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.

Art of Eight Training & Fitness

If your little one is light on his feet, you may want to consider enrolling him in kickboxing or Muay Thai classes at Art of Eight Training & Fitness Center. Art of Eight is a full-service boxing facility offering courses in Muay Thai, jiu-jitsu and MMA. Their kids program is open to aspiring Black Belts 8 years-old and up and features a unique combination of the different methodologies that teach the importance of respect, communication and teamwork. After completing each class, kids will have fun winding down with games like Simon says and boxing dodgeball.

8623 Spectrum Center Blvd.
San Diego, Ca 92123

Photo: Art of Eight (AO8) Training & Fitness Center

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

––Aimee Della Bitta