The karate program was started at Colonial Hills in 1998 by Hanshi Sensei Danny Perry (8th Dan ABKA). Danny Perry was the director of the program until 2009 when he opened a another dojo in Tyler. Dennis Hurley has been a senior instructor with the program since 2000 and now currently serves as the director of the karate program. Dennis is also serving as the chief instructor for the American Bushido-Kai Karate association and is a 7th degree black belt in the ABKA.
The program was created to teach a quality level of martial art in East Texas in a safe environment with a strong Christian focus. The program is focused on teaching children and adults the martial arts thru a Christian mindset and focus. The Colonial Hills Karate Program is aimed at using the martial arts to spread the Gospel of Christ thru the karate ministry and to use the martial arts to glorify God. The program currently has trained 20 students to Black Belt.
Romans 12:18: “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with every man."
Besides teaching the art of self-defense in a Christian environment, the program helps to build self-esteem and confidence, as well as develop and improve self-discipline, strength, coordination and overall physical fitness. We have seen great improvement in these areas in our students that have stuck with the program through black belt. For some it has changed their attitude or behavior, for others it has given them great self discipline or encouragement, and others have experienced a great transformation of their physical being, loosing 50, 75, or 100 and more pounds of excess weight. Whatever you are looking for our karate program can help you get there.
Over the last 20 years the program has expanded beyond the wall of this church to involve other churches and locations. We have grown from the initial six students to nearly 300. Members of the karate team have presented the Bully Awareness Program to local elementary schools. Over 3,000 students have seen this presentation.
The program has also been involved with Reaching America’s Youth (RAY) ministry, which reaches out to confined youth, by going in to the correctional facilities and witnessing to them. Trips have included the Youth Correctional Facility in Brownwood, Texas and a facility in College Station.
The Colonial Hills Karate Program also has a great and dynamic demonstration team that enjoys presenting the gospel in a refreshing new manner…with a karate spin of course. If you are looking for a new way to present the gospel message to your church, youth group, or organization ask us about this unique opportunity!
Colonial hills Karate has also been involved in helping to send over 25 karate students on mission trips to 11 different countries, some of these students traveling on multiple trips. Missions work is an active and encouraged portion of our karate program.
Our mission is to use Martial Arts to bring glory to God, to honor Christ and to build up and expand the Kingdom of God through evangelism and discipleship. To teach a quality standard of Martial Arts and to develop Martial Arts with Christ-like character. “Whatever you do, do it with all your heart, as unto the Lord and not unto man.” Colossians 3:23
Colonial Hills Baptist Church – Gymnasium (Family Life Center)
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Little Dragons; Power Kids; and Adult Beginners
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Power Kids; Teenagers and Adults – Beginner to Intermediate
8:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Intermediate and Advanced Students
Tuition and Fees
Initial Sign Up Cost
Quarterly Prices (3 Months)
Monthly fees include $10 ABKA dues
$20.00 each, orange belt and above, includes $5 ABKA testing fee, belt, certificate, and all testing supplies
If you would like to know more, or sign up, complete the form below!