Martial Arts San Francisco

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Published Feb 23, 2015

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The practice of Martial Arts is both a wonderful way to improve your child’s fitness and an ancient method of training mind, body and spirit. Here is a look at some of the best Martial Arts San Francisco and the greater Bay Area has to offer!

Martial Arts San Francisco

Reitenbach Institute of Tae Kwon Do 

Discover the Almost Magical Formula to Build Leadership, Honor, Confidence, Respect, Focus, Self-Esteem, Health, Fitness and Self-Defense in Your Kids at Reitenbach! The Reitenbach Institute of Tae Kwon Do is one of the few, largest, oldest group of Olympic Style Taekwondo schools in the San Francisco Bay Area that is based on TRADITION and REPUTATION as recognized by the Kukkiwon, the World Tae Kwon Do Federation and the USA Tae Kwon Do.

St Clair’s Taekwondo School

St. Clair’s Taekwondo School is a traditional MooDukKwan/Taekwondo School since 1993. St. Clair’s aims to “Build True Confidence Through Knowledge in the Mind, Honesty in the Heart, and Strength in the Body. To Keep Friendship with One Another and To build A Strong and Happy Community. Never Fight to Achieve Selfish Ends but To Develop Might for Right.” Master St.Clair has been training in Taekwondo for 38 years and holds the rank of 6th Dan Black Belt.

Omine Karate Dojo

At Omine Karate Dojo students gain focus, confidence, extraordinary fitness, and self-defense skills through a proven system of Okinawan Karate called Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu. Our original headmaster in Okinawa was the first person in the world to open a karate school to the public before and after W.W.II. and Kyoshi Susan Budge trained under his tutelage. Our programs emphasize inner strength, sincere training, a kind, open heart, and wonderful technique. We help students make good friends with themselves as well as with others.

ChampsForce Martial Arts Enrichment Academy

ChampsForce Martial Arts Enrichment Academy offers individuals of all ages a personalized, interactive, and invigorating experience in the Chinese martial arts. ChampsForce Martial Arts Enrichment Academy is the result of Master Mike Ng’s lifelong passion and dedication to the martial arts. The Academy is an inclusive community where individuals of all ages and lifestyles – children, teens, adults, senior citizens, and families alike – can come together to develop themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually in a fun, safe, and supportive environment.

Korean Martial Arts Center 

Whether an individual martial artist, non-experienced to master levels, or an established school searching for guidance towards credentials at Kukkiwon (WTF Korea) or Sin Moo Hapkido, Korean Martial Arts Center is the right place for you. KMAC’s Masters have all the necessary wisdom and extensive experience to help you attain official world class knowledge and certification. We can tailor a program to help you attain the result you’ve been gearing for. Feel free to contact us for more Information.

Kwan Um Do Kwang

Kwan Un Do Kwang is an off-shoot of the Kwam Um School of Zen focused on teaching martial arts as a form of self-development. They teach a variety of Korean martial arts including zen sword, karate and long stick. Their classes focus on each person’s self-development and increased acumen in movement, discipline and confidence.

For more information about Martial Arts San Francisco ChatterBlock’s Martial Arts Resource Directory is a great place to start!

Martial Arts SF Peninsula

Scorpion School of Kenpo

With a bullying epidemic sweeping the country, Sifu Eric aims to bring a means of gaining self confidence to help stop bullying. Scorpion School of Kenpo can help your child have and build the self confidence to do what is right and not be a bully or stand up to a bully if they need to. At Scorpion School of Kenpo we offer: Martial arts instruction focused in self defense and traditional forms with a standard belt system, private instruction in self defense, and private instruction for those interested in competition.

Kuk Sool Won of Mountain View

At Kuk Sool Won of Mountain View they practice family oriented martial arts based on Korean traditions. They have classes for all ages, starting as young as 3 years old. Kuk Sool Won, which can be translated as Korean National Martial Arts Association, is a systematic study of all of the traditional fighting arts which together comprise the martial arts history of the Korean nation. As such, Kuk Sool Won is an extremely well-organized system of martial arts which seeks to integrate and explore all aspects of the traditional Korean martial arts. As a martial arts system, Kuk Sool Won covers the entire spectrum of the traditional Asian fighting arts and techniques of body conditioning, as well as mental development and traditional weapons training.

United Studios of Self Defence – Menlo Park

United Studios of Self Defence’s mission is “To provide the best possible self defense instruction for you and your family.” Why not invest in yourself and prepare for the time you may have to defend yourself? Training at United Studios of Self Defense will give you the confidence and knoweldge you need to deal with any situation. Not only will you learn the physical principles of self-defense, but you will also develop the mental awareness you need to recognize and avoid problem situations.”

Follow the link for more information about Martial Arts classes offered in Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto , and/or Redwood City:  ChatterBlock’s SFP Resource Directory. 

Martial Arts South Bay

Gloglo Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Gloglo Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy offers kids, adults, and women-specific classes in the martial art of traditional Brazilian jiu-jitsu.  Located in San Jose, Gloglo has an expanded summer class schedule for kids, including great summer pricing for kids and adults.  Students will learn self-confidence, self-defense and self-discipline from Gloglo, the jiu-jitsu master from Brazil; he has over 20-years teaching experience.

Silva Martial Arts

Silva Martial Arts is a single-location, family-owned studio, so students get highly personalized instruction. Their facility has a very intimate ambience, perfect for their personalized style of teaching. It is a highly respectful environment, and there is a strong emphasis on developing confidence, self-discipline, courtesy, and perseverance along with the physical skills gained through Tae Kwon Do training.

Ernie Reyes Martial Arts

25 Years of Martial Arts Excellence! Our system of teaching martial arts is the state of the art teaching method for modern times. Each class is build around dynamic energy and a accelerated training style that is Fun, Exciting, Empowering, and Educational from as young as 4 years old to 50+ years young.

Tiger Martial Arts

Tiger Martial Arts Academy was founded by Master Chris Hung. They serve the Sunnyvale and South Bay community by promoting self-esteem and discipline in children and providing self-defense training for adults. Students are directly taught by Master C.C Hung and his staff of certified instructors. All TMA certified Black Belt instructors are registered and hold their ranks at the Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters). Master C.C Hung has over 20 years of experience in martial arts.

For more South Bay Martial Arts info, check out our Resource Directory!

Martial Arts East Bay

International Chi Institute

Let your kids enjoy the summer! Join for three months, and get the fourth one free! The International Chi Institute is proud to provide exciting Kung Fu and Chi Kung classes for both children and adults at it’s beautiful and spacious studio. The International Chi Institute is located five minutes away from Oakland Chinatown at 1532 Webster in Alameda.

Concord School of Karate

Since 1966 the Concord School of Karate has been dedicated to teaching the art of Kajukenbo, Gaylords Method. We have always been proud of teaching a philosophy that anyone can achieve a higher level of satisfaction in their life by learning Martial Arts. Kajukenbo is a hybrid martial art that combines western boxing, judo, jujutsu, kenpo karate, shotokan karate and kung fu. It was founded in 1947 in Oahu, Hawaii.

Alameda Aikikai

Through the harmony and balance of circular blending movements, Aikido aims to unite the spirit and body of each practitioner. The achievement of this goal can be accomplished only through the accumulation of the experience gained through sincere daily practice. Since aikido has as its base the rigorous strictness of the traditional martial arts of Japan, each technique includes all the elements of offense and defense.

Okinawa Karate Academy

The goal in practicing at Okinawa Karate Academy is to promote health, achieve full control of our bodies, thoughts, and emotions, to be agile and firm, and to preserve a youthful attitude and spirit. The Little Tigers Program, designed specifically for children ages 4-6, teaches eight major skills designed to improve a preschool child’s basic motor, social and listening skills through positive reinforcement and enjoyable social interaction. The children’s martial arts program teaches children ages 6-15 the fundamental principles of Karate (self-respect, confidence, and physical well-being) in a safe and nurturing environment.

Pitts’ Martial Arts Academy

Studying at Pitts’ Martial Arts benefits your entire family with: stress relief, rich cultural experiences, self defence training, reduced shyness in children, and increased self-confidence. Master Instructor and Owner Kenneth A. Pitts has taught martial arts for more than 25 years. Master Pitts holds a 6th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, a 2nd Dan in Judo, and is a Mestre in Capoeira. He teaches a class especially for children on the Autism spectrum and has worked with children with special needs for more than 20 years.

Baker’s Martial Arts Cultural Center

Located in Oakland, California, Bakers Martial Arts offers Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi, Self Defense, Fitness Training and Escrima in a safe and fun environment. Baker’s Martial Arts Cultural Center is a family based business that was founded to give people a friendly, down-to-earth place to learn the powerful art of Tae Kwon Do.

Choi’s Martial Arts

For over 14 years Choi’s Martial Arts has been helping transform the community, providing the highest quality of Tae Kwon Do training available. Each student is trained to diffuse conflict, defend themselves through combinations of kicks, blocks, and punches, and also in character development and leadership abilities. We have developed Martial Artists who can demonstrate confidence, focus, respect, and integrity in life. Students of Choi’s Martial Arts find the results of their practice reaching far beyond the dojang, to their performance in school, work and home.

Martial Arts North Bay

Canyon Kajukenbo Martial Arts Institute

Canyon Kajukenbo has programs for everyone. For the child in your life who needs a little more focus or confidence. For the teen who wants to be able to be ready for life’s challenges. For any woman who wants to feel more confident out in today’s crazy world. For the man who wants to get in the best shape of his life.

Wellspring Aikido

Aikido cultivates the unification of body, mind and spirit. Aikido is dynamic, non-competitive and fun. Different from most martial arts, it is defensive, not aggressive. We practice relaxing & centering under pressure, so reactions of fear and anger become less automatic in all situations. Wellspring Aikido offers programs to adults, teens, and kids!

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Written by Francesca Stahl

Currently in my final year at University I divide my time between school, work and play. I'm a lover of the west coast, yoga, spending time in the outdoors, entertaining family and friends, tea dates and spontaneous adventures.  Live, Love, Learn.

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