The Structure of UMA
Unified Martial Arts is designed to encapsulate the current scope of martial knowledge in one system, and to move beyond it into an infinitely expanding depth of understanding.
UMA recognizes five domains in which all forms of combat take place. UMA aims not only to master each domain, but to master fluid transitions between them.
Hitting the opponent with any part of your body.
Grappling- Standing and grabbing the opponent.
Throwing- Completely lifting the opponent off the ground and send them through the air.
Weapons- Engaging the opponent through an object: Blades, bludgeons, textiles, or projectiles.
Explores the domain of hand-to-hand fighting, the direct connection of one human body to another. Develops the most harmonious and effective means of controlling any level of physical confrontation.
Consists of body awareness exercises, freeplay interaction with others, and learning discussions. Each class focuses on a specific principle of martial power.
You can expect to create greater comfort with others, greater adaptability under stress, a greater feeling of groundedness, deeper body awareness and profound insight into intelligent relationship.
Unified Weapons Arts:
Explores the domain of fighting with weapons of all kinds, from a simple stick, to swords, daggers, spears, shields, axes and even fabrics. Develops a sensitive connection with your weapon, and the world of objects in general.
Consists of learning to merge with an weapon to use it effortlessly. Beginners choose a specific weapon to become combat fluent in. Advanced practitioners will understand the nature of objects and combat so thoroughly they can fight with any weapon at hand. Training consists of object-feeling exercises, freeplay interaction with others and their weapons, and full-contact training with appropriate protective gear.
You can expect to create a greater degree of ease with impact, a more personal relationship with objects, greater adaptability, and the ability to expand your sense of self to the world around you.
Unified Body Being:
Unified Body Being is not a martial art but a therapeutic movement practice. Consists of body awareness exercises and body-integrating movement that serve to explore and develop the vast inner landscape that is your body.
You can expect to heal injuries and increase the ease, range, and comfort in your body. Serves to increase bodily awareness, intrinsic strength, flexibility, and precision. A strong starting point for martial arts, athletics, or simply living with a lively and unrestricted body.
Unified Martial Arts is a principles-based system, meaning no techniques ever have to be memorized. Instead one sets out to discover the principles that govern effective fighting. The primary principles that govern UMA are those of Harmonious Relationship and Powerful Interactivity.
Harmonious Relationship is to relate to another with no strain or conflict. This is not born out of an ideal but is the most powerful approach to combat available. Only when one is able to respond to their opponent without any sense of fear, resistance, or struggle are they able to relate to them powerfully and control their body.
Powerful Interactivity is to dynamically react to any action an opponent takes such that the outcome is always in one's hands. True powerful interactivity is executed without fear, strain, or automatic reactions, but instead with conscious intent to resolve a physical confrontation. Creates an overwhelming presence through sensitivity, alignment, and insight into the truth of power.
UMA's insignia represents its nature as an art. Open. Centered. Powerful.
The five wedges represent the five domains of combat. The petals represent the art's expansive nature. The floating dots represent the insights yet to be discovered. And the dot at the center is you, the practioner, who is ultimately responsible for your own growth, insight and transformation.