United Martial Arts Katy, LLC

United Martial Arts Katy, LLC

5.0 (30)
Best of 2022
1 hire on Lessons.com
2 employees

About this pro

Certified 7th degree Black belt privately trained by 3 Korean Grand Masters. 46 years experience. Teaching the ITF patterns from Gen Choi Hong Hi. I will commit myself to your martial arts success with every class. 

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu taught by Gracie Barra Black Belt Mr. CJ Hancock and Black Belt Mr. Patrick Cox.

Getting to pass on the most dynamic technique for hand to hand self-defense, competition patterns and sparring handed down to me by 3 of the Worlds greatest S.Korean Grandmasters in Tae Kwon Do history. I love interacting with individuals of all ages and look forward to helping them achieve their martial arts goals.

Jiu-Jitsu teaches excellent self-defense against any ground attack allowing a smaller person opportunity to defend, escape, submit their opponent.

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Katy, TX 77450
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  • Mano Perumal

    This TaeKwanDo school is one of the best in town. The kids learn a lot e.g. Self Discipline, respect others and etc.. I personally trust them with my son very much because they are trustworthy. They treat my son as is he is thiers.

  • Ali Kasim

    Most caring and dedicated instructor in the katy area

  • Rebecca Parkes Page

    I appreciate the firm but patient instruction that Christopher uses in his teaching. He is obviously highly skilled in his art.

  • Jason Moe

    I have known the Santarose Family for over a year now and study under Master Joseph Santarose at the Katy Location. Grand Master Frank Santarose presides over our belt tests. I have always been impressed with their professionalism and ability to teach. Grand Master Santarose is always working hard me and the rest of the class to be our best. I have noticed all of them lead by example - demand excellence and give it. If you are anywhere near a location for this school - don't hesitate - sign up.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Discussion on the students goals and what they are looking for in their lessons and practice. I will show them basic motions, stances and movement to relax their muscles help their flexibility and focus. We discuss the point of no misuse whatsoever except in the event of needing to defend. I also discuss proven defensive postures, hand positions for most efficient blocking. I then move to basic striking to precise points to stop the threat of the criminal attacker or bully. From there we move forward each lesson with repetition, precise focus and correction of skills to make the student the best they can be in their martial arts journey. 

Jiu-Jitsu begins with warmup, stretching and overview of guard, passing guard, grips, sweeps and submissions. It advances to technical drills of take downs, advancing position to submission of opponent. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Christopher J. Santarose - 46 years of experience. Certified 7th Degree Black belt Tae Kwon Do - Master Instructor by GrandMaster Ik Mu Kang.

C.J. Hancock - Certified Black Belt Instructor Jiu-Jitsu - Gracie Barra

Patrick Cox - Certified Black Belt Instructor Jiu-Jitsu - Gracie Barra

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Monthly (60 day cancel notice)

How did you get started teaching?

After 1st degree Black belt test my Master Instructors and my brother moved to Houston, Texas to expand the organization. I started teaching at the UTKD N.Y. schools in 1981. I moved to Houston in 1994 to become Master Instructor of the Katy location.

What types of students have you worked with?

Ages 4+ up to 70 yrs.!  Some developmentally challenged kids also kids with bevioural issues. I have ongoing private lessons with an austistic child.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Unified Tae Kwon Do Open Championships. All of our Black belt certifications and especially my nephew Joseph Santarose's 5th Dan test. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Watch then closely. Listen to their direction. Do they have a fancy school? Fancy uniform? Where did their Certification come from?  Can they execute the skill themselves or do they just point and yell. There are millions of pretenders out there. I hate to say it but there are MANY instructors who SHOULD NOT BE TEACHING FOR MANY REASONS. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Are you willing to put forth the level of effort it takes to really become proficient and be able to apply the skills taught if necessary? Consistency is the key. What do you want out of your training? Are you willing to dedicate time to your practice? Are you teachable?