Our MMA Approach

Universal General Mixed Martial ArtsĀ  offers a unique combination of five martial arts styles in Portsmouth, VA. These Styles are: Kyokushin Karate, Shotokan Karate, Bando, Olympic Style Boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Furthermore, we offer individual classes in Karate, Olympic Style Boxing, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Finally, we provide a Mixed Martial Arts ( MMA ) class that focuses on the successful fusion of all the arts. As a result, we produce a complete and well-rounded Martial Artist.

Our early instruction focuses on the importance of defense and not getting hit. All of our instruction focuses on real life application with a strong emphasis on avoiding conflict. Our goal is to encourage students of all levels to become physically and mentally fit.

Please check our class schedule for seminars in women’s self-defense in Portsmouth, VA. Also, for specialty seminars to introduce new students to the Martial Arts.

Mission Statement: Our martial arts program teaches the value of self-discipline and morality by strengthening the mind, body, and spirit.

Our Location


Mon-Fri – 10:00AM – 1:00PM


Mon-Fri – 4:30PM – 9:30PM


Our instructor takes break between 1:00PM-4:30PM

Stand Tall

We at Universal General MMA acknowledge the tough issues children and young adults face. Both in and out of school. Our Stand Tall initiative is a program that focuses on building self-esteem. UGMMA builds Self-esteem through exercise and mentorship. Children with higher self-esteem are less bullied. Furthermore, mentored students with high self-esteem are less likely to get into a fight.

Mental health directly effects physical health. Likewise, Physical health effects mental health. Physical activity has been associated with higher self-esteem and a positive attitude. This reduces depression, anxiety and stress. An hour of daily exercise can reduce symptoms of depression and improves self-image. Most noteworthy, in overweight children. Even if the child doesn’t lose any weight.

Parents: Ask us about our Stand Tall program. We would love to work with your child. Above all, making them Happy, healthy, and confident in themselves.