2104 Merrick Mall, Merrick, NY 11566
(516) 208-9588

Who We Are

About Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts in Merrick, NY

Ivan Pellei

Owner and Chief Instructor at Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts in Merrick, 4th Degree Black Belt

Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts is the development of Classical Chinese Kung Fu and the best of modern Mixed Martial Arts. We're a modernized system of self-defense that includes the most effective techniques available.

What if you're a total beginner or nervous to start something really cool but new? That's ok!

Our students come from all walks of life and start at different fitness levels. We love to work with beginners and elite athletes alike. No matter what your starting level is, you'll get a great workout, gain lean muscle, and learn techniques to keep you and your family safe.

Absolutely NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Our skilled instructors will teach and develop a curriculum that works best for you! A complete program and full body workout to get students in prime physical shape.

We take the best techniques of Traditional Chinese Kung Fu and apply the fundamental skills of:

  • Boxing

  • Wrestling

  • Muay Thai

  • Kickboxing

  • Judo

  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

  • Krav Maga

  • Keysi Fighting Method

Learn fighting skills so you and your family can SURVIVE violence. We don't teach brawlers and we never encourage our students to be the ones starting "stuff" up. We teach honor, respect, and ability. Always.

Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts is not your average Martial Arts Academy. Our program is dedicated to our students physical, mental and emotional development. Amazing kid-friendly programs start as young as 4 years old and progress from there.

Students develop the Fundamental Skills, first. After they become accomplished at so many diverse skill sets such as punching, blocking dangerous strikes, kicking, wrestling, throws and grappling and submission escapes they are able to move on to age appropriate classes.

Our Children's Classes:

Expertly designed to bring out the best in your child! In our complete child development course we focus on building character and reinforcing good behavior both at home and in school. Full of character development skills, lessons on Martial Arts and athletic development drills - your kids will have an absolute blast!

  • Little Ninjas (Ages 4-6) - designed to develop children holistically. Our program stimulates children physically, mentally (for mental toughness), intellectually, and lets them express their healthy emotions while learning powerful life-saving skills.

  • Ultimate Martial Arts (7-9) - we start to challenge the students more at this level. Students at this level take on a little more responsibility in class, gain huge increases in flexibility and learn super-fun drills in class to work on their memory! We also teach a healthy respect of authority and chores.

  • Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts (10 & Up) - this is where we turn students into Black Belts if that is their wish! A Black Belt is just a White Belt that never quit after all. This age group is more independent and become students of strong character and body.

Adults love our classes too!Students use our classes as a highly effective training tool for personal defense, a stellar boost to weight loss and fitness gains, or even as a stand-alone martial art. Check out some of our most popular adult class offerings below:


KICKBOXING -a fun safe and mentally stimulating workout! All the technical skills of Kickboxing, Muay Thai, and Sanshou based off Chinese Kung Fu - none of the body contact or injury prone movements!

As you scorch calories, you'll become familiar with the most cutting-edge fitness exercises such as calisthenics stretching that elite martial artists use. The exercises are challenging...but totally do-able!

How it works:

  1. We train you with a heavy bag so you develop the skill and sexy body of a Kickboxing Goddess.

  2. There is no contact to the face or sparring - just the fun and exciting workouts of a Kickboxer.

  3. You smash, hit, and release all of your stress and tension on the bag and focus pads for lean, sexy arms and a strong mind.

You'll feel great throughout the day and feel proud of yourself for dedicating the best hour possible to your health!

KRAV MAGA Self-Protection and Fitness for REAL WORLD and Real Life Situations!

Also known as, Contact Combat, krav maga is the official fighting system of the Israeli Defense Forces and required training for scores of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies nationwide. It's the most efficient self-defense system for real-life situations, emphasizing practical defenses against real attacks.

Here are some benefits of Krav Maga both men & women enjoy:

  • Develop an iron will while getting in the best shape of your life!

  • Learn mesmerizing self-defense skills - know EXACTLY what to do to escape "sticky" situations.

  • Get lighting fast striking skills.

  • Build amazing cardio endurance so you can outlast any attacker!

You and your family will have peace of mind knowing you have a unique skill set to defend yourself. As you perfect the skills of a real life warrior, you'll have a lot of fun learning simple movements, to keep you safe for life such as striking with elbows, following through with intense knee blows and so much more.

Check out our super-low web special going on right now. Our classes fill up fast because it's such a great deal, reserve your spot today!

Get ready to experience the best prices, the most amazing staff, and have the most fun you've EVER had getting fit! We can't wait to train with you. Please read a little about our owner and founder below. This way you can get a better feel for the vibe and leadership skill at Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts.

See you soon!

Ivan Pellei has been involved in the martial arts since 1985, is ranked 4th Degree Black Belt and holds the honorable title of Sifu. He studied classical Chinese Kung Fu in the tradition of Choi Lei Faht and Tibetan Lama Pai. In addition, Sifu Ivan is also ranked as a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, studies Krav Maga and has been involved in the Keysi Fighting Method and continues to train with them even after their branch changed to Defence Lab in 2012.

Sifu Ivan is also trained in Boxing, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai. With his extensive martial arts knowledge and experience, Sifu Ivan has taken the very best of the styles he has trained in and developed it into a free-flowing and highly functional system for the benefit of the student to survive modern-day violence.

In addition, he has an English degree from St John's University and has been a financial advisor at New York Life and Northwestern Mutual. Sifu Ivan is highly committed to his students success in martial arts and is currently taking on apprentices and trainees.

Sifu Ivan Pellei is grateful to all of the great Martial Arts Instructors that he learned from and trained with through the years, such as:

  • Grandmaster Chan Tai San
  • Sifu Michael Parrella
  • Sifu Gus Kaparos
  • Sifu Steven Ventura
  • Training Brother Mike Beato

In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

  • Professor Matt Serra (motivated Sifu Ivan to Blue Belt!)
  • Professor Joe Scarola (promoted to Purple Belt and Brown Belt)
  • Professor Nick Serra

In Krav Maga

  • John Whitman (Level II-and Level III)
  • Darren Levine, Sam Sade (level I)
  • Wade Allen (Level I)

Keysi Fighting Method

  • Justo Dieguez
  • John Leabo
  • Mike Simone
  • Grek Fenalosa

Defence Lab

  • Andy Norman
  • John Leabo
  • Mike Simone
  • Grek Fenalosa

Muay Thai

  • Coban

Muay Thai and Kickboxing

  • Ray Longo


  • Angel Rivera

How to Get Started

Come join our Merrick, NY Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Birthday Parties, Krav Maga, Kids Martial Arts, and Women's Kickboxing. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at (516) 208-9588 if you have any further questions. Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts hopes to speak with you soon!