Ray’s American Karate & Self-Defense

At Ray’s American Karate & Self-Defense we strive to provide a safe and friendly environment for students of all ages to learn at their own pace to the best of his or her ability. Our mission is to promote excellence in physical and mental growth through focused training. Our greatest responsibility is to instill in our students a sense of discipline and code of ethics to inspire them to become good citizens.


Kid’s Classes

Starting your child young in karate training is ideal (children as young as the age of four are usually accepted, as it is also a good way to hone fine motor skills), and lots of parents have found that in as little as a year, their children who were involved in martial arts had noticeably gained positive traits such as increased self-esteem, respect and overall physical fitness.


Adult Classes

Martial Arts can improve one’s cardiovascular fitness as well as tone the muscular system and overall power of the body. An average adult can burn over 500 calories in a 45-minute workout. Plus, Martial Arts improves flexibility, range of motion, coordination, and balance.

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Hyper Classes

American Karate & Self-Defense is evolving the definition of Martial Arts. While staying firmly rooted in our traditional martial arts past, we are incorporating the latest maneuvers and techniques that elevate the art and the athlete to a whole new level. Come join us and change your life today.


For a Free Class call 214-327-8585

Whether you’re looking to tryout a single class or start your journey down the road to black belt, Ray’s American Karate & Self-Defense can help you get to where you want to be.

Latest News

Dr. Laura on the Value of Martial Arts Training – – Black Belt

Dr. Laura Schlessinger, known to her millions of fans as simply “Dr. Laura,” is a radio and Internet problem-solver who doles out practical, no-holds-barred advice for extinguishing life’s emergencies. In between her probing questions and cut-to-the-chase admonishments are almost daily recommendations to sign up for martial arts lessons. In this exclusive interview, the Southern California-based […]


What Parents Need to Know About Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Keeping an eye out for this particular knee pain common to youth athletes is critical for both parents and coaches. Knee aches and pains are expected in an athlete’s training, but how does an athlete or parent know if the pain is a normal part of conditioning or if it is something more? This article […]


Why the Fitness World Is Full of Monkeys (And How to Stay Safe)

Sometimes when I look at the interactions in the fitness world, everyone turns into monkeys squabbling over bananas. A former colleague of mine, Ben Blom, had this interesting way of describing human interaction in terms of primates. In meetings, he would lean over to me and describe the “monkey” interactions. “There’s so-and-so beating his chest […]


Ancient Korean Swords and Sword Arts (Part 2) – – Black Belt

Debate continues in the South Korean martial arts community regarding the exact swordsmanship skills Adm. Yi Sun-shin and his men used to fight off the Japanese in the late 16th century. Practitioners of kumdo (the Korean pronunciation of the characters used to write kendo) insist their art is the direct descendant of the one Adm. […]