New Location!

We are happy to announce that the Defense Arts Center has relocated and is partnering with the Fitness Results Gym on 1842 West 11th Street, #G&H in Upland, California. 

This new location is just 5 minutes away from our prior dojo on Foothill Boulevard.

All martial arts classes will resume training as of the first week of November at this new and beautiful location.

Fitness Results Gym website with Google Map and virtual tour.

For additional information or questions feel free to call Sense Ty Aponte at 951-204-0341.

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Workouts in the Park

When:  Saturdays

Where: Claremont Memorial Park (North-East side)

840 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Claremont 91711 

(Between Indian Hill Blvd and Yale)

When:  10:00 - 11:30 AM workout. Picnic afterward.

Who:    Everyone - and their cousins! All ranks, all styles (do your own thing), all age groups.

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New Daytime Karate Classes


Shihan Aponte will begin teaching two new classes during the daytime on weekdays:


Karate for Breakfast:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7-8 AM (call first: 909-981-6368)
Start your morning with an invigorating workout that builds strength, stamina, and flexibility while teaching basic self-defense techniques.


Karate for Lunch:
Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12-12:45 PM (call first: 909-981-6368)
Make the most of your lunch hour with a workout designed to revitalize you while reinforcing karate basics and self-defense techniques.


Class fees: $70 per month for one class/week,
$110 per month for 2+ classes/week

Class schedule may change if other times work better for a majority of interested students.  

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Yaguchi Seminar

Saturday, August 12, 2017
Morning Session: 10 am – 11.30 am (all levels)
Afternoon Session: 1 pm – 2.30 pm (brown/black belts)
Rains Athletic Center - Memorial Gym - Pomona College Campus
220 E 6th St, Claremont, CA 91711
$60 for 1 session, $80 for both sessions

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Summer Promotions!

Congratulations to our newly promoted youth and adult black belts -- they all brought a winning attitude and a strong fighting spirit!

Saturday July 1st, 2017 was one of the biggest black belt exams we have had in a long time. We are proud of you all!

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Aikido Bows In

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.

M/W/F - 6 - 7:30 PM and Sat -  8 – 10 AM

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Taiko Bows Out

Our beloved Taiko instructor, Yukiko Matsuyama, is moving further West and will no longer be able to teach classes at the DAC.  We celebrate having had Ms. Matsuyama's involvement with us and our students over the past 2 years.  We invite anyone with an interest in local Taiko instruction to contact her parent organization, the Taiko Center of Los Angeles, directed by Rev. Tom Kurai: (626) 484-5184.

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Sifu Sun on Sabattical

Dr. Pietro Sun has been called away by his work as a practitioner of Traditional Eastern Medicine and will be unable to teach at the DAC for the next 1-2 months.  During his absence, Shihan Aponte has arranged for Tai Chi classes to continue under the direction of Master Jonathan Snowiss. 

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