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Ultimate Karate and Fitness
2745 Sandy Plains Road
The Corners Shopping Center
Marietta, Georgia 30066

Phone: 678 560-4046 678 560-4046


Meet Our Instructors

Shihan Siamak Lamei

Chief Instructor

Shihan Lamei started training in karate at the age of 12. At age 16, he earned his Nidan (2nd Degree) Black Belt. He became an Iranian Air Force Coach at the age of 24, and by the age of 27 he became Head Coach. He moved to America in 1983. He has over 40 years of experience and has taught over 5,000 students. He has lead many students to local, regional, and U.S. national championships, including his son, Sensei Amir Lamei, who is a 9 time U.S. National Junior Champion.


His other martial arts accomplishments include:


  • 7th Dan Black Belt in Shotokan
  • 5th Dan Black Belt in Brazilian Style Hand-to-Hand Combat
  • 4th Dan Black Belt in Kanzen Ryu
  • 2nd Dan Black Belt in Kung Fu
  • 2009 Inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame
  • 2010 Inducted into the Martial Arts "Hall of Heroes"

Amir Lamei


Dr. Amir Lamei is the son of Shihan Siamak Lamei. He started training under his father at age 6 and has been in martial arts for 27 years. He holds a Yondan (4th Degree) Black Belt in both Shotokan karate and Olympic Style Taekwondo (World Taekwondo Federation), and a Sandan (3rd Degree) Black Belt in ITA Taekwondo, in which he has won 9 National Championships. In 2003 he and his father started Ultimate Karate and Fitness in Marietta and are proud to have led many of their students to becoming state, regional, and National Champions. Sensei Amir took a hiatus from teaching martial arts in 2010 when he moved to Augusta, Georgia to attend the Medical College of Georgia. He graduated from Dental school in 2014 and continued his education by specializing in Orthodontics. While in Dental school, Dr. Lamei was inducted a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society and served as President of the American Student Dental Association. He is now practicing Orthodontics in Marietta with Dr. Harold Enoch and is happy to be back in the dojo.

Melanie Ziegenmeyer


Mrs. Melanie started training in Shotokan Karate under Sensei Norman Lacaden in 1999, where she earned the rank of 5th Kyu. In 2001, she was named State Champion from the Mississippi Karate Federation. Shortly after, she stopped her training and moved to Marietta, Georgia. It wasn't until 2012 that she decided to begin her training with Shihan Lamei. Since beginning her training with Ultimate Karate and Fitness, she has won numerous regional championships and won 2 gold medals at the U.S. National Championships and Team Trials in 2013, and in the 2017 Championships, she added another gold and a bronze medal to her list of accomplishments. She earned the rank of Shodan (1st Degree) Black Belt in March 2015 and the title "Sensei" in November 2015. She is a U.S. Karate Federation Certified Coach and aids in training the Team UKF Competition Team.

Jon Payne


Mr. Jon started training in shotokan karate under Shihan Lamei in 2011. He was crowned by the Georgia Karate League as State Champion in both Kata and Kumite in 2012, and earned 9 Gold, 4 Silver, and 4 Bronze medals in regional and state karate tournaments throughout the southeastern United States. He also earned 2 silver medals at the 2013 USA National Karate Championships. Mr. Jon is a USA Karate Federation Ceritifed Coach and aides in coaching the Team UKF competition team. He earned the rank of Shodan (1st Degree) Black Belt in March 2015 and the title "Sensei" in November 2015. He actively promotes karate and its benefits in the Marietta area through demonstrations and after school classes at local schools.

Myleene Mena


Mrs. Myleene started training under Shihan Lamei in 2012, after Shihan put a gi in her lap and said, "Your first class starts in 30 minutes!" She competed in her first Georgia Karate League tournament in November of 2012 and won a Silver medal in kata. Since that time, she has won numerous medals at state and regional tournaments. She became a three time champion at the 2013 USA National Karate Championships, and in the 2017 Championships, she added another gold medal to her resume. Her favorite national Gold medal is in the Family Kata category that she shares with her sons, Alex and Andrew. Mrs. Myleene is a USA Karate Federation Certified Coach and aides in training the Team UKF competition team.

Zachary Beasley


Mr. Zac began studying under Shihan Lamei in October, 2014 after his son and daughter began classes at Ultimate Karate and Fitness.  Having competed in multiple regional tournaments during the last two and a half years, he has collected 3 bronze, 5 silver and 3 gold medals.  Additionally, he competed in the 2015 and 2017 USA National Karate Championships earning 2 bronze medals in 2015 following that up with a gold and a bronze in 2017.  Mr. Zac assists with Team UKF coaching and participates in karate demonstrations throughout Marietta.

Manas Sudhir

Assistant Instructor

  • Nidan (2nd Degree) Black Belt
  • Regional Champion ​

Alexander Mena

Assistant Instructor

  • Shodan (1st Degree) Black Belt
  • Regional Champion
  • National Champion


Andrew Mena

 Assistant Instructor

  • Shodan (1st Degree) Black Belt
  • Regional Champion
  • National Champion

Jason Stephen

Assistant Instructor

  • 2nd Kyu (Brown/White Belt)
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