The HISTORY of the Defense ARts Center

The United States Karate League was founded by Shihan Dean Pickard.

Shihan Ty Aponte named his first dojo the Defense Arts Center, with Karate as the dojo's main training program. The ultimate goal for the sake of diversity was to have multiple martial arts taught under one roof.  The original DAC dojo, at 8173 Monte Vista in Upland, opened the summer after Sensei Ty graduated from high school in 1977.  For the first year, Sensei Ty and students eager to have a place to call home were not concerned about training on a concrete floor.

Sparring between Jim Doiron and Dewie Lund, both brown belts at the time, on the cement floor of Sensei Ty's original DAC at the Monte Vista dojo (1977) .

In this photo, taken in 1978, Sensei Ty is teaching students who are training on carpeting.  Over time, after enough carpet-burns, we eventually raised the funds to install hardwood flooring

Lineage of the USKL Dojos

 

Statewide Karate League

Founder SKL (now IKL)
Walter K. Nishioka
(Hombo Dojo – Honolulu Hawaii)
1963 – Present

Riverside, CA SKL
R.T. Nakano

R. Nakano 1965-67
F. Guzman 1967-68
M. Visser 1968-69
J. Pagliuso 1969-70

D. Pickard 1970-71
D. Krech 1971-72

Claremont USKL
D. Pickard
1974-75

 
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New Riverside SKL
D. Krech / D. Pickard
1972-74

Hemet USKL
D. Pickard
1973-75
G. Bangle
1975-82

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Moorpark College (USKL)
D. Pickard
1978-82

L.A. Mission College (USKL)
D. Pickard
1980-84

L.A. Pierce College (USKL)
D. Pickard
1986-2004

Upland USKL*
(Monte Vista Dojo)
T. Aponte
1977-99

Upland USKL*
(Foothill Dojo)
J. Augur / M. Whiteside
2000-02  
T. Aponte /J. Augur / M. Whiteside
 2002-Present

Claremont Colleges (USKL)
D. Pickard
1976-82

Claremont Colleges* (USKL)
T. Aponte
1982-Present

University of Chicago* (USKL)
T. Reisz
1990-96
K. Nakamura / J. Straughn
1996-2000

University of La Verne (USKL)
T. Aponte
2008-Present

* In 1994, USKL changed style from Shorin-Ryu to Shotokan.

Photo Plaques

 

1981

1992

2004 Senseis

 

2004