Thank you for your interest in our Murrieta Kenpo Karate (aka Kempo), Kung Fu program. This could be one of the most rewarding activities in which you or your child will ever participate. Our martial arts courses are available to men, women, and children of all ages. There is truly something for everyone.

Established in 1968, and having grown to over 180 locations worldwide, United Studios is the largest, most respected organization of its type in the United States. Whether you are a BEGINNER or an EXPERIENCED martial artist, United Studios has a program to fit your needs.

USSD Murrieta is run by 7th Degree Black Belt Master Blaine Carter, who has over 40 years training experience and Sensei John Hartley who has over 10 years of martial arts training. Both are great with kids, and strive to teach martial arts in a fun and engaging way that is easy to learn.

Click the contact button above to contact us for more info, or you can leave your information and we will contact you!

June Special

June 16th is Father's Day, and to celebrate all the awesome things that Dad does for us, we want to show them some appreciation. For the entire month of May, Dad can join any of our adult, beginner group classes for FREE (over a $200 value)!

This is a great opportunity for Dad to learn some practical self defense techniques from highly trained instructors, and to see why we are the premiere self defense school in Murrieta.

Group classes are also a great way to help Dad reach her physical goals including weight loss, increased muscle mass, greater flexibility, and much more, just in time for beach and pool season. 

Group classes are designed to be schedule friendly, meeting every Monday and Wednesday from 7pm - 8pm. And no special attire is required, just wear what you would wear to the gym.

Take advantage of this special offer today! Contact us, or stop by the school any time during business hours. We are conveniently located near the 15 freeway off California Oaks Road, across from the Albertsons, between Chipotle and Epic Wings.


A discipline, sport, art and way of life, the Martial Arts offers the adult student many unique benefits. You may be a professional looking for that added mental edge in business, or someone who just wants to feel stronger and be more energetic.

Studies have shown for years that adults who exercise have lower blood pressure, increased muscular strength, better flexibility and less body fat than those adults who do not exercise. They can also cope with high levels of stress and have a more confident self-image.


Our Teenage Program focuses on the skills needed to best prepare and excel in their college experience. With the increasing number of college applications submitted each year, colleges are looking more to the extracurricular activities and achievements for basis of acceptance of academically similar applications. 

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 around today.


Believing in yourself starts early! At United Studios of Self Defense, we work hard to make your child’s first experience with the Martial Arts a safe and productive one. Young people must have personal goals and a caring support system to make their dreams a reality.

We will help your child become a strong and productive member of society armed with character, strong self-discipline, and a healthy self-image.

USSD Animals

The Five Animals of the Shaolin Kempo system are based on the Tiger, the Dragon, the Leopard, the Crane and the Snake. These five animals are the buildings blocks that every student can use to recognize and develop the knowledge of different ways for the body to move. Student’s techniques and forms draw from the fundamentals of the five animals in order to differ between different strikes, movements and martial concepts.


The Tiger is noted for its courage, tenacity and power. It is the physically strongest of all the five animals; using straight and linear attacks, ripping and tearing as it moves — always pressing. The movement of the Tiger develops strong bones, back and core.


From the Dragon, we learn to “Ride the Wind.” The Dragon is especially noted for it’s flexibility. Even though it is the only mythological creature of the Shaolin Art, it is the only one that can fight on land, water or in the sky. The Dragon uses rising and falling motions, as well as twisting and turning movements to overcome its adversaries. The Dragon helps to develop inner strength.


The Leopard teaches us timing and speed, as well as coordination and footwork. Although it is smaller than the Tiger, the Leopard is actually stronger for its size because of its long, smooth muscle structure and sleek body frame. The Leopard’s power is primarily produced from a loose, relaxed whip-like action. This is generated by speed and balance, as well as limber waist and hip movements. The Leopard helps develop conditioning of the skin, tendons and bones.


The Crane is noted for its balance, grace and agility. It represents longevity and helps us develop concentration and patience. It has a calm, quiet nature. The Crane’s movements are soft, relaxed and circular, but also very explosive which can be used in close or at a distance. The Crane also help develop strength in the arms, fingers and wrists, as well as overall leg conditioning and ankle strength.


The Snake is noted for its suppleness and rhythmic endurance. It has the most internal strength (Chi) of all the other animals, and is also very cunning and deceptive in its fighting. The Snake can coil, zig-zag and use a rapid twisting motion to compensate for his lack of limbs. The Snake helps develop chi and the internal strengthening of the body and spirit.

USSD OC Karate Tournament

December, 16th (Results)
Location: Soka University in Aliso Viejo

Yesterday's tournament outcome! Of course Murrieta did Fantastic!! 

The phenomenal results of hard work!I will post pictures and recordings soon.Congratulations to ALL competitors.Awesome Kiai!!

--Sensei Carter


Name Events
Amber 3rd Forms
Maddie 4th Forms
Deidre 1st Sparring
2nd Weapons
3rd Forms
Terrence 4th Forms
Alex P. Sr. 2nd Forms
4th Weapons
2nd Open Forms
Elishia 1st Sparring
4th Forms
Evan 1st Sparring
Jake 1st Sparring
2nd Forms
2nd Open Forms
Alex 3rd Forms
3rd Open Forms
Olivia 1st Sparring
Koi 3rd Weapons
Eli 4th Sparring
Riyen 3rd Weapons
3rd Sparring
Sensei Hartley 3rd Open Forms

Nicole - Shaolin Dragon - 2nd Place!

Jonathan (black gloves) - Sparring - 1st Place!


40940-A1 California Oaks Road
Murrieta, CA 92562

We are conveniently located near the 15 freeway off California Oaks Road, across from the Albertsons, between Chipotle and Wings & Things.


Monday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
Thursday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday: 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday: Closed