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December 2005 UMA’s Volume 1, Issue 1 The Ultimate Life Welcome to the premiere edition of UMA’s newsletter, “The Ultimate Life”!! Each issue will contain news, highlights and announcements of upcoming events happening within our UMA family. This issue’s cover story highlights our founder, Sensei Don, and the entire story will be featured in local publications soon! Our next issue’s cover story will focus on Sempai Paul Rhodes. Sensei and Sempai wish everyone in their UMA family a healthy and happy holiday season...and your best year ever in 2006!! “A Closer Look” featuring… Sensei Don Monistere When most people think of their ventures, Sensei Don commented, “Believe ten percent, I assure you. If a person local computer guy, more often than not, it or not, the two businesses are actually chooses to practice and live by the qualities visions of a geeky, complexion-challenged very similar, and they complement one and characteristics of a champion martial college graduate wearing a pocket-protector another. Whether I am at Vista during the artist, in every area of his life, including his and high-water pants are generally what day or UMA at night, I require the same business world and personal life success in come to mind. It would be in a potential from my students and instructors as I do every area is just around the corner”, Sen- client’s best interest when calling Vista In- from my employees. They must strive for sei concluded. formation Systems—Sensei Don’s daytime excellence!” Integrity, discipline, intensity, work place--for computer support, how- Sensei goes on to say, “Martial will, determination and humility are just ever, not to expect the stereotypical com- Arts practitioners are no different than a some of the valuable character qualities puter profes- group of well-trained engineers. Both emphasized sional. The groups desire EXCELLENCE! If you give and taught in President and them the tools and support that empower UMA’s karate CEO of Vista is them to achieve that goal, they will work dojos. The nothing less harder and give more than they otherwise UMA motto is than a network would. If you raise the bar and demand “Train For genius who more, people will almost always rise to the Life”. Those also possesses challenge. I find more personal fulfillment who train in a a right-cross training the kid’s class than nearly anything UMA dojo that would else I do, because I know I am making an know that this make Mike investment in the future leaders of our means-in Tyson stand up world, and it’s not only rewarding, it’s many ways- and take note, FUN! they can use and just for the “I started taking martial arts when I their martial record…he was sixteen years old, roughly twenty years arts training doesn’t wear a pocket-protector OR high- ago. I didn’t realize at the time how my as a model for the way they live out the rest waters. training would prepare me for the many of their lives. Every student is training for This computer business expert ups and downs of the business world, as life by learning valuable lessons through also doubles as an instructor in a rare well as my personal life. Because of the constant focus on the qualities it takes to mixed martial arts program called Kyo- time, discipline and effort put forth in my become a champion. kubugi. This particular discipline is a com- training, and because of the caliber of char- So, whether you desire to learn an bination of stand-up fighting, ground tech- acter that is emphasized, in many ways it ancient, time-honored art of self-defense, nique and weapons training, rooted in tra- helped to shape the man that I am today. or you need help with your business net- ditional Japanese martial arts. The right- “Martial Arts training has its peaks, work, Sensei Don seems to have both of cross mentioned earlier is, without ques- valleys and plateaus, just like life. It seems these areas covered with an all too rare tion, utterly devastating to an opponent. you train and train and then you train some talent he calls "Black Belt Excellence". Ultimate Martial Arts (UMA), more. Kick after kick, punch after punch, From his right-cross to his morning meet- Sensei Don’s newest business venture and and it seems you’re making little discerni- ings with his engineering staff, Sensei has one of the more successful martial arts pro- ble progress. The choice is always to perse- allowed the discipline of martial arts and grams in Alabama, placed 6 of their 7 fight- vere or quit. I chose to persevere. To suc- the business world collide in a way that ers in their very first tournament in Sep- ceed, you must persevere, regardless of the creates a "work product" with which he and tember of 2005. UMA walked away with obstacles. his students and clients are extremely satis- two first place wins in that tournament, and “It is my proven philosophy that if a fied. More importantly, having had the that impressive showing occurred even person will give just ten percent more than unique perspective of both Vista client as though their most seasoned fighter was out the average person, he will be phenome- well as a student of UMA, it is easy to rec- sick that day. nally more successful than the average ognize there is a method to his madness, When asked how one man can be person. The return for that extra ten per- and it is more than simply gratifying to so successful at two very different business cent investment is far greater than a mere witness--it is inspiring. ~Staff Writer Check out our website! www.goumakarate.com The ‘KIAI!’ of UMA... newsletter is entitled “The ‘KIAI!’ The heart, the soul, that might be. For that moment in of UMA” and it will be dedicated the spirit, or the time, all our carefully placed masks to the celebration of the heart, soul ‘oomph’, so to speak, of slip away, and we allow our inner and character of our UMA our training is best released spirit to reveal itself in a way that is community in various ways. when we “KIAI!”. There is so all too rare. Whether it features our monthly much to be said about allow- The interesting thing focus from the kid’s class curricu- ing that part of a us to be set among students, especially the lum, an outstanding individual in free. Not only does a adults, is that each individual our UMA family, or simply a little person’s power increase dra- “KIAI!” is unique…it is an expres- encouragement to help us along the matically, there’s a part of the sion of the soul, and no two are way, this column will be devoted to soul way down deep inside that NEEDS exactly alike. The younger stu- nurturing the “KIAI!” inside every to express itself...and let’s face it: In our dents develop their own unique cry one of us. society, there just aren’t that many as they mature, even though at first Sensei has taught us in opportunities to really celebrate that they typically imitate their instruc- class that ‘focus’ is not something part of us that longs to “KIAI!” It’s not tor. The practice certainly helps we’re born with, but something we ‘polite’, after all, to really cut loose and them to burn up some of that ex- must constantly work to attain. YELL, after all...and people might think cess energy, which all parents can The goal of this feature will be to us a little strange if we started the prac- appreciate! Even among the adults help us focus—if only for a moment tice outside the dojo walls. the “KIAI!” continues to trans- or two—on that part of us that To “KIAI!” with enthusiasm is form as they dedicate themselves makes us most unique, and help us such a great way to relieve the stress of to their own personal growth and on our journey life, have a little fun and simply be who become more confident. towards the we were truly created to be—whoever This section of the UMA Ultimate Life. Osu! Sensei Don will be presenting “How To Have Your Best Year Ever In 2006” at the Oneonta dojo (The Gym) on Tuesday December 13th at 6 pm. Students, families and friends are encouraged to attend this seminar that will enable individuals to focus their talents and reach their fullest potential. Please plan to join us in Oneonta for an investment in your future!! “Training For The Ultimate Life” Discipline, determination, will and "life lessons" that seem to be "by-products" of martial arts are actively taught at UMA Dojo's. "Train For Life" of course has two meanings. You literally can study Karate for most, if not all of your life, but we are also train- ing for our day-to-day life. We are learning life lessons through the study of Martial Arts. This a personal journey of self aware- ness, your body's limits, the acknowledgement of respect and concern for the hierarchy of the Dojo, the show of respect to your fellow students, and the sense of personal achievement you feel when reaching your Martial Arts goals. UMA P.O. Box 43534 Birmingham, Alabama 35243 205-587-4992/205-223-3777 www.goumakarate.com UMA's Mission is not only to hone the skills of self defense and martial arts, but also to use them as personal development tools. This endeavor will aid us in our quest for martial arts perfection and also in our daily life and careers.
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