About Us

United Studios of Self Defense has refined the training methods and curriculum to give students the

best martial arts experience possible!

About USSD Huntington Beach

Are you looking for an amazing community to learn martial arts?  –

-My wife and I opened a little over three years ago with zero students and now we’re thriving with many students from all walks of life. Our youngest student is 4 years old to several students is their 60s. My three kids train with my wife and I, who assist instructing as well. Our students, and parents of the young ones, become our dojo family and we look forward to seeing them every day. 

Who are the instructors and what is their experience? – 

-Sensei Ted Charfauros, Chief Instructor, 1st Dan Black Belt. Sensei Ted has 15 years experience in Shaolin Kempo (a blend of Kung Fu, Karate, Kickboxing and Jiu Jitsu). At a younger age, he also trained for two years in Jeet Kune Do. He has a passion for empowering the “normal” and the “weak”, helping them feel strong and confident. 

-Sensei Nalu Silversmith – Lead Instructor. He has a special gift for teaching the young ones. A very intelligent student of the martial arts and a has great understanding of body mechanics. This makes him one of the best martial artist and instructors around.

-Sensei Tanya – Assistant Instructor (Sensei Ted’s wife). Sensei Tanya has long time experience with various types of body weight training and approaches the martial arts with passion and strength. She is an amazing mom of three.

-Sensei Talia – Assistant Instructor (Sensei Ted’s daughter). Sensei Talia has been training in Kempo for 5 years and dance for 10 years. Her combined experience makes her very knowledgeable in body strength training, stretching and mechanics. She has a passion for teaching the young ones. 


About United Studios of Self Defense

United Studios of Self Defense is the largest martial arts school 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. From the earliest beginnings nearly 2000 years ago, the martial arts have been steeped in tradition. Nowhere else will you feel that sense of rich history than at a USSD studio.


The United Studios of Self Defense System is an ever-changing wealth of knowledge that is always interesting and fun to learn. At United Studios, you’re not just another student. You will realize your full potential, because you are special to us.

Whether you’re a beginner or experienced martial artist, United Studios of Self Defense has a program to fit every need. Men, women and children of all ages and professions participate in our Private & Group Training Programs.

Popular Programs

Kids Program

Teens-Adults Program

Karate Rules and Principles


My older son has been a part of USSD HB for about 3 months and he loves it as much today as he did on the first day. (We discovered the dojo on a school field trip). As a martial arts practitioner myself of about a decade, I am impressed with the balance of hard work and fun (can you say Nerf Wars once a month?) I also liked that Sensei Ted said he had been open about one year, but there were mostly junior belts in class...sometimes studios just test their students quickly to get them through the ranks, but the belt levels seem very consistent with the duration of the studio open. I would highly recommend the kids program to any/all children. I have yet to try an adult class, so I can’t speak to that at the moment. They have recently started a Tiny Tigers class for the very little kids...I can’t wait until my littlest is ready for it!

Katherine B.

I cannot say enough good things about this amazing studio, and its incredible owners, Ted and Tanya! Both my 11 year old daughter and my 8 year old son take Kempo classes here, and they absolutely love it! Neither of my kids had any martial arts experience when they started, and they have learned so much in such a short amount of time. Sensei Ted has such a positive energy that shines through when he is teaching the kids! He makes the classes fun and engaging while teaching the kids skills, self discipline and positive attitude. It is a great, family-friendly studio!

Jennifer D.

I don’t even know where to begin, this place is simply phenomenal. Its hard to explain how great Sensei Ted is, you would have to come see for yourself. He cares for each and every one of his students, young or old. He offers classes five days a week, and my daughter wants to go to every single class. She is learning so many things here and she’s having a great time while doing so. Not just different forms of martial arts and self defense, but life skills. We are his newest and biggest fans.

Ella M.

Sensei Ted and USSD HB are great! My 2 boys are taking Kempo classes and they LOVE it. Sensei Ted keeps the class fun while at the same time teaching them discipline, respect and hard work. I recommend USSD HB to everyone. I have seen students of all ages in there sweating and smiling.

Pete J.



United Studios of Self Defense (USSD) Huntington Beach

7251 Warner Blvd. Suite K,
Huntington Beach CA 92647
(in front of Ross, near CVS by Sweet Elle Cafe)

Phone: (714) 375-1120

Email: ted@ussdhb.com