Testimonials

Our goal is to provide fun, safe and the best martial arts training for students from 4 years to adult. We offer a family-oriented, friendly environment, dedicated to the ageless martial arts disciplines of self control, physical fitness, and self-defense. Our karate classes will condition your body and give you new skills, plus teach you how defend yourself and your family from a real-life violent assault. And that knowledge will be yours for life!®

 

BEST FOR MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES IN PASADENA

FOR ADULTS AND TEENS

Our adult and teen martial arts program has beginning and advanced levels, both aimed at learning America Kenpo Karate while having fun and getting fit! The beginning level for adult karate (ages 14 and up) builds agility, strength, and coordination, while cultivating the age-old martial arts principles of focus, discipline, and perseverance.

For White through Black Belts, Adult Karate Classes focus on self-defense strategies and karate fundamentals, all the while providing a great workout. Adult karate classes build basic karate skills such as stances, foot maneuvers, blocks, kicks, and strikes, in a fun and energizing environment! Adult karate classes help to develop and maintain fitness, speed, balance, strength and agility. Instructors individualize instruction to different belt levels so that students can work at their own pace.

The advanced adult kenpo karate program, emphasizes speed, recognition, control, power, and automaticity. Advanced level students learn variations of techniques that allow them to improvise and formulate effective self-defense martial arts strategies for real-life attacks!

Advanced Karate Adult Classes, for the accomplished martial artists of rank 3rd Brown Belt and above, focus on a rigorous and challenging curriculum with advanced level execution of techniques and katas. Adults in the advanced karate training class learn: to adapt the curriculum to real-life scenarios, as well as how to execute advanced combinations and sparring strategies.

 

BEST MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES IN PASADENA

FOR KIDS

Our Kids Karate program has two levels of martial arts classes: beginning and advanced. Beginning levels emphasize the physical attributes of agility, strength, and stamina, all while learning karate basics and self-defense techinques. The advanced level kids karate program develops speed, power, and control as the curriculum increases in complexity.  Throughout both levels, the children learn the ancient martial arts principles of respect, focus and discipline!

 

In the journey from white belt to junior black belt and through adult black belt, the kids karate classes offer children the opportunity to advance in rank several times each year. Promotions are celebratory events where the children demonstrate to friends and family just how much they have learned while having the time of their life! The confidence and sense of accomplishment is invaluable.

 

Designed for students between the ages 6-15, Kenpo Kids classes are both fun and challenging. Kenpo Kids classes aim to develop martial arts principles of self-discipline, respect, and confidence, all while improving fitness, strength, and coordination. It is recommended that children get 60 minutes of exercise every day to maintain a healthy lifestyle! Through age-appropriate activities within the 60-minute class, Kenpo Kids learn: karate fundamentals, self-defense techniques and sparring strategies. All belt levels are welcome!


Rick Jeffcoat is adept at teaching students of many ages, backgrounds, and learning types. I find myself at awe that in one minute he can dissect and simplify techniques that I am struggling with and then the next minute challenge and enrich techniques that I thought I had felt comfortable with. He is adept at both teaching by action and by words. Best of all, I find his “what if” scenarios valuable to bring practicality to the art.

The quality of life changes he’s been making to the studio has also made it feel like a second home. The place is kept clean and comfortable.

Chris S.,

I’ve been a student of Mr Jeffcoats since 2005. His knowledge in regards to American Kenpo is second to none. I call him the mad scientist because if you ever catch him without a student he is going over and working his craft and art. I have seen him teach other high ranking black belts from other studios and he has a good relationship with all of them.
Mr Jeffcoat has always been forthcoming with information and advice when needed and his studio has a great balance, comfortable enough for Adults and kids just having fun and getting a good workout, but also functional enough for the upper belts to get some hardcore contact and instruction in the Martial Art that is Kenpo.
I have recommended this to my friends and family.

Anthony A.,

I’ve been a student of American Kenpo Karate since 2007.  If you want to learn the art of Kenpo Karate then go to this studio.  Rick Jeffcoat is a Master that you can respect.  His knowledge  and practical application is on the level of genius.  All of his students are extremely dedicated.  We do work hard but we also have a lot of fun.

I’ve seen several young students grow up at this place.  It is so inspiring to see the transformation from unruly and shy to strong, confident, and disciplined young Kenpoists.  All the instructors who teach are extremely passionate about Kenpo and pass that on to their students.

There is a wonderful vibe at the studio with all the families, kids and older students.  It really has been an exceptional experience.  I would encourage anyone who is curious about learning a martial art to go to American Kenpo Karate and learn from the best.

I am currently a kenpo student at a local school in Pasadena, I am waiting for my contract to finish so my son and I can join Mr. Jeffcoat’s School.  Reason for me wanting to join Mr. Jeffcoat’s school is because the place that I am at now has poor management the instructors are overbooked, at times we have to go home with no training.  I had spoken to some of the instructors at my current school and they all have great things to say about Mr. Jeffcoat, some of them had trained with him in the past. The stories are just great; they know him for his accuracy, speed, perfect form and passion for teaching. Can’t wait I hope it all workers out at the end. I really feel bad about leaving my current school but is not working for me at the moment.

Mike I.,