• We are a traditional karate dojo that follows a structured curriculum that fosters substantive self-defense skills and strong character attributes for youth and adult students.

    Our purposeful and disciplined approach to martial arts training and instruction can be directly attributed to our success. We are proud of our many success stories over the years!

    We serve a wide and diverse range of students including those with no experience such as beginners, in addition to, novice, intermediate, advanced, and even elite-level athletes, with ages ranging from 5 years old to over 70+ years.

    The dojo provides individuals with great value and shapes individual’s value systems. Our philosophy is simple. Martial arts is more than an activity, it is part of one’s identity.

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About Us

Our primary disciplines are Shotokan and Kenpo Karate. Additionally, we provide weapons training and other forms of self-defense, including non-striking and ground based martial arts such as Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, and grappling.

Self-defense situations can come in many forms, so students must learn multiple forms of self-defense. Providing students the exposure to different fighting styles and methods, while affording them the opportunity to build valuable first hand experience, has proven to be an invaluable key to our methodology and a significant contributing factor to our students’ personal growth, both inside and outside the dojo.

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5:30PM-7:00PM KATA Beginner/ Novice/11 yrs & under KUMITÉ Beginner/ Novice/11 yrs. & under
7:00PM-8:30PM KATA Intermediate/Adv./12 yrs. & up KUMITÉ Intermediate/Adv./12 yrs. & up

Karate training involves kata (form) and kumité (sparring).

Katas are pre-arranged sets of various movements including stances, blocks, and strikes that vary in complexity from basic to advanced. These forms teach students the fundamental movements of karate and the control that comes with learning these foundational elements.

Kumité or sparring is the application of the movements that karate students learn from practicing kata. Students wear protective equipment on their hands and feet and spar each other. They learn how to apply the movements of kata on an opponent. Karate is inherently defensive in nature and not to be used in an offensive manner. However, it is through kumité that students learn, practice, and apply offensive and defensive strategy.

Karate classes are memorization intensive. Students are expected to retain past knowledge in order to progress in rank. The examinations and testings that are conducted are cumulative. Due to the rigorous memorization that is expected, students revisit past knowledge and concepts regularly.

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Instructor Bio

Scott Heydenfeldt has been involved with martial arts for over 35 years. Sensei (Teacher) Heydenfeldt has competed, demonstrated, and/or officiated at some of the most prestigious martial arts events. He was a successful competitor in kata (form), kumite (sparring), and kobudo (weapons) and holds a National Referee license with USA Karate. USA Karate is the governing body for karate within the US and is a member of the USOC (US Olympic Committee). He has trained hundreds of students of all ages and coached numerous competitors at all ability levels.

Mr. Heydenfeldt holds a B.S. in Business Management from California Polytechnic University Pomona, CA and was born and raised in Southern California. Prior to opening the dojo, Mr. Heydenfeldt worked in banking and securities brokerage.

Mr. Heydenfeldt is also a substitute school teacher and coach. In between teaching at the dojo, at after school karate programs, and summer youth sports, you will find him teaching various grade levels in the classroom throughout the school year.

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Contact Us

Business Address
California Karate Dojo @ Christ Lutheran School
311 S. Citrus  St.
West Covina, CA 91791.

*We are located at Christ Lutheran School.  All classes are held inside Nelson Hall.

Business Telephone
626.482.4181 Call or text


Business Hours:
Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30PM-8:30PM