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

About Us

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

Clark's Self Defense was established in 1999 by Derrick and Magda Clark. 

Our Self Defense studio provides a wide range of instuctions from fundamentals of Self Defense to highly 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 among students.  We never put a student on a test unless we feel that the student is ready. 

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

Our Instructors


Derrick Clark is the head instructor at Clark's Self Defense in Sarasota.  He was born and grew up in Massachussetts where he began his Martial Arts training at the age of 8. By the age of 12 he he received his Black Belt in Kempo Karate and became one of the youngest black belts in the Northeast.  He began teaching in 1986 and has been teaching Martial Arts for over 30 years. 
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.
For many years he ran a weekly television series demonstrating various self-defense techniques in several towns in Massachusetts.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 his Sarasota Self Defense studio.
In addition to teaching at his Self Defense Studio, Derrick 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. 


Danny Clark is a certified 1st degree Black Belt in Kempo Karate.  He began his Martial Arts training at the age of 6 under the directive of Derrick Clark.  At the age of 12 he earned his 1st Degree Black Belt in Kempo Karate.  He has attended numerous Martial Arts tournaments in Boston, MA as well as Sarasota, FL and earned many First Place trophies.  Danny has also performed in a number of exhibitions and assisted in several seminars.  Danny is continually training and teaching to improve his Kempo skills.  He is also training in Judo and Jujitsu to further expend his growing skills.



Magda Clark joined Derrick in 1999 as an operations manager.  She facilitated the opening of the first Clark's Self Defense Studio in Newton, MA to meet the high demand for Derrick's teaching.  The studio remains very successful and is now run by one of their black belt instructors. 

Magda has earned a B.S. degree in 2002 and she is responsible for day to day operations of Clark's Self Defense.  She coordinated multiple after school programs in Newton, MA between 1999 and 2013 and is now overseeing a number of programs in Sarasota, FL.  Together with Derrick, she also coordinated numerous in school as well as inter school Karate tournaments. Some had as many as 300 competitors.

Magdaalso assists Derrick and Danny during Self Defense seminars  and workshops. 



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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