4800 Wheaton Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80525
(970) 493-3838

About Tran's Martial Arts-Fort Collins in Fort Collins, CO

Meet Shane Clarke

Owner and Chief Instructor at
Tran's Martial Arts-Fort Collins in Fort Collins
5th Degree Black Belt

Trans’s Martial Arts & Fitness Center - Fort Collins: World-Class Martial Arts & Fitness Programs Since 1988

Stellar training based on your needs is paired with a high-end feel! At Tran’s Martial Arts & Fitness you will find waterfalls, beautiful artwork, Japanese antiques and top of the line training equipment.

Building Strong Minds For the Future with Youth Training. Our high-energy, kid-friendly programs are focused on discipline, learning life skills through martial arts training, and helping your child bring out the best in themselves everyday.

How about annual trips to Japan?! Students get the opportunity to immerse themselves in the elegant Japanese culture while training in these unique martial arts such as Bujinkan Ninjutsu or our Samurai Sword Program. Pretty neat, huh?!

Keep Going Strong through Adult Training. Combat based self-defense is uniquely balanced between the traditional and the modern. You’ll learn to deal with disarming opponents, close quarter battle tactics and Special Operations moves.

Tran’s Martial Arts & Fitness Center - Fort Collins is a true testament to the American Dream; read our Instructor Bio below to find out why! Come in and feel the history first hand or call with any questions. We can’t wait for you to join the Tran Family!

Major Shane Clarke (MBA), Chief Instructor

In 1990, Major Clarke had the honor and privilege training with famed instructor Master Hai Tran. Mr. Clarke spent every waking hour he could at Tran’s-Fort Collins, learning martial arts from Master Tran. Soon Master Tran invited Mr. Clarke to become an instructor and began to train him not only in martial arts, but also began mentoring him in business and entrepreneurship.

The secret of Master Hai Tran’s success? Follow your passion. “You find that passion and then follow it and eventually it branches out from there.

When we came to the United States we had nothing but hope, and a system where we could have success. I don’t like to hang around people who are negative about America all the time. Because they don’t realize there’s so much hope here. You can make it. Even if you don’t have the money and education, if you want it, you can get it.”

Mr. Clarke was greatly influenced by Master Tran’s love of the United States, and upon graduation from college, entered the United States Military as a commissioned officer. Mr. Clarke trained in the martial arts of Kenpo Karate, Budo Taijutsu/Ninjutsu, & Muso Jikiden Iaijutsu in Japan, Hawaii, and other places around the world.

Chief Instructor, Major Clarke is an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran, Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran, Operation Inherent Resolve Veteran and has served in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army.

He has also served as a Sworn Police Officer in Northern Colorado and has a world-class resume with experience in Military Operations, Law Enforcement, Armed Private Security, Weapons Techniques, and of course Martial Arts & Combatives. In fact, 25 years of Combatives & Martial Arts experience!

Unlike other instructors claiming to instruct military combatives and law enforcement techniques, but have never served as a Sworn Law Enforcement Officer or have never deployed to a Combat Theater, Major Shane has implemented Arrest Control Techniques in actual lawful street arrests and served proudly in the U.S. Military overseas.

Mr. Clarke was given the opportunity to return to his hometown of Fort Collins, Colorado, continued to serve in the military, and manage Tran’s Martial Arts-Fort Collins.


  • 5th Degree Black Belt-Eishen Ryu Iaijutsu-Japan
  • 4th Degree Black Belt-Bujinkan Ninjutsu-Japan
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt-Tran’s Tae-Kwon-Do-CO, USA
  • 1st Degree Black Belt-Ed Parker Kenpo-HI, USA
  • Instructor-Tran’s Muay Thai Kickboxing-CO, USA
  • Instructor-Modern Army Combatives-Level 2-USA
  • Instructor-Special Operations Combatives-USA
  • Pressure Point & Control Tactics Certified-USA
  • FBI/KOGA Arrest Control Tactics Certified-USA
  • Small Arms Marksmanship-Expert-U.S. Air Force
  • Small Arms Marksmanship-Expert-U.S. Army
  • Combat Shotgun Training Certified-CO, USA
  • NRA Certified Handgun Instructor-USA
  • Peace Officer Standards & Training Certified-USA
  • Bachelor of Science-Accounting-BYUH-HI, USA
  • MBA-Healthcare Management-WGU-UT
  • Krav Maga Arrest Control Tactics Certified-USA

How to Get Started

Come join our Fort Collins, CO Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Kids Martial Arts, Ninjutsu, and Samurai Sword. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at (970) 493-3838 if you have any further questions. Tran's Martial Arts-Fort Collins hopes to speak with you soon!

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