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Joaquin Sahagun is an accomplished Martial Arts Master specializing in the arts of Kenpo Karate, Kickboxing and Western Boxing.

Born the son of a professional boxer, Joaquin followed in his fathers footsteps, training both Karate and Western Boxing his early years. In 1972, he earned his Black Belt in Kenpo Karate under the  notable Master Bob White and in 1976, Joaquin fought as a professional kick-boxer. During the 1980's,  Black Belt magazine ranked Joaquin Sahagun third in his weight class in the United States Open Karate circuit. Over the years, Joaquin Sahagun has brought home multiple sparring titles and has fought at prestigious venues such as the Long Beach Arena and the LA Sports Arena.

In 1994, Joaquin Sahagun and his wife Gina became full time coaches, opening their own training Center, South Coast Martial Arts in Costa Mesa, California. For more than twenty years their Center served as a hub for martial artists attracting students from throughout Southern California and abroad.


Throughout his coaching career, Joaquin Sahagun always maintained a competitive spirit lacing up his gloves one more time in his 60's competing in the USA Boxing's Master's League winning his match by TKO. Master Sahagun brings over five decades of coaching experience to K-STAR Training Academy and is excited to share his knowledge with new generations.

Personal Martial Arts Achievements

Inducted to the Kenpo Karate Hall of Fame 2021

6th Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo

Featured on the original Ed Parker Black Belt Tree

Student of Senior Master Bob White (Kenpo Karate) for over 20 years

Presented an award by the 31st Abbot of Shaolin Temple for achievements in Martial Arts 

Began training in Boxing at the age of 11

Teaching Fighting Arts since 1980

Licensed as a Professional Kick-boxer in 1976

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