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Give yourself an edge.

When you become a student at United Studios of Self Defense, you become part of a tradition of personal development that has been practiced for over two thousand years.

Our roots begin at the Shaolin Temple in China.

The benefits of Martial Arts Training at United Studios of Self Defense include:

  • Physical Fitness
  • Health and Longevity
  • Reduce / Relieve Stress 
  • Philosophy
  • Learning Traditions and Cultural Experiences
  • Develop New Friendships
  • Improve Coordination and Balance
  • Build Confidence and Self-Esteem
  • Integrate your mind, body and spirit
  • Learn to defend yourself and others
  • Discipline


On June 6, 2000 Headmaster and founder of United Studios of Self Defense, Charles Mattera and his student Master Steve DeMasco were promoted to Grandmaster by Great Master Shi Yongxin, the Abbot of the Shaolin Temple. The Abbot presented the diplomas to Grandmaster Mattera and Grandmaster DeMasco in a ceremony which was witnessed by more than 160 United Studios of Self Defense students participating in this once in a lifetime event.

There is a 13′ tall stone monument at the entrance of the temple in honor of and in recognition to USSD for its contributions to the martial arts and Shaolin philosophies throughout the United States - from

How it Works

Personal Attention.
Set and achieve your goals.

Learn at your own pace with Private Lesson Instruction once a week. Each student will spend thirty-minutes with a Certified Instructor to insure progress and understanding of the material. Appointment to meet your schedule.

Unlimited Group Classes.
Conditioning and application.

You will have access to as many Group classes as you prefer. Get in shape and apply the Martial Art skills you learn in a positive environment.

Advanced Learning Resources.
Study at home with us.

All material is outlined in our Student Manual, so never worry about practicing incorrectly.

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