SW Michigan Martial Arts for Kids Guide – 2021

Martial Arts for Kids

Karate Classes for Kids Are Not Your Typical Extracurricular Activity

As parents, we are always striving to find the right activities for our children. Common extracurriculars may include soccer, gymnastics, dance classes or piano lessons. But what if none of these are the right fit your family?

Which other activities can inspire confidence, instill discipline and provide fun for your children? The answer for many is martial arts for kids.

We’ve rounded up 15+ locations in the Kalamazoo area for kids to learn Karate, Taekwondo, Judo, or other martial arts disciplines. Starting as young as three years old, your child can begin to capitalize on the many benefits that martial arts provide.

Speaking of benefits…

Martial Arts for Kids Provide More Than Physical Benefits

Martial arts harness energy into a positive outlet.

The physical benefits from martial arts are fairly well known: classes teach balance, posture, coordination, self-defense, and motor skills. Equally important are the social and emotional gains from martial arts: children learn discipline, respect, and see growth in self-esteem and confidence as a result.

Although martial arts uses individually assigned goals, don’t assume your child will be flying solo; students still practice teamwork, support their peers and develop friendships.

Directory: Martial Arts for Kids

We’ve highlighted the discipline(s) covered and beginning ages for each location/school.

Karate Classes for Kids + Other Martial Arts Lessons


Alliance AZO Martial Arts Training Center | 1348 King Hwy, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Ages: 6+ | Classes: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Muay Thai

ATA Integrity Martial Arts |6860 Stadium Dr #101, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Ages: 4+ (Classes are 4-6, 7-13, Teens/Adults) | Classes: Taekwondo

Master Siegel’s Martial Arts Academy | 6423 Stadium Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Ages: 3+ |
Classes: Taekwondo, Hapkido, Tang Soo Do

Okinawan Karate | 1837 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Ages: 6+ | Classes: Karate

Snyder Dojo | 670 Maple Hill Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Ages: 3+ (Classes are 3-4, 5-12, Teens/Adults) |
Classes: Judo

Valor Martial Arts | 4233 Portage St, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Ages: 4+ (Classes are 4-6, 5-12, Teens/Adults) | Classes: Karate


Chung’s Black Belt Academy – Portage |  626 Romence Rd #103, Portage, MI 49024
Ages: 4+ |  Classes: Taekwondo

Dojos of the Risen Son | 269-808-6484
Dojos of the Risen Sun teach classes in three churches: St Michael’s Lutheran Church (Portage), Voyage Church (Oshtemo), TLC Lighthouse Community Church (Kalamazoo)
Ages: 5+ | Classes: Christian Taekwondo

Lightning Kicks Martial Arts | 161 W Centre Ave, Portage, MI 49024
Ages: 4+ (Classes are 4-7, 8-13, Teens/Adults) | Classes: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do

Southside Dojo | 8534 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002
Ages: 5+ | Classes: Karate, Judo

Walker’s Tae Kwon Do | 8675 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002
Ages: All ages Family Class (ask staff for guidance) | Classes: Taekwondo

West Michigan Martial Arts & Holistic Health| 536 Romence Rd #107, Portage, MI 49024
Ages: 4+ (Classes are 4-10, 11-14, Teens/Adults) | Classes: Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu

Surrounding Cities

Aikido Institute Of Michigan | 551 Michigan Ave E, Battle Creek, MI 49014
Ages: 7+ | Classes: Aikido

Chung’s Martial Arts Academy |  52362 N Main St, Mattawan, MI 49071
Ages: 4+ (Classes are 4-5, 6-12, Teens/Adults) | Classes: Taekwondo

Chung’s Black Belt Academy – Richland | 9703 M 89 Richland, MI 49083
Ages: 4+ | Classes: Taekwondo

Kwang’s Taekwondo Academy | 938 Columbia Ave W, Battle Creek, MI 49015
Ages: 4+ | Classes: Taekwondo

SaBumNim Martial Arts Academy | 10211 M 89, Richland, MI 49083
Ages: 5+ | Classes: HapKiDo

Martial Arts FAQs

New to martial arts for kids? It can be tough to get started with a new extracurricular activity.

We’ve rounded up some of the most frequently asked questions to help parents get started:

What Age Do Kids Start Martial Arts Classes?

Many studios offer introductions to martial arts as young as three years old; however, most locations do not start structured training until about age six.

When Can You Register for Karate Classes for Kids?

Martial arts for kids are quite flexible without a defined “season” like traditional sports. Most studios welcome registration at any time of the year.

What Types of Costs/Equipment Can I Expect with Martial Arts?

Martial arts courses can include course fees, competition fees and uniforms. Many locations offer discounted or free uniforms if you enroll for a specified time period.

Which Martial Arts Class is Right For My Child?

Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Judo and Jujitsu are typically the most popular choices for kids. Irrespective of discipline, most studios will offer a trial class to ensure that your selection a good match for your child.

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