By Jeremy Patton
A few beginning students over the years expressed concern about the role of religion in martial arts. Sometimes they wanted to ensure that our classes did not conflict with their own religious beliefs. Other times, they wanted to confirm that we were not a martial arts cult.
United Martial Arts Academy does not endorse a religion nor does it practice any weird religious rituals. One of the few Eastern traditions that we observe, bowing, is intended to show respect, nothing more.
All students should feel comfortable training at our academy regardless of their beliefs. Students should learn self-defense and get in shape without being burdened by religious proselytizing.