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.

Center for Martial Arts

Mixing traditional and modern is what the Center of Martial Arts in Encinitas does best. The studio focuses on Tang Soo Do, Korean Karate, which utilizes the natural turning and twisting of the body to empower kicks, punches and blocks while further developing an individual's mind, body and spirit. Perfectly complimenting the Tang Soo Do, or traditional Taekwondo, the Center for Martial Arts also teaches Hapki Do. Hapki Do utilizes soft style techniques for self-defense so little martial artists can further develop an understanding of body mechanics, balance and leverage. The studio offers after school programs as well as spring and summer camps.

2122 Encinitas Blvd.
Ste. 101
Encinitas, Ca 92024

photo: Center for Martial Arts

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

––Aimee Della Bitta