When American Karate Studios' Jim Clapp was inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum's Hall of Fame in 2008, his role as head instructor was one of the many reasons why. His team of black-belt instructors lead classes in karate, kickboxing, and filipino stick fighting, teaching both kids and adults focus and discipline.
Four levels of classes?Pee-Wee, Junior, Teen, and Adult?teach students how to karate chop their way through life. Instructors teach self-defense techniques and work to transform bodies into better shape. Individuals can earn eight belt colors while learning humility, self-control, and integrity.
Founded by Chanan Smith, a reserve lieutenant in the IDF Givati unit, Magen Tactical Defense is a training center for those looking to take their self-defense knowledge to the next level. Offering group classes in krav maga, an Israeli street-fighting technique based on the assumption that an attacker will always be bigger and stronger than a victim, Magen Tactical Defense aims to turn the victim rapidly into the aggressor. Certified instructors teach students to defend themselves in other classes as well, from women's self-defense and defense for teachers to VIP protection and defense for bodyguards.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Family owned and operated. Located on Easton Rd. 1 mile south of the Willow Grove Mall.