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.).

Meet Shane Toland
Owner at Red Dragon Karate in La Verne, CA
4th Degree Black Belt

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

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How to Get Started

Come join our La Verne, CA facility! We offer programs in Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Summer Camps, After School, and Birthday Parties . Choose a program that most interests you and take the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at (909) 593-1733 if you have any further questions. We hope to speak with you soon!