About Us

At UMAI, we are not just a martial arts organization; we are a beacon of inspiration that empowers individuals across the world. With a rich history spanning over three decades, UMAI has touched the lives of over 50,000 students worldwide, instilling the knowledge and discipline of martial arts. Our vision is to build a better world through martial arts, where individuals embrace mental discipline, self-confidence, and a strong sense of community.

Our History

Founded in 1985 by SIFU Dr CP Arif, UMAI began with a small group of dedicated
practitioners sharing their passion for martial arts. Over the years, our organization has
grown exponentially, spreading its influence across borders. Today, UMAI is recognized
for its commitment to excellence and empowering students with life skills beyond just
physical training.

Our Vision

At UMAI, we envision a world where individuals of all ages and backgrounds embrace martial arts as a transformative journey. We believe that practising martial arts not only enhances physical strength but also fosters mental discipline, self-confidence, and compassion. By promoting these values, we aim to build a society that is stronger, healthier, and more harmonious for all.

Our Mission

Our mission is to inspire and empower individuals to unlock their full potential through martial arts training. We firmly believe that everyone possesses the potential to achieve greatness. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced practitioner, we are committed to providing you with the tools, resources, and support needed to make that potential a reality.

Our Values

Excellence: We strive for excellence in everything we do, both on and off the mat. Our instructors are dedicated to helping students reach their highest potential in martial arts and in life.

Respect: We promote respect for oneself, others, and the environment. We uphold the highest standards of respect towards everyone we interact with, fostering a supportive and inclusive community.

Inclusivity: At UMAI, we welcome individuals from all backgrounds, ethnicities, and age groups to join and learn from our martial arts training programs. We celebrate the diversity within our global community.

Continuous Learning: We believe in continuous learning and improvement. We provide a safe, encouraging, and challenging environment for students to grow and develop their skills.

Compassion: We foster a sense of compassion and empathy towards oneself and others. Through our training, we promote positive and supportive interactions between our students and instructors.

Empowerment: We believe in empowering individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to reach their full potential, not just in martial arts but in all aspects of life.

Our Approach

At UMAI, we take a holistic approach to martial arts training. While we focus on physical fitness and self-defence, we also emphasize personal development and life skills. Our experienced instructors tailor instruction to cater to students of all skill levels, providing a balanced and fulfilling training experience.

Our Community

UMAI is more than just a martial arts school; it’s a close-knit community. We believe in building a strong sense of camaraderie among our students, instructors, and staff. Our community is a supportive and inclusive space where individuals can grow both individually and collectively.

The Management

UMAI was founded by a passionate martial arts enthusiast who wanted to share his love for martial arts with the world. His dedication and vision have shaped UMAI into the empowering organization it is today.

SIFU Dr Arif CP: Pioneering Excellence in Martial Arts

The founder & Grandmaster

SIFU Dr. Arif C P is the distinguished Founder and Grandmaster of UMAI (United Martial Arts Academy International), marking a lifelong journey dedicated to the mastery, cultivation, and dissemination of martial arts. With a deep-rooted passion spanning decades, SIFU Dr Arif stands as an unrivalled authority in a multitude of martial disciplines, renowned for his unparalleled expertise.

As an International Wushu Sanda Judge Grade ‘A’ (IWUF – China), he not only commands respect within India but holds a prestigious international standing in the world of martial arts. His judicious knowledge and keen sense of judgment are sought after in arenas across the globe, underlining his prowess as an iconic figure in the field.

SIFU Dr Arif’s contributions extend far beyond his role as the Founder and Grandmaster of UMAI. He assumes the pivotal position of being the official examiner of Judges of Wushu Association of India, an honour that speaks volumes about his dedication and influence in shaping the nation’s Wushu prowess.

Furthermore, he leads the Wushu Association of Kerala, firmly establishing his role as a driving force in the martial arts community, both regionally and nationally. His commitment to the growth and development of martial arts, along with his extensive knowledge and exceptional leadership, have left an indelible mark on the martial arts landscape, shaping the remarkable journey of UMAI.

SHIHAN Noushad Mannoli: Spearheading Excellence in Martial Arts and Business

Technical Director

With a legacy dating back to 1999, SHIHAN Noushad Mannoli has steered UMAI Qatar from its
modest origins to a thriving martial arts academy in the heart of Qatar. His vision, leadership, and martial arts expertise have sculpted UMAI Qatar into a dynamic institution, serving over 1000 students and employing a dedicated team of 40 instructors.

Beyond the realm of martial arts, SHIHAN Noushad is a distinguished entrepreneur, overseeing a successful chain of restaurants in Qatar. Additionally, he holds the prestigious distinction of being one of the few International judges from Qatar in the World Karate Federation (WKF). His unwavering commitment to excellence has made him an influential figure in both the martial arts and business domains.

In recognition of his exceptional leadership and contributions, SHIHAN Noushad now serves as the Group Technical Director, overseeing the entire UMAI organization in its mission to promote martial arts and life-skills education

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Why Choose UMAI

  • We provide world-class martial arts training that promotes physical fitness, mental discipline, and personal growth.
  • Our experienced instructors are committed to helping you achieve your goals and be the best version of yourself.
  • UMAI offers a welcoming and supportive community that celebrates diversity and mutual respect.
  • Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced practitioner, we have programs tailored to suit your needs and skill level.

Join Us

Are you ready to embark on a journey of growth, strength, and inspiration? Join UMAI and be a part of our empowering martial arts community. Take the first step towards unlocking your full potential by signing up for our classes today. At UMAI, we believe that martial arts can transform lives. Together, let’s build a better world through the power of martial arts.


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