Summer Camps, Birthday Parties, & Other Fun Stuff

We had so much fun at Super Hero Camp last week. Two more Camps to choose from this summer:

Lego  July 9-13 - Learn & build with the world’s most popular building blocks. Theme:  Creativity

Star Wars  July 16-20 - Learn about our universe, solar system, and astronauts. Theme:  Aspiration

Please visit our Summer Camp page for more details.

These Camps are filling fast, so please choose your Summer Camp dates and themes from the list above, then reserve your kids' places. Please Call (760) 746-0983 or Email

Champions for Children

Congratulations to all our competitors, and a big "Thank You" for supporting Champions for Children!  We hope our tournament was a great experience in your martial arts journey, and that you’ll join us again on September 15.

WMARA Regional Black Belt & Instructor Certification graduates:

First Degree
Brittany McDowell
Brody Leidy
Harry Amo
Jordan McAndrews
Michael Richter
Mitchell Khollesi
Yeonwoo Chu
Zoe McGowen

Second Degree
Derek Chow

Third Degree
Chris Olmsted
Daniel Kuelbs
Helen Olmsted
Ian Thurston
Ron Linyard
Ryan Packwood

Certified Instructor
Mike Devan

Project Strong  

We have a fun new way to get stronger personally and athletically this year.  Every six weeks we will post a new series of challenges to make ourselves, our martial arts, our families, and our communities stronger. Our third challenge for 2018 is the W.I.N strategy, and our life model is Nelson Mandela.  You can get the details on our new Project Strong challenge here.

Nelson Mandela  is our life model for living the W.I.N priciple.  W.I.N. is Coach Lou Holtz's acronym for staying mindful of What's Important Now.  When the whole world thought South Africa would collapse into violence, revenge, and chaos with the end of apartheid, Nelson Mandela decided that what was important was truth, and reconciliation.

Thanksgiving Gifts. Thank you for the hundred of gifts you brought in for the Community Resource Center.  Thank you also for teaching your children to be generous and caring with others.  We appreciate that the CRC provides not only food and clothing, but also counseling, education, jobs, and many other steps towards self-sufficiency.  You can volunteer or donate to the CRC any time here

Brain Cancer Fund-raiser.  Thanks to the generosity of our Black Belts, and most especially Master and Mrs. Johnson, we have raised thousands of dollars for the 2017 Over the Edge Brain Cancer event. We recently lost one of Karate Moms to brain cancer, and one of her close friends (who has a fear of heights!) is rappelling off the top of San Diego's tallest building on December 3.  We'll post video!   

The funds raised go to brain cancer research right here in San Diego, and you can still donate directly here.  Thank you.

Red Cross BreakathonThanks to all of you for helping the Red Cross provide safe water, medical services, food and shelter to hurricane victims.  Our Escondido Breakathon raised over $1300, and our top fund-raiser was Taylor Hobson! Overall, Family Karate raised over $4,000 for the Red Cross in one week.

Spirit of Dr. King Award- At Family Karate we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by recognizing our students for being warriors committed to building a most just and peaceful world.   It is interesting that our fist three winners are all Family Karate Junior Black Belts who have trained with us for many years.

Jason Mendez

I attend a Middle School where bullying and fighting takes place every day. Very few students have respect for teachers.  I do my part to prevent and stop fights.

One day I came out the locker room straight into the perfect fight setting - two Sixth Graders squared off, no teachers around, and tons of witnesses gathered. They were sizing each other up, and the cuss words were flying.  I came in at the last moment, but I was able to prevent a fight between two boys I didn't even know. 

What's funny is that when I see these guys now they are good friends!  If all people could learn to forgive and forget the world would be better, but for now we each need to care for each other.

Previous Spirit of Dr. King honorees

Cavan Lynch

Sylvia Tran 

​​CLASSES - We have dozens of classes each week, divided by age, program and skill level.  Whether it is Karate classes for kids, self protection for teens, or Krav Maga for adults, please see our Classes page for some choices, or contact us for the classes that would be best for your family. Call (760) 746-0983. Thank you.  To see how other parents feel about our partnership with them, you may want to visit our Parents Say... page.


BIRTHDAY PARTIES - Ever had your birthday cake cut with a Samurai sword?  Boys and girls love how much fun our parties are, and parents love how easy they are!  Please reserve your party 30 days in advance as we only have a few spots available each weekend.  Thanks.


PARENTS NIGHT OUT - We give Moms and Dads a break with specially-themed Fun Nights!  Please keep checking back here for our next fun event. Thanks.




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