A Place for Christian Martial Artists

University of Biblical Martial Arts & Sciences

The college offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in the Christian Martial Arts.

Students can enroll and complete courses individually, or may work toward one of the offered degrees.

The Gospel Martial Arts Union strongly supports the pursuit of academic excellence. To further our goal of providing tools and curriculum to aid instructors in teaching the martial arts from a Christian perspective, the Gospel Martial Arts Union provides the opportunity for our members to enroll in college courses geared toward the martial arts through our partnership with the Great Plains Baptist Divinity School.

The University of Biblical Martial Arts & Sciences (UBMAS) is a degree granting division of the Great Plains Baptist Divinity School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The institution exists for the task of providing martial artists with a means of obtaining academic training in the martial arts from a biblical perspective.

An External Program

Through the external degree program, the academic work is taken in correspondence with the faculty of the university. This enables students to complete academic degrees without having to relocate, although some do. Students are able to work at home at their own pace.

The Faculty

The faculty represent a strong cross-section of disciplines. All have post graduate degrees from accredited and/or recognized institutions of higher education and possess expert experience in their specialized area. UBMAS Faculty are comprised of pastors, successful multiple location dojo owners, evangelists, organizational leaders, missionaries, and advanced belts.

Course Offerings

The college offers nearly 100 unique courses in the fields of the Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Bible, Physical Education & Health, Legal Aspects of Martial Arts, Leadership, Psychology, Martial Arts, and Martial Sciences. There are over 60 martial arts courses in the soft, hard, and weapons styles.

Sample Listing

A sample listing of some of the courses offered by UBMAS:

  • Principles of Public Relations
  • Fundamental Physics Principles 1
  • Bushido—The Philosophy of the Warrior
  • Zen, Taoist, and Buddhist Thought 1
  • The American Legal System
  • Kinesiology
  • New Testament Survey
  • The Christian Family
  • Bibliology
  • Martial Arts in the Old Testament
  • Conducting Martial Arts Events
  • The Role of the Christian Shihan
  • Advanced Weapons Arts
  • The Martial Artist
  • Dynamics of Kata
  • Principles of Ki (Chi)
  • Scientific Basis of the Martial Arts
  • Martial Arts and Missionary Work
  • Martial Arts Evangelism
  • The Christian Sensei
  • The Martial Arts and Christianity
  • Etiquette in the Martial Arts
  • Famous Martial Artists
  • Spiritual Disciplines
  • The Bible and Science
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Classical Martial Arts Philosophy
  • Defensive Mind-Leading
  • Physiology of Exercise
  • Old Testament History
  • Care and Prevention of Sports Injuries
  • Organization and Administration of a Christian Martial Arts Ministry
  • The Martial Arts and the New Testament
  • Advanced Hard Fist Arts
  • Advanced Soft Fist Arts
  • Martial Arts Weapons
  • Principles of Technique
  • Principles of Kumite
  • Christian Dojo Management
  • Martial Arts for Children
  • The Martial Arts and Youth Work
  • Psychology and the Martial Arts
  • Martial Arts Exercise Programs
  • History of the Martial Arts
  • Survey of the Martial Arts 1
  • Principles of Biblical Leadership
  • Biblical Counseling


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An external view of the University of Biblical Martial Arts & Sciences facility.

An external view of the University of Biblical Martial Arts & Sciences facility. The campus is part of the Gospel Martial Arts Union International Headquarters.

The campus is part of the Gospel Martial Arts Union International Headquarters.