Martial Arts 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.
In this Article
• Martial Arts Benefits
• Martial Arts FAQs
• Kalamazoo Classes
• Portage Classes
• Surrounding Communities
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.
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.
Kalamazoo Martial Arts Classes
Alliance AZO Martial Arts Training Center
1348 King Hwy, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Classes: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Muay Thai
ATA Integrity Martial Arts
6860 Stadium Dr #101, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Master Siegel’s Martial Arts Academy
6423 Stadium Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Classes: Taekwondo, Hapkido, Tang Soo Do
1837 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
670 Maple Hill Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Valor Martial Arts
4233 Portage St, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Portage Area Martial Arts Classes
Chung’s Black Belt Academy – Portage
626 Romence Rd #103, Portage, MI 49024
Dojos of the Risen Son
Dojos of the Risen Sun teach classes in local churches
Classes: Christian Taekwondo
Lightning Kicks Martial Arts
161 W Centre Ave, Portage, MI 49024
Classes: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do
8534 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002
Classes: Karate, Judo
Walker’s Tae Kwon Do
8675 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002
West Michigan Martial Arts & Holistic Health
536 Romence Rd #107, Portage, MI 49024
Classes: Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu
Surrounding SWMI Communities
Aikido Institute Of Michigan
551 Michigan Ave E, Battle Creek, MI 49014
Chung’s Martial Arts Academy
52362 N Main St, Mattawan, MI 49071
Chung’s Black Belt Academy – Richland
9703 M 89 Richland, MI 49083
Kwang’s Taekwondo Academy
938 Columbia Ave W, Battle Creek, MI 49015
SaBumNim Martial Arts Academy
10211 M 89, Richland, MI 49083