Welcome and thank you for visiting our Torrance Karate dojo site.  Torrance Karate is a member studio of United Studios of Self Defense (USSD). 

Founded in 1968, USSD has been established as the premiere Martial Arts and Self Defense organization throughout North America. Built on a foundation of traditional values with a modern day approach to self-defense and personal development. Our mission is to share the martial arts with as many people as possible and make your martial arts journey memorable and rewarding. 

A Professional Program to Fit Every Need

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

Our proven system of martial arts is an ever-changing wealth of knowledge that is always interesting and fun to learn. We guarantee three things in your training; you will sweat, smile and learn in every class.

Private Training

To reach the highest level in any endeavor the personal hand of an experience teacher and coach can help you get there faster and easier.  Torrance Karate is unique in utilizing both private and group training for all of our students.  Torrance Karate Private Training programs allow students to progress at their own pace and focus on their needs and interests.  Our unique self-defense system allows the beginner and advanced student alike to adjust the techniques to fit their physical ability, strengths and limitations. Private training allows students to receive direct critique and motivation from the Instructor, expediting their advancement and understanding of each techniques and principles. The Private training program also provides a flexible training schedule, fitting the lessons to the student’s availability.

Some of the benefits of private training include:

  • Advance yourself up to 4 times faster than with group lessons alone
  • Private instruction allows you to advance at your own pace
  • All attention is focused solely on you; therefore all feedbacks are brought to light immediately
  • Gives you the time you need to process what you have learned
  • Students with private lessons are more motivated to achieve black belt status
  • Flexible scheduling lets you fit the lessons to your availability
  • Lessons can be modified to your physical ability, age and interest
  • You will be more motivated as you see how quickly you progress

Benefits for Children

Our students develop a range of skills that enable them to succeed in all areas of life. This is particularly important for children who needs the guidance and support of parents and others to help develop the skills they need to become capable and balanced adults. 

We will help your child become a strong and productive member of society armed with character, strong self-discipline and a healthy self-image.   At United Studios of Self Defense, we work hard to make your child’s experience with the Martial Arts safe, fun and productive.

In the USSD Martial Arts program, children will improve:

  • Coordination
  • Flexibility
  • Strength & Endurance
  • Concentration Skills
  • Self-Control
  • Respect for themselves & others

All of this is achieved in an environment where the camaraderie, created by shared challenges, builds a sense of trust and recognition of individual achievement. Students are able to advance at their own pace without the added pressure that is often associated with team sports.

The practice of Martial Arts, when done properly and under the guidance of a professional USSD Instructor, is safer than most school sports. It is a workout routine that improves focus and self-discipline, developing the mind as well as the body. Students learn to control themselves and to respect others, which naturally leads to a respect for oneself. This benefit often carries over into school, helping to not only improve behavior but also academic performances. Students learn how to use their energy in a positive manner by channeling any aggressive behaviors into productive energy. Experts agree that, rather than promoting violence, Martial Arts opens the door to building a solid foundation of self-confidence, discipline, and healthy sense of self-worth. The core philosophy of USSD Martial Arts training is non-violence. Our training enables students to respond in a calm and controlled way that will stop, rather than escalate violence, should violence be unavoidable.

Benefits for Adults & Teens

For the teen or adult students, Martial Arts provide a balanced improvement of both mind and body.  The Teen & Adult Program is designed to provide you with the principles of self-defense while strengthening your stamina & physical ability. Whether your goal is to be able to learn how to defend yourself, get in shape, become more flexible or even to reduce stress, the techniques and training fundamentals that you’ll learn here can be adjusted to accommodate to all of your needs and interests.

Training Benefits:

  • Relieves stress
  • Increase flexibility
  • Build muscular strength and endurance
  • Improve discipline
  • Develop coordination
  • Learn practical self-defense techniques


Learning self-defense skills will arm you with the confidence and ability to take control of any situation.  Not only will you learn the physical principles of self-defense, but also the mental awareness you need to first recognize and avoid problem situations.

"True Martial Artists do not only think of using their skills in physical confrontations.  They use their training and art to overcome obstacles and become better people."