Universal Martial Arts Association was founded in 1972 by Grandmaster Whan Ki Choi who holds a 9th Dan Black Belt in both Taekwondo and Hapkido. Universal Martial Arts is affiliated with the World Tae Kwon Do Federation and the Korean Hapkido Association. The overall goals of this organization is to provide professional and comprehensive instruction in these combined martial arts which are proven both effective and dynamic in methods of self-defense. Styles taught at this association remain distinct under Grandmaster Choi's professional and disciplined guidance. Both beginners and advanced students gain a unique understanding of self-defense, as well as the proper discipline of mind and body in these very popular Korean martial arts. Students at UMA will develop the innate ability and power to study and understand this dynamic universe. Schools all around the United States are recognized by the association and the classes are structured and taught under Grandmaster Choi's supervision, basic concepts and philosophies.

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Grandmaster W. K. Choi

Grandmaster J. K. Choi

Our Philsophy

Philosophy Of Taekwondo



Taekwondo, which originated in Korea centuries ago, is one of the most popular and effective martial arts in the world.


Taekwondo, based on the Yin-Yang theory of Oriental philosophy, is a physical expression of the human will for survival and activity to fulfill the spiritual desire of all beings. With its stress on the coordination of Dan-Jun Breathing with body movements, Taekwondo improves the heart, the circulation of the blood and breathing sytem, which also improves digestion and metabolism, as well as devoloping "Ki" power (your inner, innate energy).


Physically, one can develop coordination, agility, and muscle tone while generating energy in every organ of the body to help maintain excellent health and to keep in shape through continious training.


Mentally, Taekwondo transforms ones character into a strong spirit which provides confidence, patience and modesty. Then one will eventually gain an outstanding personality as a leader of society.