We have dozens of classes each week focused on specific ages, programs, and skill levels.  We specialize in teaching Karate classes for kids, self protection for teens, and Krav Maga for adults. Below are some of our choices for our most popular beginner classes. Please contact us for the classes that would be best for your family, or grab our Grouponhere. Thank you.


Partnering with Parents​

We are so grateful to, and inspired by, all of the Family Karate instructors that we really wanted to acknowledge them. We joined the karate family with a Groupon voucher for our daughter. She immediately felt comfortable and at ease with Master Truscott in the Little Dragons class. He really emphasized the importance of respect, generosity and family values all while teaching karate techniques in a fun and creative environment.

As our daughter improved and moved up to earn her white belt, my wife and I were invited to help out in her class. I eventually was helping out in every class my daughter attended and our entire family developed a relationship with more and more of the instructors. We loved how our daughter was responding to the lessons taught during class about listening to your parents and doing chores cheerfully.

We gradually got to know more of the families involved and came to realize that these families all shared the same values as us. I eventually started taking classes as well. I started off attending the Saturday morning workouts and self defense classes. These classes were a great way for me to get to know other parents involved with Family Karate in a less formal atmosphere. Those classes got me interested in the evening adult classes, where the “art” part of the martial art is also taught.

Now, my wife and I are both attending classes and we love it. It has been amazing for our entire family  to learn from your team and cannot thank you enough for all you support in the past couple of years. We look forward to learning new things from your instructors in the years to come and love being a family supporting Family Karate - Devin Kambestad

Thank you for the time you spend with our kids.  What you've done for decades now is truly invaluable.  I hope you know how much you are appreciated - Ginese Family

I looked long and hard for a school that would really teach character, while also teaching very valuable self-protection skills. Not until I worked closely with you and your school did I see first-hand the exceptional long-term impacts you and your training have.

Now ten years on, Gabe and Ben now know that achieving Black Belt is not an "option" - Dad feels that they are learning far more than punching and kicking at your school. You have said it many times... "to become a Black Belt you first must show up to the next practice".  But they learn more than perseverance at your school - they learn patience. They learn to listen and translate what they hear/see to actions and behaviors. They learn respect, not fear... many confuse the two. And most importantly, they learn that a significant goal does not happen overnight. Instant gratification and unlimited "lives" seems to be what kids learn with super-heroes and video games. Thanks to you, my boys now know that achievement takes time and effort. - David Hersey

I sincerely thank you for all the help and support you provided to both of our boys throughout these years. I believe that your training helped them to be more responsible, polite and overall good people. We thank you and the team of Instructors for that. Your program really helps children and their parents, and I hope more families get to know the benefits :) - Brenda Booth

Thank you sincerely for all the good you are doing and have done for so many, and for your kind support of Cole and our family. He has learned so much from you regarding attitude, effort, commitment, spirit, good manners, respect, sportsmanship, patience, perseverance, and being a team player.  

Cole's grandfather, who passed before he was born, came up with a memorable formula you might enjoy:  Ability + Effort = Performance....  A+E= P. Great ability without effort isn't always a winning combination.  But with limited ability and enough effort, high performance is achievable - Mama Pierce, Cole's Grandma

Learn the Top Ten reasons parents choose us the teach their children here​

If you're already convinced, please grab our Groupon and give us a try!

How Family Karate is different

Dear Moms & Dads, Grandmas & Grandpas

For nearly 50 years Family Karate Escondido has been serving our community by guiding children, supporting parents, and strengthening families.

Our classes are fun, and we hold our kids to high standards. Karate Kids must show us that they have been more respectful and responsible at home and at school before they can earn any new belt - including White Belt. They bring every report card and school award in to our Instructors. You can read dozens of letters from grateful parents and impressed teachers here

We partner with you in developing the whole child physically, socially, and academically.  Each quarter our students learn about the work and impact of a different life-model, from Albert Einstein to Nelson Mandela, from Marie Curie to Helen Keller. (Learn more here)

At each of our summer camps our campers learn about important people, events, and concepts related to that camp's theme: Valentina Tereshkova, the Moon Landing, and Black Holes during Star Wars Camp, for example. (Learn more here)

 And Family Karate really is family karate: you can actually be in class with your kids! At least half our Black Belt Graduates each year are Moms and Dads of our Karate Kids - most of whom once thought they much too old to do Karate with their children!

Family Karate has always supported our local schools, churches, and charities with Say No To Drugs programs, Life Lessons, Teen-Safe courses, Career Day talks, and fundraising support. Our students have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for children’s charities such as the Pediatric Brain Tumor Association, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Over 25 years ago, Family Karate pioneered Martial Arts for the Physically Challenged, a program that has been adopted nationwide.

To learn more about how we will partner with your family, please call me at (760) 746-0983 or write to me anytime at steve@familykarateusa.com, or just grab our Groupon and give us a visit.

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

Family Karate   (760) 746-0983

​​Escondido​ Karate for Kids, Teens & Adults since 1971

KIDS BEGINNERS (6-11 years)

Monday through Thursday 4:00 pm

Monday & Wednesday 6:45 pm

Saturday 9:00 am

Shawn is doing so much better at getting along with his sisters, and even setting a good example for them!  This is new...​  Sandra

We so proud of Sebastian's progress, and his attitude outside of class is respectful and kind. -  Lisa & James

Josh has continued to improve at school and home.  He made Honor Roll again and is one of the top readers in his class. - Brian

I am so proud of the growth Tyler is showing in learning to focus and take responsibility for his actions at home as well as in class. - Leah


You'll love learning here

TEENS (11-14 years)

ADULTS (15 & up)

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 6:30 am

Monday & Wednesday 7:30 pm

Tuesday & Thursday 6:45 pm

Saturday 8:00 am

​Fitness Mon-Thu 5:30 am & Sat 7:00 am

Many adults and teens join our program for the protection skills, and then discover all the health and fitness benefits change their lives just as much.

Others join for a fun way to get into shape with a supportive team, and soon discover they love learning safety skills.We want all our teens to go away to college safe, secure, and strong.

Earning your Black Belt can be a huge factor in earning college admission. Our young Black Belts go to the nation's top Universities every year!

Start building confidence and safety today with our Groupon.

TINY TIGERS (3 & 4 years)

Monday 3:15 pm

Wednesday 3:15 pm

Saturday 11:00 am

LITTLE DRAGONS (4 & 5 years)

Monday 3:15 pm

Thursday 3:15 pm

Saturday 11:00 pm

Our little guy just needs to be reminded about your Number One Club to do what we ask him now. Amazing! - Abel & Jen

Brayden is working very hard at school and not getting discouraged.  He is very nurturing with his baby sister and helps his little brother to learn. - Lindsay