On the heels of 20 years of experience, the instructors of USSD Martial Arts of San Clemente guide a wide variety of programs to students ranging from three-years-old to adult-age. The Kempto Karate and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programs focus on subjects such as self defense, anti abduction, stranger danger and bully prevention.
Zen Dojos Martial Arts Academy, located in San Juan Capistrano, has black-belted sensei and a family-oriented atmosphere to teach students, from children to adults, the mental discipline of martial arts alongside the physical mastery of each kick and grappling hold. Kenpo karate classes help to develop motor skills and confidence in children aged 3–12. Teens and adults leap into a wide range of combat styles, including krav maga self-defense and jujitsu. The core of its kick-punching pedagogy focuses on strength of character to ensure that students learn how and when to properly channel their skills, whether they are guarding against bullies or weed-whacking a garden by hand.
Meaning “contact combat” in Hebrew, krav maga is the official self-defense system for the various branches of Israeli military. The martial art focuses on instinctive movements rather than ritual, and it aims to impart a sense of awareness and confidence on students. Since its creation in the 1940s, the popularity of the physically demanding practice has spread, like a viscous goo, all over the world. Twenty years ago, the chief instructor of Krav Maga Worldwide requested that Mitch Markowitz and Mike Leifer start a program in California. They soon established Krav Maga of Orange County. In Irvine, their seven black-belt level instructors have taught scores of students through the five krav levels. They have also adapted the program for youth and boot-camp-style workouts.
Master Tony Park began teaching tae kwon do at the age of 12, just five years after his first lessons. Since then, not much has changed. With 38 years of experience, the native South Korean still teaches his country's martial art, but he now does it at his own facility, National Taekwondo Academy, Inc. There, Park and his staff of seasoned instructors orchestrate self-defense and fitness programs for all ages: kids, teens, adults, and mummies.