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Karate Escondido - Self Protection, Fitness & Life Skills

We are Recommended by Principals, Praised by Teachers, & Partnered with our Community

Fun Events, Introductory Classes & Community Service

Breakathon for the Milaan Foundation​

December 19 - 21

Please join in supporting a wonderful foundation, doing important work educating young women in India - The Milaan Foundation.  You can read a lot more about The Milaan Foundation in these third-party resources that highlight the impact of its work:

Obama Foundation Spotlight (Page 48)

Independent Evaluation by UC Berkeley

Please join us in any class December 19-21 to break boards to help build a better world! ​ Donate to the Milaan Foundation on PayPal here.


Here are two easy, fun resources with tons of gift ideas:

Century Martial Arts. You are welcome to order directly from Century using our Family Karate discount code: CMA 00523.  For quicker delivery and to save shipping costs, check in with us to see what we have in stock for you.  For example, we have solid wood belt-display racks (but only two!), uniforms, and some training weapons ready for delivery.

Family Karate Gift Certificates.  Let us know about anyone you'd like to introduce or invite back to our class, and we'll provide you with gift certificates for them. When they enroll, we'll give them - and you - free uniforms!

Try a Fun, Complimentary Class

by emailing us here

Or enjoy a few sessions with us from Activity Hero (below)

Family Games & Movie Night!

​Fridays at 3:00 pm we have a lot of fun at our family viewing  parties.  We play Bingo together and have seen Kung Fu Panda, Mulan, Cars, and Jackie Chan movies!  If you are part of our Karate family already please join us from the link in your emails.  If you'd like to join in the fun, please email Master Truscott for details.

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 available now from experienced, certified Teachers. Please email us for individual and small group learning and support for all subjects.

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!


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

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.

RSVP by email  or call (760) 746-0983

Forget New Year's 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

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.

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 

 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!


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!


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...


​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 article here.


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.


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.