The finest martial arts instruction in Grand Cayman
Cayman Karate Academy first opened its doors at the Islander Complex in May of 1987. Within 12 months over 100 men, women and children were training on a weekly basis at the Academy. Later that same year Cayman Karate Academy hosted the first ever martial arts tournament to be held in the Cayman Islands. This lead to the formation of the Cayman Airways Karate Team. The team competed in some of the largest karate tournaments in the world. Cayman’s desire for martial arts continued to grow as the Academy introduced exciting new programs such as Cardio Kickboxing, FAST Defense and the Hyper Pro Training Program to our students.
Head instructor and former world champion, Bob Daigle has taught thousands of men, women and children and continues to teach the core of martial arts, patience, respect and self-discipline. Students learn the important skills needed to improve their life, physically, emotionally and mentally. Our classes sharpen self-defense skills, improve physical fitness, boost self-confidence and are always filled with fun, full of action and exciting from start to finish. Whether you are a beginner or a black belt there is a place for you at Cayman Karate Academy.
Meet your instructor
Born in Boston, head instructor, 7th degree black belt and former world champion, Bob Daigle began teaching in Grand Cayman in 1987. Known to his students as Mr. D, he began competing at a very young age, first in gymnastics then in bodybuilding. It wasn’t until the age of 19 that he found his true calling, martial arts. In his first year of competition, he won the Massachusetts State Title and soon became New England Grand Champion. Bob competed successfully for several more years and in 1987 he moved to Grand Cayman.
Four months later, he opened Cayman Karate Academy and brought his passion for the sport of martial arts to the people of Cayman. He has taught thousands of men, women and children and has seen many of his students go on to reach great success. His hard work and discipline also brought him personal success when at the age of 37 he was crowned 1997 Krane World Karate Champion. After several years away from teaching, Bob’s passion was re-ignited and Cayman Karate Academy was reopened. He returned to competition at the age of 55 and won gold in the Kenpo Karate World Championship. He continues to teach discipline, focus, respect and confidence to the youth of Cayman.
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