Clifford Pfleger

Influenced by my Father’s interest in the Martial Arts, I decided to pursue it myself. He was a Black Belt long before I was born, and stopped training by the time I was a teenager.

At 17, I started training down in Port Jefferson at a local Tae Kwon Do school. I remember doing very well and having to go for my Green belt test, but could not afford it. It was fun while it lasted, with no mats, wood floors, Sparring and Tournaments. Shortly thereafter I found myself training at a Shorin Ryu Dojo in Ronkonkoma. Life got in the way, and I shortly stopped after achieving my yellow belt.

In 2009, I met Shihan Andrew Stigliano at a business meeting. His confidence, humbleness and sense of humor, intrigued me enough to check out his school. I first introduced my 3 kids to UMAC and they loved it. About 1 month later, I joined as well. Addicted to the training, 5 days a week was barely enough to fulfill my desire. Being a sponge for knowledge, I would attend every seminar and tournament I could. December 2012 I was awarded with my Black Belt. It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do in my life. For me, Martial Arts has become a way of life. I feel like a white belt every time I am on the floor. Still so much to learn and still so much to achieve. Thank You Shihan Stigliano!

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