Red Belt Karate founder Luis “Lopez” Lopez was arrested Friday night on charges of aggravated battery and resisting arrest, police said.
Lopez was released on a $2,500 bond, according to the city of Pueblo.
He faces up to a year in jail if convicted.
Lopez, 52, who started Red Belt in 1988, has been a popular figure in the sport of kata karate.
Lopez and other members of the martial arts world have been involved in violent confrontations with law enforcement, sometimes including deadly blows.
A video of Lopez in the custody was posted online.
A Puebloan police spokeswoman declined to comment.
Red Belt has been in the spotlight in recent years for an altercation with a police officer in 2015 that ended in a police shooting.
In a statement, Lopez said the arrest is “unsettling.”