To Recognize, Promote, and Support

Elite, Authentic Martial Artists practicing in the U.S.A.

PURPOSE

Within the present generation of instructors, there have been many who have spent a number of years as an upstanding practitioner of the martial arts who now find themselves without a single instructor or organization. We intend not to discriminate because of race, sex, or religion. We intend not to judge a style’s authenticity or classical traditional status, only to endorse the authenticity, traditional values, and integrity of the practitioner demonstrated by his or her past actions and present knowledge. Our main intention is to gather together martial artists of similar character in order to learn and train with sufficient numbers as well as assist in certification of the appropriate recognition of rank designation that the artist deserves.

  1. Recognize: to nominate and formally invite to become members, and maintain a Hall of Fame.
  2. Promote: by way of formal test or prior knowledge of activities and skills by a Board of Regents, determine degree of rank within established confines and supply certification of martial arts rank.
  3. Support: provide fellowship and, upon request, guidance, as well as, but not limited to tournament participation, seminar exchange, retail MA supplies investment potential.
  4. Elite: those who have continued the faithful practice of their art/s for a number of years, including those who even though, (whether because of, but not limited to, instructor retirement, practicing an original or eclectic art, political reasons, etc.) they are separated from superiors who could properly provide rank advancement.
  5. Authentic Martial Artists: properly trained individuals who understand that martial arts should be taught as a route toward self-perfection and not to promote fighting or aggression.

You can read the USTMAS Official By Laws here

About U. S. TMAS

SOCIETY HISTORY

By the late 1990’s Tennessee Martial Arts University had been in existence for over 20 years, so there were several advanced students who had become black belt instructors teaching at different locations around the southeastern United States. Wanting to continue instruction and guidance under TMA University’s founder, Grandmaster Michael Garner, they formed a group that began meeting at scheduled intervals for personal training and testing, group training, seminars, friendly competitions, and social events in multiple martial arts.

Before long, other black belts and instructors familiar with the organization’s reputation asked to be included and so TMA University’s association became the U.S. Traditional Martial Arts Society. Hanshi Garner was, of course, voted in as first President but asked that the position be called “Chair-Person.” His next act was to ask for nominations for officers to fill needed positions for a senior advisory council for the “Board of Regents.” The first order of business as a recognized organization was to create and finalize a set of Official Bylaws.

Upon request of the Board, several proposals for logo designs and motto’s were presented and voted in. The society’s TMAS Logo shows a black belt surrounded by a master’s belt, symbolizing the mutual support among its members. The kanji at the bottom is “do” or “dao” as in the philosophical way of the traditional martial artist. The term “Seishin Shuyo” comes from Okinawan masters in referring to the adage that “what is learned through training in the martial arts is much more than simply fighting and, in fact, becomes more important in perfection of one’s self than in one’s fighting ability.”

USTMAS is conveniently located in Seymour to serve students of Karate, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Yoga, Jujitsu, Tai Chi and other martial arts styles from all of Sevier and Blount counties including Maryville, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Seymour.

Board of Regents

CHAIR

Sensei Kevin Miller

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Isshin Ryu Karate 6th degree

Daihashi Ryu Bushi-Do 3rd degree

VICE-CHAIR

Shihan James Gill

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Isshin Ryu Karate 8th degree

Daihashi Ryu Bushi-Do 8th degree

Tai Chi Chuan Sr. Master instructor

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VICE-CHAIR

Shihan Henry Jones

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Isshin Ryu Karate 8th degree

Isshin Ryu Kobujutsu 8th degree

Daihashi Ryu Jujitsu 5th Degree

TREASURER

Sifu Melissa Garner

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Wu Xing Chaun Fu 6th degree

Combined Martial Arts 5th degree

Tai Chi Chuan instructor

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CHAIRMAN EMERITUS

Shihan Michael Garner

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Daihashi Ryu Bushi-Do 9th degree

Isshin Ryu Karate 9th degree

Five Animals Kung Fu 6th degree

Executive Member

Shihan Tony Watson

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Honorary Advisors to Board of Regents

10th Deg. GM Pete Mills: CHIEF HONORARY ADVISOR to Board of Regents Grandmaster
Grandmaster  Maurice Msarsa*: HONORARY ADVISOR to Board of Regents
Grandmaster Grandmaster Melbert Lee*: HONORARY ADVISOR to Board of Regents Grandmaster
Grandmaster  Willie Wilson*: HONORARY ADVISOR to Board of Regents
Grandmaster James Ogle*: HONORARY ADVISOR to Board of Regents
Master Doyle Seiber: HONORARY ADVISOR to Board of Regents
Master Harold Nuchols: HONORARY ADVISOR to Board of Regents
Master Chris Hawkins: HONORARY ADVISOR to Board of Regents
Master David Hanson: HONORARY ADVISOR to Board of Regents
Master Jim Alley: HONORARY ADVISOR to Board of Regents

Schools

 Member Schools

 Chief Instructors

 Madisonville Martial Arts  C Hawkins
 Oak Ridge National Fitness Karate S Britt
Okinawan Karate-Do of Knoxville J Alley
 Pete Mill’s Karate & Jiujitsu (Various Locations)  P Mills
 Tazewell Oh Do Kwon TKD  J & K Addair
 TMA U College of Karate (Isshinryu)  MW Garner, J Gill, H Jones
 TMA U College of Kung Fu (5-Animal)  Melissa G, MW Garner
TMA U College of Bushi-Do (Daihashiryu)  MW Garner, J Gill
TMA U School of Tai Chi Chuan (Yang)  J Gill, Melissa G
TMA U School of Kids Combined MA D Owenby
TMA U School of Yoga  Grimes, L Myers
TMA U School of Kobudo  J Gill
Tai Chi & Goodlettsville Kung Fu Club  C Whitsett
Green Tiger School of Kung Fu
Ninja School of Martial Arts  J Haynes
S & S Martial Arts  D Seiber, F Sanchez
White Bluff School of Isshinryu  C Griffin
Sevierville National Fitness Center K Miller
Tazwell Pike National Fitness Center
(Signature Club West)
 T Mills
When Worlds Collide MA (Newport)  P McAmis
Personal Training  ASK

 

News

On Sunday, November 30, 2014, we had the pleasure of promoting Fred McCurdy to Black Belt in Daihashiryu

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December 13, 2014 is the Seymour Christmas Parade.  Our school (TMAU) was in the parade last year and will participate again this year.  The parade starts at 3pm and rolls out of Valley Grove Baptist Church.  Be sure to watch for us along the parade route.  Our children will be wearing home-made Samurai helmets.

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Also on this same date, December 13, 2014, at 6pm will be our annual Christmas Banquet.  The banquet will be held at Seymour Heights Christian Church across the street from McDonald’s on Boyd’s Creek Rd. Everyone is invited, admission is a covered dish.  We ask everyone to bring their favorite holiday dish and add it to the buffet of wonderful holiday dishes.

 

 

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Members

Tournaments

Annual USTMAS Open

September 10, 2016

Details coming soon


Karate Masters Benefit Golf Classic

First Saturday of August 2016

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On Sat, Oct 4, 2014 several students participated in the Battle of Cumberland Gap Tournament in Kentucky

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Later in October, we were fortunate to have as our guest Okinawan Master Shinzato. Here is a picture of him with the class in Sevierville at the National Fitness Center

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The Arts

Arts of India

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David Grimes: Advisory Rep.
Michelle Smith: Advisory Rep.
Melissa Frazier: Advisory Rep.Dixie Lee Webb*: Honorary Group AdvisorJohn Majors: Group Black Belt Rep.
Daniel Walter: Group Black Belt Rep.
Kim LaBello: Group Black Belt Rep.
Lyndsey Myers: Group Black Belt Rep.
Karen Grimes: Group Black Belt Rep.
LeAnna Garner*: Group Black Belt Rep.
Kaitlin Huff*: Group Black Belt Rep.
Michael Garner: Group Black Belt Rep.
* = Pending affirmation

Arts of China

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Melissa Garner: Advisory Rep.
James Gill: Advisory Rep.
Michael Garner: Advisory Rep.Jim Haynes: Honorary Group Advisor
Jim Alley: Honorary Group AdvisorMichelle Smith: Group Black Belt Rep.
Chris Whitsett: Group Black Belt Rep.
Chris Brooks: Group Black Belt Rep.
John Majors: Group Black Belt Rep.
David Grimes: Group Black Belt Rep.
Rachel Heaton*: Group Black Belt Rep.
Ryan Varrichio: Group Black Belt Rep.
China* = Pending affirmation


Arts of Japan

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James Gill: Advisory Rep.
Tony Watson: Advisory Rep.
Michael Garner: Advisory Rep.James Ogle: Honorary Group Advisor.John Majors: Group Black Belt Rep.
Michelle Smith: Group Black Belt Rep.
Matt Perlingiero: Group Black Belt Rep.
Henry Jones: Group Black Belt Rep.
Chris Brooks: Group Black Belt Rep.
Daniel Owenby: Group Black Belt Rep.
David Grimes: Group Black Belt Rep.
Kevin Miller: Group Black Belt Rep.
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Arts of Okinawa

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Henry Jones: Advisory Rep.
James Gill: Advisory Rep.
Michael Garner: Advisory Rep.Pete Mills: Honorary Group Advisor
Maurice Msarsa: Honorary Group Advisor
Harold Nuchols: Honorary Group Advisor
Doyle Seiber: Honorary Group Advisor
David Hansen: Honorary Group Advisor
Jim Alley: Honorary Group Advisor 

* = Pending affirmation

Kevin Miller: Group Black Belt Rep.
Charlene Griffin*: Group Black Belt Rep.
Tony Watson: Group Black Belt Rep.
Daniel Owenby: Group Black Belt Rep.
Matt Perlingiero: Group Black Belt Rep.
Billy Garner: Group Black Belt Rep.
John Majors: Group Black Belt Rep.
Michelle Smith: Group Black Belt Rep.
Kim LaBello: Group Black Belt Rep.
Daniel Walter*: Group Black BeltRep.
Jane Joyce: Group Black Belt Rep.
Pam McAmis: Group Black Belt Rep.

Arts of Korea

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Roy Frazier: Advisory Rep.
John Majors: Advisory Rep.Michael Garner: Honorary Group Advisor

Eclectic Arts

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Melissa Garner: Advisory Rep.
Michael Garner: Advisory Rep.Pete Mills: Honorary Group Advisor.John Majors: Group Black Belt Rep.
Michelle Smith: Group Black Belt Rep.
Rachel Heaton*: Group Black Belt Rep.
Jim Haynes: Group Black Belt Rep.
Daniel Owenby: Group Black Belt Rep.
Billy Garner*: Group Black Belt Rep.
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Cultural & Language Arts

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James Gill: Advisory Rep.
David Grimes: Advisory Rep.
Michael Garner: Advisory Rep.Jim Haynes: Honorary Group Advisor

Health, Wellness & Safety

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Tony Watson: Advisory Rep.
John Majors: Advisory Rep.
David Grimes: Advisory Rep.

Pete Mills: Honorary Group Advisor