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If you have had a great experience UMF Academy we would love to hear from you, please leave us a review on our customer feedback platform. 

Lewy Chadwick

Lewy Chadwick

IBO intercontinental super welterweight champion

A huge special mention to the team at United Martial Arts & Fitness Academy - UMF Townsville. I’ve had them jump on board with me for this camp and couldn’t have done it without them. They believed in me as much as I believe in myself and I can’t show my appreciation to them enough for all they’ve done. UMF are Townsville’s leading martial arts and fitness gym and I am proud to be apart of their team. They’ve got a lot of knowledge and having trained their myself at a young age, I know just how family orientated and friendly the environment is there. Get down to UMF if you’re in town and check them out. Tell them Kid lightning sent ya. I’ll see you guys at UMF in the near future for a boxing seminar.

Michael & Erena O'Brien

Michael & Erena O'Brien

Every child deserves exceptional role models

If you want your child/ren to develop characteristics any parent would be proud of, then enrol now at UMF! Sifu Pablo and Emilio are phenomenal teachers of the Martial Arts, but it doesn't stop there. This dynamic duo's philosophy "UMF is more than just a Martial Arts School" is reflected in every student being encouraged to complete chores at home and engage in self-reflection activities helping students understand that every choice they make not only has a direct impact on themselves, but also on their parents, family, friends and sometimes the wider community.

Our sons (9 and 6) commenced in January 2022 and within days we noticed a positive difference in our older son's attitude and our younger son thoroughly enjoys the structure of every class.

We highly recommend UMF to anyone and everyone, especially parents, because your child/ren can only benefit from having more than one exceptional role model.

Chris Cannings

The training is fantastic and everyone is welcoming and supportive.

Both myself and my son are attending UMF. The training is fantastic and everyone is welcoming and supportive. Pablo, Emilio, and the other staff are always there to help and guide, regardless of skill level. I have seen an improvement in my sons attitude towards his daily life, how he treats others, and how he handles situations and confrontations with other children that he would have not had the courage to do so earlier. We both look forward to training days, and would highly recommend UMF to anyone looking for a fun, family oriented place that teaches respect and humility, and confidence with fun and fitness to all ages.

Katrina Stuart

Katrina Stuart

UMF has been fantastic for our kids

After signing our kids up for Wing Chun Kung Fu, the whole family is now taking several of the classes available. UMF has been fantastic for our kids, we have seen a huge improvement in their confidence, self discipline and self control. It’s a family friendly place to train and the instructors Sifu Pablo and Emilio go out of their way to make everyone feel welcome and supported. Highly recommend for anyone looking to step out of their comfort zone and meet a group of great people.

Dirt Ryder

I recently earned my White Sash in Wing Chun Kung Fu and cannot recommend this Academy enough!

I recently earned my White Sash in Wing Chun Kung Fu and cannot recommend this Academy enough! Everyone is so friendly and the trainers/Sifu & Sihing are so patient and supportive. I really struggled to get my head around a completely different style of Martial Art but with their guidance and training and yes, it took some blood, sweat, and lots of tears from me but when I think of where i started and where i am now, i am proud of my achievements. I've found my self confidence again. anyone looking for a rewarding challenge, contact UMF.

Gemma Delatorre

Gemma Delatorre

I recommend it to everyone!

The best in the business! This Academy is so well rounded and really does provide the best teachings. I recommend it to everyone!

Hunter Williams

UMF have been great with giving my kids the confidence to stand up to bullies at school and the tools to be better deal with different situations. The calmness of Emilio on dealing with the kids is amazing and provides some focus and calmness.

Sarah Carabot

Sarah Carabot

My children, husband and I are so glad we found UMF.

My children, husband and I are so glad we found UMF. Since we started we have all grown an outstanding amount in both our physical and mental health. I have seen huge improvements in confidence, strength, self-control, integrity and perseverance both in myself personally, and in my children. The instructors are extremely knowledgeable across all disciplines and the classes are engaging and motivating. UMF has quickly become our second home! Thank you team UMF!

Adrienne Brooks

5 Stars

My son has learnt discipline, focus and how to take instructions and give 100% in his Little Dragon classes. His progress has been amazing big thank you to Pablo and Emilio for their amazing instruction, Powerful Words and Bully Buster program. I feel confident that my son is school ready, and able to handle any challenges he comes across.

Diana Bourne

There is no ego at this academy

My son has been a member of the academy for 3 years. I was concerned about his spikes of aggression and quick temper, so I wanted to find a place where he could channel that energy and learn to control it. The training he has received doing Wing Chun at United Martial Arts Academy has helped him to control his aggression, stand up to bully's, walk away from trouble and remain calm in confronting situations among other children. He has received praise notes from school for doing this. There is no ego at this academy. The kids learn very quickly that if you train hard, you will reap the benefits. You only compete with yourself. You don't only learn the art of wing chun, you learn self respect and self discipline in an inclusive, patient, no-ego environment.

Zoe Rogue

Community of Quality Role Models

My family have been in the Academy since 2011. As a parent of a child with a conduct disorder, the principles of the Academy have been essential for the development of my child. Teaching resilience, determination, self worth, discipline outside of the home, effort and consistency are rewarded, not attendance. The Academy is a community of quality role models, essential for children in this day and age.

Suzi Burnett McKnight

Very Accommodating and Friendly

Cannot rate Pablo and his son Emilio high enough. Very accommodating and friendly. Kids love Wing Chun and I love cage fitness.

Susan Fay

Love it for its Character Building

My family has been with United Martial Arts and Fitness (previously known as Wing Chun Kung Fu) for 7 years. We absolutely love it for its character building and the children's program that they run. Pablo and Emilio are fantastic instructors for both children and adults.

Emma Tommasini

Highly Recommended

My sons behaviour and attitude has improved at home and school with just a few months of Little Dragons Classes. Pablo and Emilio have been great to get him physically active, learning age appropriate self defence, discipline and focus. Highly recommended.

Sarah Gaffney

Wonderful Place and Lovely People

Absolutely wonderful place and lovely people. My son has learnt a great deal in the short time being with Pablo, from new little skills to respect.

Thanks guys.

Michelle Ram

The Best There is Out There

I was with the NQ Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy for a couple of years. My circumstances changed and I could no longer afford to go, but I recommend this to everyone who loves Martial Arts. It's the best there is out there. Also being a part of this club made me wiser and my skin a lot thicker, because you learn things about the art, the world around you, and yourself, that you would never have known before.

Keva Pennisi

Thank You Sifu Pablo and Emilio

My son before joining UMF was very active but lacked self discipline and focus. Since training with the Little Dragons for the past 18 months, he has achieved so much in his classes, in school and at home. I believe his accomplishes have been a result of the excellent teachings and patience from Sifu Pablo and Emilio. Emilio is a great role model for the younger kids and the atmosphere is always family friendly. Thank you Sifu Pablo and Emilio.

Adrienne Brooks

Big Thank You to Pablo and Emilio

My son has learnt discipline, focus and how to take instructions and give 100% in his Little Dragon classes. His progress has been amazing big thank you to Pablo and Emilio for their amazing instruction, Powerful Words and Bully Buster program. I feel confident that my son is school ready, and able to handle any challenges he comes across.

Pam Monaghan

All Levels of Fitness Catered For

UMF is a brilliant and friendly space that can cater to all of your fitness needs. All levels of fitness catered for.

Jai Jamieson

Train With These Guys

If you're visiting or live in Townsville, train with these guys. You're better off training with someone like this rather than someone else with little to no real world experience.

Shelley Day Muscat

Free Women’s Self Defence

Free women’s self defence, just register online and attend. It’s that easy! Definitely worth going to, good trainers, realistic self defence and at no cost! Good on you UMF for providing this service to our Townsville community.

Aaron Moon


Excellent!!! The training, the brotherhood and sisterhood and the different principles/disciplines on offer to cater for all! Also great fitness programmes/class too!!!

Jarvis Paech

The determination of staff and other members that make this Academy # 1

I was new to Townsville in early 2017 and I wanted to learn Wing Chun, it was only because of the UMF Academy that I am able to do so. I now train in Thump Boxing, Wing Chun and BJJ because of the drive to excel myself by Sifu Pablo, Emilio and fellow training partners. I must say it is never easy but it is the determination of staff and other members that make this Academy # 1

Benny Rogue

I Highly Recommend This Academy to Anyone

My son has been training at the academy since the age of 6 (a total of approximately 7 years), and has progressed through Lil Dragons, Young Warriors and now attends the adult classes. I chose this academy over others due to their approach to progression through the ranks (being that each student progresses as they earn it, and must maintain the standard thereafter). Due to my son's challenges in life I wanted an academy that would encourage discipline, respect and a healthy lifestyle and I have found this and more in UMF. Both Emilio and Pablo, along with numerous students, have become respected role models for my son over the years. In the years since he began attending the academy, he has successfully defended himself from a knife attack, stopped other children from being bullied at school, and stopped other children from bullying him. He has also learned self respect and respect for others, including family and teachers. I highly recommend this academy to anyone.

Que Pawape

Deciding to Train With UMF is One of the Best Decisions I Have Made

Deciding to train and learn Wing Chun Kung Fun with UMF is one of the best decisions I have made. It had been almost a year now and I am so happy with the noticeable mental and physical strength and confidence that I have developed as a result of training. This has helped me overcome a lot of my personal struggles. Thank you so much to Sifu Pablo, Emilio and all my Sihings and Sidis. I look forward to continuing with my training at UMF.

Alexander-Edward Tonks

Pablo and Emilio are Great Instructors and Great Friends

I have been at the UMF for over 3 years now and it was one of the best decisions I've made. My fitness has improved greatly and I have learned many useful techniques in WIng Chun Kung Fu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Thump Boxing. More importantly, being here has greatly improved my self-confidence and my mindset. Pablo and Emilio are great instructors and great friends. I am very thankful for everything they've taught me and for their friendship.

Alec Doherty

Improved Mindset and Awareness

I've been attending UMF Academy for a little under a year now, specifically their Street Edge Krav Maga classes. Since joining I have not only learned valuable techniques and knowledge about the physical side of self defence, but I have also been able to improve my mindset and awareness in the mental side of self defence which has proved useful and effective in my line of work a security guard.