United Studios of Selfdefense

★★★☆☆
  • 12147 Ventura Blvd

    Studio City, CA 91604

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  • 818-980-1809

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Well, this is awkward. But I believe the 4 year old boy Max from the previous comment is actually my son (I just saw and am responding to this several years later as Max is now 10).

USSD/Studio City Dojo has been a fantastic place for everyone in our family. I do recall some students (both boys and girls) who do not attend regularly or practice at home and those students don't advance as quickly as others. And that's a good thing as eventually when you attain a high enough rank, you have to start testing for your belts at the USSD headquarters with students from other dojos, so it is pointless - and potentially dangerous - to be advanced before you're ready.

Our then 4 year old was attending multiple classes a week as he loved it. He was promoted because he put in the work - a value taught at the dojo (effort). There was no favoritism - He actually went on (as a 4 year old blue belt) to place in 4th at the grand national tournament competing against dozens of 5 and 6 year olds from multiple dojos throughout California and Nevada -- so his advancement was based on mastering the forms required and not because he was a boy. He's now a first degree brown belt taking classes with the adults - and if the system is sexist, no one told his class because almost half of his class consists of (butt-kicking) women, including the only black belt in the class.

There is nothing sexist about USSD/Studio City. The senseis there (Enrique and Donnie) are patient, hard working, encouraging, inspiring, and work successfully with everyone, male or female, experienced black belts to white belts (including some students who are borderline special needs).

It's a tremendous place run by excellent teachers. My wife, other son and daughter also attend classes there (and have for years) and could not be happier with the experience. It is an equal opportunity facility teaching fun, confidence, fitness, and martial arts, to a wide variety of students at their own pace (and my own kids are advancing at different paces, as well).

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Well, this is awkward. But I believe the 4 year old boy Max from the previous comment is actually my son (I just saw and am responding to this several years later as Max is now 10).

USSD/Studio City Dojo has been a fantastic place for everyone in our family. I do recall some students (both boys and girls) who do not attend regularly or practice at home and those students don't advance as quickly as others. And that's a good thing as eventually when you attain a high enough rank, you have to start testing for your belts at the USSD headquarters with students from other dojos, so it is pointless - and potentially dangerous - to be advanced before you're ready.

Our then 4 year old was attending multiple classes a week as he loved it. He was promoted because he put in the work - a value taught at the dojo (effort). There was no favoritism - He actually went on (as a 4 year old blue belt) to place in 4th at the grand national tournament competing against dozens of 5 and 6 year olds from multiple dojos throughout California and Nevada -- so his advancement was based on mastering the forms required and not because he was a boy. He's now a first degree brown belt taking classes with the adults - and if the system is sexist, no one told his class because almost half of his class consists of (butt-kicking) women, including the only black belt in the class.

There is nothing sexist about USSD/Studio City. The senseis there (Enrique and Donnie) are patient, hard working, encouraging, inspiring, and work successfully with everyone, male or female, experienced black belts to white belts (including some students who are borderline special needs).

It's a tremendous place run by excellent teachers. My wife, other son and daughter also attend classes there (and have for years) and could not be happier with the experience. It is an equal opportunity facility teaching fun, confidence, fitness, and martial arts, to a wide variety of students at their own pace (and my own kids are advancing at different paces, as well).

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Mt daughter used to go to united studios of self defense when she was only in third grade. She was the very first sudent there. She was there before there was even carpet on the floor...literally! Then a bunch of boys started coming and she started not being allowed to test. A four year old named Max who was there a year after got to test for his blue bekt before her. He ruined my daughter's self esteem. Now she goes to a place called XMA World Headquarters and she loves it! They had to build up her self esteem first though before they taught her to do anything. They did and she sees the world and a whole different way! No thanks to this place! :(

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Mt daughter used to go to united studios of self defense when she was only in third grade. She was the very first sudent there. She was there before there was even carpet on the floor...literally! Then a bunch of boys started coming and she started not being allowed to test. A four year old named Max who was there a year after got to test for his blue bekt before her. He ruined my daughter's self esteem. Now she goes to a place called XMA World Headquarters and she loves it! They had to build up her self esteem first though before they taught her to do anything. They did and she sees the world and a whole different way! No thanks to this place! :(

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