Specializing In Youth Empowerment!


Better In School, Life, & Community

Seven Star Dragon classes work! Our community-based program offers classes for beginners, advancing youth, and adults. Students progress through various belt colors in Okinawan Shuri-Ryu. Classes at the Cincinnati Recreation Commission’s (CRC) North Avondale Recreation Center are open to youth and adults in the tri-state area. Classes can be customized to fit your personal needs. Visit the School Dojo pages to see participating after school enrichment programs. Contact us to start one of our programs at your community site.

Programs offered are:

  • Age Appropriate Safety Skills
  • Chanbara Sword Training
  • Open Hand Forms
  • Fitness Training
  • Sparring Skills
  • Weapons Forms
  • Competition Team Activities
  • Self-Defense
  • Fun Activities
  • Leadership Programs
  • Therapeutic Martial Arts


Our mission is to teach the art of self-defense in a safe, supportive, and friendly environment. Our school programs for youth are fun and engaging where kids learn much more than self-defense. They are taught the importance of:
  • Education
  • Respect & courtesy
  • Self-control
  • Concentration
  • How to work & train with others
  • How to have a great time during the process!


If you have benefited from this program and desire to help others, please contribute. Seven Star Dragons Karate has 38+ years of community-based services in the community and CPS. Thank you for your kind donations!

Donations are used for the following:

  • Scholarships
  • Competition Team Expenses
  • Awards
  • Equipment/Gear/Supplies
  • Training
  • Special Guests

Your contributions are greatly appreciated and help us meet our goals of serving the community. Thank you again!


Part of the success of our Seven Star Dragons Karate program is because people just like you have shared their positive experiences with others.

Signing my son up for karate lessons with Master Davis was one of the best parenting decisions I have made for my son. Master Davis is a very talented instructor and, without a doubt, one of the best child educators in the city. The Seven Star Dragons students consistently outshine all of the other schools at karate competitions and, even more importantly, they learn respect, resiliency and responsibility. My son has a room full of awards and trophies and he has gained a wonderful sense of himself while consistently growing in confidence and leadership abilities.

Thank you Master Davis for your dedication to educating your students. You are a truly wonderful person and coach!

Bryan Casteel

My daughter started karate in 2016 with Master Davis. While I thought she was “just taking a karate class,” I quickly realized it is so much more than that. Master Davis works with her students on important life skills: respect, responsibility, and self-esteem. We’ve watched our daughter thrive in this environment and her confidence has soared! She has gone from taking the class once a week, to begging to be able to help in the younger kids class, hang out for Black Belt club, and attend summer classes! We are honored to be part of the community that Master Davis has created.

Heather Gerker

Since my early childhood, I have grown with my Seven Star Dragons family and the wise guidance of Shihan Terrell Davis. The skills that are practiced and learned are rock solid and lasting, amidst the ocean of life. Part of Karate is the principles of decent and healthy living practices, including positive perspectives, high self-esteem, and a successful lifestyle, with the willingness to spread knowledge and care. Master Davis takes great care to ensure that the Seven Star Dragons family has all of this and much more. Family friendly and safe, this Dojo has become part of my family and home! I hope to see our family grow and look forward to welcoming any who would like to come and visit us, as we all tread our paths in this journey called life.

John Watson

I enrolled my daughter in the Sands Enrichment Program for the after school Karate class back in 2014 with Master Davis. We knew immediately that we had found someone who was not only a great instructor, but worked incredibly well with children. We saw first-hand how much joy and fun the children had while learning self-defense in a safe and nurturing environment. Since our daughter began classes, she has shown improvement in her athletic ability, improved grades, concentration, self-esteem, understanding of respect & courtesy, self-awareness, and the importance of helping others along the way. There is no other instructor I could recommend more than Master Davis!

Kevin Hartnell

Master Terrell Davis


Master Terrell Davis is a 6th Degree Black Belt and the director of Seven Star Dragons Karate. She is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and a retired Adult Probation/Parole Officer. After obtaining her black belt in 1985, she began teaching Karate, Fitness, and Character Programs. For over thirty years she has trained students in Greater Cincinnati recreation centers, churches, YWCA & YMCA locations, and schools.

Her classes are filled with life skills, fitness training, fun activities, mentorship, character, and delivered with praise and patience to achieve program goals. With a focus on the connection of mind, spirit, and body, great champions have evolved from these programs. Thousands of awards have been earned while competing in the AAU Nation Karate Program, Professional Karate Commission, United States Karate Association, Pro-Am, RSKC, and other martial arts circuits over the decades.

She has been featured by the Channel 5 news team, Cincinnati Enquirer, Applause Magazine, and channel 64 for her program accomplishments and her team received a proclamation to the city by Mayer Roxanne Qualls. Again, in 2017, Mayor John Cranley proclaimed September 2nd as “Seven Star Dragons Day.” In that same year, Master Davis and the Seven Star Dragons competition team won 4th in Top Competitive Schools out of 70 competing schools. 90% of all youth that have obtained their black belts through her community based programs are in college, medical school, PhD programs, or have a college degree. Five presently have successful careers at Google, Frost Brown Todd Attorneys, Cincinnati City Council, the NFL, and Rockwell Automation. This is proof that building a foundation in our youth programs can empower and train them to become successful in life which helps to foster productive adults that make positive contributions to society.

Hundreds of students have been served! At the time of this writing this includes the following:

  • Cincinnati Recreation Commission – 38+ years (1985)
  • Dater Montessori – 24+ years (1999)
  • Sands Montessori – 24+ years (1999)
  • Hyde Park School – 9+ years (2014)

“I feel that all kids, no matter what their culture or economic status may be, need to develop a foundation that is rooted in core values, life skills, and appropriate mentorship. This will lead them into becoming responsible, disciplined, respectful, and productive adults that can serve and contribute to their community in a positive way.” – Terrell Davis


Cincinnati City Hall Presentation of Resolution R/021-2022 to Black History Month Honoree, Master Terrell Davis, for decades of teaching and mentoring the youth of Cincinnati.

Lucy May, WCPO, interviews Master Davis.

Master Davis receives Proclamation from Mayor Cranley & the City of Cincinnati declaring Sept. 2, 2017, to be Seven Star Dragons Day!


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

P.O. Box 37512, Cincinnati, OH 45222
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