Resource Page

Below are some resources you may find useful:

Equipment

Combat Sports International – Everything you could possibly need for the grappling arts, striking arts, & traditional arts.
Ringside Boxing & Top Contender – boxing wraps, bag gloves, boxing gear, shin guards
Bushido Martial Arts Supplies (Surrey, B.C. Canada) – Excellent “wristwrap” grappling gloves. Great low price w/ Canadian exchange rate.
www.karatemart.com – low low prices on wrap gloves!
Revgear – boxing equipment
Fairtex – muay thai kickboxing equipment
Big 5 Sporting Goods – for local equipment shopping

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Books & Magazines

Recommended Reading list @ Amazon.com
Powell’s Bookstore – Portland, Oregon
BlackBelt Magazine
Classical Fighting Arts Magazine
Bellingham Public Library

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Nutritional Needs

Whatcom Food Co-op
Super Supplements
Supplement Warehouse

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Other local Martial Arts & fitness schools

Western Washington University Judo Club
The Action Pit
Karate Quest
Bellingham Mixed Martial Arts
Universal Solutions Martial Arts
Pure Fitness Martial Arts
Birch Bay Shotokan Karate
Lane’s Tiger Crane Gung Fu Academy
Pacific Northwest Karate Center
Kulshan Aikikai Aikido Club
Whatcom Family YMCA
WEAVE -Women’s Empowerment and Violence Education (division of WWU Student Affairs / Academic Support Services)
Cutting Edge Training

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Information about Bellingham

Bellingham Washington Official Website
Bellingham Community Information Website – community events & activities calendar available

Moving to Bellingham?

Bellingham Real Estate

How to Wrap Your Hands:

Karate is a form of martial arts in which people who have had years and years of training can, using only their hands and feet, make some of the worst movies in the history of the world.

Dave Barry
Testimonial

I must admit that I joined UMA due to the low enrollment fees. $30.00 monthly for three classes a week is a steal of a deal! I’m a full time student working less than part time, so it’s very encouraging to be able to participate in a training program without worrying about affording it. Some might equate the low cost with lack of quality, but I would strongly disagree. The low cost seems like more of an invitation to share in a group activity that combines art, fitness and practical self-defense.
What I enjoy about the class most, though, is the friendly and laid back atmosphere (this isn’t to say that we don’t work hard). My experiences in previous martial arts schools have been of varying levels of skills and accompanying ego- a form of competition that is discouraging for those who aren’t wanting to dedicate their lives to martial art, but would rather have fun and learn a new skill. As Rob’s flyer says: “no masters*. Just competent fighters.” Sure, I might not be prepped to be a professional fighter, but I maintain confidence and sense of assertiveness in knowing that I’m capable of defending myself and being more in touch with the physics of body. Overall, the lack of “cult-like” atmosphere and the down to earth attitude takes away the stressors that usually come with a martial arts class/school. It’s given me the motivation and drive to better maintain my fitness level as well. I have and will continue to recommend Rob’s class to those who are looking for a martial arts class for fitness and fun.

~ Dane Kim, Student/Barista

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