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About Us

Personal-Fitness-Classes-Los-Angeles-90027Zenki Dojo is Los Feliz’s premier martial arts and physical training center. Here savvy locals come to sweat and train in our exclusive environment with some of LA’s leading instructors. Founder and Sensei, Tim Santos, sets the gym’s precedent through his commitment to full-body health coupled with his experience in a mélange of martial arts techniques (most notably a 5th degree black belt in Kenpo Jitsu Ryu). Since 1997 Sensei and his team of profoundly qualified instructors craft high-intensity and engaging workouts in a variety of group classes and private training sessions. Our small class sizes and seasoned trainers provide a safe domain for students of all levels to find their inner ninja.

Zenki Dojo was first established in 1997 as Universal Core Karate Academy. School founder and Sensei (Teacher) Tim Santos changed the name to Zenki Dojo in 2012 to better reflect the spirit of the martial arts and physical training the dojo offers.

Sensei Santos is a fifth-degree black belt in the art of Kenpo Jitsu Ryu—a modern form of karate steeped in a tradition that blends the circular motions of Kung Fu with the power punches of Shotokan and the grips and limb-locks of Jiu Jitsu.

Zenki Dojo currently offers youth MMA class with a focus on Kenpo, as well as adult group classes in Muay Thai, Kenpo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, yoga, and cross training. Zenki Dojo is an official Royce Gracie network school and Rodrigo Gracie Jiu-jitsu team.


Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is everywhere you look so it’s hard to imagine a time when martial arts wasn’t part of American culture. But it wasn’t until the 1970s when the power of martial arts took root in the U.S. Martial arts films from Hong Kong and Hollywood and starring Bruce Lee pushed it into the mainstream. In the early 1990s a string of victories by Brazilian jiu jitsu champion, Royce Gracie popularized Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the United States and began the through line to what we now know as MMA.

The Asian martial arts that influence Zenki Dojo’s classes are rooted in this recent past. But they trace back to ancient tradition.

Bodhidharma, a Buddhist monk and the son of an Indian king who traveled to China in the 6 th century, is credited with developing Asian martial arts moves. Bodhidharma based them on yoga poses. His idea: build the stamina of the Shaolin monks who spent their sedentary days in meditation and study. We are certain that martial arts movements were first practiced as a form of exercise and spiritual enhancement.

The Shaolin eventually evolved into a means of self-defense, incorporating the dynamic motion of animals into their own movements to develop distinct styles within martial arts. Later, the Japanese translated this into Karate–originally known as Kenpo. Modern arts are rooted in these traditional arts of ancient China and Japan.






Release of stress

Concentration and focus

Heightening of the senses, faster reflexes

Improvement of physique

Muscular strength

Muscular flexibility


Increased cardiovascular capability

Practical / aggressive self defense