New MMA Training Center In Waipio Is A Family Affair

Mixed martial arts run deep in the Lee family veins, so much so that Ken Lee, along with wife Jewelz, recently opened United MMA, a new training facility in Waipio Industrial Court.

Both are experienced instructors and have been teaching since 1992. The Lees, who live in Mililani, opened the facility last month, offerilng professional instruction in MMA, pankration and TDS (total defense system).


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Angela Lee is demonstrates a kimura choke on her brother Christian. Photo by Lawrence Tabudlo,

Ken explained that MMA and pankration are governed by the World Athlima Pangration Federation and International Federation of the Associated Fights.

“Unlike any other MMA club, our program focuses on the seamless transitions in all the ranges of combat into a unique system of mixed martial arts and self-defense called total defense system,” he explained. “We are currently scouting local talent to represent Team Hawaii MMA and Team Hawaii Pankration to compete in national and world competitions.

“MMA is the fastest growing sport in history and has its sights set on becoming a recognized Olympic sport through pankration.”

While MMA might seem a sport deemed for adult competitors, United

MMA seeks to promote a family-friendly learning environment.

The children’s classes (for ages 7 and older) are 5 to 6 p.m., Monday-Thursday. In fact, the Lees’ children, Angela (16), Christian (14), Victoria (8) and Adrian (7) all are seasoned fighters and national champions.

There also are classes for teens and adults (13 and older) from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Students of all ages can participate in open mat training from 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays.

United MMA is located at 94-547 Ukee St. #110.

For more information, call 450-5700 or visit