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United Studios Of Self Defense - Palo Alto

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  • Location Address: 2675 Middlefield Rd | Palo Alto, CA 94306
  • reviews Rating: 3.96 (64 reviews)
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About United Studios Of Self Defense - Palo Alto

United Studios of Self Defense is the largest martial arts school in North America. Since 1968, our students have studied USSD’s unique system of Kempo-style martial arts from the finest instructors in the United States. From the earliest beginnings nearly 2000 years ago, the martial arts have been steeped in tradition. Nowhere else will you feel that sense of rich history than at a USSD studio.

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  • person icon Linda Tomasello, Master

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  • English

2675 Middlefield Rd, CA, 94306

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  • orange phone icon (650) 325-4946
  • orange mail icon ussdpaloalto95@gmail.com

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3.96
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google review

My kindergartener had a rough start to the school year with following directions and focusing at school. After we started her in karate with Master Flickinger the discipline and structure that was provided to her quickly translated into the classroom. Her teacher said its like a switch was flipped. The environment is supportive and encouraging but also requires a non-negotiable respect for the dojo which has had a very positive impact on both my kids. Definitely recommend

Rachael Feldman
26 June 2023
google review

Was a student here throughout my childhood and going into adulthood eventually becoming an assistant instructor and teaching classes myself. It was a massive part of my growth and character development. My life was much improved through Garys mentorship. It was not easy and takes real commitment to see results but the rewards were well worth it.

jafar a
26 May 2021
google review

My daughter just turned 4. She is very shy and insecure. Kung Fu panda being one of her favorite movies she was so excited to learn self defense. The problem was getting her in class. She would scream and cry and refuse to go in yet after she said she wanted to do it again. Today she wouldnt even go inside with the other kids. So instead class was held outside for her. I wanted to just hug the instructor. That meant so much for her and myself. I sat and watch and will admit it brought tears to my eyes cause she was doing so good and really enjoying herself. Thank you to all the staff for helping her to get over her fears and being patient with her. Its places like Palo Alto self defense that really make a difference in kids lives.

Internal Spa
26 May 2021
google review

PositiveCommunicationProfessionalismQualityValueThis is a wonderful studio Mr flickinger is such a good teacher he gets to know the students and the families he teaches discipline and respect as well as martial arts I highly recommend the studio

Ella Baldwin Brown
26 May 2021
yelp review

I trained at this studio for ten years until 2014 and it definitely changed my life. Not only did I learn self defense techniques I also learned a lot...

Ally V.
19 February 2021
yelp review

I was instructed by Mr. Flickinger for almost 10 years as a student of the dojo ultimately earning my black belt. Mr. Flickinger is a tough but fair...

Dekel S.
23 November 2020
yelp review

My first review in years Coming back here to give my amazing review for USSD Palo Alto. I started with Mr. F. when I was 9 years old Im 33 years old now....

Alissa N.
01 November 2020
google review

Gary Flickinger is rude disrespectful condescending to both adults and children. Do not sign a contract with these people. I made that mistake because he persistently kept calling me for a free lesson only to be pressured into signing the contract. First trial lesson was great because it was not Gary Flickinger. The old bait n switch occurred after I signed the contract. There are plenty of reputable karate schools and I wish I did my research before commuting to this place. Other parents have the same negative reviews about him. He has ruined my kids chances at liking karate due to his brute attempts with communication. I urge all to do research and ask around before signing up here.

Kelly M
26 May 2020
google review

I recently just joined this dojo and have had nothing but great experiences with their teachers and staff. Its a really positive environment and I look forward to learning more from them.

Zachary Smith
26 May 2019
google review

Excellent structured program with terrific instructors. Master Flickinger has owned and managed multiple studios over the years and Im so glad that we have him here to learn from. As individuals we are held accountable for working hard and to improve with every lesson. As a team I enjoy the chance to work together and help each other improve. At 48 Im one of the elders here I joined 4 months ago. I couldnt be more pumped up for my progress and for the opportunities ahead. Check out a class give it a try youll be glad you did.

Michael Pagan
26 May 2018
google review

My son of 15 found this place through his peers at high school. He loves it and the staff is awesome. His progression is beyond my expectations and he has grown so much mentally after he started working out there. And I feel that he is seen for his individuality. Would recommend the place to everyone who wants to do martial arts-

Marianne Stabell
26 May 2018
google review

A great place to learn to defend yourself. Also one of the only places which teach weapons and give private lessons as well as group lessons.

kyle matthys
26 May 2018
google review

pretty good program but not for lazy people. everything is worked hard for here and students have to be willing to put in energy time and effort

paganizonda324
26 May 2018

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