American Karate Studios in Newark, Delaware is much more than a martial arts school; it’s a family oriented community dedicated to you and/ or your children to “Live Your Best Life.”  We provide a Fun and Safe learning environment with a caring and professional instructional staff that believes in traditional old fashion values such as Respect, Discipline and Commitment.  We balance that with innovative and creative methods to help bring you a physical art with a ‘Success System of Life Skills’ and Character Development built into every class.  It’s powerful and appropriate for people of all ages!

We offer programs in all age groups starting with our Pre-School Karate Program (ages 3.5 to 6 yrs.); our Children’s Karate Program (6.5 to 12yrs.); our Teens & Adults Karate Program (Men and Women); Women Self Defense Classes; and, our awesome Leadership programs. We emphasize our time tested methods of effective Self-Defense using Kenpo Karate as a base; Physical Fitness; Confidence building; and, Concentration and Focus in all areas of the classes.  What do you achieve?  Our answer is simple:  A focused and strong mind that can handle today’s problems that come along…a body that is strong and powerful…and a Character that has a foundation based on our 24 Virtues or Core Values.

Beginners as well as people who have experienced the martial arts are welcome and do start everyday!  We offer private lessons and group classes Monday through Saturday.  Classes are offered throughout the day to accommodate your schedule.

What sets us apart from all the rest?  Our honest and sincere commitment to customer service!  Our staff is continually learning and always trying to be the best we can be. We are constantly improving upon what we do thru seminars and workshops to better serve you.  Owners Jim Clapp (a 9th Degree Black Belt with 50+ years in the martial arts) and Judy O’ Neill (an 8th Degree Black Belt with 43 years of experience in the martial arts), along with John Sarmousakis (an 8th Degree Black Belt and 45+ years in the martial arts) head up our Team to provide experienced Leadership you can rely on.  We have been in business in Delaware since 1970 and make Student Service a priority.  We make every attempt to meet your needs and produce results!  Come visit our new state of the art facility that insures an optimal learning and safe environment for you.

Our Classes

Meet Our Super Team

  • Jim Clapp

    Co-Executive Director

    Jim Clapp, a 9th Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate and a 5th Degree Black Belt in Modern Arnis (Filipino Stick Fighting), has been in the Martial Arts since 1967. He graduated from West Chester University (PA) in 1970, earning a B.A. in Political Science. While at WCU he helped to found the WCU Shotokan Karate Club in 1967...it is still in existence today.

  • Judy Anderson O’Neill

    Co-Executive Director

    Judy has been in the Martial Arts since 1974, and currently holds a 8th Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate and a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Modern Arnis (Filipino Stick Fighting). She earned her M.S. Degree in Physical Education / Biomechanics from the University of Delaware in 1977, and has worked side by side with Jim since 1979.

  • John Sarmousakis

    Program Director

    John began studying Kenpo Karate at American Karate Studios in 1971. He earned his 1st degree Black Belt in 1976 and more recently achieved his 8th degree Black Belt in 2017. Additionally, John holds the rank of 1st degree Black Belt in Modern Arnis.

  • William Start

    Kenpo Karate - 5th degree Black Belt

    Bill began studying Kenpo Karate at American Karate Studios in 2002. Bill loves spending time with his family, and enjoys many outdoor activities such as fishing and boating. His other interests include classic cars and Siberian Huskies.

  • Jeanette Krause

    Front Office Manager

    Jeanette Krause began at American Karate Studios in 1996, and reached Black Belt in 1999. She attained her current rank of 5th degree Black Belt in 2014. She graduated from John Dickinson High School in 1977. She currently works as a pharmacist, having graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1982.

  • Henry Mah

    3rd Degree Black Belt

    Henry earned is 3rd Degree Black Belts in 2015 and is the youngest AKS member to have been promoted to this rank. He is a graduate of the AKS All-STARS Leadership Team. Henry's other interests include volleyball, soccer, running

  • Nathan Bassett

    3rd Degree Black Belt

    Nathan earned his 3rd Degree Black Belt in 2017. He is a graduate of the AKS All-STARS Leadership Team. Nathan also enjoys reading, history

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