You'll love learning here

Family Karate   (760) 746-0983

Self Defense

in Escondido​​ for Kids & Families

Camps, Birthday Parties, & Other Fun Stuff

A Week at Hogwarts - our most Magical Spring Camp ever!

Your kids will love being part of Harry Potter’s world at our Spring Camp: The Sorting Hat  - Houses - Quidditch  - Wand-making!

Hogwarts Camp begins April 15 and runs Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Early drop-off (8:00 am) and late pick-up (5:00 am) are available with pre-registration. Spots at Hogwarts Castle are going fast!  

Email Master Truscott today to reserve your places at our most magical Spring Camp ever.

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to all of our students who earned new belts!  We appreciate how hard you worked in class the last three months, and how much you practiced at home. We also loved reading about how your school teachers and parents felt about the good decisions and progress you made.

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 third may seem a mirage. Combat situations are so dynamic that we may survive a mistake, but for free-climbers protection from death requires perfection.  Alex's goal is to learn and rehearse each move so deeply that he turns a free-climb into a low-risk, high-consequence flow.

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

Project Strong   

Project Strong is a way to walk the Warrior Path by strengthening our Minds, our Bodies, and our World, illuminated by a life-model. The simple version of this quarter's challenge is:

Mind - Choose to be resilient

Body - Learn new functional movements

World - Make a difference, beginning at home

Life Model: Archbishop Desmond Tutu is known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. He was the Bishop of Johannesburg and then the Archbishop of Cape Town, in both cases being the first black African to hold the position. 

From 1978 to 1985 he was general-secretary of the South African Council of Churches, emerging as one of South Africa's most prominent anti-apartheid activists. Although warning the National Party government that anger at apartheid would lead to racial violence, as an activist he stressed non-violent protest and foreign economic pressure to bring about universal suffrage.

After President de Klerk released Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990, the pair led negotiations to dissolve apartheid and introduce multi-racial democracy and Tutu assisted as a mediator between rival black factions. After the 1994 general election resulted in a coalition government headed by Mandela, the latter selected Tutu to chair the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate past human rights abuses committed by both pro- and anti-apartheid groups.

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

Black Belt Fitness Test Saves Lives

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 article here:

WMARA Black Belt Promotions

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

First Degree

Conner Dedic

Elise Miller

Emily Muehl

Hannah Johnson

Jason Hsu

May Chenh

Wendy Austin

Second Degree

Kendra Kleber

Liam Austin

Mike Devan

Nicholas Stone

After Black Belt Graduation we had so many parents and grand-parents come and tell me how much our high expectations and our 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.


Founders Flood Relief Breakathon

Thank you to everyone who has helped the Hawkins family recover from the devastating loss of their home.  Grand Master Hawkins wrote: “We are really touched by the response we have gotten from you.  Please let everyone know how much we appreciate their support. We hope to see you all in May.”

You can still donate directly at our Go Fund Me campaign​Thank you for showing love and respect to Family Karate’s Mother and Father.

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