How We Do It

Step 1: Find your class
  • Little Dragons ages 4-7
  • Junior Kempo ages 8-12
  • Teen Kempo ages 13-17
  • Adult Martial Arts ages 18+
Fun, high energy classes built to assist little ones in developing balance, strength, flexibility, coordination, timing, distancing, and more. Plenty of structure is provided to boost character development like respect, discipline, cooperation, confidence and focus. Parents love the positive changes they see in their children’s behavior as well as giving kids an outlet to burn off excess energy. Many of our “Junior Kempo” (ages 8-12) students are graduates of “Little Dragons” and have gained advantages for acquiring a strong foundation early on.

Tuesday Thurday Saturday
7:00pm – 8:00pm 7:00pm – 8:00pm 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Step 2: Meet the team!
  • Brandon Sowerby
  • Jason Covey
  • Maren Sowerby
  • Gabrielle-Nielson
  • Jordan-Marriott

Brandon Sowerby began training in Karate as a child and has been involved in sports, weight training, gymnastics, and martial arts ever since. Combining his high achievement in Kempo (an art known for versatility) and a strong foundation in Jiu Jitsu, Mr. Sowerby brings a Mixed Martial Arts perspective to the program. Through his studies and experience, Mr. Sowerby has a profound understanding of human movement and body mechanics. These traits combine to make Mr. Sowerby the ideal Chief Instructor for USSD in Sandy, Utah. While he does maintain his reputation for winning first place trophies in nearly every USSD tournament event he participates in, Mr. Sowerby focuses on supporting his students to ensure the celebration of their victories. Having lived nearly his entire life in Utah, Mr. Sowerby graduated from the USSD Academy for Martial Arts Instructors in 2003 and has been serving the Sandy community from this location since it opened in 2011.

Step 3: How will you begin?
  • Personal Training
  • Group Class

We recommend Teens and Adults (ages 13 and up) begin with personal training, we jump right in to practical self defense stances, movement, striking and more. Having an instructor check on your form individually and giving you immediate feedback will ensure good habits are formed early and will help you understand how to get the most out of group classes later, as well as provide opportunity to explain safety tips and protocall. While I can say most kids love jumping right in with the group classes, we have seen some cases where the group experience can intimidate. If you feel like this may be the case for your child, let’s start with personal training. Whether you start with Personal training or Group Classes, both will be available with your free trial.

Step 4: 10 Day Trial

  • Kids
  • Teens and Adults

We invite new students to participate in a group class so the child can get a feel for the training and the parent can get a feel for the studio. If everything goes great we go ahead and set up a 10 day trial. Having a week and a half to try more classes and some personal training should equip everyone involved with the information needed to build their preferred membership. Month to month memberships available, we do not require contracts, and of course there is no obligation or pressure to enrol

Get Started Now!

We invite you to participate in a martial arts class or personal training session with no cost or obligation.
Come and learn why United Studios of Self Defense is the martial arts studio of choice for discerning individuals and families in Sandy, Utah.

• Outstanding Community Reputation
• Proven System for In-Close Self Defense
• Student Comes First
• Mixed Martial Arts Approach

I’d love to tell you more about our programs.

USSD Sandy is the best! We have been training here for 2 years and absolutely love it. It’s great for all ages..

– Sarah Greer

I could not write enough positives about my experience at the studio.  The instructors are professional and courteous, as well as being phenomenal teachers.  My son (8 years old) has been attending for almost a year and he is always excited to go to classes, private lessons, and the special events at the studio.  Thank you so much for all you do.

Gordon Hil

It’s my family away from home. Instructors are professional and take amazing care of me and my family

– Jay Theron Gibson

Best place ever to train at,  the people are so friendly.

– Paul Gibbons


Phone: 801-828-5758


Location: 9245 Village Shop Dr, Sandy, UT 84094