Team Karate Centers

Team Karate Centers


Congrats to Fariborz Azhakh on his 40th anniversary!!! Team Karate Centers
Congrats to you Fariborz Azhakh on your 40th anniversary.
Autographed Magazine Cover: New item up for bid, the signed cover of Fariborz Azhakh on the cover of Martial Art Magazine. It was the first cover he had ever been on and it was Michael's own magazine back in the 1980s. Bidding will be on this page and will end this Sunday at 3 pm. All funds raised are tax-deductible. Bidding will be in increments of $5. Let the bidding begin!!!!! Fariborz Azhakh Team Karate Centers
Expert Class: Thinking about learning the jab? Here's some different ways to try with Fariborz Azhakh of Team Karate Centers
Guess who’s back at it...

Special thanks to Fariborz Azhakh / Team Karate Centers 👊
Nice picture of the students martial arts learn the way!
Thank you to my Hapkido teacher Team Karate Centers Fariborz for sharing this poster and allowing us to place our logo. We appreciate you!!!

For 30 years this martial arts school has been coaching people, of all ages, in the process of learn

Team Karate Centers (TKC) offers Martial Arts, Kickboxing, MMA, BJJ and other Mix Marital Arts classes in Woodland Hills CA, to Children, Teens and Adults.

Operating as usual


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What’s the lesson here?
Could we be killing ourselves, literally, by allowing our poisons to grow within us?
By carrying years of guilt, jealousy, resentment and bu****it?
By our past mistakes?
Are we drinking the tea full of poison hoping the other person die?
Stop this non-sense.
Just stop.


I Remember Being A White Belt

I tied on my first belt, my white belt when i was 16 years old at Steve Sexton's Hapkido school in Canoga Park, CA.

I worked a local restaurant as a busboy to pay for my own lessons and I had some left over to buy a uniform and the belt came with it.

On the day I got my uniform , one of the teachers, John Felperin, sat me down and showed me how I was supposed to fold it after class; the belt looped around the folded uniform making a nice handle to carry it over my shoulder.

It's been many years since that day and sometimes I still kneel down at the end of the day and carefully fold my uniform like I was taught to.

Everything's the same except I don't get up and down from the floor as fast I used to, and my belt is black and threadbare.

Being a white belt was about standing in the last line at the back of the class.

Everything was new and I didn't know what I could or couldn't do.

Everything felt like a secret; I felt like i was studying something important, that the stances and the basics and all the techniques were gonna make me powerful and different and valuable and capable.

And you know what? They did. Yeah, it worked!

Every kid should be a white belt at least once.

I wanted to learn; I wanted to grow and that belt made me hungry.

It make me practice and learn and strive.

Looking back, the martial arts has been one of my best friends and teachers; and while I've had innumerable experiences over the last almost 4 decades of training, my best day, my favorite day, was the day I took that new white belt and tied it on.

For this kid it was the day I started this amazing journey and whenever I see some young person tie on his or her first belt I think to myself, "Oh man, you are so lucky, so fortunate" and I always go out of my way to make sure they have a good experience.

Parents, if you're looking for a gift to give your child; something they might use for, oh say, about 40 years or so,
consider a plain white belt.

Inspired by writings of Tom Callos

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So proud of the Weaver family …


Happiest birthday wishes to grandmaster Ji Han Jae. Thank you for everything you have taught me as I hope to continue your legacy with pride.




One of my favorite times of the day ... I


Sunday, Sept 20 at Victory Trail Head

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Old School ... @ Team Karate Centers

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I give infinite thanks to Sensei Benny, who has helped me see things with new eyes.
I can truly say that I have never met anyone with the level of compassion and kindness that this warrior has in his heart.
Thank you for the “guiding light” that you have been in my life.
Happy Birthday Sir.

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TKC masks are in, $7 each, 2 for $10.
Limited quality. @ Team Karate Centers

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I like to share with you an experience I had with one of my junior students today.
Today was the first day back after the quarantine and the attendance was not what I was hoping for and this made me feel a bit edgy to say the least.
Matilda is one of my junior students that as far as I remember, has always had a big warm smile on her when she comes to the studio. She always comes in and says hello and says goodbye.
Well, today I saw Matilda after almost 3 months and she was just all full of energy. She jumped into my arms and gave me a biggest hug saying how much she had missed me. She asked me how the classes were and I told her that it was a little slow. I could tell that she felt my energy.
After she heard what I said, she gave me a big hug, again, and said: “I bet it was better than last week”.
Hearing those words from this young child completely changed my perspective as I remembered clearly being alone at the studio last week.
I held her in my arms and thanked her for the lesson.
Happy Monday.

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“The children of Adam are limbs of each other having been created of one essence.
When the calamity of time affects one lims, the others can’t remain at rest.
If thou hast no sympathy for the troubles of others, Thou art unworthy to be called by the name of a man.”

Saadi Shirazi

بنی آدم اعضای یک پیکرند
که در آفرينش ز یک گوهرند
چو عضوى به درد آورد روزگار
دگر عضو ها را نماند قرار
تو کز محنت دیگران بی غمی
نشاید که نامت نهند آدمی


Ok, let's be the change...
If you are a law enforcement officer, LAPD or Sheriff, we will sponsor your martial arts training, no questions asked and no fees. You can participate in our unlimited classes and learn our “arrest and control” techniques.
I was on the panel of developers who came up with the “arrest and control” for LAPD and I would like to share my knowledge with you. This includes stand up control, pain compliance and ground game.
I am here to be of service.
You up to it?


Complete library of Hapkido / Blend instructional videos online at


Happy Mother’s Day

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To build true confidence through knowledge in the mind, honestly in the heart and strength in the body.

To keep friendship with one another and to build a strong and happy community.

Never fight to achieve selfish ends but to develop might for right.

Martial Artists: Steve Sexton, Simon Rhee, Tom Callos, Benny Urquidez, Sara Urquidez, Randy Reid, Ron Balicki, Diana Inosanto, Cecil Peoples, Dave Kovar, Mike Chat, Brannon Beliso, Chuck Lidell, Fari Salievski, Cheong Park, Kelly Muir, Nicolas Saignac and Richard Norton.

Video Editing and Production: Jeffrey Weaver

Student Creed: Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee

Original Concept: Fariborz Azhakh

Link to download video to share:

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Need help?
Are there any organizations or individuals that need volunteers or any kind of help in Woodland Hills and West Hills?
Contact me by messenger, leaving a comment here or my cell 818-355-1107.
I will help.

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Team Karate Center is proud to host this wonderful event. Please come and support ...

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The holidays are here!

As we gather together to celebrate, there is so much beauty in the human experience.

Pause for a moment and think of the people that matter most to you and the experiences you hold dear.
For me, that is all of you and the community we have created together.

In those still moments as you reflect on the world around you this holiday season, breathe in the wonder of it all and be filled with gratitude for your place in it.

Open yourself to more love, more trust, more abundance in this incredible journey of life that we share.
Allow yourself to feel gratitude, and to multiply that feeling by sharing it with those around you.

I want you to know that I am so very grateful for YOU and your willingness to grow and expand your life and your contribution to the world.

All of the staff at TKC join me in wishing you a season of happiness, celebration, and warmth!

Love and Light


Happy Green Belt ...

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Amazon just informed me that my book will NOT arrive on time and it will be here on Mon or Tues of next week.
For this reason I have to postpone the book signing to next Sat, Dec 21 from 10 am to 12 pm.
I am really sorry for this inconvenience.
I am more than happy to mail you the book if you wish at no cost to you. Just send me an email.
All mail orders will be going out on Tues morning so you can expect your book before Friday, Dec 20.
Again, I apologize for this and look forward to seeing you on the 21st.

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My Book is finally COMPLETE ...

Interdependence is a much higher value than independence.

To Tom Callos and Dave Kovar for being the gift that they are in my life and their lifetime commitment in making this world a better place through teaching and sharing martial arts.

To the following individuals for having a major impact on growth and development of Team Karate Center:
Robert Barrett, Lief Morin, Sani Morin, Lori Rubino Fash, Jim Tallarida, Shahin Bakhtiari and Salvador Trevino.

My Deceased Heroes:
Yousef Azhakh (My Dad), Masoumeh Bahramlou (My Mom), Stephen Covey, B**g Soo Han and Bruce Lee.

To all my living heroes:
Faramarz Ajakh, Farzaneh Namvar, Katana Azhakh, Aria Azhakh, Laila Azhakh, Nina Ladjevardi Azhakh, Bahram Amiri, Pirooz Moghaddam, Dariush Eghbalii, Graciella Graciela Casillas, Jon Felperin, Dan Inosanto, Michael Amir Mansouri, Mike Payson, Gene Peck, Simon Rhee, Michael Matsuda, Nicolas Saignacc and Behrouz Vossoughi.

To my teachers:
Steve Sexton, Ron Balickii, Ji Han Jae, Tae Joon Taejoon Lee, Rigan Machado, David Meyer, Richard Nortonn, Cecil Peoples and Benny Urquidez.

To Melissa Watson Hyams for the honor of writing the forward to my book.

To Joe Hyams, RIP , the author of “Zen in the Martial Arts”.
His book is responsible for opening the eyes of so many, including myself, to the true philosophy of martial arts.

For the development and production of the book itself I feel a deep sense of gratitude:
_ to Fariba Molavi for bringing each chapter to life through her beautiful illustrations
_ to David Pope for editing all my stories and making me look like a real "author".

About the Book
Inspired by martial arts historian Joe Hyams best-selling book, “Zen in the Martial Arts,” “Open Hands” is a collection of short stories and unique experiences of an ordinary martial arts teacher.

This compilation of stories features a variety of interesting situations that will not only stimulate your thoughts through “aha moments,” but it provides an opportunity, with a series of questions that will provide thought-provoking conversations.

The Open Hands is a powerful, life-de

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6445 De Soto Avenue
Los Angeles, CA

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 8:30pm
Tuesday 9am - 8:30pm
Wednesday 9am - 8:30pm
Thursday 9am - 8:30pm
Saturday 7am - 1pm

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