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Urban Defense Center

725 N. 6th Street Philadelphia PA 19123

 At the Urban Defense Center, you will find a wide range of programs that address the diverse needs of the people of Philadelphia! Whether you are looking for beginning martial arts, fitness, advanced technical training, or a home-based self-defense tutorial, Urban Defense has what you need!


The Urban Defense programs are tailored for the urban lifestyle. Unlike traditional martial arts schools or fitness centers, the Urban Defense Center combines a structured martial arts program with practical skills for urban living. At the foundation of Urban Defense is the philosophy of hard work, dedication, commitment, responsibility and accountability. Since 1996, Master Lawrence Whitaker has developed a total martial arts program that helps individuals strengthen their minds and bodies so they can achieve their personal best. In addition, he offers the best total-body aerobic workout in the Philadelphia area! Finally, new this year is the Awareness, Safety, and Protection Program (ASAP) designed to bring fitness and personal protection right to your home!

Don’t wait another minute! Begin the life you have always imagined now!

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