Defense Arts Center

---- Established 1972 ---


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

Offering: Karate-do, Kendo, Iaido, Kobudo, Japanese Jujutsu, Taiko, Sparring, and more.  
Children, teens, adults, seniors, and visitors welcome. 

Classes are held Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings and Weekends.


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(Tiny tots) Karate-Do

Ages 4-6 years: Beginning and Intermediate Levels

Day    Time                        Class Title (suggested class belt colors)    
Mon     5:00 - 5:45 pm       Little Tigers (white, yellow, & orange belts)
Wed     5:00 - 5:45 pm       Little Tigers (white, yellow, & orange belts)
Fri     6:00 - 7:00 pm       Flying Tigers (by invite to youth who are ready)
Sat     10:00 - 11:00 am       Flying Tigers (by invite to youth who are ready)

New classes forming NOW for:

Judo - Aikido - Zen Tai Chi
Each 1 to 2 sessions per week
Weeknights or weekends: Times and days TBA
$60 - 65 per month
Please contact us ASAP so we can add you to our sign-up/call back list


NEW - Take a VIRTUAL TOUR of the Defense Arts Center dojo!


Our dojo offers:

  • Air conditioning and heating for climate control
  • Men's and Women's bathrooms with showers and changing rooms
  • A spacious reception and observation area
  • A main training area consisting of a beautiful, spring-loaded hardwood floor
  • An upstairs mat room for aikido, judo, and jujutsu training that uses a Swain-Dollamur tatami-style mat system with 4 inches of comfortable impact protection (not too hard and not too soft), as has been endorsed by Sensei Gary Goltz, 8th Dan, whose Judo club is the largest in the Pomona/San Gabriel Valley
  • A full line of training equipment for the serious martial artist


The Defense Arts Center is currently open to sharing its available space!
Interested teachers of other martial arts and other healthy pursuits, such as  dance and yoga,
please contact Sensei Ty Aponte for more information


What Makes the
Defense Arts center Unique?


•  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.

•  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. 




The Spirit of BUDO

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Music played in the style of Kodo Ibuki Taiko.