Karate for Kids

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-Tom Abbott, parent


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Kids’ Programs

Tiny Tigers

Our youngest students attend a delightful pre-karate class that provides a wonderful foundation for improved listening skills, focus, teamwork and manners.

The class focuses on motor skills, social skills, and self-control within a playful class environment. Our nurturing instructors ensure that each child feels special, smart and strong!

Issaquah Tiny Tigers Beginners Schedule

4:00 pmTuesday
9:00 amSaturday
10:00 amSaturday

Mercer Island Tiny Tigers Beginners Schedule

3:15 pmWednesday
1:30 pmThursday
10:30 amSaturday

Little Dragons

Students get a head start in life by gaining a positive self-image and an “I can do it!” attitude. Emphasis is placed on willingness to try, work ethic, and being respectful both at home and at school. Kids learn how to focus better, how to respond the first time they’re asked, and how to stay on task. With these valuable skills, students excel in both karate and school.

Issaquah Little Dragons Beginners Schedule

4:00 pmMonday
5:30 pmMonday
4:45 pmTuesday
3:15 pmWednesday
4:00 pm Wednesday
9:00 am Saturday
10:00 amSaturday
11:00 amSaturday

Little Dragons classes are not offered at the Mercer Island location.


Our popular Youth program improves listening skills, focus, and concentration. In addition to learning the value of setting goals by earning colored belts, students are introduced to appropriate self-defense techniques in a safe and fun class format.

Students learn how to work hard and be disciplined, which improves performance in karate as well as other sports and academics.

Issaquah Youth Beginners Schedule

4:00 pmMonday & Wednesday
4:45 pmMonday & Wednesday
5:30 pmMonday & Wednesday
4:00 pmTuesday & Thursday
4:45 pmTuesday & Thursday
5:30 pmTuesday & Thursday
6:15 pmTuesday & Thursday
9:00 amSaturday (1.5 hour extended class)

Mercer Island Youth Beginner Schedule

4:45 pmMonday & Wednesday
6:15 pmMonday & Wednesday
5:30 pmTuesday & Thursday

Self-Defense, Bullies, and More

While our kids classes are tons of fun, we also cover the “serious” stuff. We teach about handling strangers, bullies, and more. Your child will build character and confidence and develop the tools needed to “talk it out”. Through our Personal Achievement focused curriculum, kids learn that the best self-defense is self-confidence! Your child may never have to use their self-defense skills, but these other skills will come in handy every day.

Powerful Character Development Breeds Discipline, Focus, and Respect

Martial arts has been one of the best kept secrets for giving kids the skills they need for success in life. Through our Personal Power Life Skill program, our instructors provide inspiring stories and talks designed to help kids develop amazing traits, like, respect, discipline, focus, and goal setting.

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