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In an ever-changing world, many people have come to count on martial arts to fulfill their emotional, mental and physical needs.


At United Studios of Self Defense Burlingame, our goal is to build a program around you, the student. To help meet a students individual needs and to challenge a student's mind and body. One of the unique aspects of our martial arts program is that all United Studios of Self Defense locations offer group and private instruction as part of one package.

Private lessons are geared towards teaching the hundreds of concepts needed to advance in the art, while the group sessions are geared toward practicing those concepts with like-minded individuals.

In a private session, we focus on individual needs and concerns. We h...

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Research yourself...

By Greg Shraiman

Do you research - where does word "Pinan" came from? Let me know what did you found out :)

Do you know how karate got its name?It’s pretty interesting… many people think karate is an ancient martial art.But actually, “karate” is less than 100 years old. Including its name. (stuff like belts, ranks, uniforms, terminology, gradings and styles are also new inventions.) yet, in spite of its relative youth, karate has no shortage of misconstrued facts that conceal its actual origins, depth and essence. For example, the name ‘karate’ itself.Karate comes from okinawa, an island south of japan. Okinawa was an important historical trade hub between many southeast asian countries, like siam (modern day thailand), burma, the philippines, taiwan and korea. But…The #1 country that okinawa vibed w...

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Sparring Tips

By Greg Shraiman

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Sparring is “practice fighting” to improve your skills and techniques as a martial artist. Sparring should always be supervised to avoid getting hurt. Protective gear is highly recommended at all times. Protective gear includes: headgear, mouth guard, gloves, chest protectors (female), groin protector (male), shin guards, and foot guards. If you are a beginner, here are some tips to help you get better at sparring:

Just Relax

It’s important to relax. The more relaxed you are the faster your strikes and kicks will be. If your body is tense during sparring, your body will get tired quicker and your response time will be slower.

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In order to know the art of kempo, you must first learn the history and traditions of the art.
Chinese historians claim that military manuals and documents dated from 206 b.C. To 220 a.D. Point out that han emperors funded the study of kung fu. A chinese physician, dr. Hua t’o was also credited as the founder of the first martial arts style around 220 a.D. T’o designed exercises to relieve stress, tone the body, and provide self defense modeled on the deer, bear, bird, tiger, and monkey.
There is a saying that “the foundation of all martial arts is shaolin.” the shaolin meaning “young pine tree forest” temple is the spiritual and technical source of all modern martial arts. The first shaolin temple of songshan was built in 377 a.D. For religious training and meditation only. Martial arts training did not begin in the shaolin temple until 526 a.D. With the arrival of ta mo. Ta mo created a system of 18 dynamic tension exercises, known today as the lohan 18 hand movements. Ta mo developed a simple self defense system to train shaolin monks who travel between temples in china, formosa, japan, and india.
The ideals of religion and martial arts were a thin line between self defense and non violence to the shaolin monks. Shaolin monks broadened the lohan 18 hands to 170 movements to make shaolin kung fu a more effective fighting system. In 1644, manchurians from mongolia “manchu hordes from the north” invaded china and gained complete control in 1662. In 1736, the manchus decided they wanted to destroy the songshan shaolin temple. Only five monks escaped and formed the hung family league in fukien province to keep the shaolin traditions alive. The five shaolin ancestors’ study focused on moves and attributes of the five shaolin animals: tiger, dragon, snake, leopard, and crane. The five shaolin ancestors felt all people possessed what each animal form represented. A shaolin monk, gee sim aided the development of modern shaolin kempo.
During 906 a.D. To 1911, chinese masters influenced martial arts in japan and okanawa. Some japanese warrior monks formed the basis of ninjutsu and were the first ninjas

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