The Divisions

Although our association practices over 20 different styles of martial arts, we only promote in the disciplines our instructors have been ranked in.  The following descriptions are some of the martial arts that are unique to our association.

All-Japan Submission Fighting (A.J.S.F.)

Formally known as Jui-Jitsu Submission Fighting, the new All-Japan Submission Fighting (AJSF) art is part of the All-Japan Joint Technique Federation based Kansai, West Japan. The origins of this martial art are

Kitu-Ryu JuJutsu, Ninpo Taijitsu, and Hidetaka Aso’s Submission Arts Wrestling. Since the lineage of this art has multiple sources from Japan, the Martial Arts Unlimited Association reorganized this grappling and fighting program to be called the All-Japan Submission Fighting art or AJSF. This art is unique by itself as it incorporates both the practical aspect of fighting in addition to the ability to compete.
The foundational principles of the AJSF are:

  • Kumi Waza (grappling)
  • Nage Waza (throwing)
  • Atemi Waza (striking)
  • Shime Waza (choking)
  • Kansetsu (joint locking)
  • Osaekomi (holding down)

 Total Fighting Concepts

Also known as ZenTai JuJitsu, the art of Total Fighting Concepts and is built on 5 basic ranges:

  1. Kicking
  2. Punching
  3. Clinch
  4. Ground
  5. Weapon Ranges

Using this tool to teach and train by range allows the instructor to insert any blend of martial art that fits the range. The art’s foundation comes from Aiki-Jujitsu, Filipino Martial Arts, Japanese Submission Fighting, and Thai Boxing.

The Martial Arts Unlimited Association created ZenTai JuJitsu to marry Martial Arts with Martial Fighting. The result is a total and complete martial arts fighting style…
a Total Fighting Concept.


Budokai Aikido 

Yoshin Budokai Aikido (Budokai Aikido) means, “cultivating strength” and is a unique combative style of Aikido to the Martial Arts Unlimited Association. Aikido techniques consist of entering and turning movements that redirect the momentum of an opponent’s attack, and a throw or joint lock that terminates the technique.

Aikido derives mainly from the martial art of Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu, and was founded Morihei Ueshiba. The Martial Arts Unlimited Association’s Budokai Aikido comes from both Gozo Shioda and Koichi Tohei, both senior students of O’Sensei Ueshiba and both have unique Aikido philosophies.

Filipino Martial Arts

Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) are based on a variety of weapons. The training for this art is centered around single stick, double stick, stick and knife, knife, and empty hands. There are thousands of different styles of Filipino Martial Arts.

Kali (also known as Eskrima and Arnis) is a weapons based martial art which comes from the Philippines. It is the national sport of the Philippines, and has a very long history of combat effectiveness. Only recently has this art become more conspicuous in many countries and enjoyed the popularity of other more traditional Asian arts. Its difference from other martial arts is that the student is taught to train with weapons from the very start, rather than starting on empty hands training (like many martial arts do). This type of training builds manual dexterity in the practitioner and also trains faster conditioned responses to various attacks.

Our FMA us a contemporary blend of the various styles our instructors train and represent.

 Shuri-Te Karate

Our Karate program comes from a pre-world war II Okinawan martial art that began as far back as the 1400’s.  Shuri is a region in Okinawa where this martial art was birthed.  Over the years it has gone through many changes and revisions with previous grandmasters altering the art to keep up with the modern times.  Today, our association proudly sponsors this art as a unique style of Karate blending the ancient ways of the Samurai with the modern day warrior.  This martial art was restructured from outdated martial art to a blend of combat tactics and self-defense concepts to include weaponry, ground technique, and joint locks.

Catch Wrestling – SAW and Pankration

Our catch wrestling division is made up of Submission Arts Wrestling and Pankration under MAUA’s division director and SAW 5th Degree Mike Martelle who is also a registered IBJJF black belt under Professor Enson Inoue of the PUREBRED team.

Submission Arts Wrestling (SAW) [サブミッションアーツレスリング] is modern Catch Wrestling based Japanese Martial Art and Combat Sport that incorporates elements from Sambo, Judo and Jiu Jitsu. Founded in the 1980′s by Hidetaka Aso, a student of Karl Gotch, SAW constitutes a NO-GI grappling system that focuses in forcing ones opponent to submit by employing “chains” of chokes and joint locks. One of the trademarks of SAW are its many variations of devastating leglocks. Like its predecessor, SAW supports the belief that a submission can be obtained by establishing either a position or a hold. The practice of Submission Arts Wrestling relies on solid technical principles, live sparring sessions and specific conditioning.

The origins of Pankration are in ancient Greek mythological traditions, according which Heracles and Theseus, are the inventors of the sport, since they first used its techniques to confront the Nemea Lion and Minotaur respectively.  Pankration was included in the Olympic Games in 648 B.C. and it constituted integral part of all major and local athletic contests in the Classical and Roman periods, from Italy to Anatolia and from Black Sea to Egypt. Pankration became the most popular sport of antiquity because of the large demands it required from the athletes, the diversity it provided as a spectacle and the excitement it created at the audience. These characteristics are evident in its ancient name, Pankration, which literally means “to dominate totally”.  Our division of Pankration, though registered with the International Federation of Pankration Athlima in Greece, is part of the Canadian Pankration Federation under Mike Martelle.