Clark's Self Defense Studio
Clark's Self Defense Studio

About Us

About the Founder of Clark's Self Defense
Clark's Self Defense was founded and established by Derrick Clark in 1999.  Derrick began Martial Arts training more than 25 years ago at the age of 8. He is now a certified fifth degree black belt in Kempo Karate and a certified Pressure Points Instructor with supplemental training in Shotokan Karate, Okinawan and Wu Shu Weaponry, Jujitsu and Kung Fu. At the age of 12 he became one of the youngest black belt instructors in the Northeast. In 1994 Derrick created the S.A.F.A. (Stopping Attacks Safe and Effectively) program for children. It has now been incorporated into the curriculum taut at the studios. 

In addition to being a qualified instructor, Derrick ran a weekly television series demonstrating various self-defense techniques. Derrick also directs many Karate tournaments and seminars throughout the year and gives lectures and demonstrations in colleges and universities. He is actively involved in Schools, Health Clubs, Youth Organizations, Recreation Departments and Police Departments. Despite his busy schedule, he earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration. Derrick has also appeared on TV talk shows and top rated radio programs.  To meet the high demand for his teaching, in 1999 Derrick opened a Karate studio in Newton, MA that became Clark's Self Defense.

Why Choose Clark's For The Best In Self Defense?

Clark's Self Defense was established in 1999 by Derrick Clark.  Since our opening, our goal has always been to provide a place for people of all ages to learn practical self defense in a safe and friendly environment.  We believe that everyone, regardless of their age and abilities should be able to learn how to defend themselves. 

Our studios provide basic to advanced martial arts instructions.  Our students range from white belt, a beginner, to advanced black belts.  We believe that each student needs to earn their rank by attending classes and working hard.  Because each student learns at a different pace, the amount of time between belts will vary between students.  We never put a student on a test unless that student is ready. 

We offer one program to our students.  Our program is designed to provide a full spectrum martial arts training and self defense.  We include empty hand techniques, weapon training, pressure point training, grappling, instructor training, and board breaking in our classes without the need to sign up for these programs individually at an added cost. 


Our Instructors

Derrick and Magda Clark are both instructors at our Sarasota location.  They have been involved in teaching Martial Arts for over 30 years. Derrick began teaching in 1986 and has always been passionate about teaching children. To meet the high demand for his teaching, him and Magda opened their first Martial Arts studio in 1999. The studio remains very successful and is now run by one of their black belt instructors. 

Derrick Clark is a certified 6th degree Black Belt in Kempo Karate and a certified Pressure Points Instructor with supplemental training in Shotokan Karate, Okinawan and Wu Shu Weaponry, Jujitsu and Kung Fu.
Magda has trained under Derrick since 1998 and is now helping with teaching classes and takes care of all of the business aspects of the studio.

For many years they ran a weekly television series demonstrating various self-defense techniques in several towns in Massachusetts. Derrick and Magda coordinated numerous in school as well as inter school Karate tournaments. Some had as many as 300 competitors. They also teach seminars and coordinate special events throughout the year. Some of the places where they held special seminars are Health Clubs, Recreation Departments and Police Departments.


Danny Clark is a certified 1st degree Black Belt in Kempo Karate.  He is continually training and teaching.  He has attended numerous Martial Arts tournaments where he scored in First Place and has performed in a number of exhibitions.  Danny is also training in Judo and Jujitsu to expend his growing skills. 


Bringing the EAST and the WEST together

For centuries millions of people have benefited from the teachings of Martial Arts, a system of self defense created in the Orient that does not advocate the use of weapons. Instead, it is based on a philosophy that believes in strengthening the mind and body through self discipline, fitness, and awareness. At Clark's Self Defense, we teach the fundamentals of Martial Arts by combining the time-tested Eastern philosophy of Martial Arts with a modern approach of Western teaching philosophy. We offer a well-balanced program for adults and children that emphasizes self-esteem, fitness and integrity. We focus on fostering defensive abilities rather than aggressive tendencies to give you and your family the skills you need to protect yourself.



Self discipline and control * Increase in energy level * Improved reflexes and coordination * Relief of stress and strain * Improved muscle tone and appearance * Better balance and flexibility * Increased strength and endurance * Knowledge, skills, and techniques to protect yourself * Greater speed and accuracy * Lasting friendships

If you are ready for a new, healthier and more confident way of life for yourself or your children, Clark's Self Defense is ready to help. To get more kick out of life, call or stop by our school today and make an appointment for a free introductory class. You will be glad you did.

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Clark's Self Defense
4952 Fruitville Road

Sarasota, FL 34232

Phone: 941-225-1065


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