by Julie S
We’ve compiled a list of some of the places to take your child to in the Kalamazoo area if he or she is interested in taking martial arts. Before enrolling, take the time to visit the dojo and speak to the instructor, and also view or take a trial class (if available) to see if that dojo and instructor are right for your child. It’s also important to do research into what martial art might be right for your child and your family. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and make sure to inquire as to any extra fees for equipment, membership, or association fees.
8534 Portage Road, Portage | 269-385-0111
Karate/Judo/Kobudo (for older children)
Offers judo and karate classes for kids at multiple times during the week. Kids/junior classes start around 5-6 years old, however, earlier starting ages are done at the individual instructor’s discretion. Teens may begin attending the adult classes, with exceptions at the instructors’ discretion. Dues are $35 a month and includes as many or as few classes as you would like, as well as multiple martial arts. Also required is a $10 dojo membership and insurance fee. Individual martial arts have required association dues which should be no more than $50 a year. Family discounts are available. They are located on Portage Road, south of Centre.
6176 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo | 269-365-3667
Offers judo classes to children as young as 3 years old. They offer different age ranges, one from 3-5 years old and one from 5-12. They also offer a Dadercise exercise class for dads and kids to do together. Dues are $50 a month for most classes ($35 a month for the 3-4 year old class, and Dadercise has a $10 drop in fee). Fees do not include access to other judo classes. Discounts are available for session/annual fees paid in advance. They are located on Stadium Drive, east of 9th Street.
52362 Main Street, Mattawan | 269-624-2211
Tae Kwon Do
Offers a couple of options for kids tae kwon do: Tiny Tigers for ages 4-6, and Children’s for 7-12. Children 13 and up attend the Adult Class. The Children’s class schedule is divided up by belt level and are twice a week in the evening. A group Children’s class is offered once a week for all belt levels on Friday. They also offer private lessons on Saturday morning. They are located on Main Street in Mattawan, next to Mancinos.
1837 South Westnedge, Kalamazoo | 269-381-0107
Okinawan Karate offers Uechi Ryu style karate for children. They offer classes in the evenings several times a week and on Saturday. They are located on Westnedge near Howard.
1348 King Highway, Kalamazoo | 269-216-4380
Training is offered for kids ages 6-14. Classes for kids are in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo and Muay Thai. Kids under six require instructor approval prior to enrolling. Older teenagers can start taking Adult classes with instructor approval. Youth/teen classes are offered once per week in the evening and on Saturday mornings, depending on the art. Unlimited membership plans are $130/month for an individual, $180/month for a family of two, or $200/month for a family of three. Discounts apply for committing to a plan for multiple months.
826 Mills Street, Kalamazoo | 269-383-2610
Tae Kwon Do
Children 3.5 and older can apply for their children’s programs which are offered Monday-Thursday at 5:15pm. Membership is $99/month, and all new students can take a free introduction class. They are located on Mills Street in Kalamazoo.
6465 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo | 269-372-7500
Tae Kwon Do/Hapkido
This dojo offers classes for 3-4 year olds called Little Kickers, and then different classes for ages 5 and up depending on belt level in the evenings during the week. There is also a Family Class on Saturday mornings. It is $49 to try a month with unlimited classes and it comes with a free uniform. They are located in Kalamazoo on Stadium Drive.
6860 West Stadium Drive, Suit 101, Kalamazoo | 269-544-7733
ATA offers a Tiny Tigers class for ages 4-6 which has a special belt system complete with victory patch animals to earn. This class is offered in the early evening during the week and on Saturday morning. Their Karate for Kids class is for children ages 7 to 13 and includes Victory Patches for things such as good grades in school. Older children can take the Adults & Teen class. These classes are offered multiple times during the week and are on Saturday morning, depending on belt color. The cost for children is $40 for 16 classes and includes a free uniform. ATA is located in Kalamazoo on Stadium Drive.