138 N One Dr A, St Augustine, FL 32095, USA (904) 826-1904


Lion’s Den Karate Instructors are dedicated to the strengthening of the whole student – mind and body in a positive atmosphere. Our karate instruction is geared toward individual interests and personal achievement. Moreover, our mission is reflected in the Lion’s Den Student Creed: Strength through knowledge, focus, respect, honor, self-discipline, and self-confidence. We believe that Lion’s Den Karate is more than just kicking and punching.

Tang Soo Do and Tai Chi Instructor Mr. Jose Leno

Mr. Jose is a 31 year veteran of the Martial Arts and currently holds a 4th Dan in Tang Soo Do. Mr Jose has studied under renown masters, such as Master Marco Sies (7 time full contact light weight world champion) Master Jeff Smith (7 time world light heavy weight champion) Master Arlene Limas (1988 gold metal winner in the 24th olympic games Seoul, Korea) and Master Elsa Cordero (7 time national forms competition champion)

Mr. Jose has studied several systems over the years such as Tae Kown Do, Shotokan Karate, Hung Gar Kung Fu, Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan and Tang Soo Do. He is currently studying the Korean style of Kum Ye Do (the way of the art of the sword) Mr. Jose is proud to have served in the U.S. Army and is currently pursuing education with Nesta (National Network for Children and Families) and The Spencer Institute for Life coaching, wellness and stress management. He believes in making every student better in every way for the challenges life brings. His goal is to make Lion’s Den Karate a place for more than just kicking and punching.

MAAP and Tai Chi Instructor Ms. Barbara Bennett

Ms. Barbara has been studying Martial Arts for over 11 years both in the styles of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan and Tang Soo Do. She teaches our beginning and intermediate Tai Chi classes and is still working toward her Black Belt in Tang Soo Do.

Ms. Barbara, a former public school teacher, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University and is head of our MAAP program (Martial Arts Apprenticeship Program). This program was created for students who wish to pursue the martial arts on a more full time basis. Children are transported to the dojo after school, provided with a snack, homework help as needed, then given monitored free time. Students also attend karate classes three or four times per week depending on their goals.

Ms. Barbara has completed the Redirecting Children’s Behavior course. Her motto is, “One should never stop learning.”