7th Degree Black Belt

Sensei Carter has been involved with the Martial Arts for over 40 years. In 1984 United Studios began expansion to the West Coast. In May of 1985 Sensei Carter (then a 1st Degree Black Belt) moved from the East Coast to Southern California to open the Tustin CA, dojo.

From there he went on to run Newport Beach and now Murrieta. During this time he has advanced to the distinguished rank of 7th Degree Black Belt. Through his training with his teacher of 25 years and guiding force in the martial arts, Professor Charles Mattera, Sensei Carter has had the honor of training with Grandmaster Nick Cerio, Grand Master Tak Wah Eng, and the Shaolin monks in China.

Master Carter at a tournament in 1985

With Grandmaster Cerio in 1989

With Professor Mattera in 1990

With Master Tak Wah Eng in 1996

With Professor Mattera at Shaolin Temple in 2000

…and in 2007

Emceeing at the Winter Grand Tournament in 2010

Demonstrating Crane Form within the Murrieta Dojo.


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


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USSD Murrieta
40940 #A1 California Oaks Rd.
Murrieta, CA 92562

(951) 595-6198
Ask for: Sensei John Hartley

We offer classes in Kid’s Karate, Kempo Martial Arts, Shaolin Kung Fu, Self Defense, Anti-Bullying Techniques and Kickboxing. Our Martial Arts School is located in the heart of Murrieta, California. We welcome all communities in the Murrieta Area serving families in Murrieta, Temecula, Wildomar, Canyon Lake, Lakeland Village, Lake Elsinore, Winchester, Menifee, La Cresta, Lake Village, Los Ranchitos, Valle De Caballos, Dutch Village, South Park, Fallbrook and other surrounding communities.