Children's Martial Arts FAQs


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Our youth-oriented martial arts program places an emphasis on leadership skills and character development. Our age-specific programs incorporate life skills training such as focus, self discipline, self control and teamwork. Your child will learn and perform a variety of self-defense, fitness and training drills in a fun and motivating environment. In the process, your child will build a healthy self-confidence that will help them to succeed which is essential to their personal development and academic success.

What style of martial arts will my child be learning?

We specialize in Shaolin Kenpo Karate. Shaolin Kenpo, in its most basic form, is a self defense martial art emphasizing speed, power and accuracy. The self defense techniques your child will learn beginning in their first lesson are simple, yet effective. However, Shaolin Kenpo also offers tremendous growth opportunities for students wanting to study the intricacies of the art form.

Will my child become too aggressive if he/she studies the martial arts?

No. Our students learn self control and the difference between strength and aggression. In fact, the confidence and self control emphasized by martial arts training often help students avoid physical altercations overall.

clientuploads/Erwin H.jpgMy child is not particularly athletic and doesn't participate in sports. Can he/she be good at martial arts?

Definitely. Many parents/children choose the martial arts because it is a great activity for children who do not participate in team sports. Our innovative program, teaching methods and drills will ensure that all students - regardless of their natural physical skills - will have the real sense of accomplishment that comes with reaching their individual potential.

My child is in baseball, basketball, soccer, etc. Can he/she benefit from the martial arts as well?

Yes. Most sports require excellent focus, agility, balance and coordination. The martial arts teach, model and reinforce these and challenge every child to always do their best.


I enrolled my five year old grandson in Antioch Martial Arts Academy karate class not only to learn karate, but so he could learn how to live. Karate teaches the children the art of self defense, but also the ability to focus on a task, to have confidence, self-discipline and control, to set a goal and achieve it, the importance of family and respecting others. My grandson has learned all of this and more from AMAA. He has told me that karate has helped him to focus on his school work and to do his homework every night without his mother "nagging" him. Grandmaster May Castro-Manner is amazing. She sets high standards for her students and communicates her expectations clearly and effectively. The result is that they respect her completely and give her their best effort every time. Physical fitness and exercise are an important part of each karate class, and Grandmaster Castro-Manner has instilled this in her students. This is so important especially today when children are not nearly as active as they should be and childhood obesity is at an all-time high. I am so grateful that my grandson is learning all of these life skills at such an early age. He has been enrolled in karate for two years now, and it is my hope that he will carry these skills with him as he grows up and faces all the challenges life will bring. He will be much better equipped to handle whatever comes his way because of his experience with AMAA. I believe in AMAA and Grandmaster Castro-Manner so strongly that I drive from El Cerrito to Antioch twice a week--I want my grandson to learn from the best.
Louise Ozawa, Retired