Black Belt Center USA teaches Gracie Jiu-Jitsu classes, which focus on practical self-defense techniques. Our center began as a taekwondo facility in 2003, and eventually made the switch to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu because after extensive research we found that Gracie Jiujtsu is the most comprehensive and scientific self-defense system available. While other forms of Jiu-Jitsu are intensely competitive, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu helps practitioners contest bullying with strictly self-defense techniques.
Because our programs include Gracie Bullyproof®, Women Empowered® and Gracie Combatives® we are a one stop self-defense school the Huntington Beach. We have a self-defense class for any age and skill level, so call today to find out which one is best for you.
We treat our students like family. Learn self-defense moves and become part of a community of people who are passionate about improving their techniques and honing their reflexes. Anyone aged 4-70 is welcome to join! You won’t be forced into a long-term contract—convenient month-to-month contracts are available.
Carlos Leal, our head instructor, has 30 years of experience and is backed by a diverse team of dedicated Jiu-Jitsu instructors. Stop by our Huntington Beach, CA facility today to meet our staff.
Carlos has been practicing martial arts for over 30 years and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu since 2009 at the Gracie Academy in Torrance California. Carlos received his purple belt from Ryron and Rener Gracie on July 2014. Carlos is a Certified instructor for the following Gracie programs: Combatives (White to blue belt), Master Cycle (Blue belt and up), Bullyproof (Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for kids), and Women Empowered (Self-defense against kidnap and sexual attacks). Carlos has also assisted teaching Gracie Survival tactics to Military, Border patrol, and Law enforcement officers.
Instructor John Leal is also a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, under his father, Master Carlos Leal. He has been practicing Tae Kwon Do with his father since he was 5 years old and is currently a part time instructor for Black Belt Center USA. John is a talented musician, his favorite activity is drumming, however he can play strings and keyboards. John has performed at house of blues and other venues.
Ashley Tsunoda has been practicing martial arts for over seven years, including Kickboxing, Wushu, Muay Thai, and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. She is one of the first women in Orange County to complete the Gracie Women Empowered Program and receive her pink belt under the instruction of Master Carlos Leal. As an advocate of self defense and anti-bullying, she strives to empower women and strengthen young minds here at Black Belt Center USA. Ashley also works in the film industry as a stuntwoman and makeup artist.