Welcome to Desert Dragons Kenpo Karate
Desert Dragons, founded in 2005 by owner and chief instructor, Scott Gonzalez, along with his wife, Julie Gonzalez and his family. Based northwest of Phoenix in the city of Peoria where Mr. Gonzalez resides and teaches the practitioners American Kenpo Karate, as developed by Edmund K Parker. Mr. and Mrs. Gonzalez conceptualized a school that would be part of his community, wanting to provide a positive, nurturing influence for the residents of their home and his family. Mrs. Gonzalez wanted to add adaptive martial arts for special needs students as well so they too could enjoy the benefit of the martial arts.
Desert Dragons offers programs and training for Special Needs children that build skills on many different levels. We are pleased to announce the Arizona Department of Education has approved our school to accept ESA (Empowerment Scholarship Account) funding. Please call to schedule an appoinment with Mrs. Julie Gonzalez or for further information.
Kenpo instills qualities of confidence, respect, discipline, and camaraderie as you develop personal abilities through interaction with fellow students. By training with others, you develop a greater understanding of your own unique qualities and talents, envision advancement potential in them, and then implement a structured practice that leads you to those goals through an environment that promotes growth. With the continued increase of his school, Mr. Gonzalez is blessed to see the emergence of his dream and the warm impact it is having on his community.
Each year, Desert Dragons’ students find success outside of the studio utilizing the leadership and coping skills taught in class to become successful in school and at work. From 2009-2012, 79 young Desert Dragons’ participants have been recognized at their elementary schools as “Student of the Month” or “REACH”, enacting the challenge in class to be strong young leaders in the community.
***Summer Programs are starting June 1st, 2015. We are accepting enrollment and offer specials for families. Classes are held during the mornings and develop childrens’ skills, focus, flexibility, and confidence all in a fun engaging environment that is conducive to learning. This is great preparation for the school year with training in confrontation and bully prevention tools.
Attending BASIS Peoria as a 5th grader next year? Desert Dragons contracts with BASIS Peoria to instruct the 5th grade PE program. Get a head start on your training in one of Desert Dragons’ summer classes, or continuing in a specially designed Blue Belt intensive program and attain the next level of skill sets.