UMAC Karate Instructors

Below you can see photos of the UMAC Karate instructors. Our Upland dojo prides itself in having the most complete karate instruction in the Inland Empire area. With over 80 combined years of karate experience, the UMAC karate instructors know how to get the most out of your children. We invite you to stop by our Upland dojo today to meet all of our friendly karate instructors!

All of our instructors are fingerprinted and back-ground checked by the Department of Justice.

Staff also includes an active member of law enforcement.

Sensei Chris Pellitteri

Sensei Chris Pellitteri
8th Dan Black Belt

Sensei Sam Sager

Sensei Sam Sager
5th Dan Black Belt

Sensei Bill Chapman

Sensei Bill Chapman
2nd Dan Black Belt

Sensei Instructors

Sensei Ronda Navarette
3rd Dan Black Belt

1st Dan Instructor

Sensei Christine Pellitteri
1st Dan Black Belt

1st Dan Instructor

Sensei Rick Buss
1st Dan Black Belt

1st Dan Instructor

Sensei Stevie Reyes
2nd Dan Black Belt

1st Dan Instructor

Sensei Taylor Stivers
1st Dan Black Belt

1st Dan Instructor

Sensei Thomas Stivers
1st Dan Black Belt

1st Dan

Sempai Turner Root
1st Dan Black Belt

1st Dan

Sempai Olive Levesque
1st Dan Black Belt

What does Sensei mean?
Sensei is a Japanese word that basically means “person born before another. In general usage, it means “master” or “teacher” and the word is used as a title to refer to teachers.

What does Sempai mean?
Sempai is an honorific term that is used to signify that a person is an elder, senior or upperclassmen. Sempai is used to address a person who holds a higher position than a person of the same social class. At the Upland Martial Arts Center – we use the title “Sempai” for our assistant instructors.

What does Dan mean?
The dan ranking system is a Japanese mark of level, which is used in modern fine arts and martial arts.  This is commonly referred to as the “degree” of black belt.  Sensei Chris Pellitteri is a 7th Dan – or 7th degree black belt

What does Dojo mean?
Dojo is a Japanese term which literally means “place of the way”. The term can refer to a formal training place for any of the Japanese martial arts.