Martial Arts can be a great extracurricular activity to get your children involved in, even starting at the age of 4 years! Martial Arts is a great way to build a child’s confidence, self-defense, respect, and discipline. Martial Arts can be broken down into two styles, Karate and Taekwondo. The main difference between Karate and Taekwondo is Taekwondo focuses on kicking techniques, while Karate focuses on hand strikes. Take a look below at some amazing places offering classes for children! Most charge monthly.
841 11th St., Des Moines, IA 50309
Des Moines Jiu – Jitsu Academy teaches the art of Brazilian Jiu – Jitsu for self-defense and confidence building. Classes begin at the age of 5 years old and are broken down into two categories, depending on age. Check out the details here!
Located in Ankeny and Johnston!
Johnston: 8805 Chamberry Blvd, Johnston; 515-446-3630
Ankeny: 2401 SE Tones Dr. Suite 1, Ankeny; 515-963-9989
At Dojos your child will learn a combination of Kenpo Karate, Self Defense techniques and Character Building lessons. Classes start for children age 4 years old. There are two different levels, depending on age. Check out the details here!
Beaverdale: 2706 Beaver Ave., Des Moines; 515-255-0095
Waukee: 215 N. Warrior Lane; Waukee; 515-978-3000
Farrell’s offers Taekwondo for children starting at age 4 years. There are two different programs broken down by age groups, 4 to 6 years and 6 to 12 years. Take a look at both programs here!
3710 Dennis Drive
Urbandale, Iowa 50322
515- 270 – 1600
Jacobs Martial Arts teaches traditional Taekwondo to all ages, starting at the age of 3 years old. The children are separated by age and by rank. Check out the details here!
Different branches all over Central Iowa
Martial Arts America offers a Tiny Tigers program that starts for toddlers at age 4 years old. Click here to see where Tiny Tigers is offered near you!
5650 Metro East Drive, Pleasant Hill; 515-556-5577
A winner of a lot of awards, this facility has something to offer every age and/or skill level. Check out the details here!
Parks & Recreation
Your local parks and recreation program may be a great place to check out! A lot of cities offer short-term programs at low cost. This may be the perfect way for you to see if your child is truly interested in Karate or Taekwondo!
If you already belong to your local YMCA, signing up for one of their Karate or Taekwondo programs may be a great route for you! Register here for programs and to check out times and prices!