Since 2011, UWGMA Training Center has provided its members with a road map to success based on self-defense, confidence and goal-setting skills.
12611 Northup Way, 300, Bellevue, WA 98005
We remember when we were children, feeling uncertainty about beginning martial arts. We wondered if we had what it took to succeed and we weren't the most athletic or confident of children - quite the opposite. Little did we know that beginning our martial arts journey would be one of the most profound experiences of our lives
When we opened our school in 2011, we made a commitment to serving and empowering the community of Bellevue by teaching children and adults the confidence, leadership and fitness skills that can only be achieved through martial arts.
• 3,500 Square-Foot Main Training Area With 6,000 Square Foot Overall Area
• We are the only gym in the area with permanent padded mats on top of a spring-loaded support platform system that minimizes the impact of falls
• Climate-Controlled Training Room & Waiting Area
• Weight Training Area
• Lounge Seating for Parents & Spectators
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• Men's & Women's Changing Rooms
• Equipped for Special Events Such as Workshops, Parties & Seminars
We focus on the personal development aspect of martial arts, not just self-defense moves.
Our instructors are all certified black belts, qualified and licensed to teach martial arts.
Our facility is always clean and features a viewing area for parents, as well as matted floors throughout.
Judo is the style of martial arts practiced by UWGMA Training Center students.
The journey from White Belt to Black Belt is one of incremental learning and skill development, that students of any age and fitness level can embark on.
Judo, meaning "gentle way", is a modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke.
Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice (randori). The worldwide spread of judo has led to the development of a number of offshoots such as Sambo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Judo practitioners are called judoka. The martial art of Judo is a great way to learn self-defense techniques, get a great workout, and lower everyday stress levels.
One of the most fun parts of martial arts training is the ability to test your skills by competing in a tournament. Tournaments are not only fun for competitors, but they also become a great social experience for parents as well! In the last National Junior Judo Olympics, the biggest and toughest competition for the juniors, UWGMA Training Center won a total of 32 medals with 19 golds, 7 silvers, and 6 bronzes.
From sparring to forms to team demos, these awesome competitions are not only a place where our students can test their skills, but also a place where team spirit is built, fears are overcome, and character is developed. Most importantly, they are tons of fun!
One more reason you will love martial arts at UWGMA Training Center!