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Instructors Biography 


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.

Future plans include publishing a children's story to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 


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.

Instructor Shannon Donovan, 2nd Degree Black Belt

Instructor Donovan was recently promoted to Senior Instructor. She has been training diligently to reach this new goal and we are excited to see her achieve this.

She first came to the United Martial Arts studio back in November 2004 when she signed her son Philip “Mr. Donovan” up for classes. At the time he was only 6 years old. A few years later she decided to join our Family Martial Arts program in July of 2007 to train with her son Philip and also her daughter Brenna. The benefits she has gained from her Martial Arts training are Self Confidence, Inner Strength, Physical Agility & Resilience.

Instructor Donovan has consistently attended class to earn her 1st degree Black Belt and to become an Assistant Instructor. Although she is no longer required to attend lessons in the Adult Basic program on Monday & Wednesday nights, she still does it to keep herself sharp and also humble. She said it helps her to feel more connected to the students. She participates in internship almost daily and loves helping Sifu Anthony teach the children’s program.

Every year "Team Donovan" helps Sifu Pasquale to raise money for charity. Together with her children, Instructor Donovan has raised over $11,000.00 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and has participated in several events with Sifu Pasquale.

Before training at the United Martial Arts Center she taught the Bradley Method of Natural Child Birth for 9 years & was certified through the American Academy of Natural Childbirth.

Instructor Donovan is also is a Market America Nutrametrix® Consultant & a TLS® coach. These programs are designed to help clients find a better way to achieve optimal health and the  approach to weight loss encompasses low- glycemic eating, behavior modification, and body composition. Weight loss classes are being formed at UMAC studio, and offer an extensive plan that covers everything you will need to get fit & thin.

Please call the studio for more information or to register.









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 Danvers MA 01923
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