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Bayonne’s Team Wright’s UWA Martial Arts “Breaks Record” Earns Fifteen, 1st Place A.O.K.A. World Karate Championship Titles.

                On Saturday October 13, 2018, Bayonne Team Wright’s UWA Martial Arts Bayonne and Jersey City, NJ Academies combined forces to break their previous record of fourteen 1st place Titles. Our previous record of 1st places was ten. The Tournament’s Director was Hanshi (Grand Master) Ralph Passero, 9th Dan in Isshin-Ryu and the President of the Don Nagle’s A.O.K.A. Inc. (American Okinawan Karate Association). Dr. Michael Wanko, Superintendent of the Bayonne Board of Education, is the CEO.

                Various Karate Styles of Martial Arts World Wide are invited to the 61st Annual Don Nagle’s A.O.K.A. Inc. Tournament.  Hanshi Dennis A. Wright, 1st Generation, could not make it this year however, his son Hanshi Austin Wright Sr., 2nd Generation and children Austin Jr., 5th Dan, Priscilla 3rd Dan and Gabriel 1st Dan Wright 3rd Generation of the A.O.K.A. were in attendance as well.  Team Wright Coaches were Sensei Kenneth Jackson Jr. and Sr. who attended and judged the competition to support the Tournament.

World Titles Team Wright won:

Chloe Rivas – Placed 1st in Sparring, 3rd in Weapons and Kata

Efrain Rivas – Placed 1st in Sparring and 1st Kata and 2nd in Weapons.

Mark Abdelmalak – Placed 4th in Sparring

Martin Abdelmalak – Placed 4th in Kata

Chance Fisher – Placed 1st in Sparring and 1st Kata

Thomas Puskas – Placed 1st in Kata

Patrick Puskas – Placed 1st in Kata and 2nd in Sparring

Cassandra Jedrzejczyk – Placed 1st in Sparring and 1st Kata

Joshua Baello – Placed 1st in Sparring and 2nd Kata

Declan McCormick – Placed 1st in Kata and 2nd in Sparring

Owen Fernandez – Placed 1st in Sparring and 2nd in Kata

Rishi Anand – Placed 1st in Sparring and 1st Kata


(From left to right : Sensei Dr. John Franconeri, Hanshi Ralph Passero, Sensei Priscilla Wright, and Austin Wright Sr.)

(Shihan Austin Wright Sr. with his son Gabriel Wright.)

All students are trained under the direct supervision of Grand Master Hanshi Austin Wright Sr. All students train at both UWA Martial Arts in the Bayonne Head Quarters and the Jersey City Branch Academies. Information on Traditional Kickboxing, Karate, and JuJitsu Team Training or Beginners Classes. Please call (201)437-1820. Walk-ins are welcome. We are family friendly. We also have adult MMA fitness.

Honorable mentions: Gabriel Wright



New Jersey’s Austin Wright Sr, Hampton Jr., McCormick, and Jedrzejczyk were recognized by NJ USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame

New Jersey’s Austin Wright Sr, Hampton Jr., McCormick, and Jedrzejczyk were recognized by NJ       USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame

Representing Team Wright at the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame (from left to right): Cassandra Jedrzejczyk, Declan McCormick, Grandmaster Austin Wright Sr.–International Director, and Keith Hampton Jr.

Head coach Austin Wright Sr. was recognized and inducted by the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame Hall of Hero’s.

Wright was inducted in the category of “Grandmaster Leading by Example Award.” Wright is known for his “Spirit of the Dragon Warrior” because of his championship-leadership and CHI (Character, Humility, and Integrity).

There were several members of Team Wright who earned the Kidz Award at the Hall of Fame for their passion in karate, for team competition, winning national championships for New Jersey, and community service.

One of the Team Wright members who received the Kidz Award from the USA Hall of Fame was the 15-year-old Keith Hampton Jr.; he won the Outstanding Jr. Black Belt of the Year Award. The Top Rated Jr. Male Competitor Award was presented to Declan McCormick and the Top Rated Jr. Female Competitor Award was awarded to Cassandra Jedrzejczyk. All students mentioned are members of the UWA Martial Arts Federation of America and U.S. National Martial Arts Team “Alliance.”

For more information call (201)437-1820 or visit our website www.karatenjmma.com.

Bayonne’s Elite Team Wright Triumphs at NJ Karate Championship

On Sunday, March 18th in Newton, New Jersey, Team Wright out kicked, out punched, and out shouted their opponents to take home numerous first place titles at King’s Karate Tournament.

UWA Wins awards
Grandmaster Austin Wright Sr. (right) with Rising Karate Star Nico Sampson (left).

Our newest Rising White Belt Karate Stars were Nico Sampson (Wright’s nephew) and Mr. John Daniel (white belt) who both took first place in their kumite Novice Divisions. John Daniel came short of winning the “Grand Championship” after beating the Yellow Belt Champ, Green Belt Champ, Brown Belt Champ, and another Brown Belt for a close match for the final Grand Championship. John and Nico represented Team Wright as a strong dominating force for the “Bayonne Warriors,” says Head Coach and Trainer Hanshi Grandmaster Austin Wright Sr. In addition, Kenneth Jackson Jr.—black belt—was the 2017 Defending Division Grand Champion. He became Runner Up this year. He lost a close match 5-4 for the 2018 Grand Championship. Sensei Jackson also placed 2nd in Kata.

Uwa wins awards
Grandmaster Austin Wright Sr. (left) with Champions Anthony (left) and Chloe (middle) Rivas.


Other Karate Stars:

  • Effrain Rivas– Yellow Belt 1st Place Kumite
  • Novice Division, Declan McCormick- 1st Place Kata, 2nd Place Weapons and 3rd Place Sparring
  • Angel Cuatlayol– 1st Place in Kata and 4th in Sparring
  • Chloe Rivas- 2nd Place in Kata
  • Rishi Anand- 1st Place in Brown Belt Kids Division and 1st Kata Division
  • Michael Barrantes– 1st Place Green Belt Division

Coaches who attended were Kenneth Jackson Sr. and UWA International Director Grand Master Hanshi Austin Wright Sr. who is also a World Champion and former USAF Instructor. For more information on Championship Training, call (201)437-1820 or check out our website www.karatenjmma.com.











































Bayonne, NJ Austin Wright’s Karate Dojos Have Been Recognized for Excellence and Proven World Champions (3) Generations Strong!

Beginner Classes Now Forming for Spring and Summer 

Recently, (7) Unique World Hall of Fames, Organization and The “Alliance” under Grand Master Dr. Jim Thomas President recognized Austin Wright’s Dojos as the Multi-Discipline International World Championships Academies because of their Proven Seminars and Competition results.  It started with their Sensei and Father Hanshi Grand Master Dennis Austin Wright in the Mid 1950’s  at the Bayonne M.O.T.B.Y. Base Learning Jujitsu, in the 60’s with Isshin-Ryu Karate and a Kick-Boxing in the 70’s A Combined Martial Arts theory that has been proven now for (3) Generations. 

At Hanshi (Grand Master ) Austin Wright’s Karate Dojos of Combined Martial Arts MMA and Self-Defense students learn Traditional Martial Arts of Okinawan Isshin-Ryu Karate (8th Dan), Tactical Japanese Judo Jujitsu Combative Arts (9th Dan), American Kick-Boxing (PKF) and MMA Fitness for the Entire Family Ages 3 to Adult.  We offer Senior Citizen Programs, Special Needs and Women’s Programs at 250 Broadway, corner of 10th Street, Bayonne, NJ and 1683 Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ.

All Programs have been Proven in the International World Martial Arts Arena in Self-Defense, Team Competition and Fitness Weight Loss Program!

Wright’s Philosophy has been about CHI (Character Humility Integrity) “If you change your Character you Change your Life”. We are offering Beginners Classes Now call 201-437-1820.

Visit our website for more information uwa-martialarts.com


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Cervizzis Martial Arts Hall of Fame recognizes Grand Master Austin Wright  

Picture:  Left to Right (Back) Kenneth C. Jackson, World Champion, Soke Paul Cervizzi, Tournament and Hall of Fame Director, Hanshi Grand Master Austin Wright Sr., (Front) Chance Fisher, National Champion.

NJ Team Wright is Victorious at the 2016 O.I.K.K.A World Karate Championship

UWA Warriors In this years O.I.K.K.A World Karate Championship once again, York Watson-Byrd dominated the Kumite Division and Won the Black Belt World Isshin Ryu Fighting Division. He placed 2nd in Forms and 2nd in Weapons. In the Advanced 2, 4th and 5th Division, Kenneth Jackson II clinched 3rd in Kumite coming back to win against several formidable opponents.

Newcomer Nicholas Brea, 16 year old White Belt took 1st in the Adult 18-40 Division, beating an Orange Belt to win the Adult Novice Division While fellow newcomer Michael Townes, yellow belt, placed 3rd in the same division and 2nd in forms.

In the female 18-34 year old Division, Brown Belt Adama Wiggan, Age 32 placed 2nd in Kumite and 2nd in Kata with an outstanding performance. Ciara Castillo won 2nd in Kumite, and Samir O’Neill also took home 2nd in Kumite.

Elite Team Wright UWA is Victorious at Karate Nationals in Atlantic City, NJ


mr. wright again for sept 2014Recently, N.J. U.S. National Martial Arts Elite Team Wright outkicked, outshouted, and outpunched their formidable opponents to take numerous 1st places in the Black, Brown, Green and Novice Divisions. The Team was led by Head Trainer, Internationally Recognized Multi-Discipline Grand Master Austin Wright Sr. This Year was an International Karate Championship because competitors came from Holland, Canada, & Algeria to name a few countries. It was held at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. Continue reading Elite Team Wright UWA is Victorious at Karate Nationals in Atlantic City, NJ

FREE Women’s Self Defense Class -Bayonne


Seminar and Group Class Senior Community Center

16 West 4th Street, Bayonne, NJ

Formerly the Library on Story Court

 Bayonne Recreation & DON NAGLE’S AOKA INC KARATE 

                              201 436 5330                                                    

           Group Class Available     7:00PM 9:00PM

Parking available behind St Andrews Church –           Call if you plan to attend Groups Welcome

Be prepared to defend yourself, do not become a victim, or a casualty.   Dress casual, bring a friend, all who attend can participate or observe, questions answered and simple basic solutions will be suggested.

          Wednesdays in February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th 

                   Make this a girl’s night for safety

             This class is for women only, teens and adults