GYM GENERAL MANAGER
Hiroki (Mike) Taniguchi started Jiu Jitsu in 1999. He is a black belt under Professor Caio Terra. In addition to coaching and teaching daily, Mike is a life long martial artist, having competed in Judo as well as MMA!
Lineage OF UTM
Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Reylson Gracie > Paulo Maurício Strauch > Caio Terra > Mike Taniguchi
Hiroki (Mike) Taniguchi was born in Honolulu, Hi. He spent his younger days raised by his grandparents in Osaka, Japan, where his Grandfather owned a successful Judo academy. Mike has been a lifelong martial artist, practicing Judo throughout his childhood. In 1999 he was introduced to Jiu Jitsu by a friend and instantly fell in love with the art.
Mike also started training in mixed martial arts at that time, eventually fighting in one of Hawai'i largest events, Icon Sports. For the past seven years, Mike's passion and focus has shifted to teaching and coaching Maui's youth. He is constantly looking to improve his students and himself in all aspects of life. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion with the community. You can find Mike at his academy seven days a week.
In 2023, after a lot of thought and planning, Mike partnered up with his good friend Ryan and United Team Maui was born!
Today they are one of Maui's premier martial arts schools! Whether you want to be a world champion, looking for a new way to work out, or want to learn self defense, UTM has a program for you! With classes starting as early as 5:15 am and ending as late as 8:00 pm we have a class time for everyone! We humbly invite you to come down and see all we have to offer!