drop off Day Camp! A chance to come in, train, have some fun, and make it a great day!

*Week long testing Camp- The goal of camp is to get you 100% ready for testing. Well, also to have some fun. This camp will be a 5 days and cover all testing material, as well as great fun and games.

Open to ages 7 to 12

Camp times- Drop off 830 to 930 am.

Pick up 3 to 4 pm


Friday Day Camp- $50 per day

Week Long Testing Camp- Register before 5/15-$200

Register 5/15 or after-$250

More Info Here!


Private Martial Arts lessons Now available

Supplement your online training or even get caught up with in-person private lessons!

Private instruction in a great way to focus on specific material or skill development with a certified instructor. The attention is solely on you.

Personal Training and Fitness

Private one on one training and small group classes are now available by appointment!

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  • can be that extra kick in the butt to become the best version of you!

Sessions are available to purchase individually or in packages.

Sessions are available BEFORE regular class hours and can be set up for a variety of time slots during the week!

UTA/SAMI UNION Personal Training Program Benefits:

· Customization to your needs

· Available for all fitness levels

· Weight Loss

· Body Fat Reduction

· Strength and Building

· Toning

· Mobility and Flexibility

· Cardiovascular Conditioning

· Diet and Nutrition Tips

· And More!

  • Equipment Order Forms
  • Orders for the May exam are due no later than 4/24

Please stop by the main office if you need assistance in measuring (forms tell you how) or for Cash payment options.

This includes:

  • Boards- For practice or heavier breaking
  • Sparring equipment for All Orange Testing for Green
  • Nunchucks for Jr Purple belts testing for Brown
  • Black Belt Candidates
  • 1st Degree Probationary Black Belts testing for Decided
  • 2nd Degree Candidates
  • 3rd degree candidates

Please let us know if you have any questions BEFORE placing your orders.

If you are uncertain if this is a REQUIREMENT for your rank please contact our office.