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Our Classes

At USSD Dana Point, our karate lessons go beyond self-defense techniques.

We focus on building confidence, flexibility, strength, focus, discipline, and character.

Our children’s program is geared around the 3 F’s: Focus, Fitness, and Fun!

Our unique belt-earning strategy is grounded in a positive reinforcement system that allows each child to set and attain short, mid, and long-term goals.

The goals that we set with each child are threefold:

  1. Physical – Improvement in balance, strength, conditioning, and precision

  2. Mental – Improvement in focus, creative thinking, and memory

  3. Emotional – Improvement in discipline, confidence, determination, and respect

Progress through our belts is built on predetermined improvement in all of these areas. Goals are individually created for each child based on his/her needs, and recommendations to test for the next rank are based on these goals. The goals are not limited to Martial Arts, but also include respect, focus, and following directions outside of our studio.

Our experience has shown that children who are enrolled in our Martial Arts program have seen an improvement in other sports, academics, and other activities, as well as a reduced likelihood of being a target of bullying.

Our students develop a range of skills that enable them to succeed in all areas of life. This is particularly important for children, who need guidance and support to develop the skills they need to become capable and balanced adults.

We will help your child become a strong and productive member of society armed with character, strong self-discipline, and a healthy self-image. At United Studios of Self Defense, we work hard to make your child’s experience with Martial Arts a safe and productive one.

In the USSD Martial Arts program, children will improve:

  • Coordination and flexibility

  • Strength in body and mind

  • Self-Control

  • Respect for themselves and others

All of this is achieved in an environment where the camaraderie created by challenges results in a sense of trust and recognition of individual achievement. Students advance at their own pace, without the pressure that is often such a part of team sports.

The practice of Martial Arts improves focus and self-discipline, developing the mind as well as the body. Students learn to control themselves and to respect others, which naturally leads to respect for themselves. This benefit often carries over into school, helping to not only improve behavior but academic performance.


Students learn how to use their energy in a positive manner and not to be aggressive toward others. Experts agree that, rather than promoting violence, Martial Arts open the door to building a solid foundation of self-confidence and a healthy sense of self-worth. The core philosophy of USSD Martial Arts training is non-violence. Our training enables students to respond in a calm and controlled way that will stop, rather than escalate violence, should violence be unavoidable.


Our Teen program focuses on the skills needed to best prepare and excel in school, college, and beyond. Colleges looking at academically similar applications will take into consideration extracurricular activities and achievements. With a Martial Arts training program, students not only further develop the physical and mental skills useful in a college environment, but they also learn and develop one of the most effective self-defense systems available today.

Achieving Black Belt status, though still impressive to college application reviewers, may not carry the same weight that it used to 10 years ago (mainly due to the explosion of martial art studios and the resulting increase in Black Belts).


We, at USSD Dana Point, have created the Service and Mentoring Program for teens that expands on the commendable achievement of earning a Black Belt. This program is for teenage students to mentor younger students in the children's classes. This not only builds leadership and mentoring skills for the teenager but also provides a unique opportunity to experience both the achievement of earning a Black Belt and the positive work done as a Black Belt.



It’s never too late! Our adult program focuses on the harmony of mind, body, and spirit. Our goal is to help our students improve strength, flexibility, speed, stamina, and focus.  Our students tell us that their training is a welcome and much-needed departure from the stresses of their daily lives. 


Adults sign up with us for different reasons:

  • Physical Fitness
    Kempo karate provides a full-body workout. Our focus is on stretching, strengthening, and conditioning, with additional attention to agility and coordination. With our Martial Arts program, training intensity is tailored to each individual’s needs.

  • Mental Development
    Success in Martial Arts requires a high degree of mental acuity. With meditation training and the focus drills that we teach, adults have found improvement in self-discipline, self-confidence, and in their ability to concentrate. Our training program is designed to push each student past their self-imposed boundaries, and show him/her that anything is possible if you put your mind and heart into it.

  • Stress Relief
    Daily life can be stressful.  Whether it’s meeting ever-shortening deadlines or managing your children’s academic/activity calendar, oftentimes we can feel drained.  Many of our adults attend class to change gears, recharge, or take a break from the stresses of everyday life.

  • Self Defense
    As our name indicates, we are focused on teaching the most complete and efficient self-defense system around.  For the past 40 years, United Studios has adopted self-defense techniques from many of the major fighting styles. We have combined all of the different combat principles to provide an all-encompassing self-defense system against attacks and grabs.

  • Family Bonding
    The Family that Kicks Together, Sticks Together! Much of our student body is made up of family members! We have learned from our families that parents and kids really enjoy doing Martial Arts together because it allows them to be on "equal ground". It's an enriching and rewarding experience when the whole family can prepare for belt tests and celebrate promotions together! 

  • Achieve Black Belt Status
    Many of our adults want a new challenge that’s different, yet universally recognized. Many of our adults have excelled in other areas, but have allowed hobbies to take a backseat to work and family responsibilities. The goal of earning a Black Belt is a goal that many of our adults enjoy working toward.



The great thing about Martial Arts is that all of these benefits are inherent to our training program. Because our training program includes private lessons, adults are able to personalize training to their own specific needs and goals.

USSD Kempo Karate in Dana Point, California

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