About Us | Crescent Moon Karate Los Angeles

Crescent Moon Karate Proudly Serving Los Angeles

Here is something. Our vision is to make a positive difference in the lives of children, adults and our community in general, through the study of the martial arts by creating, supporting and powerfully, engaging the teachings of the martial arts for better health, fitness, and wellbeing.
Our vision to empower and engage students both in and out of the academy utilizing service style technology & automated marketing. Keeping our processes and systems organized & simple. We have a strong community out reach working with schools and local law enforcement to keep a safer neighborhood.
“I AM COMMITTED TO PURSUING MY PURPOSE WITH PASSION EXCELLENCE AND AS MY BEST SELF.”
“BLACKBELT IS FOREVER”

Who we Are And why You Should Train Here

Since we’ve opened, we’ve been dedicated to changing the lives of people one person at a time, through martial arts, education and coaching. We strive to provide a safe, comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for all students and family members in . We take pride in creating an environment for individuals to achieve, develop and succeed in their personal goals.

We strongly believe that martial arts can be for everyone, regardless of age, gender or experience levels. Throughout all of our programs, students will not only learn the necessary skill sets to protect themselves, we stand behind our realistic and practical approach, confident it will enable every member to achieve greatness and live their best life..

Get To Know Our World Class Instructors

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KYOSHI ROBERT TORRES MASTER INSTRUCTOR

6th Degree Black Belt | Life Mentor | Business Owner | Actor | Published Author Motivational Speaker
Kyoshi Torres has more than 25 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”.

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SENSEI BEANO INSTRUCTOR

Sensei Beano has been with us since the beginning. He not only rose through the ranks of Blackbelt with Crescent Moon Karate but has also helped many students reach Black Belt as well. Sensei Beano is a strong an powerful marital artist with a kind and gentle heart when teaching classes.

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SENSEI RICARDO INSTRUCTOR

Sensei Ricardo is one of our longest standing Black Belt Instructors.
As a result of his training and direct tutelage under Kyoshi Robert Torres, Sempai Ricardo has grown to be a respectful and responsible young man. We are proud to have him as one of our most senior Black Belts.

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MR. ZIGA ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

Mr. “Z”, as everyone calls him at the dojo is a caring and disciplined student. He is one of our most eager Black Belt Instructors and loves working with students of all ages. He started training to get into better shape, defend himself and meet new friends. Come train with Mr. “Z” and you’ll not only get a great workout, but learn and have fun all at the same time.

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SEMPAI MENDEZ INSTRUCTOR

Sempai Mendez is an amazing young man!  At just 16 years old, he has already achieved the rank of 2nd degree Black Belt and is an Instructor at Crescent Moon Karate Academy.  He has a passion for Martial Arts and He is one of our Top Instructors.  Our members always say how mature and professional he is for his age as well as how great his rapport is with their children.   Aside from teaching at Crescent Moon Karate Academy, He attends school and is pursuing his passion for film and music.

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SEMPAI ROSALES INSTRUCTOR

Sempai Rosales has exceptional patience while teaching. She is always looking to grow and improve for the benefit of her students. Aside from being one of our Top Instructors she is an avid Singer and volunteers her time at her church to sing and give back to our community.

Kyoshi Robert Torres
6th Degree Black Belt; Life Mentor; Business Owner; Actor
Published Author Motivational Speaker
Kyoshi Torres has a total of 24 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 communication and transportation divisions of New York and New Jersey, after the attack on the US September 11, 2001.

In 1998 Kyoshi Torres achieved the rank Eagle Scout, this 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 finding 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.
Kyoshi Torres is an accomplished martial artist in his own right. He earned the coveted Eagle Scout and Black Belt before his 17th Birthday, He Joined the United States military and Served in the New Jersey and California Army National Guard for 9 year. He Relocated to Los Angeles, California and opened his own Successful Martial Arts Training Facility.
Kyoshi Torres has written and published several books on character development and appeared at local schools for Motivational Presentations to children, Teachers and Parents. Kyoshi Torres even hit the Hollywood Scene as an actor in a few Independent films.
He brings wealth of knowledge from his extensive background and Experiences in everything he has been able to accomplish. There is still something he is always striving to do and that is to help everyone discover the value of the martial arts training, and how this training can facilitate a long, happy and beautiful life.
“I wish for those of you reading this to gain the best of the knowledge I have of the Black Belt Mindset and utilize it to help you and your family for generations to come.” ~ Kyoshi Robert Torres

Martial Arts Ranks
6th Degree Black Belt – Wa do Ryu Karate: May, 2016 – Shihan Rick Herbster
4th Degree Black Belt – Japanese Jiu Jitsu USJA: – Sensei Scott Main
1st Degree Black Belt – Okinawan Kempo: Aug, 2001 – Shihan Brian De’gori
Brown Belt – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: Dec, 2018 – Professor Alberto Crane

Major Accomplishments
Eagle Scout at age of 17
Earned Black Belt at age 17
Joined the US Army at age 17
Graduated College with a degree in Criminal Law
Professional Martial Artist & Business Owner
Health & Fitness Coach
Author (Black Belt Mindset: Guide for Parents)
Speaker (Bullying, Health & Fitness, Life Strategies)
Mentor to Hundreds of Children & adults

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