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Top Martial Arts Schools for Kids in Calgary

Published Mar 3, 2020

Martial arts are a great way to build a child's self-confidence and discipline, while staying active. But which school is the most ideal for your child? Here are some of our favourites:

Top Martial Arts Schools for Kids in Calgary

Big Rock Aikikai

Big Rock Aikikai is a non-profit organization, incorporated in the province of Alberta.  Volunteer instructors have been committed to teaching traditional Aikido to all ages since 1998.

For the children's classes Students under the age of 18 advance through a colored belt ranking system ranging from yellow belt through black belt, and a written test accompanies the technical requirements for each level.  

BigRock Aikikai is a member of the Alberta Aikido AssociationCanadian Aikido Federation and the Aikikai Foundation (World Headquarters) in Japan.

Genbukan Daigo Dojo

Learn real life martial arts for self-defence. Traditional Japanese martial arts of the Ninja and Samurai for ages 5 and up. Flexible terms offered of 3, 6, or 12 months with uniform included.

Studio Group Martial Arts

SGMA Calgary is the premier martial arts/Taekwondo school for kids, which provides fun & fitness programs to build their confidence and a way to stay healthy. 

Programs are available for all ages from preschoolers to adults.

South Calgary Wado Kai Karate Club

The South Calgary Wado Kai Karate Club was started in September 1994 by Sensei Heather Fidyk and Sensei Darren Fidyk. The club services the Southern Calgary communities through classes, workshops, and tournaments. The club is a member of the Shintani Wado Kai Karate Federation and Karate Alberta.

Summit Martial Arts

Classes are taught in a positive and fun environment where students will want to learn. Children's classes strive to teach kids both physical skills and life lessons.

Students will be expected to uphold the tenets of Tae Kwon Do: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control and Indomitable spirit both inside and outside the dojang. Students will learn from a world class instructor. Master Morris shows his passion and dedication to the art of tae kwon do in every class. If you are looking for a school that is about more than kicking and punching, Summit Martial Arts is the place to be!

5 Elements Martial Arts Ltd.

5 Elements Martial Arts is a family and community oriented Dojo established in 2004. They provide a comfortable and encouraging environment where all can participate regardless of their age, abilities or skills. Children as young as three, and kids with special needs thrive in their very positive environment.

Osuna Karate

Osuna Karate is a club (Dojo) dedicated to teaching karate-do to people of all ages and abilities. A dojo that supports the goals of all their students from those who are looking to be fit and learn some self-defense to those that have competitive and Olympic aspirations. Karate-do, more generally referred as Karate, is a Japanese martial art that develops the use of the human body as a weapon of defense and builds on a philosophy of perseverance and discipline.

WTM Muay Thai Calgary

Muay Thai is a combat sport from Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with several stand up clinching techniques. It is derived from the ancient Thai martial art Muay Boran, which is the martial art of Thailand before modern equipment and rules were introduced. 

Muay Thai is referred to as the ‘Art of Eight Limbs’ as it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes. Ninja camp is offered for kids aged 6-13.

Red Phoenix Tae Kwon Do

Master Joo-han Cha, 6th-degree black belt, M.Sc., B.Phys.Ed., combines his competition success, coaching experience, and academic credentials to offer year-round, high-quality Tae Kwon Do classes for all ages (three-and-a-half years+) and all abilities. A four-time Korean National champion, Master Cha has the competition and coaching background to build future champions, as well as the energy and enthusiasm to lead classes that children and parents will love.

White Monk Martial Arts

White Monk Martial Arts programs are a challenging yet exhilarating light to full-contact sport that implements a combination of techniques from Muay Thai, Karate, Krav Maga & Obstacle course training. The program is broken into 3 classes,Tiger Warrior ages 2-4, Ninja Warriors ages 5 to 12 and Samurai Warriors ages 13 plus. 

Jin Jung Kwan Hapkido

Under the teaching direction of Master Wade Langin, 6th Dan Black Belt, the Academy offers a variety of different programs suited for individual needs.

Regardless of age, size, strength and physical capabilities, Hapkido is a versatile martial art that anyone can learn so come and check them out!

What are your favourite martial arts schools in Calgary? We want to hear about them! Let us know by commenting below. 

If you're searching for other great family activities in Calgary, visit our Things to Do page, which lists dozens of kid-friendly attractions and adventures in the city.

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April 2, 2015, 1:44 p.m. Flag

Howard, I'm wondering how you choose these particular organizations as being the 2014 top organizations. Was their a specific criteria you used? Just curious. Why are these your 'favorites'?


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