Martial Arts

Shotokon Karate

Students will be learning traditional Japanese Shotokan Karate consisting of offensive and defensive moves, sparring, self-defense, alertness, Jujitsu basic techniques, throws and escapes. This class builds self-esteem, body confidence and mind coordination. This class meets on Tuesday and Saturday.
  • Instructor: Mike Escamilla
  • Location: Saginaw Recreation Center
  • Fee: $45 for 6 weeks
  • Days & Times:
    • Tuesdays
      • Beginners (age 6-8), 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
      • Advanced (age 8+), 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturdays
      • Beginners (age 6-8), 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
      • Intermediate (age 6-7), 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
      • Advanced (age 8+), 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
  • For More Info Call: Mike Escamilla at 817-584-3351

Red Mantis Studios


Kung Fu is a martial art that gets you involved! This traditional martial art is not only fun but an effective way to learn self-defense.
  • Instructor: Aaron Gaynor, Nick Alter, Jason Hunter
  • Location: Saginaw Recreation Center
  • Classes:
    • Adult Kung Fu
      • Fee: $75 a month
      • Mondays/Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
    • Sparring and Shuai Jiao (Kung Fu- ages 7 & up)
      • Fee: $50 a month
      • Saturdays at 11:00am to 12:00noon
    • Beginner Tai Chi (adults)
      • Fee: $25 a month
      • Saturdays at 9:00am to 10:00am
  • For Information Call: Recreation & Community Services Office at 817-230-0350

Kung Fu USA


The American Chinese Martial Arts Federation is a network of schools throughout the United States and Canada dedicated to the teaching of Preying Mantis Kung Fu, a traditional Chinese martial arts system with a lineage that can be traced back hundreds of years to the Shaolin Temples of China. Preying Mantis is a “complete system” martial art with practical self defense applications using hands, palms, fists, elbows, knees, kicks, joint locks and throws.
  • Instructor: Thanh Van
  • Location: Saginaw Recreation Center
  • Fee: $65 per month
  • Classes:
    • 8 Step Preying Mantis Kung Fu
      • Mondays & Thursdays from 7:30pm - 8:45pm
    • Shyun Style Tai Chi
      • Saturday from 9:00am - 10:00am
  • For info: Call 817-917-8013 or check out www.8step.com

Yawara Judo

Judo is the art of throwing, holding down, strangulation and the breaking of joints. The class teaches self defense, self discipline, self confidence, respect for others and respect for property. The class head instructor has an 8th degree black belt in Judo, a 6th degree black belt in Jujitsu and a 1st rank in Tae Kwon Do.
  • Instructor: Charlie “Skip” Laney & Yawara Staff
  • Location: Saginaw Recreation Center
  • Fee: $30 a month tuition + $45 a year insurance policy
  • Days:
    • Thursday from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • For Information Call: Recreation & Community Services Office at 817-230-0350