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About the United Academy of Martial Arts

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KwanJangNim Mike Clampitt

Head Instructor and studio owner KwanJangNim Mike Clampitt holds a 7th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo from the A.A.U. He also has a 5th Dan Black Belt from the Simonini School of Tae Kwon Do issued by Chuck Simonini, Bob Wall, Chuck Norris, Bob Chaney, and Byong Yu, as well as Black Belts in Kwan Bup and KangDukWon certified by Leso Sensei & Babich Sensei. He holds Instructor Certification in Reactive Knife and Pressure Sensitive Nerve Areas.

Mr.Clampitt was an Honors English & Humanities teacher and taught at Live Oak High School for over 20 years. He graduated with a bachelors degree and a secondary teaching credential from the University of California at Berkeley. He also earned a Masters Degree in Education from the University of San Francisco. An award winning academic instructor, Michael is the multiple recipient of San Jose State University’s highest educational field honor, the “Dorothy Wright Award for Teaching”.



The UAMA prides itself on bringing the community the very best in martial arts instruction. Our instructors are personally selected for not only their skill and achievements in martial arts but also their ability to effectively relate that knowledge and understanding to students of all age levels and learning styles. Instructors must attend Leadership College and pass both written and practical exams. Our instructors continuously undergo advanced training in all self defense skills, and each and every one keeps abreast of the latest teaching methods and studies of human development.


With You In Mind …

At UAMA, we are not only interested in physical skills but in the development of each person as a whole. As a famous teacher once said, “these are the tools of everyday life, what you learn in here, you can apply elsewhere.” Nowhere is this more important than in our children’s classes, where we realize that we must embody the very same principles that you as parents are trying to instill in your children.


A Modern Approach To Self Defense …

Although our techniques are based on centuries old knowledge, it is our application of that knowledge that sets UAMA apart. We realize that each of you possess different natural abilities; size and strength will vary from person to person, etc. That is why once you have acquired a strong foundation and ability in the basics, our program is individualized to match your physical capabilities in order to maximize your self defense skills. Should the need ever arise, you will possess a firm understanding of exactly what it takes to both mentally and physically defend yourself or your loved ones.