Woohoo! As good as it gets!” that’s what I was thinking.. Mr Jeffcoat is an excellent teacher and fantastic martial artist. This studio was my home for many years as a student. If your interested in learning from one of the best then this is your place.


“Yours For Life”, a phrase used in their web site, http://americankenpokara… is what directed me to this particular karate school in Pasadena. After visiting their online site I was impressed so I decided to visit the actual school. I’m interested in both self defense classes and kids classes. When I arrived the owner, Rick Jeffcoat, made me feel right at home. It’s a no nonsense school with a great energy. I think it’s an excellent place to take karate classes.

Laird M.,

Rick’s school teaches the application of the art with the understanding of not only how to defend and attack, but what your defending against and why your attacking, defining the etymology of the move.

Its one thing to learn a technique to perfection, and when you execute it, it sure looks pretty. But, its another thing to understand the attack, and the defense and move with purpose. If you want an education and a workout in Kenpo, check this school out. Hands down, the best I’ve ever seen!!!!!

Kenpo K.,

My entire family and I have been learning Kenpo Karate from Rick Jeffcoat for the last 15 years.  Master Jeffcoat truly understand the art of Kenpo Karate and is able to explain clearly why you apply karate techniques a certain way, as it applies to your attacker and the environment.
My two daughters started off in his kids karate classes at the age of 3 and are now junior black belts.  My oldest will be going off to college this year and I feel assured that she has the self-defense strategies to protect herself while she is away from the family.  My wife, who just recently earned her black belt, has fun working out with this great community of martial artists and looks forward to the two of us working out even more once our youngest goes to college. This is the best studio in Pasadena!  Try it out!

Kenpo Family,