The more than a dozen brick-and-mortar locations that make up Ultimate Champions Taekwondo Association share not only a style of combat, but a teaching philosophy as well. Tracing the lineage of their combative art back to Grandmaster Sang K. Oh, the instructors adhere to his teachings, exemplified by the quote, "The person who can defeat others with flashy techniques but is without love toward his fellow man will in the end defeat himself." Students use the physical empowerment of mastering jumps, kicks, and weapons to arm themselves with discipline, confidence, concentration, self-respect, and courtesy for others.
Outside of the classroom, the organization reaches out to the tri-state community with ample demonstrations of some of their most exciting techniques. Practitioners soar skyward in flying kicks or fill the air with the whirring blows of nunchakus, bos, and kamas. Fists slam through boards, balloons, and bricks to demonstrate the striking power of tae kwon do and the structural flaws in the Three Little Pigs' panic room.
When speaker and trainer Donna Sirianni isn't leading corporate seminars or groups at health clubs, she visits participants' homes to lead one-hour seminar about changing their lives. In her seminars, Sirianni focuses on subjects such as crafting a positive mindset, managing stress, and organizing personal goals. Participants can take away practical ideas and tools they need to start making the changes necessary to lead a more fulfilling journey. The Creating a Positive Mindset: What Are You Thinking? seminar is the first in a series of seminars on various topics.