About Our School
The school has been open in Danvers MA since June of 1995 and is owned by Master Anthony Pasquale, a 5th Degree Black Belt and his wife, Sifu Rita Rose Pasquale, a 3rd Degree Black Belt. Together, they provide training for students of all ages.
Although the main style taught at the academy is Kung Fu, the school focuses on self improvement and self discipline. The Martial Arts classes are designed to benefit both the mind and the body and our specialty is teaching people with little-to-no experience in Martial Arts & Self-Defense.
We welcome all new members to come in to try a free class, you don’t need to have previous experience or need to be in shape, and you don’t need to be flexible or anything else to get started.
Meet Our Instructors/Owners
Master Anthony Pasquale,
5th Degree Black Belt, RYT
Master Anthony Pasquale is co-owner at the United Martial Arts Center for Health & Well Being. He was promoted to 5th Degree Black Belt through the Ultimate Black Belt Test and he’s registered with The United Stated Martial Arts Association (USMA).
His Martial Arts training began over 28 years ago and he has studied the Chen style of Tai Chi with Master Chen Zen Li of China, the Tai Chi sword with Master Bow Sim Mark of Boston and the Fu style of Bagua with Master Rick Wong.
Master Anthony’s teaching style focuses on the principles of Martial Arts and teaching students how to apply the applications. Teaching students these qualities, such as vision, persistence, motivation, humility and respect are as important as teaching a student self defense.
Master Anthony enjoys working within the Danvers community and he has taught many seminars outside of the martial arts school including: Summer Camps for the North Shore ARC, Tai Chi in many senior centers on the North Shore and at the Danvers Center for the deaf, Self-esteem workshops for the Danvers Athletic Program, and he has worked with the Police for the D.A.R.E program.
Master Anthony also enjoys speaking at public schools in the area – the most requested topic is teaching children about performing acts of kindness. He is currently a member of the Beverly Chamber of Commerce and in the past has been a member of Kiwanis and DEEP in Danvers.
Sifu Rita Rose Pasquale
Chief Instructor, 3rd Degree Black Belt, RYT
Sifu Rita Rose Pasquale is co-owner and Chief Instructor of the United Martial Arts Center for Health & Well Being. She is a 3rd degree Black Belt and is registered with The United Stated Martial Arts Association (USMA).
Her Martial Arts training began 28 years ago and she has studied the Chen style of Tai Chi with Master Chen Zen Li of China, the Tai Chi sword and Ribbon Form with Master Bow Sim Mark of Boston, Filipino stick fighting with Guru Michael Williams and Wing Chun with Sifu Steven Murphy. She has also traveled to China with Master Ai Ping Chen of Connecticut.
Sifu Rita became an Asst. Instructor in 1996 and she began teaching Tai Chi at a local senior center and at the Danvers Center for the deaf. She has been teaching the children’s program at UMAC for over 20 years and has been instrumental in helping children overcome anxiety, low self esteem and other behavioral issues. She now teaches the C.I.T Program and trains the staff at UMAC where students learn how how to teach a martial arts lesson and she writes most of the curriculum taught at the studio.
Sifu Rita has dedicated her life to educating others about Martial Arts training and how it can benefit their life. The philosophy taught at the school is more about self improvement than kicking and punching. She has a strong desire to help her community and she coordinates special events at the school to help benefit the community. These events include Health Fairs, Parents Night Out to benefit the Jimmy Fund & Dana Farber research and she chaired the DEEP Child Safety & Awareness Fair for several years.
Recently Sifu Rita was invited to attend St. Jude Volunteer Appreciation Day where she joined over 200 volunteers at the Research Hospital for Children. The studio has participated in 13 Kick -a-thons for St. Jude and has raised over $80,000.00.
If you would like to volunteer to help Sifu with her goal to raise money and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, please contact her at the studio at (978) 762-0454.
Why Choose United Martial Arts Center?
Flexible Class Schedule
We know family’s are very busy and our family class schedule is very flexible – the classes are all ages starting at age 3 – yes our program is so structured a 3 year old child can do it!
Family Martial Arts
Our Family Martial Arts Program is designed to encourage all family members to attend classes. When 2 family members enroll in our martial arts training program, all members of the immediate family are allowed to train at no additional cost.