Junior Program
(ages 5-12)
Adult Program
(ages 13 & up)

General Information

Hill Country Karate (H.C.K.) is a division of the American Society of Karate (A.S.K.) established in 1970 by Mr. Bill Gray in Houston, Texas.

H.C.K. was started by Angel M. Fox (now Smith) and Nick W. Smith in June of 1983 at one location in New Braunfels, Texas. It is a community sponsored program which teaches American karate in a positive, professional manner.

The primary goal of H.C.K. instructors is to develop students mentally as well as physically by focusing on attitude, respect and discipline.

 Program Highlights:

  • Safety is the first priority.
  • Training focuses on developing self-esteem, confidence, discipline and respect for others.
  • Separate Junior and Adult classes.
  • Good physical exercise.
  • Family oriented program.
  • Family discounts for three or more.
  • Self-defense and abduction prevention training.
  • Program stresses and rewards academic achievement.
  • Program offers optional tournaments, camps, seminars and rank advancement.

H.C.K. currently has 51 locations throughout the Hill Country area. Presently, the A.S.K. and its divisions teach in approximately 125 locations throughout Texas and one in Oklahoma. The A.S.K. program is sponsored by school districts, colleges, churches and other community facilities. By working directly with these local community organizations., A.S.K. can offer a complete and affordable martial arts program.

 H.C.K. Sponsors:

New Braunfels I.S.D. (Since 1983 - 2 Locations)
Comal I.S.D. (Since 1985 - 7 Locations)
San Marcos Parks & Rec. Dept. (Since 1985)
Wimberley - KAP Charter School (Since 1988)
S.C.U.C.I.S.D. (Since 1989)
North East I.S.D. (Since 1989 - 10 Locations)
Judson I.S.D. (Since 1991 - 6 Locations)
East Central I.S.D. (Since 1994 - 4 Locations)
Southwest I.S.D. (Since 1995 - 2 Locations)
Navarro I.S.D. (Since 1996)
Hays Consolidated I.S.D. (Since 1996)
Seguin - St. James Catholic Church & School (Since 1997)
LaCoste First Baptist Church (since 2014)
Bandera - Lakehills Community Center (Since 2000)
LaVernia - Rah Rah's Cheerleading & Aerobics (Since 2000)
Lytle I.S.D. (Since 2001)
Kerrville (Since 2004)

 Session Dates:

H.C.K. classes generally run in four 9-11 week sessions per year with a 6-7 week break between Thanksgiving and the week after New Years. Registration and new students are accepted the first two weeks of each session. The standard session time frames for most classes are below. Please verify the start and ending dates for a specific class on the class schedule.

Winter Session (10-11 wks/hrs): early January through late March.
Spring Session (9-10 wks/hrs): early April through late May.
Summer Session (11 wks/hrs): early June through mid August.
Fall Session (11 wks/hrs): early September through mid November.


The cost to register is $60.00 for a 9 to 11 week session, which includes the $10 administration fee per student due at registration. Junior students generally train once per week. Junior students who wish to register in more than one class per week can do so for an additional $30.00 per session. After registering at one location, adult students can train up to 4 times per week in other H.C.K. classes at no additional charge. Junior classes are 1 hour long, while adult classes are 1 to 1 1/2 hours depending on class location.

 Family Discounts:

Family discounts are available for three or more students within the same immediate family. The family registration cost is $150.00 per family per session (NEISD does not allow family discounts on registration fees). This includes the administration fees and is a set rate irrelevant of number of family members above three. A $5.00 discount per participant is also offered on optional activities such as tournaments, junior karate camps and rank tests when three or more within the immediate family are participating at ALL locations.