About Us

USA Professional Karate Studio Is Dedicated to Bettering Families Through Karate

Our goal for every student is to help him or her earn their black belt not only in the martial arts, but also in life. By working toward this goal we create an environment in which the student develops confidence through accomplishing high, but realistic and attainable goals. We have a friendly, family atmosphere where we emphasize character development, physical fitness and self-defense. Our teaching methods employ up-to-date & scientifically proven means of learning such as positive reinforcement, goal setting, and use of stripes, belts, merit patches and rewards to motivate, encourage and maintain the interest of every student. Our children's program is second to none! We have age and belt specific classes for children starting at age 4 which include fun games while developing focus, self-discipline, confidence and leadership skills in order to be successful in karate and for life.  As a result we hope to produce many of our community's future leaders.

Changing Lives For More Than 33 Years!

We are the most established Karate school in the Pittsburgh area, having first opened our doors on Murray Avenue in Pittsburgh in March, 1981. Sensei George Mowod and staff teach American Freestyle Karate, which is a combination of different styles of karate and various martial arts mixed with sport kickboxing, American boxing, weapon's training and defense, to produce immediate and practical application of the martial arts. We also offer free self-defense workshops for children, women and teachers at our facility, in community schools and various groups.

We Look Forward to a Bright Future Of Offering Even More

In the near future we will be adding special classes for the Homeschool community, Krav Maga, and classes for special needs. For now, we still have something for everyone, together in our Family classes or separately. Check out our Karate or Fitness classes, Birthday parties, Self-defense Workshops, our Summer Camps and the only acrobatic Hyper Pro Training classes in Pittsburgh. Get started soon and join us!



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Thank You Pittsburgh for voting us Silver Best Martial Arts School!
Henry is one of our Black Belts & a Heart Surgery Champion Survivor!
Our Black Belt: Mr. Williams heads the Karate Fit Program For the Children's Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation!
Sensei Teaching Special Needs Children at Friendship Circle
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Web Reviews

"If you have never attended a class or just stopped by then you truly have missed a great place to go. I have know George for more than 20 years and is the best teacher I've every seen!" Rufus J.

"The people who run this business are truly the most dedicated couple toward making their company a positive place for their students. I am very impressed with their know how and their passion. I think anyone would find this to be true! Give them a try! I'm sure it will be worth it!" Marcia R.

"Not too strict. Not too lax. So that everybody exercises and learns some serious karate while having some fun. Sensei is just perfect with kids and adults alike." Jerome P.

"Such a great place for the whole family!! Sensei and Vicki love each one of the children and students so much. They have changed a lot of lives by teaching discipline, character, respect and so much more! I would highly recommend this studio to any family even considering Karate or another extra curricular for their children or even themselves!" Annette R.

"My son joined the studio a few months ago on the recommendation of a friend. We had been searching for a place that would both teach him the tools of Karate as well as boost his self confidence and self respect. USA Professional Karate does that in spades. From the expertise of the teachers to the kindness of the other students. Everyone is so very encouraging. We have enjoyed watching our son flourish in the program so much that my husband has now joined and is enjoying the learning process of this wonderful discipline as well. I am so glad we found this diamond in the heart of Squirrel Hill." Kim R.

"I'd choose not to rate this because there's no sixth star but I'll give a five. In the midst of my sixth year, karate has probably been my highest location of attendance second to only school. The studio is a wonderful place where I have always felt relaxed, protected and confident. Karate has improved myself, and many others around me in so many ways. I'm very thankful to have it in my life (late for Thanksgiving) and I hope to always have the time in my future to continue attending. Maybe I should have copied and pasted the essay I wrote about Karate!" Gabe B.

"I went here for near 3 years. One of the best experiences of my life. I met new people, experienced new ways on how to live my everyday life and in the process learned how to fight without fighting. The instructors and Mediators at the studio are fantastic. Richard M.