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.

AK Martial Arts & Fitness

Kids ages 3-18 will get a kick out of learning martial arts at AK Martial Arts & Fitness in Bressi Ranch Carlsbad. Little Tigers are introduced to martial arts and agility training in a variety of ways. They'll tackle fun obstacle courses and they'll also learn to stand in line and wait their turn. The latter is called Little Tiger Etiquette and is a crucial part of the overall message of martial arts. Showing kindness, being respectful and having a positive attitude is as important as nailing that side kick. High-Yah and High-five to that!

RealFit4Life Building
6120 Innovation Way
San Diego, Ca

Photo: AK Martial Arts via Facebook

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

––Aimee Della Bitta