Shaolin American Self Defense Academy

Shaolin American Self Defense Academy


Enjoy this little intro video to our channel. Featuring some of the most talented and wild martial arts.

We have Team Fighting Championship, Clinton Harris, Grappz, Uprise MMA, Jaybird Coffee, StreetBeef, Max Impact, Zen-Dragon, Nick Drossos, Sakan Lam, Thermopylae Combat, Icy Mike, Shaolin American Self Defense Academy, 小柒家實驗武學 Seven Kung Fu Try It and many others in this little compilation ;)

Enjoy! And big shoutout to Lucky Truffle.
Hey dojo fam! I’m going live on zoom at 6:00pm tonight. Going over the cover step in boxing and creating angles...and of course an excellent workout as always. See you guys there! 🤙🏼
Our Turkey Trot & Fall Fitness Fair is tomorrow after school until 4:30pm. Students will have the opportunity to exercise their way through 10 fun fitness stations & earn a homework pass! Comment and let us know which station your kids are the most excited about!!! ⚽️🧘‍♀️🏈⛹️‍♂️🎾

1 - Dance
2 - Martial Arts with Shaolin American Self Defense Academy
3 - Running with the Colfax Run Club
4 - Football Throw
5 - Obstacle Course with Ms. Kate
6 - Limbo with Coach Mark
7 - Basketball
8 - Tennis with Tennis Pro Zone
9 - Soccer with UK International Soccer
10 - Yoga with Julie Turner - movement

No cost to participate! Food will be available for purchase for $2-4. A parent/guardian must accompany each student for the duration of the event.
We can't wait 'til Sunday! Come and join the fun! Thanks to all our merchants and food vendors!
Shout out to...
Olivias Dollhouse Toluca Lake
Strong Body Pilates
Simplethings Restaurant Burbank
Le Pain Quotidien
Toluca Lake Magazine
Soup Goddess
Tina Smith Homes, Wish Sotheby's International Real Estate
Gourmet Romano
Toluca Lake Tennis and Fitness Club
Planet Namaste
Plush Puffs Gourmet Marshmallows
Shaolin American Self Defense Academy
Southeast Valley Community Plan Update

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Curious what Kindergarten through 5th grade #students from our Los Feliz, Pasadena, and West Valley campuses were up to during April break camp? Check it out!

Thanks to our great partners at Tennis Pro Zone and Shaolin American Self Defense Academy for helping us keep #LILA students engaged and having fun during break!
Just wanted to drop a quick line to everyone at SASDA and those who travelled from Scott Gonzales's Arizona studio, to attended this weekends SASDA Kenpo camp. First of all, what a great experience for students and instructors alike, this is the second camp I have been fortunate to attend and they just keep getting better. That said, I want you to know that it is you guys that make the camp not the instructors, for we can not do it without your participation and enthusiasm, and of that you all excelled, outstanding. The comraderie and spirit every one brought to camp, along with the high standards shown by yourselves and instructors are the foundation on which our Kenpo family grows, salute to all. It is always an honor and privilege to teach and share the mats with both students and instructors, I look forward to doing so again, thank you. And last but not least, a special thanks to our host Donnie Jeffcoat for inviting me, you have created something special at SASDA, congratulations, a true family, and I am sure I speak for my fellow instructors when I say the Kenpo flame is burning brightly. Salute.
Sat in on my first class last night. Studying martial arts something I wanted to do ever since I was little but was always too scared. Even now, I psyched myself out several times before coming in last night due to whatever fears my mind had for me.

But, I made it.

I didn't think I would be able to make it the full 90 minutes, and there were several moments where almost couldn't.

But, I made it.

I may hurt for the next few days — and now realize where my physical limits are.

But, I made it.

Thank you for creating an environment that is not only challenging but inspires success.
Hi Donnie

We spoke when you were in the UK at Damian Abbott's seminars. I'm in LA from 16 Nov for a while and would like to visit your school in North Hollywood on Sat 18 Nov.

My email address is [email protected] and grateful if you could contact me.

Thank you.


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3 Reasons Why Learning Self Defense Is Important | Shaolin American Self Defense Academy - Donnie Jeffcoat

Whether you want to get in shape or unleash the warrior within you, SASDA has the perfect training program. Come try out a free week of group and private instruction and let the Martial Arts begin to transform your life!

The instructors at SASDA provide personalized self-defense programs that will accommodate your goals, personality, and lifestyle. We teach Kenpō Karate. Our syllabus blends speed, agility and circular movements of the art of Kung Fu with the harder, more linear, 'striking art' of Japanese Karate to produce an incredibly effective self-defense system. Our students experience the beauty of the trad

Operating as usual

Photos from Shaolin American Self Defense Academy's post 03/17/2022

A few shots of the most recent tests we've had here in the dojo. We are so proud of how far all of the students have come on their journey and can't wait to see what happens next. Congratulations to you all on a job well done!


Let me know if you’re interested in joining me for this awesome event! It’s an honor to share the mats with GM Tatum and these amazing Kenpoists. Join us! 👊🏼🤘🏼

Announcing March 26 at Desert Dragons Kenpo Karate 12:15- on, Anthony Angulo, Donnie Jeffcoat, and Brian Eisenberg will all be sharing their Kenpo insight, with Grand Master Larry Tatum closing the day with his unique vision and ability to share said vision with all ranks. This is a great opportunity to meet and participate with this select group. Early registration price ends 3/21. There is a limited capacity so make sure to register. Our in house kids tournament will be held from 9-11:30 with medals awarded to 1st-3rd place. This is a fun way to introduce our kids to tourney style sparring. Contact Desert Dragons Kenpo Karate or email [email protected]


Happy International [email protected]$& Women’s Day to the awesome ladies of our dojo! 👊🏼🤘🏼🙏🏼


We are open full schedule today! Keep up with your training, even on your day off from work and school!!


Happy Valentines Day!! ❤️❤️👊🏼👊🏼

Shaolin American Self Defense Academy updated their business hours. 02/11/2022

Shaolin American Self Defense Academy updated their business hours.

Shaolin American Self Defense Academy updated their business hours.


Sifu Lou Markstrom from Sydney, Australia will be joining us tonight for our 7pm adult class as a special guest. Get ready for an evening of exploring Running Fist Kung Fu! Always good to mix it up and open your mind! 🙏🏼👊🏼


Adult basics class off to a great start! We are able to take the beginner students, line them up in the front of the class and really explore the foundation of movement. This class is a great addition to the Tuesday schedule and is open to all ranks.

Photos from Shaolin American Self Defense Academy's post 02/01/2022

First kids test of the year and we were very impressed with all the energy put out. From yellow to green, the kids poured everything they had into these new belts. Congratulations to everyone and let the journey to black belt continue!


That's a wrap on 2021 here at SASDA! Thank you to all of the students, teachers and families for your support this year, we couldn't have done it without you.

We hope that you all have a safe and healthy winter break and we'll see you back on the mats on January 3rd!

Happy Holidays!

Photos from Shaolin American Self Defense Academy's post 12/22/2021

This weekend was truly a great test to end the year. The under belts came in prepared and strong. Another notch well deserved on their individual journeys.

The advanced ranks welcomed well earned new brown and black belts. Drill after drill, these students conquered every challenge we threw their way. The organic movement that was displayed impressed us all. A big shout out to brothers Cruz and Leo Medrano for earning their Jr. Black Belt and Adult Black Belt, respectively. Also, Adam Haley who earned his black belt after 9+ years of hard work and dedication.

Congratulations to you all! We are so proud of each and every one of you and how far you've come and look forward to the next year of training and growth!

Photos from Shaolin American Self Defense Academy's post 12/15/2021

A great set of beginner tests to end the year. It is wonderful to see so much growth and passion during these tough times. As a community we continue to help push each other to reach new heights. Congratulations to everyone on these new ranks and we cannot wait to see what next year holds for all of you. Salute!


Reminder: the dojo is closed Thursday - Saturday for Thanksgiving! Regularly scheduled classes begin again on Monday the 29th!

Have a happy and safe holiday!

Photos from Shaolin American Self Defense Academy's post 11/23/2021

Such a wonderful day of seminars last weekend. Thank you to all of the instructors for sharing your Kenpo knowledge and making it such a fun day to train. It felt great to host this event and we can't wait for more in 2022.



12pm - 1pm: Professor Scott Gonzalez

1:15pm - 2:15pm: Professor Angelo Collado

2:30pm to 3:30pm: Professor Damian Abbott

3:45pm to 5pm: GM Larry Tatum

7pm - ?: Food and Drinks at Michael’s on Riverside

Hope to see you on the mats for an awesome day of training!👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼


Let’s all be thankful for the brave women and men who sacrifice their lives for the freedom we enjoy. 🙏🏼


Photos from Shaolin American Self Defense Academy's post 10/30/2021

Halloween Ninja Night Fun! These kids had a blast. Lots of pizza and snacks, a ton of games and a scary movie!

Happy Halloween!! Have a safe and spooky weekend from the SASDA staff!

Photos from Shaolin American Self Defense Academy's post 10/28/2021

The before and after of the hard work by these individuals. Yellow Belt and Black Belt are two of the most important ranks in your martial arts career and these martial artists have a great start on a wonderful journey. Congratulations on this first promotion! Let the journey continue!!


Check out the full video that we made with Principal Gorton. Thank you Colfax Elementary for the support; so happy we can team up and help each other out!

Photos from Shaolin American Self Defense Academy's post 10/22/2021

Guess who stopped in the dojo ... none other than the Colfax principal himself! Mr. Gorton came to take a karate lesson all to promote Colfax Elementary's Annual Giving Campaign. It's so wonderful to be part of this little community that is helping our little ones become superheroes and stand up humans!

Photos from Shaolin American Self Defense Academy's post 10/02/2021

It's been too long since we've posted the pictures from the last group of tests. A little Flashback Friday to our September promotions. Congratulations to each and every one of you on your continued growth towards black belt.


Thank You to our Special Guest, Coach Jan Lucanus for sharing his knowledge with us today. We look forward to future collaborations.


Mark your calendars for outdoor Kenpo Camp 2022 and let’s make this an awesome weekend! 🙌🏼👊🏼🙏🏼

Photos from Shaolin American Self Defense Academy's post 08/27/2021

We are so excited and proud of our growth! It’s an honor to be recognized as one of the best programs in LA for another year. Thank you for all the love and support. We are lucky to have such an amazing, supportive dojo family and community. 🙌🏼🙏🏼🤘🏼

Photos from Shaolin American Self Defense Academy's post 08/07/2021

A few more pictures of the recent tests here at the dojo. There was a huge amount of heart and dedication that went into these new ranks. Job well done and let the road to black belt continue. Congratulations!


Congratulations to this group of loyal and dedicated students! They endured a 4 1/2 hour, grueling advanced test, coming out on the other end of a challenging evening stronger, sharper and closer to their common goal. This awesome crew will be our dojo's next generation of black belts and I couldn't be more excited for them! A SUPERB test and excellent presentation by all!

-Professor D & Team


Another great opportunity for you to expand your Kenpo minds! These two gentlemen are top notch. 🙏🏼👊🏼

Next up ON DECK...



Photos from Kenpo International's post 07/16/2021

Photos from Kenpo International's post


An Invitation to the IKC 2021

Photos from Kenpo International's post 07/09/2021

Photos from Kenpo International's post


Happy 4th of July! Just a quick reminder that the dojo will be closed through the weekend and we will back for training on Tuesday at 12pm! Have a fun and safe long weekend!

Photos from Shaolin American Self Defense Academy's post 06/23/2021

A few pictures from the recent tests here at the dojo! It takes time to accomplish something great and with patience comes reward. These students have put so much heart and dedication into their new ranks and it showed. Congratulations to all!


This will be an excellent event to be a part of this year! Sign up now! Feel free to ask Professor D any questions you may have regarding the tournament and seminars. 🙌🏼👊🏼🙏🏼

Photos from Shaolin American Self Defense Academy's post 06/16/2021

10 Years! We've made it!! Thank you to all of the families that have supported SASDA throughout this journey, we could not have done this without you. Thank you to all of the instructors that have walked through our doors to share some martial knowledge. And a big Thank You to the hundreds, if not thousands of students that have trained on our mats. You have learned, sweat, worked hard and have all become part of the SASDA family. Our dojo and small part of the community has grown and we could not be more proud of all the work accomplished in the past decade!

Here are a few shots of our 10 year celebration and hoping we can do this again in another 10 years! Whether you're a current student or haven't been in the dojo in a while, you will be forever part of this family and we can't wait to see you all again soon!

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