InstructorsDwight Woods (Chief Instructor)
Dwight Woods is a martial artist with over 30 years of experience. He is a native of Trinidad, West Indies who grew up on the neighbouring island of Barbados. In 1983, he was the first Caribbean resident to attend a California Martial Arts Academy seminar where he met and trained under Dan Inosanto, Cass Magda, Francis Fong, Paul Vunak, Larry Hartsell and Tim Tackett.
In 1985, he received his Apprentice Instructor certificate from Inosanto and started the Unified Martial Art Academy, which he operated out of the garage of his home in Barbados until his relocation to Miami, Florida in 1986. Woods sigung opened his first commercial United States based school in 1992 on busy Kendall Drive in southwest Miami-Dade county, and along with his UMAA affiliate branches in Barbados and Trinidad formed UMAA International.
In 1996, Dwight Woods was awarded the rank of Full Instructor in Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial arts by Dan Inosanto. His other instructorship rankings are in Muay Thai under Surachai Sirisute, Boxe Française-Savate under Salem Assli and Wing Chun Gung Fu under Francis Fong. Dwight has also trained with and been trained by Rick Faye, Chris Kent, (the late) Ted Lucaylucay, Jean-Jacques Machado, Cass Magda, Yorinaga Nakamura, Erik Paulson, Burton Richardson, (the late) Edgar Sulite, Paul Vunak and other luminaries in the martial art world. iations, and as a member school of the Inosanto International Martial Arts Instructors Association, it is recognized by martial art schools and associations in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and the Caribbean.
Wayne Quintyne (Head Instructor)
Wayne sifu has been a practicing martial artist for over 25 years. He join the Unified Martial Art Academy at its inception in September of 1985 at the age of 16 having been inspired by a demonstration of JKD-Kali performed at the 1985 Martial Arts Expo held by the Barbados Martial Arts Federation.
The demonstration was led by a lean, casually dressed individual by the name of Dwight Woods who appeared more like an aerobics instructor (headband and all) than a martial artist. Having been previously exposed to traditional martial arts and in the process of seeking out a formal discipline to learn Wayne sifu could only wonder what Woods and his partner could possibly have to offer that would rival the many impressive demonstrations of Karate, Kempo, Kung Fu, Judo and Jiujitsu he’d already seen that night. What happened next however would change his life forever!
Woods began his demonstration unlike any of the other groups. He sought to explain what Jeet Kune Do, the art and philosophy of Bruce Lee and the Filipino Martial arts were all about. His aim was not simply to dazzle his audience with flashy technique, but to educate them to a way of training that would develop their attributes and enhance their fighting skills. He went on to demonstrate the use of the focus mitts and air shield as training methods for tool development (a revolutionary step by Barbadian standards even today).
What came next was even more amazing. For the first time in his martial arts experience sifu Wayne was introduced to combative weapons training. Woods would take the audience through a series of double stick, single stick, stick and dagger, single dagger and Sword vs. Tjabang (Sai) drills with his partner that were both breathtaking and frightfully efficient. Before this, kata (pre-arranged forms) were the only form of weapons training available to Wayne sifu and lacked the realism he now saw in the Filipino system. It was at this point Wayne sifu knew that the Kali-JKD approach to martial art training would be the primary influence in his martial arts career. He began his training with Woods sigung just one week later and the rest as they say is history.
When Woods sigung migrated to the United States of America in 1986, Wayne sifu found himself charged with the responsibility of keeping the legacy of Kali-JKD alive in Barbados. For the next five years he would teach these martial disciplines informally at several locations around the island.
In June of 1991 Wayne sifu was awarded the 3rd Rank in the Academy’s ranking system by Woods sifu, and permitted to formally instruct the Filipino and Jun Fan Martial Arts. He opened the first commercial branch of UMAA in 1992 in the Roebuck Street area of Bridgetown establishing it as the first professional operated martial arts institution on the island.
While traveling to Miami to train with his mentor (Woods sigung), Wayne sifu was afforded his first opportunity to meet and train with martial art legend Daniel Inosanto, protégé and premier disciple of the late Bruce Lee (Li Jun Fan). This proved to be another life altering experience for him. Inosanto, who personifies the ideal of being a great martial artist, introduced him to Japanese Shoot Wrestling, Pencak Silat Mande Mude, Harimau Pencak Silat, and the finer details of Jun fan Gung Fu and Filipino Kali.
An undying love for his chosen field and his unquenchable thirst for knowledge has led him to research several other systems of martial art including Muay Thai, Barbadian Stickfighting, Judo, Brazilian Jiujitsu, Japanese Jijitsu, Wing Chun Gung Fu, Boxe Française, Capoeira and Aikido. To date he has achieved accreditation in several of these disciplines and shares the knowledge attained with his students. He has written several articles for local newspapers including the Straight Blast column for the Daily Nation Newspaper and the Kombat column for Eastern Caribbean News. Wayne sifu has also appeared as a regular guest to the CBC Channel 8’s Chat Room Talk Show.
His interest in full contact martial sports led to the formation the National Kickboxing League of Barbados on which he’s served as president since its inception in January of 1996. He has competed successfully in both kickboxing and grappling tournaments achieving a gold medal in the 1997 Harold Bovell Open Mat Tournament and earning the Light-Heavyweight Freestyle Kickboxing title in September of 2002. Wayne sifu continues to train athletes in the area of full contact martial sport and has helped to develop several local champions, among them Women’s Lightweight Full Contact Kickboxing Champion and Women’s “Iron-Man” Champion Nicole “The Iron Maiden” Scott, Men’s Lightweight Freestyle Kickboxing Champion Kirk “Thunderfoot” Bovell and Men’s Light-Heavyweight Full-Contact Kickboxing Champion Charles “The Punisher” Rudder.
- Dwight Woods (Kali/Silat/JKD/Mauy Thai/Savate/…mentorship)
- Daniel Inosanto (Kali/Silat/JKD/Mauy Thai/Brazilian Jiujitsu/…“a finger pointing to the moon”)
- Hiroaki “Rocky” Izumi (Aikido)
- Giuseppe Soffietti (Aikido)
- Philip Forde (Barbadian Stickfighting)
- Joseph “Sonnie” Greaves [d.] (Barbadian Stickfighting/Setous)
- Tony Hinds (Barbadian Stickfighting)
- Darnley “StormyWeathers” Lovell [d.] (Barbadian
- Stickfighting/Setous) George Roach [d.] (Barbadian Stickfighting)
- DaCosta Vaughn [d.] (Barbadian Stickfighting)
- Joseph (Barbadian Stickfighting)
- Salem Assli (Boxe Française-Savate)
- Jean Jacques Machado (Brazilian Jiujitsu)
- The Machado Brothers (Brazilian Jiujitsu)
- Mestre Barrão (Capoeira)
- Mestre Boneco (Capoeira)
- Mestre Caboquinho (Capoeira Angola)
- Michael Ray (Capoeira Angola)
- Marlon Reid (Capoeira)
- Gladstone “Boris” Seales (Capoeira)
- Eric Paulson (Japanese Shootwrestling/Combat Submission Wrestling)
- Hoskins Caddle (Judo, Sanuces Jiujitsu)
- Richard Amador (Kali/Muay Thai/JKD/Silat)
- Neil Cauliffe (Filipino Kali)
- Joel Clark (Kali/Silat/JKD)
- Victor Gendrano (Filipino Kali)
- Paula Inosanto (Kali/Silat/JKD)
- LaVonne Martin (Kali/Silat/JKD)
- Burton Richardson (Kali/Silat/Brazilian Jiujitsu/JKD Concepts)
- Courtney White (Kali/Silat/Brazilian Jiujitsu)
- Phil Nurse (Muay Thai)
- Mark Russell (Muay Thai/Kickboxing)
- Surachai Sirisute (Muay Thai)
- Vincent Smith (Taekwondo/ Coaching Skills)
- Francis Fong (Wing Chun Gung Fu)
- Roderick Lemas (Wing Chun)
- David Onuma (Wing Chun/Pencak Silat Empi Empi)
- Santiago Dobles (Hatha Yoga)
- Elijah Wiener (Taoist Yoga)
· Associate Instructor in the Filipino Martial Arts and Jun Fan Martial Arts certified by Daniel Inosanto of the Inosanto International Martial Art Instructors’ Association.
· Khuen Kru in Muay Thai certified by Ajarn Surachai Sirisute, President of the Thai Boxing Association of the USA.
· Instructor in Barbadian Stickfighting/Setous (Sword/Queensbury method) as taught by Darnley “Stormy Weathers” Lovell [d].
· Instructor in Barbadian Stickfighting/Setous (Queensbury/Johnson method) as taught by Joseph “Sonnie” Greaves [d].
· Sifu Wayne also holds ranks in Capoeira, Judo, Sanuces Jiujitsu and Aikido.
Cuthbert Daniel (Junior Assistant Instructor) Sihing Cuthbert is the most senior of the Academy’s students and holds the 1st Rank in the UMAA system of Kali-JKD. He also holds the rank of Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt) in Kodokan Judo and 2nd Degree Brown Belt in Universal Kempo Karate. A grandfather himself, he has instructed children in the discipline of the martial arts for several years. Currently, he has the responsibility for overseeing the Academy’s Dragons Martial Art Program.
Marlon Reid (Apprentice Instructor)
Sihing Marlon is a senior student of the Academy and holds the Junior 1st Rank in the UMAA system of Kali-JKD.
An avid capoeirista, Marlon currently holds the rank of corda azul-marron (blue-brown) in the Axé Capoeira system of Mestre Barrão.
Macaco (Marlon’s given name in Capoeira meaning “monkey”) has been instrumental in the development of the Academy’s Capoeira program.
Dr. Hiroaki Izumi 5th degree Black Belt