Master Instructor John Olson has a straightforward, no nonsense, non watered down, reality based approach to his teaching. His current students are some of the finest in the country and have also won many Grand Championship awards. Master Olson has been training in Karate since March of 1979 and is considered to be one of the top instructors in the country. His passion for teaching shows in every class and his desire to make his students the best they can be is always his goal. Master Olson has been trained by some of the highest ranking Black Belts in the country and his lineage leads directly back to Americas first Black Belt and National Champion, 10th Degree Black Belt Grand Master J. Pat Burleson of Fort Worth Texas who received his Black Belt in 1963 by the "Father of U.S. Tae Kwon Do (Korean Karate), Grand Master Jhoon Rhee. Master Olson was a regional and national competitor in both Sparring and Forms with many Grand Championship awards. He also competed in Full Contact Karate and Underground Fighting and is a student of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. These experiences grew his knowledge base and he relies on these experiences in his teaching. Master Olson is also a member of the World Martial Arts Ranking Association (www.WMARA.net) member number 694. Master Olson was inducted into the Action Martial Arts Hall of Fame in January 2016.
Come train with the best!
Come train with the best!! We offer children and adults a comprehensive, reality based curriculum that will build your confidence in your ability to defend yourself! It's not just kicking and punching - it's a way of life!
$10.00 off our Beginners Special - call to schedule your first class.
Great environment for all ages. The instructors (husband/wife) are highly skilled, patient and great with kids and adults!
Great for families or individuals, HIGHLY recommend and affordable.
- talesha roehler. 8/23/2019
UMA Ham Lake is an amazing karate studio. Master Olson and Mrs. Olson are wonderful instructors and wonderful people who treat you like family! Karate is so much more than kicks and punches, at UMA you are taught respect, accountability, pride, discipline and so much more. Karate is a life long skill you can carry and learn for your entire life and I couldn't ask for better instructors than the Olson's! Here's a photo that says it all, my son at his advance brown belt graduation with Master Olson.
- Kelly Wiome. 8/21/2019
The Olson’s are awesome instructors! Our daughter started with a desire to “try” Karate and is now determined to get her black belt and “be on the wall!” This is due to Master Olson and Lisa’s wonderful demeanor and instruction. Thank you for allowing our daughter to build a new passion that will be with her for a lifetime.
- Troy Isaacs. 0/16/2019
We come from a family of educators and value and cherish those who understand children and the process of learning. Master Olson will not disappoint, he has an amazing ability to relate to all age levels and builds an incredible rapport with all belt levels. Words cannot express how he has not only developed my child’s karate skills, but also character, leadership and overall confidence.
- John Peterson. 4/30/2018
Our child is enrolled at UMA Ham Lake. The staff has treated her so well and our family has great respect for the UMA staff. Not only is she learning the art of Karate but she is being taught valuable lessons in character building, patience, perseverance, determination, generosity, and so much more. I can't imagine our life without UMA Ham Lake. They promote family values and we certainly feel like part of the family.
- Dawn J.. 4/23/2018
Awesome martial arts! Great instructors. Highly recommended.
- Christine Niskanen. 4/17/2018
This place is amazing. From the start, the Olsons were welcoming and friendly. The establishment is clean and well maintained. We are also impressed with the quality of the classes and the flexibility of class schedules. Our kids thrive here and have grown in self esteem, discipline, flexibility, knowledge...and have fun!
- Rebecca Rosenbaum. 4/17/2018
Becoming a student at UMA has been a great way for me to stay in shape. The instruction is outstanding and the facility is kept up nicely. Karate has been a positive part of my life for few years and I would recommend giving Ultimate Martial Arts a try.
- Rick C. 4/13/2018
I would highly recommend UMA to anyone interested in learning martial arts and the discipline and focus that comes with it. From day one everyone was so welcoming and very helpful and kind. It truly has a family like environment. You can see how much Mr. & Mrs. Olson care about their students, their curriculum and the success of EVERY student no matter what belt level. They also stress the importance of "Might for Right" when it comes to learning self defenses. They are top notch! We're very happy there.
- Jolene H. 6/11/2017
Hi ya...good place
- Nicholas YouTube #Wheeltalk. 2/3/2017
Truly generous in time and teaching students. I just started this adventure and Im glad I picked this dojo.