About Red Dragon Karate

Meet Our Instructors

Hollywood Celebrity Martial Arts Expert Brings His Skills to Our Glendora Community.

When an eager and enthusiastic four year old Chris Casamassa told his Dad that he wanted to start learning the Martial Arts there would be no turning back until he got his black belt… because his Dad said so! And when your Dad is Lou Casamassa, founder of the hugely successful chain of Red Dragon Karate Schools, you just don’t say no. It looks like Father knows best because today Chris is well on his way to becoming one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood, and his Martial Arts training has helped get him there.

“It took me six years to get my black belt and the lessons it taught me about importance of discipline, dedication and perseverance have stayed with me,” recalls Chris, who has applied these principles to his acting career.

The co-star of "Mortal Kombat" (“Scorpion”) and "W.M.A.C. Masters" (“Red Dragon”) holds no hard feelings against his Dad for his tough love approach, quite to the contrary as Chris quickly identifies his father as his number one influence. Chris also mentions the legendary Bruce Lee and Black Belt hall of Fame member Pat Johnson, and instructor Steve Fisher as his other biggest influences.

Chris’ focus, dedication and passion with the arts have helped him successfully land roles in dozens of feature films and Television shows including Threshold entertainments “Mortal Kombat” Franchise “Batman & Robin” (as George Clooney’s double), “Blade”, VIP with Pamela Anderson, and Walker Texas Ranger with Chuck Norris. Chris recently appeared on the “Fran Drescher Show” in a segment to help women defend themselves from attack.

Of course, Chris is much more than an actor, he is also the President and Chief Instructor for the 15 Red Dragon Karate Schools in southern California. The 2,000 Red Dragon students are learning from one of the best, during his career as a national tournament competitor Chris won every major martial arts tournament on the pro N.A.S.K.A. tour (North American Sport Karate Association) in addition he has received dozens of awards from State and local governments for his charitable contributions and has also been inducted into the A.K.K.F. Hall of Fame as both the “Competitor of the year” and the “Instructor of the Year.”

His two most recent projects include helping kids across America get fit and healthy. With KICKNFIT KIDS there are now over 95 licensed KICKNFIT KIDS locations across the U.S. Designed just for kids-The program is a 30-minute high energy circuit-training workout consisting of fun martial art movie style moves, MMA techniques, Yoga stretches & kickboxing drills that work every major muscle group needed for kids to burn fat and build healthy muscle.

In addition, Chris is the host for a new TV show called “The Fight Scene” which airs on BLACK BELT TV.

Chris has some wise words for those that wish to follow in his footsteps which are rooted in his Martial Arts training, “Remember in Film and Television you may hear a 1,000 people say no, but it only takes one yes to make it happen.” Never give up and always follow your dreams.

Red Dragon Karate La Verne - Self Defense, Fitness & Family Fun Since 1965

The Red Dragon Schools have been helping communities for over 40 years by offering programs focused on "Life Skills".

These skills include self-discipline, self control, and self esteem. They are the principles, instilled and reinforced within the protocols of the martial arts, which will empower you to become a responsible, productive leader in your community.

What else can you expect from The Red Dragon Schools?

World-Class Instructors. Certified yearly by the American Karate Kung Fu Federation, Red Dragon instructors are professional and pride themselves on helping you reach your goals.

We Encourage Champions! A widevariety of styles give you the best education. The style taught in each Red Dragon Studio is a combination of the 7 major Oriental styles of martial arts. It's a very fast and powerful form which creates focused, dedicated, disciplined students who learn to become champions in the "Game of Life"

Our Base Style is Judo. Remember the 7 styles mentioned above? It's really much more involved than that as each style has it's own subcategories as well. Talk about a well-rounded program! You get the best of it all.

The martial art styles we incorporate into our teaching include:

  • Japanese (Judo, Aikido, Shotokan)
  • Chinese (Kung Fu, Wing Chung, Kun Tao, Kempo)
  • Korean (Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido)
  • Okinawan (Go Ju Ryu, Isshin Ryu)
  • Indonesian (Javanese Silat, Thai boxing)
  • Filipino (Kali Escrima, Kickboxing)
  • Tibetan ( Monks Form)

Red Dragon Karate was founded by Shi-Han Sensei Louis D. Casamassa, in 1965. Shi-Han Sensei Louis D. Casamassa is now a 10th degree black belt and is Grand Master of Red Dragon Karate and founder of the American Karate Kung Fu Federation (A.K.K.F.).

Shane Toland, Co-owner/ Head instructor

Mr. Toland has been teaching for over a decade after having the unique experience of training and growing up in a martial arts studio for nearly his entire life. This current perspective has shown him firsthand how Red Dragon can shape the future of a student as it did his.

Now, as the youngest school owner in the history of Red Dragon, Sensei Shane stands poised to herald the arrival of the next generation of Red Dragon martial artists.

In addition, he is also in the process of preparing to check off another of his personal goals by earning his pilots license. Active in several sports growing up outside of the martial arts including hockey and surfing Sensei Shane enjoys a very active lifestyle to date.

His youthful teaching approach coupled with a young man's life creates a wonderful dynamic for his students. He is focused on inspiring the next generation as he was inspired, to pursue their dreams.

Under the training and guidance of Red Dragon's CEO Shi-Han Chris Casamassa, Sensei Shane is currently a 4th degree black belt.

Shi-Han Chris Casamassa is ranked 9th degree black belt and has over 30 years teaching experience.

Highlights of Founder Shi-han Sensei Louis D. Casamassa's Professional Career

  • 1958: Began studying Judo in Japan
  • 1958-1963: A decorated U.S. Marine in the service to his country, Trained at Kodokan in Japan.
  • 1960: Received his 1st Degree Black Belt in Judo at the Kodokan in Japan. He was one of the first ten Americans ever to be promoted under Risei Kano, son of Dr. Jigaro Kano as Shi-Han Sensei in Judo.
  • 1965: Opened the first Red Dragon Karate in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
  • 1967: Voted policeman of the year of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Police Force.
  • 1971: Opened the first Red Dragon Karate in Covina, California
  • 1973: Created certifying organization American Karate Kung-Fu Federation (A.K.K.F.) to promote certification and professionalism in Martial Arts.
  • 1974: Listed in the "Who's Who" of Karate
  • 1977: Nationally accredited advocate dedicated to improving the spiritual/mental/physical aspects of young martial artists.
  • 1982: Wrote self-defense book for women, Rapist Beware. Received California State Senate/Assembly resolutions for "Rapist Beware program." Received personal/professional commendations from Governor Pete Wilson, L.A. Major Tom Bradley, U.S. Congressman David Drier, L.A. County supervisors, & San Bernadino County.
  • 1993:Received Instructor's Award from Yamashita International Golden Masters
  • 1993: Recognized by U.S. Congress for Women's Self Defense program
  • 1996: Grand Masters Hall of Fame
  • 1997: International Masters Hall of Fame Leadership Award
  • 1998: Inducted into International Karate Hall of Fame Instructor Award
  • 2001: Co-created America In Defense (A.I.D.) for Airline flight & cabin crew safety training.
  • 2002-2008: Living Legend Award Winner for Most Successful Martial Arts Company

Red Dragon Karate San Dimas - Self Defense, Fitness & Family Fun Since 1965

The Red Dragon Schools have been helping communities for over 40 years by offering programs focused on "Life Skills."

These skills include self-discipline, self control, and self esteem. They are the principles, instilled and reinforced within the protocols of the martial arts, which will empower you to become a responsible, productive leader in your community.

What else can you expect from The Red Dragon Schools?

World-Class Instructors. Certified yearly by the American Karate Kung Fu Federation, Red Dragon instructors are professional and pride themselves on helping you reach your goals.

We Encourage Champions! A wide variety of styles give you the best education. The style taught in each Red Dragon Studio is a combination of the 7 major Oriental styles of martial arts. It's a very fast and powerful form which creates focused, dedicated, disciplined students who learn to become champions in the "Game of Life."

Our Base Style is Judo. Remember the 7 styles mentioned above? It's really much more involved than that as each style has its own subcategories as well. Talk about a well-rounded program! You get the best of it all.

The martial art styles we incorporate into our teaching include:

  • Japanese (Judo, Aikido, Shotokan)
  • Chinese (Kung Fu, Wing Chung, Kun Tao, Kempo)
  • Korean (Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido)
  • Okinawan (Go Ju Ryu, Isshin Ryu)
  • Indonesian (Javanese Silat, Thai boxing)
  • Filipino (Kali Escrima, Kickboxing)
  • Tibetan (Monks Form)

Red Dragon Karate was founded by Shi-Han Sensei Louis D. Casamassa, in 1965. Shi-Han Sensei Louis D. Casamassa is now a 10th degree black belt and is Grand Master of Red Dragon Karate and founder of the American Karate Kung Fu Federation (A.K.K.F.).

Shelly Toland, Vice President

Sensei Shelly Toland has quickly evolved from being a "dojo mom" into the front office manager for the Glendora dojo. Ultimately, Shi-Han Chris Casamassa convinced her that she should be training, not watching from the sidelines.

Early in her life, Sensei Shelly was diagnosed with Lupus and found physical training to be very challenging. The saying "What the mind can see and believe, the body can achieve" rang true for her in relation to her training.

Training with Shi- Han Casamassa and Master Steve Fisher on a regular basis showed her she could do the things she'd been told were not possible.

While demonstrating her passion for the arts, she has won several champion and grand champion titles. Defying her doctor's beliefs and exhibiting her rebellious nature she pushed onward and upward in Red Dragon to reach the position of studio owner.

She is currently a 4th Degree black belt in Red Dragon Karate and has over 15 years of teaching experience.

Coming from a business ownership and management background, which included a fitness center for over ten years, Sensei Shelly found that with the help of Red Dragon Karate perceived limits have morphed into goals to be surpassed.

Her husband, two kids, and granddaughter are all be proud of the example she has set.

Currently, at the San Dimas location, Sensei Shelly works with a dynamic group of martial artists and instructors including but not limited to - CEO of Red Dragon, Shi-Han Chris Casamassa, ranked 9th degree black belt with over 30 years teaching experience and Head Instructor Mike Salcido, ranked 4th degree black belt with over 15 years teaching experience.

Highlights of Founder Shi-han Sensei Louis D. Casamassa's Professional Career

    • 1958: Began studying Judo in Japan
    • 1958-1963: A decorated U.S. Marine in the service to his country, Trained at Kodokan in Japan.
    • 1960: Received his 1st Degree Black Belt in Judo at the Kodokan in Japan. He was one of the first ten Americans ever to be promoted under Risei Kano, son of Dr. Jigaro Kano as Shi-Han Sensei in Judo.
    • 1965: Opened the first Red Dragon Karate in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
    • 1967: Voted policeman of the year of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Police Force.
    • 1971: Opened the first Red Dragon Karate in Covina, California
    • 1973: Created certifying organization American Karate Kung-Fu Federation (A.K.K.F.) to promote certification and professionalism in Martial Arts.
    • 1974: Listed in the "Who's Who" of Karate
    • 1977: Nationally accredited advocate dedicated to improving the spiritual/mental/physical aspects of young martial artists.
    • 1982: Wrote self-defense book for women, Rapist Beware. Received California State Senate/Assembly resolutions for "Rapist Beware program." Received personal/professional commendations from Governor Pete Wilson, L.A. Major Tom Bradley, U.S. Congressman David Drier, L.A. County supervisors, & San Bernadino County.
    • 1993:Received Instructor's Award from Yamashita International Golden Masters
    • 1993: Recognized by U.S. Congress for Women's Self Defense program
    • 1996: Grand Masters Hall of Fame
    • 1997: International Masters Hall of Fame Leadership Award
    • 1998: Inducted into International Karate Hall of Fame Instructor Award
    • 2001: Co-created America In Defense (A.I.D.) for Airline flight & cabin crew safety training.
    • 2002-2008: Living Legend Award Winner for Most Successful Martial Arts Company

Welcome to Red Dragon Karate of Chino Hills! Our mission is simple… to Create Champions for the Game of Life. We’re here to empower your potential and spark the adventure of self-discovery, while striving to make the world a better place.

Red Dragon Karate is one of the best choices for people like you who want to get fit, have fun, and learn self-defense. We focus on entire life success by helping you get fit for life, improve your self-confidence, feel good about yourself and your life, and learn highly effective self-defense skills.

We are a modern school that appeals to families from all walks of life, as we train hard in Karate, Fitness and Kickboxing. However, we’re not about creating fighters and muscle heads.

Our student are non-fighters… they are moms, dads, teens and kids. Busy professionals and everyday working people who want to learn martial arts and apply its philosophy to their life. So we train hard and seriously in these martial arts, but in a way that the average person can benefit. Oh yeah…and we have a lot FUN too! 

Beginners Welcome! We have classes for everyone. You do not have to already be in shape or be an experienced athlete to take our classes. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what your background is or what kind of shape you are in right now. We have classes for ALL ages, sizes and fitness levels and will help you reach your goals – one high kick, powerful punch and epic strike at a time. You bring the goals list and we’ll handle the details. Boom… done.

Karate and kickboxing are two of the best “whole body” workouts you can do. You’ll develop speed, strength, flexibility, balance and aerobic/anaerobic endurance in a well-organized – and safe - martial arts program like ours.

As you learn new fitness and self-defense techniques and hone your skills, you will get in AMAZING SHAPE! Because you’re having so much fun doing that, smiling and high fiving all your new friends here, you’ll completely lose track of time and won’t even realize how much of a phenomenal workout you just got.

And how about those happy feelings you get after a great workout? Red Dragon Karate may very well become your new “happy place.”      

Kids experience the same benefits that adults do, but on a kid level. Martial arts is an excellent way for your child to connect with their body, mind and spirit as they develop…

  • Laser Like Focus & Follow Through Skills
  • The Physical Fitness, Balance and Coordination They Need
  • Soaring Confidence and Respect for Self & Others
  • A “Can Do” Attitude and Determined Spirit

Your child will learn how to be bully-proof and confident in other areas of their life. They’ll also get better grades that will set the stage for success now and always.

Don’t miss the FANTASTIC Web Special going on right now, but only for a LIMITED time! Classes fill up FAST so use it now and get instant savings… and instant satisfaction!

Our self-defense classes are an excellent way for men and women to feel empowered, confident, courageous and ready to protect themselves and family, if necessary.

At Red Dragon Karate, your goals are our goals and we have passionate and dedicated instructors to meet your needs and push you to your limits. Actually, we will help you push past your limits - slow and steady - so that you can reach your full potential. Imagine what you can be, do and have once you see how much you can accomplish! 

We have a highly qualified, professional staff and operate in a safe, clean, uplifting environment. You should see our training floor… it has state-of-the-art equipment because we want the best for our students. You’ll feel like you belong here, have fun, and train your butt off!

The friendly, enthusiastic and encouraging vibe here will make you smile, feel proud of all your accomplishments and happy that you made an EXCELLENT choice in improving your life.

Come join the Red Dragon Karate family and see how you can get unbelievably fit, acquire life skills for success and get more VALUE for your money here. We can't wait to train with you and cheer you on every time you accomplish something big or small.  See you soon!

Head Instructor

Sensei William Anderson is a 5th degree Black Belt who began training in 1997, and he’s been the Head Instructor of RDK Chino Hills since 2003.

He credits his instructors Shihan Chris Casamassa and Sensei Roland Osborne with instilling in him a drive to turn all of his students into the best possible learners, performers, team members, and leaders.

Sensei William has a degree in engineering and is a writer in his spare time.

Welcome to Red Dragon Karate! Our mission is loud and clear - Create Champions for the Game of Life - and we do that by providing an exceptional martial arts experience for students of all ages.

Red Dragon Karate specializes in the optimum development of your body, mind, and spirit through focused training. We are big fans of excellent physical fitness, effective self-defense and positive social interaction in a way that makes learning FUN for the whole family!

Our greatest responsibility is to instill in our students a sense of discipline and a code of ethics to inspire them to lead exemplary lives in school, at work and in our community. Martial arts is one of the best ways to develop all the life skills necessary to be a LEADER in life and a CHAMPION at heart.

We at Red Dragon Karate are on an endless quest for martial arts excellence. To give you and your family the best service possible, second to none, we promise to:

  • Help you achieve your goals as a person and a martial artist
  • Instill the values of respect, discipline, confidence, and self-reliance
  • Keep your safety as our primary concern
  • Provide a positive, safe, and clean environment
  • Always teach self-defense above self-offense
  • Build and enhance our system of martial arts
  • Provide an atmosphere of unity that extends to your family and our community

Beginners Welcome! We have classes for everyone. You do not have to be in top shape or an experienced athlete to take our classes. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what your background is or what your fitness level is right now. We have classes for ALL ages, sizes and fitness levels and will help you reach your goals – one epic kick, powerful punch and stellar strike at a time. You bring the goals list and we’ll handle the details. Boom… done.

Martial arts is one of the best “whole body” workouts you can do to get in the absolute best shape of your life. You’ll develop speed, strength, flexibility, balance and endurance in our exciting classes…       

And a variety of classes to choose from including… Karate, Kung Fu, Judo, Aikido, Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, a wide range of weapons, and more in both traditional and contemporary styles.

As you learn new fitness and self-defense techniques, improve your skills, and see how much you accomplish in a short amount of time, you will get an amazing workout, look great and feel your best! Having a ton of FUN, smiling and high fiving all your new friends here are part of every class… every time.

Both kids and adults experience the same awesome benefits of body movement and mind stimulation. Training with us is an EXCELLENT way for your entire family to connect with their body, mind and spirit, as well as with each other, as you develop…

  • Laser like focus and follow through skills
  • Excellent physical fitness, flexibility & coordination
  • Soaring confidence and respect for self and others
  • A “can do” attitude & determined spirit

Your child will learn how to be bully-proof and confident in all areas of their life. They’ll also get better grades that will set the stage for success now and always.

Adults also gain self-confidence and empowerment and will be well prepared to defend themselves and their family, if necessary.

Don’t miss the fantastic Web Special going on right now, but only for a LIMITED TIME! Classes fill up fast so take advantage of the 100% RISK-FREE deal now and get instant SAVINGS… and instant HAPPINESS!

We would love for you to visit Red Dragon Karate and see what we’re all about. Come meet our wonderful instructor, learn really cool self-defense and discover some awesome things about yourself. Truly, the best part about our classes is that they are over-the-top FUN… and LIFE-CHANGING!  

Meet the Instructor

Master Ned Reber was born in South Central Los Angeles and has lived in the Rancho Cucamonga area with his wife and five children since 1978.

He has been teaching martial arts since 1981 and holds a 6th degree black belt in Red Dragon Karate, Black Belt in Judo, and Black Sash in Kun Tao Kung Fu.

In addition to his Red Dragon training, he studied numerous other styles both in the United States and overseas that include Aikido, Kendo, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, and Jujitsu. His diverse training has provided a deep understanding of the various multicultural approaches and martial styles practiced today.

Master Reber has spent decades developing the skills he now shares with his students. As a decorated U.S. Army veteran of the 101st Airborne Division and ex-police officer for the East Los Angeles area, he has an in-depth understanding of real world self-defense and application of techniques that extends beyond theoretical or ring-sport instructors. 

His undergraduate studies in developmental psychology and communication have given him a broad understanding of how to relate and teach the skills he has spent a lifetime developing. 

In addition to running two martial arts schools, he currently serves as the Director of Instructor Certification for the American Karate and Kung Fu Federation, and as an officer for the Upland-Mt. Baldy Masonic Lodge #419.

Welcome to Red Dragon Karate! Our mission is loud and clear - Create Champions for the Game of Life - and we do that by providing an exceptional martial arts experience for students of all ages.

Red Dragon Karate specializes in the optimum development of your body, mind, and spirit through focused training. We are big fans of excellent physical fitness, effective self-defense and positive social interaction in a way that makes learning FUN for the whole family!

Our greatest responsibility is to instill in our students a sense of discipline and a code of ethics to inspire them to lead exemplary lives in school, at work and in our community. Martial arts is one of the best ways to develop all the life skills necessary to be a LEADER in life and a CHAMPION at heart.

We at Red Dragon Karate are on an endless quest for martial arts excellence. To give you and your family the best service possible, second to none, we promise to:

  • Help you achieve your goals as a person and a martial artist
  • Instill the values of respect, discipline, confidence, and self-reliance
  • Keep your safety as our primary concern
  • Provide a positive, safe, and clean environment
  • Always teach self-defense above self-offense
  • Build and enhance our system of martial arts
  • Provide an atmosphere of unity that extends to your family and our community

Beginners Welcome! We have classes for everyone. You do not have to be in top shape or an experienced athlete to take our classes. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what your background is or what your fitness level is right now. We have classes for ALL ages, sizes and fitness levels and will help you reach your goals – one epic kick, powerful punch and stellar strike at a time. You bring the goals list and we’ll handle the details. Boom… done.

Martial arts is one of the best “whole body” workouts you can do to get in the absolute best shape of your life. You’ll develop speed, strength, flexibility, balance and endurance in our exciting classes…       

And a variety of classes to choose from including… Karate, Kung Fu, Judo, Aikido, Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, a wide range of weapons, and more in both traditional and contemporary styles.

As you learn new fitness and self-defense techniques, improve your skills, and see how much you accomplish in a short amount of time, you will get an amazing workout, look great and feel your best! Having a ton of FUN, smiling and high fiving all your new friends here are part of every class… every time.

Both kids and adults experience the same awesome benefits of body movement and mind stimulation. Training with us is an EXCELLENT way for your entire family to connect with their body, mind and spirit, as well as with each other, as you develop…

  • Laser like focus and follow through skills
  • Excellent physical fitness, flexibility & coordination
  • Soaring confidence and respect for self and others
  • A “can do” attitude & determined spirit

Your child will learn how to be bully-proof and confident in all areas of their life. They’ll also get better grades that will set the stage for success now and always.

Adults also gain self-confidence and empowerment and will be well prepared to defend themselves and their family, if necessary.

Don’t miss the fantastic Web Special going on right now, but only for a LIMITED TIME! Classes fill up fast so take advantage of the 100% RISK-FREE deal now and get instant SAVINGS… and instant HAPPINESS!

We would love for you to visit Red Dragon Karate and see what we’re all about. Come meet our wonderful instructor, learn really cool self-defense and discover some awesome things about yourself. Truly, the best part about our classes is that they are over-the-top FUN… and LIFE-CHANGING!  

Meet the Instructor

Master Ned Reber was born in South Central Los Angeles and has lived in the Rancho Cucamonga area with his wife and five children since 1978.

He has been teaching martial arts since 1981 and holds a 6th degree black belt in Red Dragon Karate, Black Belt in Judo, and Black Sash in Kun Tao Kung Fu.

In addition to his Red Dragon training, he studied numerous other styles both in the United States and overseas that include Aikido, Kendo, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, and Jujitsu. His diverse training has provided a deep understanding of the various multicultural approaches and martial styles practiced today.

Master Reber has spent decades developing the skills he now shares with his students. As a decorated U.S. Army veteran of the 101st Airborne Division and ex-police officer for the East Los Angeles area, he has an in-depth understanding of real world self-defense and application of techniques that extends beyond theoretical or ring-sport instructors. 

His undergraduate studies in developmental psychology and communication have given him a broad understanding of how to relate and teach the skills he has spent a lifetime developing. 

In addition to running two martial arts schools, he currently serves as the Director of Instructor Certification for the American Karate and Kung Fu Federation, and as an officer for the Upland-Mt. Baldy Masonic Lodge #419.

Welcome to Red Dragon Karate Diamond Bar! We are a family-oriented martial arts school with a very straight forward approach: To help you and your family excel in the martial arts, fitness and in life as a whole.

We strive to make it FUN and EDUCATIONAL for your whole family as you develop personal development skills and become the best that you can be in everything that you do – in school, work, sports, extra-curricular activities and all of life.

Skyrocketing Focus & Confidence. Your kids will learn effective self-defense skills as they focus on their body movements and footwork. They will learn the safe and correct way to perform epic punches, kicks, and throws. Kids have so much fun and get a kick out of putting the POW in those powerful punches.

Listening to the instructor and staying focused at all times will increase their attention span that carries over into other parts of their life, as well. Regular focus like this will help your child be a superstar in school, get better grades and develop leadership skills.      

Learning a new skill can be challenging and it takes time, patience, commitment and perseverance. Karate helps to develop those important traits, which are necessary to be successful in life – at any age.

Nervous about starting something really cool, but you’re totally new to it and wonder if you’ll be able to do it? Fear not! Everyone here is super friendly and willing to help and encourage each other. You’ll easily make a lot of FRIENDS who are just like you!

You don’t need to have any special skills or be in shape to start. All it takes is a desire to learn… and even more importantly, to smile, laugh and have loads of FUN.  Are you ready for all that and more?   

Check out our SUPER-LOW web special going on right now! Classes fill up fast because it's such a great deal so reserve your spot today and get ready to watch your life change in so many amazing ways!

Both kids and adults will quickly see improvements in the fitness of their mind, body and spirit because karate and fitness kickboxing are such a great workout. You’ll use your whole body which becomes super fit and strong. As you continue to get stronger, you’ll be able to advance and take on even more challenging things – both on and off the mat.          

Your kids will stand tall, be BULLY-PROOF, and won’t be afraid to either walk away or defend themselves, if necessary, should they ever get caught up in a sticky situation.

Red Dragon instructors are all Black Belt professionals. Their energy, enthusiasm, helpfulness and friendliness are PROOF that our program works.

Parents can rest assured that classes are conducted by high-quality instructors with years of experience who expect best behavior in every student and provide continuous supervision. They strive to be the best they can be and are dedicated to passing along that special quality of guidance, assurance and achievement to every student.

Get ready to experience the best prices, the most amazing staff, and have the most fun you've EVER had getting fit! Read below to get a feel for the kind of outstanding leadership you’ll find at Red Dragon Karate Diamond Bar. See you soon!

Head Instructor

Shihan Mohamad Jahan-Vash is an Eighth Degree Black Belt in Lou Casamassa’s Red Dragon Karate. He started his martial arts training in his native country of Iran at the age of nine, but his real training didn’t start until he came to the United States.

At the age of 16, he began training in Red Dragon Karate under Shihan Louis D. Casamassa and was promoted to first degree in 1980.

Since 1985, Shihan JahanVash has been the owner of the Red Dragon Karate Studio in Diamond Bar. He is the promoter of COMPETE World Martial Arts Championship, a NASKA (North American Sport Karate Association) 6 “A” rated tournament, the highest rating in that organization. It is one of the largest martial arts tournaments in the United States.

 As a color belt Shihan Jahan-Vash competed in all categories: Weapon, Kata, Sparring, Showmanship, Samurai and Breaking. In the Red Dragon Organization, he is one of the few competitors to have won five Grand Reserve Champion awards. In 1982, his competition career ended due to a major knee injury. His passion and energy for competition has now transferred to his students.      

Shihan Jahan-Vash and his students travel all over the country to compete and, in the past 17 years, have participated in 35 - 46 competitions each year. His participation in martial arts competitions has earned him the positions as Board of Director of NASKA (North American Sport Karate Association), US Regional Director of A.K.K.F., the second highest position, and President of PAC (Promoters Association of California).

He directs and coordinates over 75% of the major martial arts events in the US. He is responsible for many additional categories that are offered in tournaments today, as well as unifying sport karate rules between the major organizations.

In 1994 and 2002, he was the director of the California Police Olympics for martial arts. This competition is for all law enforcement and fire department personnel.

He takes great pride in his students’ achievements and considers himself fortunate to be able to accomplish all of this with the support of his beautiful wife Amanda and three amazing children, Ava, Shahin and Alec.         

Shihan Jahan-Vash considers his instructor, Shihan Louis D. Casamassa, the most important influence in his career and martial arts endeavors. Shihan Mike Jablonski and Shihan Tom Cosgrove have also been influential in his martial arts career. Shihan Jahan-Vash is thankful for the opportunities that have been given to him and he believes that through hard work, perseverance and focusing on your goals, any person can achieve their dreams.

Dear neighbor,

My name is Deanna E. Bivins, head instructor of our martial arts school here in Palm Desert. For some time now, we've dedicated our lives to bringing the physical - and spiritual - benefits of martial arts to our community.

Through classes geared for men and women of all ages, shapes and sizes, our school itself has become a community of learning and growth.

We'd love nothing more than for you to become a part of it. That way you too can enrich your life, learn self-defense, and get in great shape too.

Together, these three elements lead to a happier, healthier life.

After all, for thousands of years, martial arts has been a tool for inner-growth and development. The hard work and patience required to perfect each move builds discipline, focus and determination.

The desire to advance through the ranks develops goal setting and ambition. The rush of passing tests, and seeing how far you've come builds confidence and pride.

And the increased energy that comes with getting in good physical shape gives you a boost to bring even more fulfilling activities into your life. But it doesn't stop there. You also learn self-defense to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and sound. And while you may never have to use these skills in a real-life situation - just knowing that you CAN protect yourself will give you peace of mind.

In fact, the confidence you'll exude is enough to diffuse most situations before they ever arise. After all, attackers like to focus in on weak individuals. When you emit strength, confidence and pride - it's enough to keep most of them at bay.

Helping you succeed in martial arts is the only goal of our Palm Desert program. Everyone here - each of our martial arts instructors - is passionate about helping you succeed, have fun, and enjoy the time you spend here.

So come on by and try out the program that's best-suited for you. You can learn more about the classes our Palm Desert school offers, and call us to register for the one that's right for you.

See you soon,

Deanna E. Bivins

Head instructor, Red Dragon Karate

Palm Desert Martial Arts

Head Instructor

Deanna began training in the martial arts in 1977. It was a gift from her mother for her 12th birthday. She trained under the direction of Grand Master Louis D. Casamassa, founder of Red Dragon Karate. At the age of 20, she studied under the direction of Master Chris Casamassa, reaching the rank of first degree Black Belt.

Deanna has made history twice, becoming the first woman to earn the rank of 6th Degree Black belt in 2005 – 2016 and again, by becoming the first woman to attain a 7th Degree Black belt in the history of Red Dragon Karate, earning her the title of Shihan. She is one of only a few women throughout the world to attain a 7th Degree Black belt. She is a true pioneer in the World of Martial Arts with 40 years of experience. She understands what it means to be disciplined, have perseverance and dedication, and learning many priceless lessons throughout her career.

Deanna became an assistant instructor at the Covina Red Dragon studio. Also during that time, she worked in the corporate world, winning numerous awards for her work. 

In 1995 it was time for Deanna to spread her wings and she opened Red Dragon Karate in Claremont, California. Opening her own academy really gave Deanna an opportunity to train hard, and in 1996, she went pro--to compete nationally in the NASKA circuit.  Deanna is a two-time world champion in weapons and fighting, a three-time national champion in weapons, and two-time Gold Medalist for the USA team at the World Martial Arts Games, held in the year 2000 in Sydney, Australia.

Through all of this hard work, Deanna has been featured in numerous martial arts publications such as TV commercials, movies, stunt videos and productions, radio, martial arts magazines, and more.

Deanna's life changed when she decided to make a big move and open her second location in 2008 in Palm Desert, California. 

She has worked with several business organizations and country clubs including: Big Horn, The Reserve, Oasis Health, and Tuscany Country Club, just to name a few.

She has also performed demonstrations for:

  • Coachella Valley Autism Society of America
  • American Cancer Society
  • Shelter from the Storm
  • Women's Show
  • Women Leaders Forum
  • School talks at all Coachella Valley schools
  • Eat Smart Play Hard events for Palm Springs Unified School District
  • Palm Desert Safety Festival (Invited by Riverside County Sheriff)
  • Shorty's Rib Fest
  • Humana Challenge
  • Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival

Deanna has also been featured on "The Rise" web series, and Palm Springs local TV Channel 2 (CBS affiliate) and Channel 6 (NBC affiliate).

Deanna is always in the game, working on new projects and improving herself with personal growth. She is coached by Tony Robbins coaching team to be the best she can be--stay tuned for more exciting things to come. And remember, "Refuse to Lose!"

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