Instructors & Staff Profiles

Mr. Jim Fuller
Rank: 5th Degree
Training Since 1984

I have been actively training for over 25 years! "I love the martial arts as a whole. The structure and discipline is very much needed in our society today. I enjoy learning and practicing self defense techniques. I enjoy working with my wife Courtney. She is my inspiration and my strength!

I enjoy teaching all ages from 3 to 93. Sharing what I have learned with others brings great satisfaction. Seeing my students get better than me is the most awesome feeling. Having a parent tell me that karate has helped their child in school or helped him protect himself is all the reward I need.

Part of my goals are to see UMAS Karate become the leader in character education and martial arts instruction for the whole family through providing superb customer service and a highly trained professional staff.

My greatest accomplishment was seeing my son "Lil' Jim" although not so little anymore earn his black belt. He struggled for years but finally made it. He is my protégé."

Mrs. Courtney Fuller
School Manager Salem Road School
Rank: 1st Degree Training Since 2004

I enjoy karate whether I'm teaching it or learning it. It's done a lot for me personally and I've seen what it's done for so many others as well. I love working with my husband he is an amazing man and is the source of everything that we do.

I love watching children learn. I must say that the Lil Dragon's class is my favorite. I love seeing the smile on their face and the light in their eyes when they know they "got it". I am blessed to be able to teach our students 1st karate class and see what they are when they walk in the door and watch what they become. I love it when parents tell me their child has taken something they learned at karate and applied it at home or at school. Seeing that what I do on a daily basis impacts a child's life makes it all worth it for me."

Benjamin Berg
Assistant Instructor Salem Road School
Rank: 3rd Degree
raining Since 2006

Mr. Cameron Miles
Head Instructor Salem Road School
Rank: 3rd Degree
Training Since 2001

"I could write a book on all of the things Karate has taught me. Unfortunately, I only have a few paragraphs to try to convey the impact that Karate has had on me. When my family moved to Georgia in 2000, my parents were trying to get me out of a bad neighborhood. They did much better than that. The following school year, thanks to some encouragement from a friend, I enrolled at Mr. Fuller’s Covington location. In just a few days, I became a full-time karate student. I learned that when you earn a belt, you are always expected to uphold that rank, no matter where you are or what you are doing.

I took many of the things that I learned in my classes to school and back home. The two most important things that Karate taught me are focus and confidence. Without these things, I have no clue where or who I would be. People ask me all the time what Karate can give or teach them. And I always reply with the same thing: “Take anything you want to gain that betters you as a person. Such as: Confidence, Discipline, Respect, Physical Fitness, Self Defense, etc. Now put the word “Karate” in front of what you picked. That is what Karate can teach you.”

Denise Palmer
School Manager/Program Director Salem Road School

I am a karate mom, two of my kids have gone on to earn their 2nd and 3rd degree black belts. That is a combined 10 years with UMAS Karate. This school has had a huge influence in the raising of my kids. They are more than ready to go out into the world with the focus and self confidence Karate helped instill in them. So now, I am getting my own unique experience at UMAS. As the karate mom .. sitting in the lobby watching my kids work and earn each belt. As one of the school's program directors, behind the desk.. greeting the parents and students..helping to keep them informed.. And as a brand new student ..a white belt working my way to black belt,..on the mat..taking advantage of the health and fitness Karate provides. I think that brings me full circle.

Andrew Robertson
Assistant Instructor Covington School
Training Since 2006

I have been a student at UMAS karate since I was nine and I've loved every second of it. Karate has made me the person I am today. Now that I am an instructor I love karate even more than before. Just teaching kids focus and confidence and just to see them all mature through this has been great. I've loved karate from the moment I started and my favorite part of teaching is seeing a kids faces light up when they step on the matt for the first time. I've been a student for seven years and I am now a first degree black belt. I plan on continuing to grow as a student and an instructor.

Stewart Robertson
Assistant Instructor Covington School
Training Since 2006

I started karate when I was nine with the dream of being a black belt, but never thought I would end up becoming an assistant instructor at U.M.A.S. Karate School. The best part of working with the many students at U.M.A.S. Karate is that each time I see a new student, I remember my first class and the experiences that I had through this program. Karate continues to shape my life and as an Instructor I hope that I can continue to help the next generation of karate students.

Na'Jee Rouse
Assistant Instructor Salem Road School
Rank: 1st Degree
Training Since 2010