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Teaching Philosophy

Donnie has been teaching Kenpō since 2006 and opened the Shaolin American Self-Defense Academy in 2011. At SASDA, Sensei Donnie merges street-fighting styles with traditional American Kenpō and classical Shaolin principles to provide his students with a uniquely effective approach to martial arts that adapts to each student's body type and personality.

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Words from Jared

"As I progress through my own martial arts journey, I hope to spread my knowledge and love of the art to each student as they find their own path. In an art where mind, body and spirit come together as one, each student has the opportunity to make this art their own."

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Words from Alex

"Advancing up through our system, as well as teaching and watching my peers learn and grow, has shown me what a great gift it is to achieve something through focused practice. Before finding the martial arts, I had trouble dedicating myself to anything that wasn't easy right away, but now I live for those moments where a confusing concept becomes clear and I have the chance to conquer new challenges!"

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Words from Gabe

“The Martials Arts have allowed me to transform myself and has in turn allowed me to transform my life. It contains virtues and skills that reach beyond combat and can bring peace of mind, critical thinking, and physical health to affect a more positive and balanced life even in the hardest of times. It teaches reinforcement of hard work as well as the ability to learn and teach, which I believe are the most useful tools for life. The opportunity to instruct and train in an open, safe, practical, and creative environment at SASDA has been a blessing and what make SASDA my home in LA.”