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Karate – Martial Arts – Self Defense

Yours For Life!®

American Kenpo Karate students are everyday people like you! Train yourself to be safe and protect yourself while getting fit and having fun! Our goal is to give our students the Self Defense 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! 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 Internship program.

Top 10 Benefits of Martial Arts!

1. Discipline and Focus

2. “Don’t Quit” and “Stick with it” Attitude

3. Rock Solid Self-Confidence and Self-Image

4. Fit, Strong & Healthy Body

5. Goal-Setting and Follow Through

6. Belonging and Camaraderie

7. Healthy Competition

8. Mental Toughness

9. Empowerment

10. Fun and Stress Relief

Don’t let another day go by without karate in your life!  You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Get fit and get fierce!Try out our kenpo karate classes for a supreme and empowering experience!


Our Pasadena, California studio offers you the opportunity to try out our children’s and adult programs for one month or two weeks!  Each introductory program includes a karate uniform.  Sign up to try one of our programs today!!!

Watch our Kenpo  Classes!

Little Dragons

(Ages 4-5 yrs.)

Kids Class

(Ages 6-13 yrs.)

Adult Class

(Ages 14-Adult)

Private Lessons

(1:1 instruction)

Master Rick Jeffcoat

Mr. Jeffcoat opened his first school in Pasadena, California, just a few miles from Ed Parker’s original Pasadena school, opened in 1956. His own school has produced many accomplished Kenpo black belts. To this day, he continues to build on Ed Parker’s legacy by safeguarding the traditional Kenpo principles of practicality, eclecticism, and evolution.  He continues to share the art of Kenpo with students far and near through his seminars and through the internet. Now with newer technologies, such as websites and YouTube, which facilitate the exchange of information, the art of American Kenpo Karate can continue to grow at an unprecedented rate, while still staying true to the art.

He has been featured as a notable kenpoist in the published book, Kenpo Continuum and in 2013, Mr. Jeffcoat was inducted into the National Kenpo Hall of Fame, an elite group of 300 of the most accomplished kenpoists nationally. Locally, he continues to win awards as a Best Martial Arts studio in Pasadena Weekly’s annual competition.  His Pasadena studio has over a dozen teachers who are black belts of various advanced ranks and who, collectively, have over 50 years experience teaching the martial arts.

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Information is power!  Our Blog provides you with up-to-date and cutting-edge information on the martial arts, as well as links to interesting videos and tutorials. Don’t miss out on the Kenpo knowledge!

  • Karate Classes — Category Grafting Drill

    Karate Classes Categories of Attack Push or Grab Category Grafting Drill Repeated Mace or Dominating Circles Parting Wings or Thrusting Wedge Within American Kenpo Karate’s category of attack, “Pushes,” the front chest pushes have incorporated a strategy to anticipate the possibility of a push becoming a grab. This is evident by the idea that all...

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  • Raining Claw & Returning the Storm–Sister Ending Techniques

    Raining Claw and Returning the Storm Method of Attack: Right hand to right wrist or Left hand to right shoulder Formulation Tool: Adjusting & Altering Sister Endings are grouped together with their related moves and Master Key Moves. Sister Endings come in groups of two or three, and are related because they share the same...

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  • Swinging Pendulum with Ending

    SWINGING PENDULUM (front right roundhouse kick) Standing in a right neutral bow, as your opponent attacks with a right roundhouse kick, move your left foot up the circle to 4 o’clock and strike with a right inward, left downward (universal block) to opponent’s kick. You should be in a right neutral bow. Shuffle forward to...

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American Kenpo Students Speak! 

Over the last 20 years, our martial arts studio has produced 40 Black Belts, as well as high-ranking Black Belts as high as 7th Degree Black Belt. Our training produces students that are very focused and disciplined. Many of the kids that have studied martial arts at our school have gone on to continue their training in college and attend prestigious universities like Stanford University, UC Davis, Amherst, and many more.  From our excellent training program, several of our adult students have opened up their own karate schools, continuing their study after Black Belt and beyond.  Take a look at what our kenpo karate students have to say!

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Kenpo Technique Line

Adult Martial Arts classes offer students the opportunity to practice their newly learned techniques with their peers in technique line.  Technique line offers a chance for all practitioners to learn from one another while having fun!  Come try a class and show off your new martial arts skills.

Do you want to train in the privacy of your own home?  Don’t have time to make it to class? 

Try our beginning Self-Defense Training Package to get you started!

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