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.). He originated the American Form style of martial arts. During the 60’s, he traveled extensively throughout the Orient studying many different styles of martial arts. In keeping with Yankee ingenuity and American tradition, he took the best 7 major martial art forms and combined them into one new, very powerful and effective style which is known as the Red Dragon style of martial arts.
Red Dragon Karate has been teaching Self Defense to students of all ages since 1965. The Red Dragon program focuses on “Life Skills” a teaching of self-discipline, self control, and self esteem. These principles, instilled and reinforced within the protocols of the martial arts, empower people to become responsible, productive leaders in our community.
Our schools have been located in the community for over 40 years. Our instructors are some of the best available, and they are certified yearly by the American Karate Kung Fu Federation. Everyone taking lessons will have a great experience. Red Dragon instructors are professional and pride themselves on helping people reach their goals.
The American style of Martial Arts taught in each Red Dragon Studio is a combination of the 7 major Oriental styles of martial arts. Red Dragon is a very fast and powerful martial arts form that creates focused, dedicated, disciplined students who learn to become champions in the “Game of Life”
If you live in or near the Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Covina or Via Verde areas, call them today toll free 1-877-733-3724 or for a complete list of all their locations log on at www.reddragonkarate.com and get a free week of karate classes for kids or adults.
Red Dragon Karate’s base style is Judo. The martial art styles included in Red Dragon 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 (The Monks, forms,)
Highlights of Shi-han Sensei Louis D. Casamassa’s professional career
Shi-Han Sensei was born on May 3, 1941 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
A U.S. Marine decorated in the service to his country 1958-1963.
Began studying Judo in Japan in 1958.
Trained at the Kodokan in Japan 1958-1963.
Risei Kano, son of Dr. Jigaro Kano, promoted Shi-Han Sensei to black belt in Judo. He was one of the first ten Americans ever to be promoted.
On December 8, 1960-he received his 1st Degree Black Belt in Judo at the Kodokan in Japan.
Opened the first Red Dragon Karate in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1965.
Voted policeman of the year of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Police Force. 1967
Opened the first Red Dragon Karate in Covina, California in 1971
Created certifying organization American Karate Kung-Fu Federation (A.K.K.F.) to promote certification and professionalism in Martial Arts. 1973
Listed in the “Who’s Who” of Karate 1974
Nationally accredited advocate dedicated to improving the spiritual/mental/physical aspects of young martial artists. 1977
Wrote self-defense book for women, Rapist Beware 1982.
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.
Received Instructor’s Award from Yamashita International Golden Masters 1993
Recognized by U.S. Congress for Women’s Self Defense program 1993
Grand Masters Hall of Fame 1996
International Masters Hall of Fame Leadership Award 1997
Inducted into International Karate Hall of Fame Instructor Award 1998
Co-created America In Defense (A.I.D.) for Airline flight & cabin crew safety training 2001
Living Legend Award Winner for Most Successful Martial Arts Company 2002-2008
There are currently 15 Red Dragon locations in Southern California.
About Chris Casamassa- President
Chris started his martial arts training in 1969 at the age of 4 and has been actively seeking knowledge ever since. He made his first degree Black belt at the age of 10, and recently reached a milestone at the end of 2004 when he was awarded his 8th degree Black Belt in Red Dragon Karate, He also has earned his 3rd degree Black belt in Shorin-Ryu under long time mentor and friendSteve Fisher.
Chris’ professional tournament career started in 1982 and when he retired in 1992 he had amassed a very impressive string of titles: He was a 4 time national open forms champion, along with 2 national weapons titles, and a top 5 rated middleweight fighter.
Besides his outstanding tournament record Chris went from the pro competition tour directly into films and Television shows. The first of which was directly attributed to his Grand Champion performance at Joe Corley’s “Battle of Atlanta” On Mr. Corley’s recommendation Pat Johnson, the fight choreographer behind smash hits such as The Karate Kid 1-4” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and dozens of other top films, took a chance on Chris, in a small film which starred his longtime pal Mike Bernardo called “Shoot fighter” producers from a new TV show called “W.M.A.C. Masters” liked what they saw and called Chris to star in the series with the top ten sport competition stars of the time, The show had a great run for 3 years on FOX and was rated #1 in its time period. These first two gigs helped him land the role for which most people now recognize him. The role of “Scorpion” in the hit film “Mortal Kombat.” From thereChris also doubled for George Clooney as Batman in the film Batman & Robin”
Later this year Chris will appear in back to back projects. Immediately on the horizon is the new reality TV show called: “Fight Guys” Airing exclusively on BLACK BELT TV. For more information about Chris, or for links to upcoming film and TV shows log onto his sitewww.chriscasamassa.com
Great instructors and friendly staff. My son and I both train here--there are a lot of parents who sign up their kids and then decide to join themselves. I love that they have classes throughout the day and then separately in the evening for adults only.
Red Dragon Karate - Glendora | Design Championsway 2014