History of America's Best Karate
3-time World Champion Master Anthony Chan and 5-time World Champion George Chung founded America’s Best Karate in 1982 in the city of Los Gatos, CA where the school is still in operation. America’s Best Karate gained notoriety through teaching professional athletes such as Joe Montana, Dwight Clark, and Ronnie Lott of the San Francisco 49’ers as well as other famous martial artists like Cynthia Rothrock and Larry Lam.
Building on their reputation, America’s Best Karate, Inc., grew to 11 schools and had success in both California and Nevada. In the mid 90’s they consolidated their efforts to work on media projects resulting in the Emmy award winning show called “Adventures with Kanga Roddy”. The 2 founders have since decided to focus their efforts on other projects and have withdrawn from the America’s Best Karate in their operations.
America’s Best Karate of Danville was established in 1993, continuing a tradition of excellence in Martial Arts education and competition sport. Master Tony Lerma became the Chief Instructor and owner of America’s Best Karate of Danville in 1998, after three years of being the Program Director for the East Bay locations of America’s Best Karate.
For nearly two decades our students have reached the mark of excellence. Some have become National Champions in Olympic Tae Kwon Do, others have received Sports Scholarships in Football, Soccer, Lacrosse, Tennis, Basketball and Swimming. Students from our program have reached academic prowess, earning acceptance and in some cases academic scholarships at Higher Learning Institutions such as UC Berkeley, Stanford University, UCLA, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara and other outstanding schools across the nation, including Harvard , Northwestern and West Point.
Our students have a track record of becoming leaders in their community, from West Point Military Commanders to NASA Engineers and Professionals in varied fields, some have even become successful educators and Martial Arts School Owners.
America’s Best Karate of Danville has curriculum consistent with martial philosophy. Our goal is to strengthen the body through hard work and strengthen the mind through education, elevating the human spirit to improve one’s quality of life.