Best Kids’ Martial Arts Classes In Washington, D.C.

January 23, 2015 8:00 AM

Sports are a great way to get your children involved in something after school, teach them discipline and keep them active. Football, soccer, basketball and baseball are all standard options. But for kids that want to do something different, martial arts is a wonderful option. You can find some great studios in the article “Best MMA And Martial Art Studios,” but here are the best kids’ martial arts classes.

DC Aikido Martial Arts & Kids Karate
2639 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Suite C-104
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 629-2560

DC Aikido Martial Arts & Kids Karate considers itself a family martial arts academy. The whole family can learn, train and advance their martial arts skills. While martial arts is a serious skill to learn and master, discipline isn’t the only thing you will get. This academy recognizes that fun is an important part of teaching kids. Your child will want to continue learning the art because they are having fun and learning at the same time. On top of learning self-defense and discipline, your kids will learn values like respect, patience and self control. Enroll your kids at this academy and they will be able to learn a skill and become better people.

1112 16th St. N.W., Suite 720
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 232-6700

The YMCA is known for its wide variety of programs for people of all ages, but especially children and youths. It offers everything from science classes, music lessons, dance classes, camps, after-school programs, sports and more, including martial arts classes like Jujitsu, Karate, Tae Kwon Do and Judo. Your kid can pick from these different styles of martial arts, choosing the one that they think fits them best. And there are different levels of classes, so they can start out at the level that works for them. You can even take a class with your kids as a fun family bonding experience.

Pentagon MMA
1041 S. Edgewood St.
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 521-1000

Mixed Martial Arts, MMA, has grown over the years into a sport that draws crowds and viewers from all over the world. It’s not exactly something you would expect for kids, but your children can certainly learn and gain skills by practicing it. Pentagon MMA doesn’t just teach your kids how to fight, but rather how to be a well-rounded person. Your children will learn martial arts and life skills, while staying physically active. Also, along with providing transportation to the studio, Pentagon also provides homework help and snacks to make sure your kid is taken care of on all fronts.

Related: Best Kids Art Classes In Washington DC

Evolve All
940 S. George Mason Drive
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 585-4325

Evolve All wants you to do just that, evolve; become the person you want to be. Whether for you that means getting to a physical peak or mastering a martial art, this studio is there to help you every step of the way. Truly caring for the well being of its clients, the studio seeks to nurture all aspects of your kids’ learning, mind and body. Children as young as three can benefit from the programs it offers, including day camps, summer camps and after-school programs. Your kids will take the skills they learn at Evolve and apply it in their everyday lives.

BETA Academy
1353 Florida Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 538-0422

BETA Academy, Body Efficient Tactical Arts, is one of the area’s top martial arts studios, getting rave reviews from those who have taken classes. The programs for kids are not excluded from that praise. With classes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Thai Boxing, BETA doesn’t offer your ordinary kids’ karate classes. Your kids will learn the intense martial arts, but more importantly they will learn how not to fight if an unfortunate issue arises. These classes will set your kids on a positive and healthy path.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on