Meet Our Martial Arts Instructors
Sensei Ben has been studying the martial arts for over 25 years. He got his start training in Taekwondo, acheiving a black belt after 10 years. Ben decided to join USSD Karate to further his studies, and found a passion for teaching during his journey. He is now a second degree black belt in the art of Shaolin Kempo, owning and operating the USSD Fountain Valley Dojo.
Melanie has been training in martial arts for over 16 years. She trained in Tae Kwon Do for 6 years and earned her black belt when she was 18. Melanie has been with United Studios of Self Defense for 10 years and currently holds the rank of Nidan (2nd degree black belt) in Shaolin Kempo Karate. She is the director of our Karate for Kids program, and goes to preschools t hat services the Orange County area and teaches classes. Melanie has a teaching credential in elementary education and taught in the Anaheim City School Districts for 6 years, as well as working as a camp counselor, Sunday School teacher and babysitter. She enjoys taking pictures in her spare time and you will see her doing the photography at studio events and tournaments. Other things she is enjoys is reading a variety of books, including authors Robert Jordan, Kate Morton, Shakespeare, and Jane Austen.
UNITED STUDIOS OF SELF DEFENSE
Our focus is on fitness, self defense and character development (discipline, confidence, etiquette). We specialize in group and individualized classes for Men, Women and Children. Serving Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Westminster, Costa Mesa, Irvine, and Newport Beach.