Rank: 9th Degree Black Belt

Founder and chief instructor Dennis Ichikawa has been training in the martial arts for over 40 years. He started at the Chuck Norris martial arts studio in 1970 and was promoted to the rank of black belt in 1973. Dennis then opened up his first martial arts school (Tarzana Karate) in 1974, fast forward 42 years later he now has over 900 Black Belts, was promoted to the rank of 9th Degree Black Belt by Pat Johnson and owns and operates T.O. Westlake Karate Studio with his son Justin.

Classes: Beginner Adults. Intermediate/Advanced Adults


Rank: 7th Degree Black Belt.

Justin Ichikawa started training in American Tang Soo Do at the age of 3 under the teachings of Great Grand Master Dennis Ichikawa then promoted to black belt at age 7. He is the co-owner and head instructor at the T.O. Westlake Karate Studio and was promoted to the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt in 2015.

Classes: Beginner Kids. Intermediate/Advanced Kids. Black Belts. Weapons. Black Belt Club. Demo Team.


Rank: 5th Degree Black Belt

Gary East started his training in 1996 at the age of 44, over years of training received his Black Belt in June of 1999 under Great Grandmaster Dennis Ichikawa and later to the rank of 5th Degree Master. Master East is the lead instructor in our Jujitsu program and was promoted to Blue Belt in Jujitsu in 2001 under Slava Vilshtein.

Classes: Jujitsu. Saturday Morning Classes.


Rank: 4th Degree Black Belt

Melissa Lee started her training in 1998 at the age of 40, she started running our Mighty Mite program in the early 2000's. Through our Pre Karate program, she has watched many of her former students go on to become Black Belts  that we have training in our school today.
Master Lee earned her Black Belt in 2001 and has since been promoted to the rank of 4th Degree Master. 

Classes: Mighty Mites (Ages 3-5)


Rank: 3rd Degree Black Belt

Danielle Walkes started her training in American Tang Soo Do in July of 2010 at 37 years old. She has been an avid student and practitioner of the arts.

Through her love of fitness and the martial arts she teaches a great fun and energetic beginner adult class. You're sure to get a great work out and learn the fundamentals of American Tang Soo Do.

Classes: Beginner/Intermediate Adults


Rank: 3rd Degree Black Belt

Carisha Gudvi started training in American Tang Soo Do in 2010

and earned her Black Belt in 2013.

Through her love of the martial arts she took to teaching and is now one of our finest beginner kids instructors. Mrs. Gudvi teaches a fun and educational beginner class that every beginner will enjoy.

Classes: Beginner Kids


Rank: 3rd Degree Black Belt

Dhruv Aggarwal started  his Martial Arts training in Hapkido at age 4. He later made the switch over to American Tang Soo Do at age 6.

He then went on to earn his 1st Degree Black Belt in December 2011 at the age of 9 and later his 3rd Degree Black Belt. Mr. Aggarwal is one of our finest assistant instructors and is the team leader for our Demonstration Team.

Classes: (Assistant) Intermediate Kids. Weapons. Demonstration Team.

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