5280 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019
Questions? Call Us: 323-539 DOJO (3656)

Who We Are

About Crescent Moon Karate Academy in Los Angeles, CA

Robert Torres

Owner and Chief Instructor at Crescent Moon Karate Academy in Los Angeles, 6th Degree Black Belt

Welcome to Crescent Moon Karate Academy where Honor, Loyalty and Respect are not only what we teach, but are also our foundation.

The mission of Crescent Moon Karate Academy is to give you and every student - whether beginner or advanced - a safe, positive, professional place to train in the Martial Arts. It is our intention to keep the teachings of our masters as close as possible to the way that they taught us.

The Place Where Action and Achievement Begin. Crescent Moon has been serving families in Los Angeles since 2006. That longevity shows the love and passion for what we do. We are dedicated to helping kids and adults increase their focus, discipline and physical fitness through the art of karate.

The instructors are constantly learning cutting-edge strategies to share with you so that you get the most out of every class… and the best out of yourself.  

You’ll Love Our Family-Friendly Classes! Organization and structure are two important pillars of success in teaching. That’s why you’ll find every class at Crescent Moon precisely planned and organized.

Training is also geared toward having FUN as a family, which you’ll see and feel the minute you walk through our doors. We promote a clean, safe and non-competitive environment where everyone is able to participate - regardless of shape, size, fitness level or anything else.

Martial Arts is Great Your Entire Body, Mind and Spirit. Karate is a LOW COST activity with ENDLESS benefits. It’s an opportunity to gain extreme fitness, confidence and respect no matter what age you are. It fosters community, camaraderie, and achievement. We bring all these things together for you here. 

Check out our CRAZY LOW web special going on right now! Register today because classes fill up FAST or stop by and see what all this karate buzz is about.

Learning Self-Defense is Safe and Fun for All Ages Including Beginners. We specialize in teaching beginner-level students from age 4 to 94. We understand the basics of karate and emphasize the proper use of punches, kicks and strikes. We want to start you off on the right foot as a beginner student and help you advance to the next level with confidence.

Here at Crescent Moon, our objective is not to promote being all buff and tough. Instead, our main goal is to teach you effective techniques for self-defense that you can use right now.  Anyone can learn and you don’t need prior experience of any kind to start.

It also means teaching you and your family in FUN and EXCITING ways so that you can’t wait to come back and learn new things in the next class! Plus, you’ll make a lot of really awesome friends here that will give you high fives whenever you accomplish something big or small. 

Sure, learning karate takes time and work, but it’s worth it because it’s so REWARDING!  That’s why karate is the most popular of the Japanese martial arts styles, and why we’re known for being the best karate school in Los Angeles.

We would love for you to become part of our growing family of martial arts enthusiasts.  When the student is ready, the teacher appears. See you soon!     

Meet the Head Instructor

Kyoshi Torres is a 6th Degree Black Belt and has a total of 23 years of Martial Arts experience. Combined with over 20 years of teaching experience, Kyoshi Torres is dedicated to the arts, motivating and challenging both children and adults to become better people and reach “Black Belt Excellence.” 

He studied the style of Beikoku Wa Do Ryu under the teachings of Hanshi Rick Herbster. Hanshi has been teaching for more than 40 years in the Martial Arts. Master Torres grew to understand the principles of Black Belt and lives his life as a modern day Samurai, with Honor, Loyalty, and Respect.

Kyoshi Torres has always believed in giving back to the community and selfless service to both the community and his country. In 1989 he began giving back to his community on a monthly basis as a Member of the Boy Scouts of America.

In 1996 Kyoshi Torres started his journey of selfless service to his country with the NJ Army National Guard. During his time of service in the guard, Master Torres achieved the rank of Sgt. He played an active role in the protection of vital communications and transportation divisions of New York and New Jersey, after the attack on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.

In 1998 Kyoshi Torres achieved the rank Eagle Scout, which is the highest honor to be held in Scouting. In the same year, he achieved the rank of Black Belt under Hanshi Herbster. 

While attending College at Rowan University, Kyoshi Torres continued his training and teachings at the University. He began an 8-week self-defense course open to all students, as well as teaching a cardio kickboxing class for two years at Rowan University.  Many of his students have said how caring and respectful he is, and are impressed with his teaching skills and martial arts ability. 

Kyoshi Torres relocated to California in 2004 to find warmer weather and more training. He trained with Mixed Martial artists while in California, and learned to blend traditional martial arts with modern martial arts.

Kyoshi Torres began teaching his own students in 2006 and his Karate students excel with every class. With help from his instructors and Masters, he is running a successful Martial Arts Training Program in Southern California.

How to Get Started

Come join our Los Angeles, CA Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, and Birthday Parties. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at 323-539 DOJO (3656) if you have any further questions. Crescent Moon Karate Academy hopes to speak with you soon!