UMA Defined

What is UMA?

Unbridled Martial Arts fills a void in the martial arts community of Bellingham & Whatcom County. It provides a solid, sensible, broad based foundation in martial training at an unbelievably affordable price.

“Why call your school Unbridled Martial Arts? Does that have some violent connotation? I thought Martial Artists were supposed to be reserved. Why apply a word like `Unbridled’ to it?”

Well, the name is not a description for some WILD form of “unrestrained” fighting. It accurately describes UMA’s attitude and approach to training: that nothing should hold you back. There are no imposed boundaries to our study of the arts. You are free from restrictions. The only one that will hold you back from excelling in your martial studies will be yourself.

Why is UMA a non-commercial school?

While many Martial Arts schools in general have to cater to the commercial needs of sustaining a full-time school, Unbridled Martial Arts, by design has little overhead. This allows its program to wholeheartedly focus its energy on teaching and training.

We do not have to conduct promotions in order to generate revenue. We do not have to devote classtime to un-interested teens and children whose parents enroll them and they may not really want to be there. We do not require the purchase of specialized uniforms. Nor do we obligate students to compete in tournaments or require students to enroll in the added expense of attending seminars.

Unbridled Martial Arts is a professionally organized school founded on the desire to expose and educate people from all walks of life to the benefits and applicability of martial arts. We accommodate the serious-minded martial artists as well as the recreational martial artist.

What style of Martial Arts does UMA teach?

UMA is not governed by any affiliation or style. Frankly, martial art systems have a great deal of boundaries, barriers, restrictions, and traditions that are sometimes unnecessary and often serve to complicate the learning process. UMA likes to keep it simple. While respecting the value of all kinds of martial systems, we are not “married” to one single way. If something works, use it. If it doesn’t, don’t waste time with it. Thereby, nothing needs to be rigid. We are not frozen in time. Innovation is not frowned upon, it is invited. If a new training aid or concept comes about that may not have historical ties to martial arts, we do not let the opportunity to learn from it pass us by. If it helps, we take it. If it hinders, we sidestep it.


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Stay far from timid. Only make moves when your heart’s in it. And live the phrase: Sky’s The Limit.

Christopher Wallace
Testimonial

My fiancé Jeremy and myself have been attending class at Unbridled Martial Arts for nearly 3 months now. The main reason we chose Unbridled was because of the reasonable rates. We figured for $30 each per month we had nothing to lose. I was very nervous about going because I have not had any previous experience with martial arts or fitness in general. However it only took a couple of classes for me to feel completely comfortable and confident in my ability to learn under Rob’s instruction. Jeremy really enjoys training with Rob because of the diversity of the training. Jeremy does have some background in martial arts and wrestling and Rob is always open minded about what other people have to offer to his class. I enjoy training with Rob because he is attentive and if he sees me doing something incorrectly he shows me how to do it right without discouraging me or making me feel silly. I also like that rather than sticking with one traditional style, Rob just teaches what works. It’s about effective self-defense instead of belt bragging. I would highly recommend this class to anyone. In fact we have and some of our friends have already joined. I personally feel terrific after each class regardless of how my day began.

~ Mindy Smither & Jeremy Simmons

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