a BUDO tradition that goes back hundreds of years: An early morning activity to celebrate a new year of training together, to reignite our passion for life, good health, and the martial arts, to improve our skills, to set goals, and to look forward to the journey.Read More
Candidates for promotion demonstrated and performed their karate kihon (basics), and kata (forms) with confidence and spirit. Each were pushed and performed well under pressure. We are very proud of your achievement and welcome you to your new ranks.Read More
A FREE seminar on Holistic Health and Healing
Saturday January 20th, 2018
at the DAC
2:30 - 4 PM
Presented by Kin
Classes at DAC are planned, schedule TBARead More
SATURDAY, JANUARY 20TH
6:30 – 8:30 AM
Welcome a new year of training with the sunrise
Dojo members are invited to meet at Claremont Hills Wilderness Park to share their enthusiasm for karatedo, enjoy the natural beauty of the region, and celebrate the new year together!Read More
Dojo Holiday Schedule
The dojo will be closed Dec. 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st, Jan. 1st for the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays.
Week of Dec. 17th - 30th, (all ranks under black belt)
Free Escrima Footwork Seminar
Sat. Dec 30th 2017, 11:00 AM -12:30,
Sensei Edwin Alonzo (ranked in Filipino Escrima (stick fighting) and Shotokan Karatedo 3rd degree BB) will share his Escrima footwork and teach you how to apply it to your sparring. All ages and ranks green belt through black belt are welcome.
Side Note: Karate Testing will still be available (off to the side) for those that still need to test.
Gasshuku to Welcome the New Year!
(Shotokan karate special spirit training)
When & Where - TBA
Help us find more qualified instructors to offer classes during non-peak dojo hours.
We are looking for experienced teachers of other martial arts and other healthy physical pursuits, such as boot camp, cross-fit, Tai Chi, dance, Zumba, yoga, etc.
Contact Ty Aponte (951) 204-0341
A special thank you to all of our DAC staff and instructors for your unselfish dedication of time and effort in helping us to continue to pass on the BUDO spirit of traditional martial arts.
Students: if you feel that you or the life of your family member/s, have benefited from the training and it has made a difference please take a moment to share with others and help promote this dojo with all the good and positivism it represents and encourage your friends, family members or acquaintances to try a free trial month of training in any martial art offered at our dojo. Any existing member that brings in someone new (that signs up on a monthly pay program) will receive one month of free training!
Sensei Ty Aponte
951 204-0341Read More
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.Read More
The Defense Arts Center is currently open to
sharing its beautiful workout space!
Experienced teachers of other martial arts and other healthy physical pursuits, such as boot camp, cross-fit, dance, Zumba, and yoga, please contact us for more information.
Class schedules and times are flexible.Read More
Saturday September 23rd 2017, 5:00 – 6:30 pm.
Huntington State Beach
Near Life Guard Station # 14
21601 Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92646Read More
Huntington State Beach
21601 Coast Hwy
This Sat. Aug. 26th, 2017
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
There will be NO CLASSES on Sunday, July 16th as we trade our gis for coveralls and repaint the dojo entrance and hallway. The effort starts at 7 AM and all students and their family members are invited to pitch in some of their time.Read More
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!Read More
We believe that this dojo is a truly wonderful place that should grow and thrive.
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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
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.Read More
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.Read More
"Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men."Read More
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!
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
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.
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