(760) 776-7522
72750 Dinah Shore Drive Suite #103, Palm Desert, CA 92211

About Red Dragon Karate Academy
in Palm Desert, CA

Meet Deanna E. Bivins

Owner and Chief Instructor at
Red Dragon Karate Academy in Palm Desert
7th Degree

Dear neighbor,

My name is Deanna E. Bivins, head instructor of our martial arts school here in Palm Desert. For some time now, we've dedicated our lives to bringing the physical - and spiritual - benefits of martial arts to our community.

Through classes geared for men and women of all ages, shapes and sizes, our school itself has become a community of learning and growth.

We'd love nothing more than for you to become a part of it. That way you too can enrich your life, learn self-defense, and get in great shape too.

Together, these three elements lead to a happier, healthier life.

After all, for thousands of years, martial arts has been a tool for inner-growth and development. The hard work and patience required to perfect each move builds discipline, focus and determination.

The desire to advance through the ranks develops goal setting and ambition. The rush of passing tests, and seeing how far you've come builds confidence and pride.

And the increased energy that comes with getting in good physical shape gives you a boost to bring even more fulfilling activities into your life. But it doesn't stop there. You also learn self-defense to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and sound. And while you may never have to use these skills in a real-life situation - just knowing that you CAN protect yourself will give you peace of mind.

In fact, the confidence you'll exude is enough to diffuse most situations before they ever arise. After all, attackers like to focus in on weak individuals. When you emit strength, confidence and pride - it's enough to keep most of them at bay.

Helping you succeed in martial arts is the only goal of our Palm Desert program. Everyone here - each of our martial arts instructors - is passionate about helping you succeed, have fun, and enjoy the time you spend here.

So come on by and try out the program that's best-suited for you. You can learn more about the classes our Palm Desert school offers, and call us to register for the one that's right for you.

See you soon,

Deanna E. Bivins

Head instructor, Red Dragon Karate

Palm Desert Martial Arts

Head Instructor

Deanna began training in the martial arts in 1977. It was a gift from her mother for her 12th birthday. She trained under the direction of Grand Master Louis D. Casamassa, founder of Red Dragon Karate. At the age of 20, she studied under the direction of Master Chris Casamassa, reaching the rank of first degree Black Belt.

Deanna has made history twice, becoming the first woman to earn the rank of 6th Degree Black belt in 2005 – 2016 and again, by becoming the first woman to attain a 7th Degree Black belt in the history of Red Dragon Karate, earning her the title of Shihan. She is one of only a few women throughout the world to attain a 7th Degree Black belt. She is a true pioneer in the World of Martial Arts with 40 years of experience. She understands what it means to be disciplined, have perseverance and dedication, and learning many priceless lessons throughout her career.

Deanna became an assistant instructor at the Covina Red Dragon studio. Also during that time, she worked in the corporate world, winning numerous awards for her work. 

In 1995 it was time for Deanna to spread her wings and she opened Red Dragon Karate in Claremont, California. Opening her own academy really gave Deanna an opportunity to train hard, and in 1996, she went pro--to compete nationally in the NASKA circuit.  Deanna is a two-time world champion in weapons and fighting, a three-time national champion in weapons, and two-time Gold Medalist for the USA team at the World Martial Arts Games, held in the year 2000 in Sydney, Australia.

Through all of this hard work, Deanna has been featured in numerous martial arts publications such as TV commercials, movies, stunt videos and productions, radio, martial arts magazines, and more.

Deanna's life changed when she decided to make a big move and open her second location in 2008 in Palm Desert, California. 

She has worked with several business organizations and country clubs including: Big Horn, The Reserve, Oasis Health, and Tuscany Country Club, just to name a few.

She has also performed demonstrations for:

  • Coachella Valley Autism Society of America
  • American Cancer Society
  • Shelter from the Storm
  • Women's Show
  • Women Leaders Forum
  • School talks at all Coachella Valley schools
  • Eat Smart Play Hard events for Palm Springs Unified School District
  • Palm Desert Safety Festival (Invited by Riverside County Sheriff)
  • Shorty's Rib Fest
  • Humana Challenge
  • Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival

Deanna has also been featured on "The Rise" web series, and Palm Springs local TV Channel 2 (CBS affiliate) and Channel 6 (NBC affiliate).

Deanna is always in the game, working on new projects and improving herself with personal growth. She is coached by Tony Robbins coaching team to be the best she can be--stay tuned for more exciting things to come. And remember, "Refuse to Lose!"

How to Get Started

Come join our Palm Desert, CA Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Birthday Parties, Adult Martial Arts, Kids Martial Arts, Kickboxing, and Summer Camp. 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 (760) 776-7522 if you have any further questions. Red Dragon Karate Academy hopes to speak with you soon!

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