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Your Burning Questions Answered

We start students as young as 4. After a 1-on-1 introductory session with an instructor, we will be able to assess if your 4 year old is ready for our standard group and private training program or if focusing on private instruction only will better meet the students’ needs.

  • United Studios is the ONLY martial arts organization with a professional teaching academy to train all of our instructors how to be the best in the business, and instructors who receive continual training to keep updated on new developments in the business.
  • United Studios has nearly 200 schools throughout the United States and Canada, making us easily the largest martial arts organization in North America. Here’s a small list of other things that separate us from the rest:
  • Video/DVDs for each rank enabling the student to practice at home.
  • Black Belt Student Manual
  • USSD sponsored tournaments
  • An online magazine with new techniques and exclusive interviews
  • In-house supplier for uniforms, sparring gear, and other supplies
  • Access to seminars and other special events
  • And MUCH more, just ask…

Shaolin Kempo (also spelled Kenpo, also known as Shaolin Ch’uan Fa) is a mix of Karate, Kung Fu, and Ju-Jitsu. Kempo is known as an art that incorporates elements of several styles and blends them into one style.

It doesn’t have one specialty but rather adjusts itself to fit the situation that presents itself. Kempo is commonly taught at several schools advertising “Karate” or “Kung Fu” but United Studios teaches the truest form of Shaolin Kempo in the world today.

We are the only organization supported by the Shaolin Temple in China, considered the birthplace of modern martial arts.

The average among adult students is 4-6 years from white belt to black belt.

At United Studios, students who reach the rank of black belt prior to their 16th birthday are considered junior black belts and may recertify for their black belt once they are 16.

It may take longer for children, and is of course dependent on the level of commitment, how often you are able to attend, and every individual’s style of learning.

YES! We have taught hundreds of people with learning disabilities such as autism, and other conditions such as dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder. Parents of children have commented countless times about how our program turned their child’s life around, minimizing the effects of their learning disorder. We also train people with medical conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure, and other conditions. We have also taught people with serious physical limitations such as back injuries, arthritis, and even people in wheelchairs or with one leg or arm!

Absolutely not. At USSD San Carlos, children spend as much time learning discipline and control as they do learning martial arts. We teach children to avoid violence whenever possible. However, if violence does become necessary, USSD Mission Viejo North also teaches children how to defend themselves without permanently harming their opponent.

We suggest students start with an Introductory Private Lesson.

This is 100% free, with no charge, obligation, or strings attached. This is to help students get acclimated to the various terms we use, get familiar with the various punches, kicks, stances, blocks, etc., and to assure you that we are a place you feel comfortable at.

You are also welcome to observe any of our group classes at your convenience.

Call us today to schedule your first private lesson, and start a journey that can last a lifetime.