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Angela Clark Tripp reviewed American Family Martial Arts
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This place is amazing! As an adult student never having been involved in any type of sports, I was scared. I have been a member almost two months now, and I have gained so much self confidence and many many self defense skills!!! They do not make you feel worthless, unskilled, or unqualified to be there. They welcome you with open arms, are friendly, encouraging, and make you feel like you are the most amazing, talented person in the world every time you walk out of class. I went there looking for friends and ended up gaining a family!!! I would highly recommend this place to anyone! It doesn’t matter your age, athletic ability, or skill level because you go at your own pace. You will get pushed at times only because they see the potential that you don’t, but when you complete the task... it feels amazing! I truly look forward to many more years of growing here!

Elise Hill reviewed American Family Martial Arts
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Class was great because we tried new things. My favorite thing yesterday was playing the game and earning my star on my stripe.

Rachel Pantinople reviewed American Family Martial Arts
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My son had gained so much self confidence after attending only 4 weeks of classes. His level of respect and discipline continues to increase as his training does. The instructors and staff are great with the kids and go above and beyond to make sure they know your child’s needs.

Amber Navarre Llewellyn reviewed American Family Martial Arts
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Great group of folks running this business. My son loves coming to karate here. I've never seen him so excited about anything, and we've tried several sports and activities. Says a lot about AFMA. Very impressed with all of the instructors. They have patience and go the extra mile for those with special needs as well, making it possible for those individuals to participate like everyone else (just from my observations). That's one of the things I love about this place. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to try out karate. They make it a fun environment to learn.

John Buker reviewed American Family Martial Arts
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They have the best teachers and, friendly service, and they can go with your schedule.

Pramodin Pradeep reviewed American Family Martial Arts
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My son got confidence, overcome shy and is developing leadership qualities. He completed one year at American Family Martial Arts. Now he is in green belt. He loves karate and it's his passion. I recommend other parents also to join their kids to AFMA.

Lauri Liljeberg reviewed American Family Martial Arts
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Mr. Foreman thought of an effective way to get the kids to think independently vs. following others. He gave them each different moves in Korean. We also like how he gives pneumonics for them to remember the words and actions. Evidently it's working and our girls are enjoying the classes very much!

Dee Gabrielle reviewed American Family Martial Arts
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Visited yesterday! My son will begin lessons Tuesday! We are really excited and everyone there is so nice and they work so well with the kiddos. The instructors seem to really enjoy the kids, while teaching life skills.

Jessika Efferson reviewed American Family Martial Arts
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My boys have been members of American Family Martial Arts for the past 3 years. It has been absolutely amazing for them.The instructors are knowledgeable and know how to work with students. The instructors not only make them better martial artists but also better people. My oldest son has special needs. SBN Tullier and Mr. Foreman have been great with him. They are patient when they need to be and understand my son's needs. Since my boys have been taking karate their anxiety level has lowered and their confidence has soared. It has been a pleasure to be part of the AFMA family.

Stacie Crake reviewed American Family Martial Arts
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Mon son has gone got almost a year and he loves it. The instructors are greatand really know how to handle the kids. I definitely recommend it for beginners up!

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How to Choose a Karate School for Your Child

If your child has expressed an interest in learning martial arts, then the first thing you need to do is find a great martial arts school. There are many karate schools in the Baton Rouge and Prairieville areas which may meet your needs, but there are plenty of details to consider before making a decision. American Family Martial Arts has locations in both Baton Rouge and Prairieville that are conveniently located.

Reasons for Choosing Martial Arts

While your son or daughter may want to learn the martial arts moves they’ve seen on their favorite tv shows, your reasons are probably a bit different and may include:

  • Improve discipline and focus

  • Self defense

  • Exercise

  • Boost socialization skills

  • Teamwork

testing on karate skillsMartial arts classes will help your child meet these goals, but you will need to select a style of martial arts for them to practice. RELATED: How to pick the best martial arts class for your kid

Martial Arts for Kids

We advise parents to look for martial arts schools that stick to the original concepts of the style it teaches.  It is also important to understand the goals and values of schools you are looking at.  At American Family Martial Arts, we teach the same life skill values you teach at home! As mentioned above, we recommend children focusing on either Karate or the style we teach Tang Soo Do-a Korean Martial Art. Taekwondo is the more well known Korean Martial Art. LEARN MORE ABOUT TANG SOO DO

  • Karate – Originating in Japan, this martial art teaches self-defense using punches, strikes, and kicks. There are several sub-styles of karate like Shotokan, Budokan, and Kenpo karate. Most martial arts schools in the United States teach “American” karate, which is a combination of several karate styles.

  • Tang Soo Do – This roughly translates as “The way of the hand”. It is a form of self-defense using kicks, punches, strikes and blocks. Breathing and meditation techniques are often taught to improve students’ focus. This is often accomplished through the teaching of forms or hyung (kata)

  • Judo
  • Kickboxing
  • Kung Fu
  • Mixed Martial Arts. The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t recommend MMA for persons under the age of 15.
  • Jujitsu

When Should Children Start Martial Arts?

Some martial arts schools teach children as young as four, but many experts consider six to be a good age to start learning most disciplines.  At American Family Martial Arts, we can start them at age 3 in a special developmental class called Tiny Tigers. At age five and six, their balance and coordination are better, so they can learn the proper techniques for punching, kicking and turning safely. This class is known as our Little Ninjas.

American Family Martial Arts age specific curriculums are designed based on the scientific fact that children of different ages have different levels of motor skills, social and emotional development. You wouldn’t try to teach advanced calculus to a 6 year old nor would you teach an 11 year old how to hop and skip.

Classes are broken into 5 distinct age groups: Tiny Tigers (ages 3-4); Little Ninjas (ages 5-6); Core (ages 7-9); Extreme (ages 10-14); Traditional (ages 15+).

We break our classes into 4 distinct ages groups based on child development so each age group can receive the best martial arts training based on their current abilities as well as areas they need to improve on.   This is based on the internationally recognized Skillz Program.

 RELATED: Age Specific Martial Arts Curriculum

Tour the karate school (dojang)

After doing your research and checking out schools’ websites, make a list of schools or classes in a convenient location for you, then call the schools you’ve found to set up an appointment to meet the instructors if the owners don’t teach classes themselves. American Family Martial Arts master instructor and owner is Michael Tullier, a 6th degree black belt and school owner since 1995.

It’s important to make an appointment instead of stopping in for your first visit to ensure the owners or main instructor is available to answer questions. If you just stop by, the owner may not be there, and instructors may be busy with their students.

During your scheduled visit, If you like the answers you’re given, ask to sit in on a class so you can observe how the students are taught. How the children are treated and taught may help you narrow down some of the martial arts classes you’re evaluating for your child.  During your visit notice if the school is living up to their mission that you may have seen on their website. For example, at American Family Martial Arts we believe it is very important to teach our students much more than merely the physical aspects of martial arts. We teach our students to foster the emotions that will empower them to better confront the many challenges they will encounter in life.

We offer 2 free classes at American Family Martial Arts so you can test drive our classes and also have a 2 week trial program so you can really get a feel for our school and classes.