New Karate and Self Defense classes at the Simon Family JCC

by | Sep 2, 2019 | What’s Happening

Tuesdays and Thursdays
Self-defense: 5:30–6:15 pm
Karate: 6:15–7 pm
free for JCC members

Personal safety has never been more relevant, and the Simon Family JCC membership package has never been more responsive to members’ lifestyle and wellness needs. And, starting this month, a new self-defense program complements the increasingly robust membership options.

Combining elements of an elevated fitness club and a cultural community resource, the JCC partnered with tenth-degree black belt instructor Ron Smith.

Smith brings 56 years of traditional karate training and Jiu-Jitsu teachings. After enlisting in the Air Force and being stationed in Okinawa, Smith was introduced to the Go Ju Style which he continued to practice along with Joy Jitsu and other Okinawan styles, upon returning to the States and joining the police force in Burbank California.

An experienced and fluent instructor, and lifelong student, Smith attends advanced training with fellow karate traditionalists and tenth-degree black belts around the country. Smith teaches the individual; his anti-bullying core message is appropriate for military, ex-military and police, as well as citizens of all ages and activity levels. Program benefits include:

  • Combat stranger danger and increase personal safety, and
  • A traditional karate program that takes your body where it is now and builds on it without stress or strain.

Classes are free for JFit members and open to all ages. For more information, go to