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.

United States Karate Academy

It's never too early to start training for that black belt at United States Karate Academy. The martial arts studio with locations in San Diego and Chula Vista offers a Diaper Dragons class for toddlers 18 months - 3 years-old. The 30 minute class allows toddlers to learn to work as a team and to follow simple directions while acquiring a basic introduction to the practice. Classes for Tiny Tigers (ages 3-6 years-old) and Youth (ages 6-12 years-old) are also available. Not sure if it'll be right for your pint-sized ninja? Check out a trial class for free.

1295 Morena Blvd.
San Diego, Ca 92110

2445 Fenton St.
Chula Vista, CA 91914

Photo: United States Karate Academy

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

––Aimee Della Bitta