Calling all parents of young grasshoppers! We’ve found 7 local dojos where you can take your kids to leap into the many benefits of learning martial arts. These studios have special programs for youth of all ages that not only teach technique and self defense but also offer valuable life skills like self-control, grit and balance. Because, in the words of the wise Mr. Miyagi, “Whole life have a balance. Everything be better.” Read on to see where to take your karate kid for some kicks.

Church’s Martial Arts

Kids interested in learning taekwondo will find no better place than Church’s ATA – it’s been voted the #1 ATA school in the United States since 2002. Church’s Tiger Program classes (for kids ages 3 to 6) are designed to help little ones develop motor skills while placing emphasis on teaching kids to stay focused over long periods of time. The courses are high-energy and promote discipline, while also helping to burn off energy. Older warriors can sign up for Karate for Kids, which uses taekwondo training to teach valuable lessons in the importance of positive mental attitude, self-control, goal setting and confidence. Instructors also offer anti-bullying support in the form of presentations from the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.

165 S. El Camino Real
Suite G
Encinitas, Ca 92024

3810 Valley Centre Dr.
Suite 904
San Diego, Ca 92130


photo: Church's Martial Arts

Has your kiddo tried a martial arts class that she loves? Tell us about it in the comments.

––Aimee Della Bitta