You'll love learning here

Family Karate   (760) 746-0983

Self Defense

in Escondido​​ for Kids & Families


Tutoring, Enrichment, Camps, & Other Fun Stuff

Adventures in Art - Instruction & Inspiration to Create! 

Our first school-year session will be Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:30 - 4:15 pm beginning on September 8. Six unique lessons on legendary artists, their stories, their influences, and their styles. 

Each student will receive a cool Artist Kit to help in creating their own art based on each artist's style.  

The entire course is $200 plus Artist Kit $25 (plus $15 shipping depending on location). Please contact us now for early-bird and sibling discounts (until August 16). 

Teaching & Tutoring

Help in on its way! Please watch your emails and our Facebook page for our unique PreK - 5th Grade teaching and tutoring programs starting soon. Individual and small group learning and support for all subjects.

Teen Safety Training - Awareness, Skills & Safety for the most Vulnerable Years

When: Monday, February 24 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Where: Family Karate  410 W. Felicita, Suite K, Escondido

For whom: Recommended for 11-15 year olds. (We also offer College Life & Workplace safety training for 16 & above, and Body-guarding your Family for parents)

How much: Free to our community. Donations to Champions for Children are welcomed.

What: Awareness, Skills, and Safety for:

Digital Safety  Cyberbullying.  Digital safety. Online self-management.

- Emotional Safety  Psychological bullying.  Relationship abuse. Safe Adult. 

- Physical Safety  De-escalation skills.  Abduction prevention. Predator protection.   or call (760) 746-0983

Champions for Children February 29

Please join us for our invitational Tournament on Saturday, February 29 beginning at 3:00 pm at the Palomar YMCA Gymnastics Center.

Tournaments are very important growth opportunities for our students, great practice for belt exams, and the primary way we raise funds for Champions for Children community service projects.  Our next event will be on Saturday, February 29 at the Palomar YMCA beginning at 3:00 pm.

Your Instructor has registrations forms and event schedules. Pre-registration discounts are available now through February 15. 

Our 2019 Regional Grand Champions will be announced at this event.  Hope to see you all there!

Spring Camp

Our Spring Camp April 6-10 is going to be spectacular! 

For years your kids have been asking us to have a Movie-Making Camp - and now we have it!

Your Spielbergs, Jacksons, & Bigelows will be using their imaginations - and teamwork - to create, write, edit, story-board, and film their own movies. Some of them have already told us their subjects: Harry Potter, Spiderman, Pinkachu, Cheez-Its - yes, Cheez-Its!

We'll be awarding Best Screenplay, Best Director, & Best Picture - so please show up in gowns & tuxedos for Graduation!

Right now, you'll receive $25 off this Camp and $100 off for siblings on registrations completed before February 29.  You can reserve spots and receive registration forms by email.

There are only 3 spots left for this exciting Camp, so please let us know soon!

Project: Strong   

Project Strong is a way to walk the Warrior Path by strengthening our Minds, our Bodies, and our World. Each goal is illuminated by a life-model. 

The simple version of this quarter's Courtesy challenge is:
Mind: Whole-heartedly embrace our connections to others, and look around for people to whom we can show kindness

Body: Be respectful of our bodies by feeding, hydrating, training, and resting them with respect 

World: "I am just another version of you."

Our Life-model for Courtesy is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, a peaceful warrior. In little more than a decade he helped move our country dramatically towards equality of opportunity and justice under law. If it has been a while, please consider watching his "I Have a Dream" speech here.

This New Year Forget Resolutions: Make Commitments!

Want to feel better?  Look better?  Do better? 

We all do.  And each year we make resolutions to get there. (Well, except for those of us who decide that our New Year's resolution will be to make a resolution next year!)  

To do something difficult and to make a real difference, we all need three things: a clear vision, a supportive team, and an unbreakable commitment.

Many adults join our classes simply for a new way to get in shape with a supportive team.  They do, and then along the way they discover that they also love becoming safer and sharing this activity with their kids.

Other parents join just to have fun with their kids, and maybe learn to protect their families.  Suddenly they find out they can do more, feel stronger, sleep better, and are setting a great example for their kids.

Some adults have frankly told me they needed this for their own self discipline, then discovered joy and freedom in holding themselves accountable for consistent, progressive training with their team-mates.

We are here to partner with you in making your commitments come true this year.  Starting today!

Grab our Groupon and jump in.

Instructor & Black Belt Promotions

Congratulations to our most recent World Martial Arts Ranking Association graduates:

First Degree

Will Zimmer

Dan Butman

Cassidy Dugdale

Kenny Visk

Simon Brunzell

Jason Francisco

Second Degree

Bryan Hendricks

Third Degree

Brian Wasserman

Instructor Certification

Ian Thurston

Jon Beyrer

Hannah Johnson

Black Belt Secrets for School Success

We promise to teach your children the secrets to being a Black Belt in School by:

1. Building their Self Discipline and Personal Responsibility 

2. Privately going over each Report Card they bring in

3. Publicly celebrating every School Award they earn 

4. Asking their Teachers for recommendations before each belt promotion

5. Teaching them our Black Belt HWPO Principal - Hard Work Pays Off!

Break-a-thon Champions for Children

For over 30 years Champions for Children has provided community service programs for the physically challenged, at-risk children, college scholarships, and Say No to Drugs education. Thank you for changing so many children’s lives through your efforts and generosity.  Hope you had fun breaking boards too!

Previous Project: Strong

Project Strong is a way to walk the Warrior Path by strengthening our Minds, our Bodies, and our World. Each goal is illuminated by a life-model. 

Mind: Study hard, and be thankful we can learn every day of our lives

Body: Train hard, and be thankful that we can teach our bodies new, healthy habits 

World: Look hard, and be thankful we can make a difference in our world

Our Life-model for Gratitude is Rosa Parks, a champion for freedom, justice, and peace. Ms. Parks showed gratitude to her country by helping it move towards living up to its founding values.  She worked for civil rights her whole life, and passed away just four years before the inauguration of President Obama, for whom she certainly helped pave the way. Read more about this amazing woman here.

Mind: Respect others who are different from us

Body: Respect the gift of our bodies by using them for good 

World: Respect the amazing space-ship we all call home

Our Life-model for Respectfulness is Mahatma Gandhi, a champion for freedom, justice, and peace.

Mind: He disciplined his words and actions to be respectful and peaceful to those who opposed him: the British who ruled India, the Japanese who invaded India, the Muslims who partitioned India, and his fellow Hindus who used violence in India and who ultimately assassinated him. 

Body: He marched against oppression, and fasted against violence. 

World: He respected our planet by being a vegetarian, by recycling, and by living simply and self-sufficiently.

Read more about Mahatma Gandhi's life and work here.

 Pull-Ups for Feeding America

The aim of Project: STRONG is to help each of us become the strongest version of ourselves possible, both mentally and physically, and to use that strength to work together to make the world a better place.

Thank you for giving to Feeding America.  You donated over 8,000 meals to hungry Americans!  To learn more, or continue to help this organization please visit their website.

Podcast for Parents 

I have a favorite new podcast for parents: Warrior Kid by "Jocko" Willink. If you are not familiar with Jocko, he is a decorated Navy SEAL team leader, Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and Instructor, author, business consultant, and podcaster. I do suggest listening entirely though each Warrior Kid podcast before allowing your children to hear it, but I promise you will get great parenting ideas and life lessons from each one.

Congratulations to Team U.S.A. for winning the 2019 Women's World Cup!  

Did you know... one of our Escondido Karate Kids, Nikki Serlenga, played for the United States? She scored in her very first game, and won a Silver Medal at the Sydney Olympics!

Summer Camps

A Week at Hogwarts, Real-life Super Heroes, LEGO, and Star Wars Camp were so much fun!  Please visit our Facebook page to see some of the action.

Please email Master Truscott today to get on our interest list for our Spring and Summer Camps, and receive special insider early reservation information.


Graduation in the Park 

Thanks to everyone who joined us for Family Karate’s 48th Birthday Party, water ballon battle & your belt graduation!  Please see our Facebook post of this fun event.

 Special thanks to Corie Copenhaver for putting together this great event for us!


Black Belt Promotions

Congratulations to our most recent World Martial Arts Ranking Association Black Belt Degree graduates! 

First Degree Black Belt

Alexander Severinghaus

Bryan Knapp

Chuck Cason

Chris Swartz

Gabriella Erimli

Ian Brown

Lillian Gong

Second Degree Black Belt

LeAnn Erimli

Jon Beyrer

Tom Drinnon

Daniel Wiesner

Third Degree Black Belt

Susan Brandt

Bahadir Erimli

After Black Belt Graduation many Moms, Dads, and grand-parents kindly came to say how much our high expectations and guidance have meant to their kids and to their families.  

These families were very grateful that their academic kids found this thing to make them stronger and safer, and that their athletic kids found this path to self discipline and wise choices.

We are very honored to partner with these hugely supportive parents to help make a big, long-term difference in our students' lives.


High School Grads

Congratulations to our most recent High School graduates including:

Daniel Wiesner (Second Degree)

Danielle Dyson (Red Belt)

Eric Nguyen (Red Belt) 

Ian Brown (First Degree)

We know each of you will continue to make us proud!



Grab our awesome Groupon, and try classes for the whole family!


Thanks to everyone who broke boards, brought buddies, and raised funds for Champions for Children at our Breakathon! We appreciate all your support of Family Karate's community service.



Movie Recommendation

During her Spring Break from college, my daughter suggested we watch the Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo. I was very glad we did.  This movie about free-climbing tells an amazing story, but is also a clear depiction of the Warrior Way.  The climber Alex Honnold even articulates what the Way is: commitment, training, and perfection. 

We are on solid ground with the first two, but the perfection may seem a mirage. Combat situations are so dynamic that we may survive a mistake, but for free-climbers a mistake means death and survival requires perfection.  Alex's goal is to learn, mentally rehearse, and physically practice each move so deeply that he turns a free-climb into a low-risk, albeit high-consequence, flow.

Master Hawkins has often told us about the Japanese sword art that consists of draw, cut, re-sheath.  Imagine facing a kenshi who had spent a life-time perfecting only this...


Champions for Children Tournament Series 2018 Grand Champions

Junior Black Belts I: Madison Coperhaver (winner), Molly Davis (runner-up)

Junior Black Belts II: Jacob Mitchell (winner), Emma Stephens (runner-up)

Degree Black Belts: Joe Garvin (winner), Ryan Packwood (runner-up)



​Our Black Belt Fitness Test Can Save Your Life!

The Fitness Test for our Black Belt Exam includes 40 push-ups for men.  A recent Harvard study says:  Active, middle-aged men able to complete more than 40 pushups had a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes — including diagnoses of coronary artery disease and major events such as heart failure — during 10 years of follow-up compared with those who were able to do fewer than 10 pushups during the baseline exam.  

So we're on the right path to self-protection in more than one way!  You can read the complete articlehere.


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.

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 more just and peaceful world".   It is interesting that our first three winners are all Family Karate Junior Black Belts who have trained with us for many years.


Our latest award goes to:

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 


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 $1,300, and our top fund-raiser was Taylor Hobson! Overall, Family Karate raised over $4,000 for the Red Cross in one week.


​​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.​


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.




Family Karate You'll Love Learning Here!   410 West Felicita Avenue, Suite K, Escondido CA 92025    (760) 746-0983