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Welcome to the American School of Martial Arts

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Our History


We have a very colorful lineage which started from Kang Duk Kwon (Korea) Shudokan (Japan) and Ch’uan Fa (China)



Pee Wee

For ages 4 - 6 

Tuesdays and Thursdays

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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Advanced Juniors

For ages 7 - 12

Mondays and Wednesdays

5:30-6:30 pm

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Beginning Juniors

For ages 7 - 12

Tuesdays and Thursdays

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

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Tai Chi

All ages welcome

Monday and Wensday

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

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Beginning Adults

For ages 13 and up

Tuesdays and Thursdays

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Black Belts

For ages 13 and up

Tuesdays and Thursdays

7:30-8:30 pm

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Saturday Classes

10am-11am Advanced Juniors

11am-noon Open Adult Class

12pm-1pm Push Hands

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Try a Free Class

Call us at (661) 265-8664 to try a class.  We look forward to meeting you and getting you started.



meet the staff

Hello, my name is Juan F. Mendoza I have been training since I was 16 years old at American School of Martial Arts🥋 Not to long after I started taking classes I began to assist with the children’s peewee classes then the junior classes and before long, I added another class which is our advanced junior’s (demo team).

My expertise is working with the children and mentoring discipline and self -confidence in their life’s.

I assist teaching along with Master Brian & Master Terry.

Juan Mendoza

PeeWee and Junior's Instructor


Robert Brown has been training with the American school of Martial Arts West Palmdale (ASMA-West Palmdale) for 10+ years. Robert is attending California State University Long Beach in his pursuit of obtaining his B.S in Electrical Engineering. He enjoys his complex studies in both engineering and Martial Arts. His passion for science and martial arts keeps him focused and disciplined. These qualities are what made Robert a 4th degree black belt which makes him a Master in the style of Suh Do Kwan, the way of Master Suh. Robert studied under Grandmaster Don Baird, former Owner of ASMA,  in the style making him a well versed Martial Artist in the Kungfu system and Tai Chi Arts. Which makes him a great instructor for the martial arts school. Robert is patient and aware of skill differences and limitations of his students during his instruction and his main goal is mastering himself, and what a better way of mastering oneself but to help other master themselves through the methodical and strength building art of Tai Chi. In his spare time Robert enjoys reading science articles and taking long walks in the park. 

Tai Chi Instructor

Master Robert Brown Jr.


I started my martial arts training at the age of 13, in Kenpo Karate under Steve Sanders, (Steve Muhammad) one of the founders of (BKF) The Black Karate Federation. It was at this very school where the opening scene of Entered The, Dragon was, filmed. I have also studied other disciplines under a variety of distinguished teachers.  In 2009, I began my training in Suh Do Kwan at the American Martial Arts School Inc. under Grandmaster Don Baird.

Master Terry James

Owner and Instructor


Dr. L’Tanya James, is the co-owner of American School of Martial Arts-West Palmdale LLC.

L’Tanya has her master’s degree in Counseling, Author of Destine to Win- Overcoming Obstacles in Life!

Certified John Maxwell Leadership Trainer, coach, and mentor. L’Tanya is an ordained Pastor & has a non-profit LJM. She can be seen on Monday’s at 7am PST on Facebook Live with her weekly broadcast Real Time Ministries where the Greatness in you is Revealed. L’Tanya served with the Palmdale City Council as A Faith Base representative with The Palmdale Neighborhood Partners as a board member.

Her Passion is building others up to walk in their potential and embrace their uniqueness and value in life!

She loves supporting her husband and loves gardening and making a difference in other people’s life.

She will be the first person you will meet for registration and inquires for classes. Together she assists her husband Master Terry and co owner Master Brian with all the administration of the business.

Owner and Administrator

Dr. L'Tanya James


My journey into martial arts was not the typical path. When I became the guardian of my nephew for a time, I wanted to make sure that he would be able to get out and exercise, not just be stuck on video games. I found the American School of Martial arts and enrolled my nephew in a class along with several other sports. I saw the class building up his confidence and coordination. One of the parents suggested I join the adult class.   When my nephew was able to go back home, I asked to switch over the account so I could take classes. I had never taken martial arts in my youth but if I had, I may not have found this place.  I feel very lucky to have found a true martial art that includes techniques, hapkido, forms, tai chi, and chi kung. My journey may not have been typical, but it means anyone can do martial arts if they commit themselves to it. There’s a great saying “A black belt is a white belt that doesn’t quit” and I believe that to be my journey. It wasn’t always easy or comfortable but as our motto says, “Train only to master yourself”.  I look forward to seeing you on that same journey.

Master Brian Wetzel

Owner and Instructor


(661) 265-8664  |

844 West Palmdale Blvd, Palmdale, CA 93551


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