Is Kirkland Parkplace becoming the "fitness" mall? Well if you think about it there is a 24 Hour Fitness, Hot Yoga of Kirkland, General Nutrition Center, and the latest addition -- United Studios of Self Defense (USSD)! The USSD bills itself as "Americas Self Defense Leader" with over 160 studios nationwide and classes targeting fitness/self-defense for adults and children. Chief Instructor Tim Chulak is the guy to talk to regarding special introductory deals as the Dojo is now taking enrollments. So if you are interested in that black belt you can get started by calling USSD/Kirkland at (425) 453-6699. They are located in the space previously occupied by the ceramic painting store (can't remember the exact name) that sits between Rikki Rikki Japanese Restaurant and the Kirkland Parkplace Cinema 6. I have never taken Karate or Kung Fu lessons so don't expect an actual review of any self defense studios any time soon. That being said, if you have an opinion about this studio or any others in Kirkland we welcome your comments.