Defense Arts Center











Zen Tai Chi

Zen Tai Chi


Traditional Martial Arts for children and adults of all ages and skill levels.
A variety of classes, taught by experienced, professional instructors,
each specialized and officially ranked in their respective arts.

--- Located in Upland, California - Established 1972 ---

Offering the life-changing physical, mental, and emotional benefits of
Karate for Kids, Special Needs Individuals, Teens, and Adults,
Kendo, Iaido, Japanese Jujutsu, Taiko, Sparring, Aikido, and more. 

Classes are held Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings and Weekends.  Visitors welcome!


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Ready for Aikido?

The Japanese martial art of Aikido is a peaceful discipline for effective self-defense. The classes include stretching, 
instruction in safe rolling and falling, joint-lock and throwing techniques, weapons, and etiquette.  Open to students 15+ years old.

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays- 6:00 - 7:30 PM - upstairs mat room
Saturdays -  8:00 – 10:00 AM - upstairs mat room

First day of Aikido class: 6:00 pm Monday May 1st  

One class per week: $60.00 per month
Two or more classes per week: $90.00  per month



•  Our Experience:

We have been teaching Karate & other Martial Arts since 1972!

•  Our Chief Instructors:

All of our instructors - each within their respective martial arts, Karate Do, Kendo, Jujustsu, Iaido, Kobudo, Taiko, and others, are highly educated, trained, passionate and experienced senseis.

•  Our Sport-mindedness:

Many of our members have won medals in Local, National and International competitions.

• Our Facility:

Our large open facility has two floors: our main floor is a spring-loaded hardwood floor and our upstairs training area uses special padded tatami mats that are great for all of our martial arts but is well-suited to falling and rolling.  We also offer:

  • Air conditioning and heating for climate control
  • Men's and Women's bathrooms with showers and changing areas
  • A spacious reception and observation area
  • A full line of training equipment for the serious martial artist

•  Our Classes and Class Schedule:

We offer morning, day and evening classes, age-appropriate classes, and family classes 7 days a week. We also have classes especially designed for those of us that are over 40/50+ years young, as well as students with Special Needs. 

•  Our Prices:

We offer a one month free trail for each of our martial arts. Our tuition rates are very competitive, we have NO CONTRACTS and we offer family discounts.

•  Our Positive Philosophy and Inclusiveness:

We strive to exemplify and teach strong morals and values such as truth, honor, self-discipline and life skills for all ages. Our dojo teaches no religion of any kind, and we are proud to have a very diverse group of studients, with children and adults from many different ethnic backgrounds and walks of life. 





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