About Us

Yours For Life!®

American Kenpo Karate students are everyday people like you! Our goal is to give our students the martial arts tools to defend themselves and their families, while building a fit and healthy community! Whether it’s to become a Kenpo Karate Black Belt, to protect yourself, or simply to get in shape, what you will learn is yours for life! Women participate in all of our classes, plus the Kenpo Girls women’s only self-defense classes provide an extra empowering space for women, tweens, and older girls so that they will be Safe for Life!®

With over a dozen instructors, our Little Dragons preschool karate classes and Kids Karate classes focus on discipline, respect, and confidence, while teaching self-defense strategies they will have for life. Each class has between 2-3 instructors who are personally trained and certified martial arts instructors by Master Rick Jeffcoat through the Instructor Training program.

In the martial arts business for 19 years, and situated in Pasadena’s famous Playhouse District, American Kenpo Karate is centrally located, just minutes from Old Town Pasadena and freeway exits. There is plenty of free parking available and we are steps away from public transportation.

The studio is equipped with heavy bags, the best training equipment, and easy-to-clean Swain non-slip tatami mats. His & hers changing rooms with showers offer students the convenience of being able to work out before or after work. For your comfort, we provide heating, air conditioning and Free Wi-Fi!