martial art san diego for kids

Explorer Program
Kids 3-5

The SwiftKick Martial Arts Explorer Program serves children ages 3-5. Unlike any other children’s martial arts activity, the SwiftKick...

mma for children san diego

Pathfinder Program
Kids 6-11

The SwiftKick Martial Arts Pathfinder Martial Arts Program serves children ages 6-11. If your child is under 6 and you would like them to...

Impact - Self-Defense for Teens

Impact Program
Teens 12+

The SwiftKick Impact Program serves teens ages 12-18. This program is designed to use the martial arts as a venue to develop physical

adult martial arts program

Champion Program
Adults 18+

The SwiftKick Martial Arts Champion Program serves all adults over 18. Designed for the time-constrained working professional.

My son trained here for a while then stopped. When he decided to start back, he wanted to come back here. Coaches are knowledgeable and still cool
Fady N.
Fady N.
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SwiftKick Martial Arts is hands down one of the best martial art schools in San Diego. As a martial artist of 22 years, I've trained at many different schools and SwiftKick is truly set apart. The instructors and staff here are attentive and truly care about your experience, never compromising safety and comfortability. Best of all, it's a school for everyone at any skill level and perfect for kids. Thank you, SwiftKick staff for all that you do!
Ashley W.
Ashley W.
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Been training here for 8+ years now, and I can say not a better decision was made. Incredibly grateful to the coaches and the whole staff who make everyone feel welcome and a part of the swiftkick family, and help them break through ceilings of what they think is possible. To say that your martial arts skills directly translates into life improvements would be an understatement. There's always new skills to learn, better your existing skills and the coaches will push you towards it. I'm fortunate to have built some life long friendships here and it is a truly a community here, that's helping make each other better!
Harshavardhan S.
Harshavardhan S.
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Great place! Our kids have learned so much in just 2 weeks. They usually have 2-4 teachers per group so lots of individual attention. The lessons are packed with learning and they mix it up a lot to keep the kids engaged. All the instructors are kind and great with kids of all ages. Love that they focus on personal development as well.
S B
S B
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Amazing staff, outstanding program that instills values, integrity of character and social emotional skills toward leadership. Excellent character building program, exercise and discipline for children of all ages! Very thankful for this wonderful Martial Arts School. Thank you.
Mr. Atienza Room 1.
Mr. Atienza Room 1.
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We've had a great experience at Swiftkick! We have found our daughter's teacher Laura to be skilled, personable, and very dedicated. Our daughter looks forward to her lessons each week and has grown tremendously over the past year with Laura's guidance.
Tobin S.
Tobin S.
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My granddaughter and I received our first private session with Laura, and I am very impressed with her professionalism and care. I look forward to many years of training with her.
Lisa The B.
Lisa The B.
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Could not be happier with the coaches and teaching philosophy. This place is worth every penny, and has been very helpful for a challenging kid!
Meryl K.
Meryl K.
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Way more fun than I thought! Will be back.Update: couple months under my belt and really enjoying the physical and mental exercise
Anthony P.
Anthony P.
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Very interactive coaches, kids like them.
Muthukkumar D
Muthukkumar D
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We couldn’t be happier with our decision to take our little guy here. Every single interaction with anyone at Swiftkick has been nothing but incredibly pleasant & helpful. They always welcome us with a smile and genuine care. Our son absolutely loves class and his coaches, so do we. He’s learned so much and we’re so appreciative for all they’ve taught him so far and their kindness. We don’t ever want to leave!
Amy A.
Amy A.
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Swiftkick Martial Arts is a great place to work out and train a self-defense class! I love the staff and the materials they teach, check them out for a free trial if you're interested! It's a great place!
Trevor N.
Trevor N.
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H. K.
H. K.
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I've been going regularly for about 8 months. I can say the staff are truly knowledgeable and dedicated to fostering a safe, but challenging environment for martial arts limited only by what you put into it. Loving it!
Charles G.
Charles G.
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We are so grateful that we found SwiftKick Martial Arts. My son has been training there since 2016.We have been extremely pleased with the coaching staff, the level of instruction and the results.I highly recommend SwiftKick!
Suzanne R.
Suzanne R.
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both my kids and I both take classes and we love it. Hands down the best classes to put your kids in if you want to raise kind, compassionate, and disciplined kids.
Dana M.
Dana M.
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My son really does enjoy participating in Swiftkick Martial Arts. The staff is super friendly and always makes us feel very welcomed. The instructors are very patient and attentive to the kids. My son has learned a lot!
Brittaney Badger Phoenix Arizona Real E.
Brittaney Badger Phoenix Arizona Real E.
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Clint B.
Clint B.
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Saanvi A.
Saanvi A.
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Always a good shopping experience
Vern H.
Vern H.
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Andrew B.
Andrew B.
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Z. M.
Z. M.
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Easily the best martial arts studio for kids around!
Nick P.
Nick P.
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Jonathan T.
Jonathan T.
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Wonderful all-around activity/organization to be involved in: top-notch encouraging instructors, family-focused and highly communicative, and so much fun for the kids, all while practicing health and life skills they can continue to incorporate at home. Would highly recommend to ANY parent/family for ANY child. My son and daughter can’t get enough!
Nicole C.
Nicole C.
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Eman E.
Eman E.
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I love this business!
Russell A.
Russell A.
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Our family loves SwiftKick! We have been going to SwiftKick for two years and we have loved every class and event. My daughter is excited to go to each class and is disappointed if we ever have to miss. All the coaches are engaging and very knowledgeable. They teach life skills like self-defense, respect, attentiveness and self-control in a fun way. Our younger son is excited to start training at the Rancho Bernardo studio and he'll start as soon as he is old enough.
Karen K
Karen K
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My son has been a student at SwiftKick for over 10 years. The awesome thing about SwiftKick Martial Arts is while they teach self-defense, they also teach self-control.The entire staff are incredibly patient, and mix in fun activities to get students (adult and children alike) to be active, learn self-control, and have a ton of fun doing it.A few years ago, after seeing how much fun our son was having, my wife and I also started and have been loving it ever since!
Scott K.
Scott K.
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Our oldest daughter has been a part of Swiftkick for 4 years and she loves it. It has given her tons of confidence and let her grow as a leader. The coaches definitely engage with our kids and take an individualized approach with teaching them. While our kids have grown and have a great time there, if there is one thing that they can improve upon, it's that having more classes especially at the more advanced level would be awesome!
Leng K.
Leng K.
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Four of our children have trained here over the last 3 1/2 years. The coaches are excellent at engaging younger and older students alike. We count this as a valuable piece of our children's education.
Erin N.
Erin N.
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My son loves Swiftkick at Rancho Bernardo. When our summer travel plans got cancelled he was happy cause he won’t be missing Swiftkick!! I noticed an increased level of discipline and alertness in him. Sometimes when I call out to him or assign a task at home he replies “ yes mom”. 😀Thank you Swiftkick.
Jan S
Jan S
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Parker S.
Parker S.
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I was in Bernado class for almost 6 months. Sadly, because of work reason, I have to move. I have learned a lot from SwiftKick. I came in as a kickboxing background student and came out as a martial arts student. I have learned more defense skills, move technique, and kick skills. If I can stay longer, I believe I can learn more skills. All instructors are very nice and reachable. For adult class, your classmates are great instructor, too.
Z. J.
Z. J.
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I have been doing this ever since I was 6 years old the instructors don't just become your instructor they also become your friend. I am a brown belt and they help me learn multiple tenants 🙂
Matthew
Matthew
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UrshaSDCA
UrshaSDCA
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I have personally trained with the instructors since I was in 3rd grade. Since then I have never stopped. I have went to every class I could and grew my martial art skills immensely. Not only did this class help me with martial arts, it made me a better all around athlete. I am a multiple sport player including basketball and lacrosse. Both of them require physicality and athleticism. This class built my strength, endurance, body control and much more. This business fully deserves 5 stars and made me who I am.
Connor Q.
Connor Q.
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This business fully embodies what it means to get 5-stars! Truly an exceptional team of leadership and instructors. They are caring, intentional, attentive and fully engaging for their students. The training these kids (mine are 6 and 10) receive has implications that go far beyond the skill of martial arts. We have seen significant improvement in home behavior and discussions surrounding personal improvement and discipline in the home since beginning our training with Brian and his uniquely exceptional and vested team of instructors.
Julie D.
Julie D.
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My boys 9 & 11 have been at Swiftkick for over a year now. They are both involved in multiple sports, yet find the time to make it one to two classes a week. We love the team of instructors, the personal care they give to each and every child, and the constant contact they have with us parents 🙂
K P
K P
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My 7 year old daughter started Swiftkick in August of 2017, and we couldn't be happier. I couldn't agree more with all the tenets they teach the kids, as they are rules to live by. My daughter is learning focus, respect and determination, not to mention she's getting pretty good at Martial Arts! I cannot wait to see how far she gets in 6 months from now! Thank you to all the caring and extremely professionals you have here teaching our kiddos!
Stacey M.
Stacey M.
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My eight year daughter has been attending Swift Kick for a year. We are thrilled with the program as it provide real-life defensive and offensive tactics that children can use. At the end of every session they talk about character, leadership and focus. The instructors are all very upbeat, patient and positive and are great with the kids. Kids earn belts when they master the modules. They genuinely earn the belts and stripes, not like some studios where you might see a 6 year old black belt. Each belt is celebrated with the entire class. We love this place!
Marie G.
Marie G.
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We started our 6 year old son in Swiftkick over the summer after we had walked by it a few times during classes. My son expressed an interest in learning martial arts and so we thought we'd give it a go. I have to say I am extremely impressed with everything we have seen so far. All the teachers are extremely supportive, patient, and friendly. I also like that they focus on the tenants of martial arts as well as technique (i.e. honor, attentiveness, integrity, perseverance, self-control, courtesy). We noticed an immediate improvement in our sons behavior at home after the first two weeks. I can't really say enough good things about Brian and his team. I would recommended Swiftkick to anyone. A fantastic experience.
Jeremy A.
Jeremy A.
1508352661
I've been taking my son to Swiftkick for 6 months now and absolutely loving it. We've tried a few different places in the past and this one is by far the best...according to both my son and myself. My daughter has been enjoying watching every class her brother has gone to and can't wait to sign up. I really like that they have a different module every 6 weeks where they focus on specific tenant (such as respect, self control, etc) and Brian sits down with them during every class and not only goes over what it means but also has the kids give there thoughts as to what it means. He is very involved in all the students and gets to know each family. He is there to help with whatever problems your child may be dealing with. The entire staff is very friendly and goes out of their way to ensure that your child is comfortable as well as focused. This is the best family friendly martial arts place!
lindsay A.
lindsay A.
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My six year old son has been training with Swiftkick for over a year, and we absolutely can't say enough great things about Coach Brian and his team! The instructors are fantastic with the kids, and along with having a fun, exciting place to learn self defense and martial arts, he is learning self control, mindfulness and important lessons that he'll take with him throughout his life. Brian and his team are positive, supportive and are always willing to go the extra mile for the kids. I highly recommend Swiftkick, so happy we are part of this amazing program!
Caren B.
Caren B.
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I recently switched myself and my kids to Swiftkick after all of us doing taekwondo. We love TKD but I wanted to get the kids into something that was focused more on applicable skills vs. forms and competition. On the flip-side, I also didn't want to enroll my kids in a UFC-type MMA school either. I want them to be martial artists that know how to defend themselves, but I'm not trying to make them cage fighters.Swiftkick keeps the structure with the belts and testing and teaches the life-skills like respect and character that you get from a traditional martial-arts school (perfect for the kids), but gives them a more applicable martial-arts training that I really wanted for them. It isn't about how many trophies or competitions they win, or how quickly they can get a black belt, it's about their character, their confidence and their true abilities to defend themselves.On that note, getting a black belt will take a lot of years and a lot of effort. If you're looking for a place to get your black belt easily or quickly, look elsewhere. This is definitely NOT a McDojo belt factory. If you're looking to learn some real skills and put in a lot of time and sweat to get them, this is the place.It sounds tough and we've only been going for a short while, but my kids absolutely LOVE going to class. They're actually upset when we can't take them due to a scheduling conflict. The instructors are really great with the kids and do a great job of providing feedback throughout class. I'm beyond impressed with their patience and ability to keep the kids focused. I would fail miserably at this. They're also great communicating with the parents, which sounds trivial but is very important if you're going to be spending years at a school. This is in addition to the instructors being great role models for the kids; not only in their martial arts abilities, but in their character as well. They're great people and the atmosphere is really positive. Brian sets a great example and has a fantastic team.As for adults, the program is geared more toward our busy lives so some of the formality is gone, but the training is essentially the same. I train with the teenagers too so I get to experience both. There are no tournaments and stress about competing, so for me with my busy schedule, not having the guilt of not competing was very refreshing. It also isn't just a self-defense program where you learn how to respond to prescribed attacks. They're really trying to create skilled and well-rounded martial artists that deal in the unpredictable.I’ve trained in both karate and taekwondo so it is really fun being utterly humbled by 12 yr old kids at Swiftkick, and seeing the skills of their 16-18 yr old siblings, who have also been with the school for years, is simply inspiring (there are no “blackbelt fails” here). Oh… and for those of us old farts that sit behind a desk all day, the warm-up is rough but in a good way. I love the workout. I need the workout. Trying to keep up with teenagers just makes me wish I were 30 years younger.So I’m sorry for the horribly long review, but the school is great. I love the philosophy, the people, the skills we’re learning, and the workout. I love everything about it.
Alan P.
Alan P.
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Our daughter has had a great experience at Swiftkick. We appreciate the instructors and the way they include all students in a positive and fun martial arts experience. We recommend Swiftkick to our friend and family!
Jenny
Jenny
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I have been training with SwiftKick for the past several months. The instructors are extremely good and I have really liked the blended martial arts approach. I have 3 small children and have signed them up as well, and all of them love it. It has really helped me with my fitness goals as well as helped me learn new self defense techniques.
Nicholas H.
Nicholas H.
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What a truly refreshing approach to self defense. This program emcompasses the best from all martial arts and wraps it into a program that teaches you to be prepared for real life scenarios. I loved this program so much I even signed up my 3yr old daughter who looks forward to each class.
Heath S.
Heath S.
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We have had the best experience at Swiftkick. The instructors are so great with children and amazing teachers. This martial arts program not only teaches self defense in a practical way it gives children self confidence! They also focus on teaching perseverance, focus, respect and self control. There is a true level of care and intent for each child that enters the program. My son has been attending for nearly 2 years and he has improved in more ways then I would have imagined from a martial arts class!
melody h
melody h
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Martial Arts San Diego

SwiftKick Martial Arts San Diego is a Self Defense and Applied Martial Arts education program based in San Diego and Carlsbad. SwiftKick Martial Arts San Diego is not the typical martial arts gym or school. Our unique self defense classes focus on an approach that blends the best of mixed martial arts and combat self-defense to teach a highly functional and dynamic martial arts system. At SwiftKick Martial Arts we encourage our clients to become experts in practical fitness and self-defense. Our San Diego based martial arts program is also about integrating our martial arts training for increased success in business, education, and relationships.

Our Core Martial Arts Self Defense Programs

At SwiftKick we offer four core martial arts programs at our San Diego Martial Arts studio located in Rancho Bernardo and our Martial Arts Carlsbad studio.

  • For Children (3-5) we have our Explorer program.
  • For older children (6-11) we have our PathFinder program.
  • For Teens (12+) we have our Impact program.
  • For Adults (18+) we have our Champion program.

Each of these martial arts programs are designed to train students in Applied Martial Arts, a dynamic and integrated system focusing on functional martial arts, kickboxing, and self-defense. At SwiftKick, we value the martial arts to also be a life performance vehicle, something that can be applied to better yourself in all life pursuits.

Let Martial Arts Re-Shape You

Gain Confidence, Discover Self Defense, Get an Awesome Workout and Have a Ton of Fun with Adults and Kids of all Shapes and Sizes. Get Your First Class Free ($25 Value).