Iron Dragon's - Galt, California


   The Iron Dragon Tactical School of Self Defense teaches the Traditional Style of Kenpo Karate.  It is a realistic approach of Self  Defense.  We are a proud member of the Iron Dragon Martial Arts Institute, located in Roseville, California, and founded by Grand  Master Ray Arquilla.  The style of Martial Arts for all students is primarily Kenpo.  As a student progresses in the Base Art, other Arts  will be introduced as part of their curriculum.  This enhances their Base Art and increases their learning curve.  Our system is excellent  in promoting essential motor skills like coordination, balance, strength and flexibility through the Martial Arts movements.  Students  will also benefit from the traditional teaching of instilling respect, discipline, self-esteem, focus, and self confidence through a positive  social interaction.  Weapons of variety will be introduced in many phases of training for practical and traditional training.  Cane  Masters, Cane-Fu, and Kubotan classes are a few other belted/certificated programs provided.  We also provide Tactical Training  taught by Master Stan Toscano.  He is a certified P.O.S.T. Instructor specializing in Defensive Tactics, Impact Weapons and Firearms  Instructor with a life-time teaching credential from the State of California.  Law enforcement individuals can benefit from his basic  academy training classes.  Prepare yourself for what ever comes your way by the training offered from this school.

​                                            KENPO HISTORY

 Kenpo Karate is an Art created by ancient Samurai Warriors of Japan to deal with the most severe self defense situations.  "Kenpo"
 (Ken means fist, Po means Law).  "Karate" (Kara means empty, Te means Hand).  Fist Law or Law of the Fist, no weapons.  Kenpo is      the first Americanized Martial Art.  Historically, Kenpo was introduced into the Hawaiian Islands by James Mitose.  Mitose was sent      to Japan when he was three years old to receive a formal education, including Martial Arts.  He returned to the U.S. in the 
 late 1930's and opened a Kenpo school in 1942.  One of his students in Hawaii was William Chow.  Chow was twenty-six years
 old when he started training with Mitose.  Many years later he received his Black Belt from another instructor named Thomas Young.  Grand Master Ed Parker (the Father of American Kenpo) was another student of Mitose's.  Grand Master Ray Arquilla started training
 in 1965 under the Tracy Kenpo System.  He was awarded Judan, 10th Degree Master status in 1992.  He holds the rank of #3 Master
 in the Art of Kosho-Shorei Kenpo from Great Grand Master James Mitose.  The Iron Dragon Kenpo is the only self defense Art
 taught today that is designed to protect the individual by any, and all, means necessary.  Kenpo, by its powerful philosophy
 and devastating hand techniques, enables the individual to use enough force necessary to dissuade, disable, injure, or neutralize
 the assailant.  The Iron Dragon Martial Arts Institute is the Head Quarters School located in Roseville, California.  It is founded
 and operated by Grand Master Ray Arquilla with over forty-five years of continual training in Martial Arts.  The Iron Dragon
 Tactical School of Self Defense is a proud member of the IDMAI.  The lineage and Kenpo history that we have through Grand
 Master Arquilla are an integral part of our future.  With the addition of Master Toscano's knowledge, over thirty years of
 Law Enforcement experience, and over 27 years of Martial Arts training with the Grand Master, few can compare to the realism
 our training can prepare you for.  It gives students a good, solid foundation for any situation that may arise.

  KENPO  KARATE  (209) 744-9291

Cane Masters

Lodi News-Sentinel.........

   Galt Martial Arts Class Empowers Seniors

  By Bea Ahbeck/News-Sentinel Chief Photographer | Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2016         11:38 pm


  BEA AHBECK/NEWS-SENTINEL Master Stan Toscano demonstrates cane-fu moves during the Cane-Fu self-defense and fitness class at Iron         Dragon Tactical School of Self Defense in Galt Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016.

 GALT — On a drizzly Thursday afternoon, two senior ladies and a man in his late 50s swing their  canes around with great precision,          striking different self-defense positions and holding them steady  and strong.

 “There, go to the half guard. Look behind you, look behind you! Is it safe?” an instructor yells. “Get  yourself in a still and ready position,        because you’re ready, you’re ready to quickly get to your car,  and quickly dial 911 if necessary.”

 The seniors are participating in a self-defense class that utilizes an unorthodox weapon — a walking  cane.

 Called Cane-Fu, the American Cane System — now in its 10th year — teaches what some call true  “street-style” self-defense, or using the  cane to ward of an attacker.

 Master Stan Toscano, who is leading the class, has extensive experience in self-defense and martial  arts. He also has 30 years of law  enforcement experience, having taught self-defense tactics and  firearms training.

 His passion for Cane-Fu is evident when he talks about the training and how it helps the seniors he  trains.

 “I feel passionate about this,” Toscano said. “You can feel empowered, you don’t have to feel that  you are vulnerable, and you don’t have        to look and feel like you’re a target. You’re not.”

 Toscano says the training helps seniors stay fit, build flexibility, and perhaps more importantly, gain  more confidence.

 “It makes them feel a little more comfortable and gives them more confidence to be in public,”  Toscano said. “It’s also a great opportunity    for seniors to get out and network with other people. It  brings them out of the house.”

 Linda Dulaney, 68, is in her third year of Cane-Fu classes, and credits the class with improving her  stamina.

 “I was becoming a couch potato. The class gets you moving — he takes us through cycles to get the  heart rate up,” Dulaney said, adding        that the class has made her more aware of her surroundings.

 “Wherever I go, he’s in my head.”

 Toscano teaches the seniors that the best line of self-defense is to “not be there, and if you are, pay  attention. You have the power to drive  away or walk away.”

 Toscano, 60, says the cane doesn’t just have to function as a support for walking, it can also be a  tool to help maintain your health and      fitness.

 “If you use the cane to strengthen and exercise then maybe you won’t have to use a cane quite as  early. It is a beautiful tool for folks to          feel empowered. It fights what is gonna be inevitable — we get  older.”



     *** ATTENTION ***



             HALLOWEEN DAY, OCTOBER 31st

                    KIDS HALLOWEEN PARTY!!!

                      TIME:  4:00 TO 5:00 PM (1 HOUR)



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                              * NEW *


                       SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9TH

                    YOGA CLASSES BEGIN !!!!!

                              -ALL LEVELS-

    Sarah Shepherd will be teaching classes here at 

    the Iron Dragon Tactical School of Self Defense

    When:  Tuesdays - 5:30 to 6:30 am

                Sundays - 9:00 to 10:00 am




 *We would like to thank our students, and their families, for all their support :-)​


Intuitive Self-Defense
Hosted by the Iron Dragon's & the

​ This  3 HOUR  SEMINAR is designed to meet women's specific needs regarding  personal safety
 and self-defense on the streets, work, or at home.  We will also cover situational awareness and  avoidance, basic strikes, escapes, common grabs/holds,  and crime prevention.  The goal is to empower you through  knowledge and  understanding of what goes on emotionally and a psychologically during a confrontation.  Defensive  moves don't have to be hard, learn basic every day moves  that will slow down an attacker long enough for you to get  away.  Learn the mindset  needed to survive.

  DISCUSSION  -   * Personal Safety for College Students                       
                                    * The Modus Operandi of Criminals                       * CREATE YOUR OWN CLASS *
                                    * Dorm, Campus, Dating Safety                                      
                                    * Needed Mindset                                                 CALL AND SET IT UP NOW ! ! !
                                    * Physical Self-Defense & Protection                            

  WHEN:     (Date Pending) Call and set up your own class.
                     232 S. LINCOLN WAY, GALT, CA.  95632       (209) 744-9291
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 SPECIALITY CLASSES ARE PROVIDED HERE AT THIS SCHOOL.                                                                          SOME OF THE  CLASSES AVAILABLE ARE:
 *KUBOTAN SELF DEFENSE*, *KIDS SAFE CLASSES*   (at your site or here at the school)
   (see page 2 for more information)

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