Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios

Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios

5.0 (32)
6 employees
22 years in business

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COVID 19 UPDATE: Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios is OPEN! We are strictly following all of the CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of our students! Because we are private-instruction based, we are able to follow these guidelines and ensure quality, safe, training for all of our students. If you have any questions on what your training will look like during this time, do not hesitate to call us at 303-663-8773. 

A little about us...

Here at Z-Ultimate, we are empowering men, women and children through our classical, practical and tactical self defense system.

To help you get started with Z-Ultimate and make sure we are a good fit for you and your family, we put together this guide to help you learn more about who we are, what makes us different and what we can do for you.

If you find out we are a good fit, you will be given the opportunity to take advantage of a Free Two Week Test Drive – Two Weeks of Private and Group Classes – No Cost, No Obligation.

Choosing The Right Dojo Is The #1 Key To Success In You or Your Child's Training

Self defense and martial arts training is one of the best things you can do for yourself or your child. The key ingredient to picking a dojo is this: are they a good fit for YOU?

A good school will be able to customize their program to fit you or your child's needs, goals, age and abilities. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, you want the dojo to be able to fit their program around you, instead of making you fit into what they do. Let’s see how Z-Ultimate is the perfect school for you and your family.

Our Ultimate Kenpo System

Z-Ultimate specializes in age-specific, world-class personalized instruction using our system of Ultimate Kenpo. Our style takes the “best of the best” from Karate, Kung Fu and Jiujitsu and combines them into an Classical – Practical – Tactical method of self defense that is easily adaptable to any body style.

From Karate – a term that groups together most of the Japanese-based “hard” striking styles – we get the linear, power-based stances, footwork and techniques. These styles are known for their simplicity of movement and emphasis on physical strength.

From Kung Fu – a term that literally means, “to be proficient in” and groups together many of the Chinese-based “soft” styles – we get the circular movement, footwork and techniques that avoiding matching power with an opponent. These styles are known for the circular, deflecting movements and techniques and are designed for a smaller person to use against a larger opponent.

From Jiujitsu  – a term that groups in the Japanese-based grappling  or ground fighting arts – we get the trips, tackles and take downs as well as standing defenses against grabs, chokes and weapon attacks. These styles are also known for joint manipulation – like wrist locks and arm bars – as well as various chokes, strangles, breaks and controlling techniques.

By taking the best from each style and blending them together, you get a system that prepares you to defend yourself in almost any situation, regardless of your size or the size of your opponent. It also allows us to train you in techniques that are the best fit for your body style.

What I enjoy about what we do and teach is the impact it has. Whether it is an adult who has fallen in love with being active again, or a child who learns what it means to have self-respect, confidence, and humility... the change is incredible. At Z-Ultimate we don't just focus on the martial arts, but the person. Our program is designed and catered to fit you as an individual.

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Castle Rock, CO 80104
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32 Reviews


  • Joshua S

    When I first walked through the doors, I initially picked up on the clean, professional, and welcoming environment (much different than other martial arts studios I have been to). Throughout the two years I’ve trained here, that environment has not only been maintained but exceeded all expectations. Kristen (chief instructor) and her staff are experts in their craft. I’ve gained both a valuable skill set and confidence thanks to their investment in me as a student and I have had plenty of great workouts along the way. The training here is better and more efficient than any hand-to-hand combat training I’ve received in the military as a US Marine . I’m currently away for a temporary training assignment but look forward to continueing my martial arts journey with Zultimate Castle Rock as soon as I return. Kristen’s people skills are impeccable and she can train both children and adults with skill and precision.

  • Greg

    ZUltimate in Castle Rock is not some institutionalized karate dojo but one that is a down to earth, fun yet formal enough to learn and practice. Instead of rote learning we're taught karate as an art, as an exercise and as applied to real life. In just 5 months, I have noticed a marked improvement in my balance, speed and flexibility. I am looking forward to getting my son involved!

  • Christine

    I've been training here for years! The value of this program is well worth the money. I'm not the kind of person who never liked going to the gym, but I love coming here! It's awesome knowing that I'm acquiring a skill AND getting a good workout! This is also the kind of place where ANYONE is welcome! I love my Z family!

  • Diana

    I have been doing karate at Zultimate for 1 1/2 years now. I want to encourage everyone to do this. Sinsei Kristen is the best. I want to emphasize how helpful this is for people who are a little older. I am almost 60 years old and karate helps so much with directionality for brain fog and for those who may have similar limitations. It is really good exercise and I have always felt encouraged by higher ranking people in the group classes. The characteristics of this form of martial arts are all things we should aspire to including humility and respect. Give it a try. You won’t be disappointed!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First we sit down and find out what that person or child is looking to get out of the martial arts. We are private instruction based company, so we gear our lessons around that. Next, we would start the private lesson and focus on what that individual needs.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have been training in the martial arts for 16 years and have been teaching full time for 6 years. I am a certified instructor through the University of Martial Arts Professionals. I currently hold the rank of 2nd degree black belt.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

We have multiple options when it comes to programs. After a student's first free private lesson, we would go over each program and find the best fit. 

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching because of the impact that martial arts had on my life. I started as a kid, and the discipline, humility, and respect it taught me, changed my life. I wanted to be a part of that journey for others. I am passionate about the proven advantages that martial arts gives to people.

What types of students have you worked with?

We have worked with every skill level, age, body type, and limitation. Because we are private instruction based, we can go at a pace to fit each person. We work with students who have developmental, mental, and physical disabilities. We have experience in teaching blind and deaf students, as well as students with cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. We have also trained students diagnosed with autism, as well as kids with ADHD and bipolar disorder. All of our instructors have been professionally trained to help coach and teach such students. We have never met someone that we couldn't train in the martial arts. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

When a parent came up to me and said, "Since our daughter has been training with Z-Ultimate, I have never seen her so confident and sure of herself. Z-Ultimate has changed her life." 

The student she was talking about has been training with us for the past year and came in very shy and lacked confidence. She could barely look us in the eye. Now she is thriving and doing well in all aspects. That is why I love what we do. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Many martial arts schools out there only have group classes. This isn't bad, however students can be overlooked in a large group of people. At Z-Ultimate we have both group and private instruction to ensure that each student is getting what they need. Make sure if you are finding a teacher, that they are willing to customize a program to fit you. Too many martial arts programs are very cookie cutter, and don't allow for personalized instruction.