About United Studios of Self Defense

United Studios of Self Defense (USSD) is the largest martial arts school Franchise in North America. Since 1968, our students have studied USSD’s unique system of Kempo-style martial arts from the finest instructors in the United States.

About the San Francisco Dojo

We have been teaching Martial Arts in San Francisco for twenty years. Locally owned and operated since 1995, we are the only self-defense studio of its kind in San Francisco.

Our Mission

We are here to improve the lives of our students, through the practice of the Martial Arts in a positive environment.

The Benefits of Martial Arts Training include:

  • Self Defense
  • Balance
  • Confidence
  • Fitness
  • Focus
  • Respect for Others
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Control
  • Self-Reliance
  • Stress Relief

Program Information Quick Links

  1. Martial Arts for Adults
  2. Martial Arts for Kids
  3. Martial Arts for Teens
  4. Martial Arts for Preschool Age Children
  5. Women's Self Defense
  6. Karate Birthday Party


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Contact Info


Dojo Hours

12:00 Noon to 9:00 PM
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM


Next Belt Test, Feb 27th, 2-4pm

Date: 28-Feb-2016

2-4pm, invitation only. Parents drop off, bring complete uniform and sparring gear. Also, Brown a..

Intramural Tournament Competition = KCP! MP 2-4

Date: 27-Feb-2016

New Season! Starring Yoko, Daniel, William W, and Victoria will be vying once again for the Cha..

Norcal Winter Tournament CHAMPIONS!

Date: 07-Nov-2015

Congratulations to the SF GOLD TEAM for their win of the Northern California Regional Championsh..

VIDEO: USSD San Francisco Demonstration Honors Bruce Lee

Date: 01-May-2014

USSD Performs at Day Honoring the Martial Arts Legend at Giants Stadium. Student from United Studi..

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Come and Join us!

Take a free lesson in Self Defense!

We invite you to try our programl One 30 Minute lesson which includes Slef Defense Basicis, Balance, Leverage, Soft Targets, and how to escape from a common grab attack.