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About Us


Sensei Richard Cespedes and his experienced team of Instructors have been serving the city of San Clemente for over 20 years. In that time, they have been voted “Best Martial Arts School in Orange County” by the Orange County Register’s OC Magazine 9 times, voted Best Martial Arts Studio in San Clemente 2014 by  “Best of San Clemente” People’s Choice Ole Awards and have won the USSD Grand Championship Tournament 10 times in a row.


USSD Martial Arts San Clemente is the perfect Dojo for martial arts for adults and martial arts for children. Our Dojo is a family-friendly facility.  Our purpose is to promote the martial arts through excellent training, discipline, and respect for the art itself and students of the art.




Students ranging in age from 3 to 70 have enjoyed the many benefits of training at USSD Martial Arts San Clemente, such as weight loss, discipline, self confidence, focus, stress relief, and an overall peace of mind that comes from knowing that you are able to protect yourself and your loved ones from harm. Let us show you how the Martial Arts can significantly improve the quality of your or your child’s life.




USSD Martial Arts San Clemente offers Kempo as it’s main style which is a very balanced combination of traditional Japanese Karate, emphasizing basic principles such as self-control, self-discipline, respect, and self-esteem; and Chinese Kung-Fu which will later add more refined and accurate techniques to the already solid basics. Jiu-Jitsu is also incorporated into the Kempo training, using ground-fighting techniques to make the self-defense more practical and well-rounded.




USSD Martial Arts San Clemente is open 6 days a week and offers flexible training schedules, making it easy for you to train and progress through the ranks at your own pace.




Group Instruction consists of students close to the same age and ability.  The classes are one hour long and feature self-defense instruction, physical conditioning, various reaction drills, and training exercises designed to increase the skills necessary for effective self-defense.




Private Instruction provides the ultimate in personal training.  Each class is tailored exactly to your needs allowing you to progress approximately four times faster than students who rely on group instruction alone.  Private lessons are scheduled one to three times per week at your convenience.




In addition to Kempo, USSD Martial Arts San Clemente also offers CrossFit as a Licensed Affiliate.




United Studios of Self Defense was founded by Professor Charles Mattera in 1965, who was promoted to 10th degree Black Belt at the Shaolin Temple in China by the Temple’s 33rd Abbot, Great Master Shi Yongxin. He is responsible for the nationwide expansion of United Studios, bringing the life-enhancing benefits of the Martial Arts to students in over 160 studios.


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