Since we’ve opened, we’ve been dedicated to changing the lives of people one person at a time, through martial arts, education and coaching. We strive to provide a safe, comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for all students and family members. We take pride in creating an environment for individuals to achieve, develop and succeed in their personal goals.
We strongly believe that martial arts can be for everyone, regardless of age, gender or experience levels. Throughout all of our programs, students will not only learn the necessary skill sets to protect themselves, we stand behind our realistic and practical approach, confident it will enable every member to achieve greatness and live their best life.
Grand Master Chris Rangel has owned and operated Ultimate Martial Arts since 1994 after a very successful career competing for the famed All Armed Forces World Class Athletes Program and Team USA for TaeKwonDo. After 52 years of practicing and teaching martial arts at the highest level and running a successful gym for 29 years, Chris has developed a passion for helping others to focus on impacting, building, and changing lives.
Rangel is a Hall of Fame coach with a direct background in Taekwondo, K-1 Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu/ wrestling, and Filipino martial arts. As the GAMMA USA Regional Coach, GM Rangel will be working closely with the clubs within the state of KS and surrounding areas in an effort to extend a platform of safe competition and sharing an opportunity for local athletes to excel into National and International programs.
Get To Know Our World Class Instructors
GM Rangel has 52 years of martial arts training. He holds a 9th degree BB in ITF TaeKwonDo, and a 9th degree BB in Presas Modern Arnis. He is also a Bronze Level certified International Kickboxing coach from the IOC and the Regional Director for GAMMA USA.
Master Farnan is a 7th degree BB in TaeKwonDo and an Apprentice in Modern Arnis. Master Farnan assists with classes and teaches technical body mechanics and history of ITF forms. He holds the world record for downward elbow and downward hand breaks (http://www.awpba.org/).
Josh is an Assistant Level B in Modern Arnis. He also runs the fitness classes at UMA including spin cycle, kickboxing and cardio classes. Check him out at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064791082776.
Leah has become a favorite instructor in our kid programs. She is a 3rd degree BB in TaeKwonDo and an Apprentice in Modern Arnis. Leah also teaches fitness classes for UMA Fitness.
Isabelle holds a 1st degree BB in TaeKwonDo and is a GAMMA USA National Champion in 2022 and 2023. She is a perfectionist when learning, applying and teaching martial arts and is the first student in GM Rangel’s UMA Youth Development Mentor program.
Shawn serves as the Program Manager and Assistant Coach for our Youth Programs. He helps students prepare for class, answers questions about schedules and equipment, and is your go-to for help at UMA.
Tina serves as the photographer and team nurse at UMA. She helps plan logistics for tournament travel, and can answer any questions about class or operations at the school.
Melinda is a certified Optavia health coach. If you want to add nutrition support to your fitness program, reach out to Melinda to see what that would look like for you. Email her at email@example.com