Best Kids’ Martial Arts Classes In Baltimore

January 23, 2015 6:00 AM

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As a parent, you want to get your kids involved in as many extracurricular activities as you can afford; but there are so many options, how do you choose between them? Martial arts makes for an excellent activity for children for many reasons. It provides exercise and fitness, teaches discipline and self-control, helps with balance and coordination, and gives your child a skill that may become useful in the future. Of course, then the question arises, which of the many martial arts centers do you choose? We’ve narrowed it down to five. Take a look.

Kanjizai Martial Arts
6721 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212
(410) 294-4208

Kanjizai is a martial arts center that provides training for every age in multiple disciplines. This turns out to be a good thing. If your child develops an interest for martial arts, Kanjizai will gladly transition them into more advanced courses as they continue to grow and master the skills that have captured their heart. Kanjizai is highly rated and also highly professional. Get to know the friendly staff, and maybe pick up some classes yourself to share your child’s interest. Kanjizai offers both summer and after-school programs, passing along the centuries-old techniques of Ninpo and Jujutsu being taught by instructors from over 20 countries, including the Grand Master himself.

Baltimore Elite Martial Arts Academy
7850 Rossville Blvd., Suite #200
Baltimore, MD 21236
(410) 663-9123

Baltimore Elite Martial Arts Academy is an established martial arts learning center that has been operating for nearly two decades. It offers free intro classes and trains students at every age. The children’s courses include anti-bullying training – teaching children to recognize bullying behavior, deal with bullies as well as keep them from bullying themselves. Offering after-school care and summer courses, this is a program that will not just care for your children during your busy schedule, but train and discipline them as well. The children’s courses include not just exercise and training, but field trips, games, arts and crafts so your children are educated and entertained as well. For the after-school programs, the Academy offers free transportation. It offers all-day care for children during winter break, spring break, professional development days and many other minor holidays. Or check out its birthday party packages and make your child’s next birthday party unique and memorable.

American Kenpo Karate Studio
220 Business Center Drive
Reisterstown, MD 21136
(410) 833-6090

While Kenpo Karate Studio’s martial arts instructors are top-class, its children’s program extends beyond the practice of karate. Kenpo focuses the training it offers its students to all areas of life, teaching children focus and discipline to become good citizens, gain confidence and self-respect, and hold values that any parent would be proud of. For parents who are feeling difficulties in getting their child to focus, control their feelings or actions, or maintain discipline, American Kenpo Karate Studio may hold the surprising key to instilling the improvement their child needs. Kenpo’s instructors are always sensitive and supportive, providing a safe and fun environment for students of every age.

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Crazy 88 Mixed Martial Arts
5 Easter Court, Suite E
Owings Mills, MD 21117
(410) 999-1064

Mixed Martial Arts is a result of long years of martial arts infiltrating the western world so that the best of each style is incorporated into one of the most effective fighting styles ever to be taught. The children’s program at Crazy 88 teaches children to anticipate real-world scenarios of bullying, and to learn effective techniques of standing up for themselves and defending themselves without necessarily resorting to physical confrontations. Crazy 88 offers real rewards and advancements that show the children their progress and teach them to take pride in their learning experience. Unlike many such programs, Crazy 88 tries to involve the parent into the learning experience as much as possible so that the parent’s values and respect are incorporated into the training. Crazy 88 is a program that could have your child hooked for life as they earn their belts and advance into adult training in the years to come.

Ground Control Baltimore
8101 Pulaski Highway
Rosedale, MD 21237
(410) 340-5925

Mixed Martial Arts pioneer John Rallo is a renowned contender in the Martial Arts world and has won well-earned respect in his field. Ground Control is his ground-breaking studio that passes on his years of experience and knowledge to a budding new generation of youngsters with a passion to contend. Children will learn from instructors that are all contenders, and will learn not only MMA, but also Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, wrestling and Muay Thia, bringing the children the best fighting skills from the East, West and South. Whether a beginner or advanced level, Ground Control accepts all abilities, starting at age 5. Ground Control is the perfect place for children who are interested in martial arts as more than simply a pastime, but as a passion. Bring your child in for a week of free training, and see if the experience gets them hooked.

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Joel Furches is a freelance writer and researcher for The Examiner and Logos Software, and also manages his own catalog of writing on Hub Pages. Joel is on the board of directors for Ratio Christi. He has a bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education.