Ali Jafari, a black belt practitioner in
Tae Kwon-Do and Shotokan for over 25 years, is an instructor at Martial Arts and Fitness Center
based in Cypress, California. Presently,
there are more than 200 members actively participating in his Tae Kwon-Do and
Karate program at the center.
Prior to opening his new Dojo in November 2004, he spent approximately
thirteen years teaching Martial Arts at the Sequoia Athletic Club in
Buena Park and another seven years teaching at his own karate studios. In his teaching
career, he has taught thousands of students, many of whom achieved their
black belts while under his guidance. He is also fluent in Farsi and Spanish
which he frequently employs when teaching martial arts to his Persian and Latin
American students. In addition to his teaching experience, he has competed in
numerous karate tournaments and championships, from which he attained valuable
insight in the world of martial arts. His martial arts experiences include:
Prior to 1980
- He was introduced to karate by a family friend at a very young
age. Very enthusiastic about martial arts, he fequently visited karate
classes at Abdu Center and Amjadieh Stadium in Tehran, Iran.
His main source of knowledge was mostly from books, video tapes,
movies and martial arts magazines and articles. He also had a passion
for wrestling, a very popular sport in Iran.
1990's to current
- He began his formal martial arts training. His first experience
was in the style of Judo under Mr. Mauricio Espinoza and a year later,
he began Tae Kwon-Do under Mr. Un Young Kim. Subsequently, he moved to
United States and began his Martial Art professional career in Southern California.
- On August of 1987, he inagurated his first karate studio in the City
of Hawaiian Gardens, California. He taught Tae Kwon-Do to hundreds
of students, many of whom achieved their black belts.
- By December 1989, he was a successful Martial Arts business owner and
instructor operating studios in Hawaiian Gardens and Cypress California.
- His dream came true when he finally started Shotokan training under
Mr. Farrokh Moshfegh. He began getting a much in-depth understanding
and comprehension about martial arts techniques and philosophy.
Thanks to Sensei Moshfegh, a former Captain
and coach of "Iraninan National Karate Team", his martial arts abilities
blossomed and began to take a rather interesting turn.
- He opened his second karate studio in Cypress, California where he
taught Shotokan classes. A number of his students achieved
their black belts while under his guidance.
- On January 1991, he joined Sequoia Athletic Club located in
Buena Park, California as a Shotokan and Tae Kwon-Do instructor. Soon he developed
an active group of over 200 members ranging from children to adults, many of
them still proud members of his organization.
- On June 1991, he won the Shotokan Karate International
Federation (S.K.I.F.) Championship as a member of Kanku Karate Team
held in Northridge, California in USA. He was selected to represent
the U.S. National Karate Team at World Championship in
- A few years later, on June 1996, he again won the Shotokan Karate
International Federation (S.K.I.F.) Championship as a member of
Kanku Karate Team held in Riverside, California in USA and was
selected to represent the U.S. National Karate Team at World
Championship in Japan.
- Mr. Ali Jafari currently holds 6th degree balck belt in
Tae Kwon -Do and 6th dan black belt in Shotokan karate
and teaches Martial Arts to children
and adults at his own organization, "Beyatt Karate Association", based in Cypress
He hopes through his teachings, he can make an impact on people's
lives and their future success.
His own philosophy in life is:
"Teach what you've learned living today, so you can live learning
how to teach tomorrow"