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Martial Arts are forms of Self Defense, practiced by a a group of people within the same culture. Every civilization in the world has a form of Martial Art within their history. Some of these are more popular than others, such as Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Jiu Jitsu. All Martial Arts share the same 5 basics: stances, footwork, hand strikes, kicks, and blocks. It is the combination of these that make up all the unique styles that are out there.
What is Kempo? Kempo (or Kenpo) is the combination of Karate, Shaolin Kung Fu and Japanes Jiu Jitsu. This style of Martial Art originated in the Shaolin Temple in China. Monks living in Okinawa, in the Island of Japan, travel to China and brought their particular form of “work out” back to their town and combined it with their system of Empty Hand Defense, which is known to us as Karate. Later on, this style made it to Hawaii where it became popular among the locals. Eventually, it made it to California, and it spread around the United States and the World. Famous practitioners of this style include Ed Parker, Nick Cerio, Elvis Presley and even Bruce Lee, who worked closely with Mr. Parker for a few years. United Studios has been privileged to have had the opportunity to spread the art of Kempo all around the United States. Furthermore, USSD has brought back the connection to the Shaolin Temple in China, with its 1st Official Visit in 1999. Ever since, USSD and the Shaolin Temple have shared a great cultural exchange, and our instructors have now the opportunity to receive direct training from Shaolin Monks living in the United States.
Are Martial Arts Dangerous? No. The practice of Martial Arts, when done properly and under the guidance of a Professional Instructor, such as the ones at United Studios, is not dangerous at all.
Are Martial Arts about Fighting? No. This is a great misconception. Think of Martial Arts like a work out routine. Even though your practice punches, kicks and blocks, they are not intended for fighting. In fact, they are intended for the opposite of that. Martial Arts are disciplines practiced for health benefits, the proper training of ones bodies, and the development of Self Control, Balance, Patience, and Self Defense. The more you know them, the less you have to use them. We do not condone the use of Martial Arts in order to hurt other people, but we strongly teach our students to use them in cases of Self Defense.
Are my kids going to become aggressive if they do Martial Arts? No. On the contrary, our system of training guarantees that your kids will be taught how to use their energy in a positive manner and not to be aggressive towards others. Plenty of parents can testify on how much their kids changed their aggressive and wild behaviors after training in Martial Arts.
Who can practice Martial Arts? Literally everyone. From 3 years old up to 70 years old, anybody can train Martial Arts. What makes our system special is its ability to adapt to your particular situation, limitations, strengths, and schedule. Because of this, anyone with the willingness to train can become a Black Belt. I am not interested in the Black Belt, do I have to get one, or can I just do it to learn Self Defense or maybe a Work Out? Nothing to worry about. Having a Black Belt is a unique honor which you can carry throughout your life. However, at our studio, you are not required to follow the belt system. In fact, you can train as long as you like for other reasons as well. Just come and try our classes, and we will find a program that works for you.
My schedule is very tight, what to do? We teach Men, Women and Children from all walks of life. As long as you have the desire to learn, we will find a way to teach you. You don’t have to come every day; we can tailor our schedule to yours. Once a week for 30min is a good start.
I am worried about the prices, what are they? Prices vary depending on the program. Think about it like going to McDonald’s. How much will it cost you to get a meal there? Hard question, right? It depends on what you want. Our programs are the same. How many classes do you want? What do you want to learn? What are your goals? What times do you have available? Based on the answers to these questions, we will be able to tailor a program for you. The best thing to do is to try a class for FREE. This way you will know how the studio looks like, what the classes are about, who are our instructors, and we will know if the program will work for you. You will not be forced to buy anything after you try a class, that is why it is FREE.
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