Karate lessons

Find classes in this martial art near you

On this page, find after-school karate programs, lessons, and classes that teach kids and teens self-defense and self-control. Programs that specialise in karate instruction are listed first, while programs offering karate within a wider syllabus follow. Sort through each program’s age range, price, and location to find the right class for your child. Below the list of programs, parents and kids can find information about karate lessons’ benefits and more.  Read more

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    List of karate lessons programs


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    Programs that specialize in teaching karate

    The Academy of Martial Arts   
    We are a Martial Arts school running classes and camps online and in-person. We two locations in Brampton to choose from, contact us today for a tour of our academy.

    Sport: Martial Arts
    • Ages 4 to 16 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $150
    daycampprogramclasscoed 150 4-16 2BramptonOntario
    Toronto Kyokushinkai Karate   
    Kids Karate Summer Day Camp, PA Day Camps, March Break Camps. After school martial arts, Karate and fitness programs.

    The Beach, Toronto
    Sport: Martial Arts
    • Ages 4 to 11 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program, PA Day
    • from $300
    daycampprogramclasspadaycoed 300 4-11 3The Beach, TorontoOntarioEast-End
    OMAC Martial Arts   
    OMAC Martial Arts Camps, where adventure meets discipline, and warriors are born! Our Seasonal Camps offer a unique blend of martial arts, fitness, field trips and character development.

    Hamilton; Oakville; Vaughan
    Sport: Martial Arts
    • Ages 4 to 13 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $399
    daycampprogramclasscoed 399 4-13 4HamiltonOakvilleVaughanOntario
    Mayfair Clubs   
    Mayfair Clubs offers a wide variety of Sports Day Camps at all of our locations for ages 2-17. We specialize in tennis & squash programming but also offer swimming, multi-sport and even camps for young toddlers.

    Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, Toronto; Leslieville, Toronto; Markham
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 2 to 16 (Coed)
    • Program
    • from $70
    programclasscoed 70 2-16 5Bathurst Manor/Clanton Park, TorontoLeslieville, TorontoMarkhamOnlineOntarioEast-End, North-York
    Camps offering karate lessons as an activity
    TAC - Sports, Aquatics and Education   
    TAC Sports, Aquatics & Education specializes in Sports, Swim and S.T.E.M programming. Ages 3-16, Co-ed. Year round Camps, Lessons, Academy and House Leagues across the GTA! Grow, Learn, Lead!

    Throughout Ontario (8)
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 3.5 to 16 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $250
    daycampcoed2503.5-161Bridle Path, TorontoLytton Park, TorontoRichview, TorontoAuroraThornhillWhitbyWoodbridgeOntarioEtobicoke, North-York, Uptown


    What do kids learn in karate lessons?

    Self-care, wellness, and physical strength are fundamental in the dojo. Children participate in drills and exercises that work their upper and lower body. Senseis teach and inculcate leadership, and respect during class. Children are encouraged to use self-defense techniques in nonviolent ways. Classes are available online or in-person for children ages 5-16 years old. An age-tailored curriculum is found in all programs so kids work with others at the same skill level.

    Children progress from a white to black belt in karate classes (six colours in all). Strong self-discipline and commitment are required to reach higher levels. Balance, concentration, and full body strength are a karate student’s biggest assets, strengthened as children progress through belts. While some karate programs are entirely free, while more intensive programs can cost between $100-$150.

    About advanced karate programs

    As kids progress through more advanced belts, they learn increasingly sophisticated moves and katas. There’s a concomitant improvement in mental clarity and physical fitness. Senseis educate students on how to be respectful and calm, and guide them to increasingly and appropriately improve their physical karate skills. Anti-bullying is part and parcel of these programs, and children learn proper self-defense techniques to know when and how to act in such situations. 

    The fundamental movements, or kihon, learned in advanced karate programs include punches, kicks, and open or closed hand strikes. Conditioning is commonly practiced as well, such as training with wood equipment. Similar to aerobic exercise, these practices maintain and improve children’s cardiovascular and respiratory health.

    Why enroll in karate programs?

    Karate practice, especially for young children, helps develop well-rounded individuals who are both mentally and physically strong. Here are some things kids can expect from karate classes:

    • Kids learn to manage their emotions in karate training. They learn to control anger, specifically. As with all martial arts, there is a focus on humbling yourself before others, and over time, kids and teens lose tendencies to selfishness and vanity.
    • Feedback is critical to improving children’s skills and, of course, to keep them safe. Children learn to take feedback with a positive attitude and focus on self-improvement. 
    • Children learn self-discipline, through their commitment to learning katas and karate moves. This will translate to other areas of their lives, such as academics. 
    • Karate training reduces stress and anxiety. It provides meditation methods kids can use in times of anxiety. Through intense exercise and class time with others, it also redirects children’s focus away from things that may be giving them stress.
    • Mature interactions amongst children and between Senseis and children happen in the dojo, as kids converse with each other in a disciplined setting.

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