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
All ages and all ranks - beginner to advanced
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 1-2 PM
All ages and all ranks - beginner to advanced
Make the most of your lunch hour with a workout designed to revitalize you while reinforcing karate basics and self-defense techniques.


Class fees: $50 per month for one class/week,
$90 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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Open House

You and your friends are invited to visit our dojo (school) on Saturday, May 27th for a fun open-house get-together with our teachers, students, and other families that are curious about what we do.  Visitors are welcome all day and we will have classes starting at 9 am and going until at least 2 pm (see Saturday class schedule below) but we will be serving up free munchies & lunch (12-2 pm) to all visitors, hot off the grill!   

Come and see what we do and tour our beautiful school where it all happens! 

This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the many benefits that training in the martial arts can bring to children, teens, adults, and seniors alike. 

No Purchase Necessary - Just Come and Have Fun

All of our classes offer a free trial lesson - no strings attached!
All of our classes are 1/2 price for the first month (and our dues are already very reasonable!)
All of our classes are led by instructors with years of experience and training.
And we have a lot of classes!

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Sensei Jason Serrano Seminars for Sensei Blair Saturday April 22nd from 11 am to 1 pm

The Defense Arts Center is proud to host
a fundraising seminar with Sensei Jason Serrano
in honor of Sensei David Blair

Saturday April 22nd  2017  

Seminar # 1:
Kubotan (Yawara stick) Self-defense
11 am - 12 pm
(All ranks and ages, no experience necessary)

Seminar # 2:
Karate Kumite (sparring) Strategies
12 pm - 1 pm
(Green belts and above)

Instruction by: Sensei Jason Serrano,
4th Dan, Kubota style - Gosoku Ryu karate

Sensei Jason Serrano

Sensei Jason Serrano


Minimum donation: $10.00 per seminar
Payments accepted in cash, check, or credit card
All donations will go toward Sensei Blair's tricycle

Please make checks out to "Defense Arts Center"     

Food will be for sale in the parking lot:
BBQ Hot Dogs or Brats, Chips, and a drink for $5.00


Seminar # 1: Kubotan/Yawara/palm stick Self-Defense: A Kubotan is, a unique versatile self-defense instrument that is approximately the size of a thick pen or magic marker and it often has a key ring attached to its end.  The mini stick can be used for pain compliance and impact pressure point control techniques - using it to control or restrain your adversary as well as for striking techniques.   Bring your own stick or you can purchase one at the seminar for $7.00

Seminar # 2: Sparring Strategies Training emphasis: fighting mindset, footwork, sweeping and sparring drills & techniques, Offensive and defensive strategies, counter techniques, timing. 


We have gifted a TeraTrike to Sensei Blair to aid him in the final leg of his road to recovery! Please consider making a donation toward repaying Sensei James for fronting the full cost of this gift.

Little Tigers Karate

Little Tigers Tiny Tots Karate

Ages 4-6: Beginning and Intermediate

Day      Time                          Class Title (suggested belts)    
Mon     5:00 - 5:45 pm       Little Tigers (white, yellow, & orange)
Wed     5:00 - 5:45 pm       Little Tigers   (white, yellow, & orange)
Fri        6:00 - 7:00 pm       Flying Tigers (by invitation)
Sat    10:00 - 11:00 am        Flying Tigers (by invitation)

Instructors: Irene Nunez and Juan Miguel Nunez

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