United Studios of Self Defense Menlo Park was first opened in 1994 with Gary Caldwell as Chief instructor. The dojo has operated at 409 El Camino Real since then and has enjoyed many years of great times. Over the years there have been a number of instructors and hundreds of students many of whom have left their unique mark upon USSD Menlo Park helping to grow our family and knowledge. Gary Caldwell, Chief instructor, opened the dojo as an accomplished black belt in USSD as well as an experienced martial artist in other styles at the same time that he was just becoming a father.
Over the years we have added new classes such as our Urban Combat programs and Kickboxing programs. We have continued to train and grow our knowledge base adding new techniques and teaching tools. As a member of USSD we encourage our students to compete and push themselves at our USSD regional tournaments every 6 months and also offer smaller competitions throughout the year.
The easiest way to encapsulate our 21 years as a staple of the Menlo Park community is to explain that now, after all the years, our students whom have grown are returning with their own children whom they could not imagine sending anywhere else. The dojo has and will continue to be a friendly and happy environment for the families and individuals of Menlo Park for years to come.