Our History

1999 – The Beginning
The Martial Arts Unlimited Association is founded on Yokota Air Base in Tokyo, Japan from Progressive Martial Arts Instructor A.J. Weimer. The association was one of the only schools at that time offering multiple martial arts in one location.

2001 – Exhibition to the Troops
MAUA founder A.J. Weimer and UFC Champion Royce Gracie perform Gracie Jiu-Jitsu exhibitions to the U.S. troops around Japan. The events were held on various military installations to boost morale and support the troops.

2002 – Training the Elite
MAUA begins programs training Special Operations, Military Police, and Security personnel. Through this training, the Security Protection Course was also created, refined, and tested as a legitimate tactical combative program.

2003 – Opening the Doors
MAUA was started originally for just the military but in 2003, the association opened its doors to the public offering training to its first set of civilians in San Diego, California.

2004 – The Birth of Something Great
MAUA leadership establishes affiliations with the United States Martial Arts Association for America and the Shinobu Dojo for Japan and Asia. In addition to the new affiliations, MAUA also finalizes the first comprehensive self-defense system designed specifically for the association called ZenTai JuJitsu, also known as Total Fighting Concepts.

2005 – Head Dojo Established
MAUA officially establishes its headquarters under Managing Director J.D. Olsen in Sumter, South Carolina.

2006 – The Birth of the Instructor
MAUA creates five basic levels of instructorship thereby removing the focus of the traditional “Dan” ranks for blackbelts. This gives instructors more meaning to the rank attained and a better understanding of what that level means.

2009 – Pro Fighting Begins
MAUA begins training and sponsoring professional fighters for Mixed Martial Arts.

2010 – The Warriors Unite
The first ever gathering of all MAUA instructors in one place happened during the Warriors Weekend event at the association’s Head Dojo in Sumter, South Carolina.

2012 – Establishing the MAUA
MAUA ranked in the top 3 of the Tri-State Grappling Championship out of 27 other schools and 17 associations under the leadership of Managing Director J.D. Olsen.

2013 – Building for the Future
The Instructor Candidate Course was designed to teach students how to be a vetted qualified instructor under the MAUA. Wanting to make this knowledge available to all instructors and students, the MAUA designed the first online training course called MyICC where the entire program is done online.

2015 – Creating Friendships
MAUA leadership adds more outside affiliations with the All-Japan Joint Technique Federation and Submission Arts Wrestling under Division Director Mike Martelle.  Also, the MAUA launched the Division Director program bringing other instructors from various system together to support and help each other’s schools.

2017 – The Social Connection

With the birth of social media and the digital age, the MAUA established its online social media presence and obtained over 14,000 followers from 40 different countries.

Our Philosophy

The Martial Arts Unlimited Association believes there are many paths in the martial arts. We have dedicated ourselves into bringing you, the student, the highest quality of instructorship we can offer. Martial Arts Unlimited believes there is no one dominant art, but that each art represents a different path in one’s bushido or way of the warrior.  In the late 90’s our founder, A.J. Weimer, was a student under Joe McCray in the Progressive Martial Arts (P.M.A.) association in Tokyo, Japan.  After making the rank of instructor under Sensei McCray, there was a need to bring other martial artists from other disciplines together under one name.  A.J., along with some of the other P.M.A. students were already training at multiple dojos throughout Tokyo and the network of students and instructors interested in training together began to grow.

In 1999, A.J. formed The Martial Arts Unlimited Association creating a place for any student or instructor from any type of discipline to join and train.

Our organization offers a wide variety of arts.  You might ask yourself – “which art(s) do I start with first?”

To answer that question you must understand two concepts: “Martial Arts” and “Martial Fighting“. These two must be separated to identify practicality verses tradition. A lot of the older martial arts were designed for soldiers in ancient times. The techniques developed during those times doesn’t necessarily mean they will work in today’s world. With “Martial Arts”, you learn about the history of the arts, traditions passed down through the generations, and will learn how to manipulate your body to perform techniques that require coordination, speed, and timing. With “Martial Fighting”, you will train be a fighter. You will learn what works and what doesn’t

work. We believe to apply this concept effectively in training we must try strategy as opposed to talk strategy. In all, to be a complete martial artist, we recommend taking arts that will give you both of these two types of training.

Many of the martial arts were founded on Eastern esoteric religions, but we choose not to incorporate this into our system. Rather, we give thanks to God for giving us the ability to do martial arts and to learn from each other as we embark towards bushido.
For questions, please contact us!!!

Martial Arts We Practice
Yoshin Budokai Aikido Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do
Muay Thai-Boxing and French Savate Western Boxing
Ninpo Taijitsu (Ninjitsu) Total Fighting Concepts
Filipino Martial Arts Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Ju-Jitsu Submission Fighting Wing Chun
Pentak-Silat Iaido
Shoot Fighting Judo
Submission Arts Wrestling


Martial Arts We Sponsor
Aikido Filipino Martial Arts
All-Japan Submission Fighting Total Fighting Concepts
Karate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Submission Arts Wrestling Modern Arnis
Ju-Jitsu Pankration
Our Ranking System

Since we train in so many different martial art styles it’s difficult to have just one type of rank. However, our student ranks differ from each art but our blackbelt or instructor ranks remain constant.

Realistically the level you are as an instructor shows in the quality of students one produces.  Therefore, our black belt instructors don’t chase the “Dan” system like most North American schools do.  Our philosophy to black belt rankings are 5 basic levels of instructorship:Most of our senior instructors have trained martial arts all over the world from Japan, China, Thailand, to the Philippines.  The black belt “Dan” system was originally started by Jigaro Kano as a way to measure progress and time spent training.  One of the problems we see in North America today is that martial artists have gone “Dan” crazy!  Most styles require time in grade but in our opinion it’s both time in grade and experience that gets one promoted.

  • Apprentice – Minimum time spent is approximately 2 to 5 years in the ranks before black.
  • Associate – Must have spent a minimum of 12 months as an Apprentice Instructor and have met the training requirements
  • Advanced – 2 Years minimum as a Certified Instructor and have met the training requirements
  • Senior – Must have 3 to 4 years as an Advanced Instructor and met the training requirements
  • Associate Master  – 5 to 6 years as a Senior Instructor, met the training requirements, and be actively teaching.
  • Master – Must have 5 to 6 years as an Associate Master, met the requirements and be actively teaching.  The Master Instructor rank for TFC has 4 separate levels.