Karate School fo the Desert, Proudly Serving the cities ofPalm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Indio

the senseis


Sensei Dave Petersen

I am currently a 6th degree black belt and have been learning martial arts since 1988.  

In addition to empty hand fighting and grappling, I also practice  the ancient Okinawan  weapons, training in wooden staff, Sai, Tonfa, Nunchaku and Oar.

After 20 years of studying martial arts, I find that self-defense skillls, while useful, are overshadowed by the many other gifts from training.

Sensei Bill Lefave

I started training karate as a child in 1975 at the age of 9. I was growing up in a bad neighborhood in New Orleans and my mother was tired of me coming home after being bullied from the bus stop, to school, & all the way home. After only 6 months of training the bullying stopped. I continued training for another 2 years, then my stepfather joined the army and we began traveling. My karate training was put on hold until 1993 at the age of 26. Frustrated with the state & direction of society I enrolled again in a reputable local karate school. After 5 years of continuous training I earned the rank of 1st degree Black Belt. I now hold the rank of 5th degree Black Belt.

My ju-jitsu training began in 1997 at the age of 31 under the direction of Master Clyde Stanley. Master Stanley is the founder of Half-Circle Ju-jitsu and has a successful dojo in Minden, La. I currently hold the rank of 1st degree Black Belt in Half-Circle Ju-jitsu.

I believe that training in the martial arts is essential tool needed in today’s society. Also, it is a valuable way to develop strength in all mental, physical, and spiritual applications of life. It is a way of life that is softer, kinder, safer, and most importantly healthier.

Sensei Dave Kretz

I began studying karate on May 2, 1988.  I had always been active in sports as I went thru school, but as I approached my 30th birthday I was having a more difficult time seeing my toes. Karate had always interested me, and it seemed like the right time to try it out.

The physical abilities that I have learned are now secondary to the mental abilities that come with a prolonged study of the martial arts.

Moreover, there is no better satisfaction than to be able to give a piece of ourselves to another person, and to be able to say "I made a difference" in another person's life.