If you’re looking for a program that offers top notch self-defense and martial arts training for yourself, your family, business associates, and other special relationships, become part of the SwiftKick family and invite others to do the same.

Martial Arts Youth Program Testimonials

My son has been training with SwiftKick since he was 4 years old.  His father and I both saw an amazing improvement in our son’s social confidence. The area that stands out most to me as a parent is that SwiftKick focuses not only on martial arts skills but on character development; self-control, respect for self and others, decision making etc.  I will always be grateful for SwiftKick and Brian for their positive influence on my son.– A.A., Carlsbad

I had reservations at first since we didn’t necessarily want our child to learn karate. We don’t  believe in violence so finding the right program that had an emphasis on self development was key for us. Our 7 year old daughter is autistic and it has been a challenge to find a program that she would love. Boy does she LOVE this program. Parents are encouraged to be involved at every level. Physical fitness, self esteem, and self defense are what is being taught here. In the last two months  I have been completely impressed with the entire team and how they make learning so much fun for the kids. Give it a try you will not be disappointed. RG– Roberta G., San Diego

SwiftKick has exceeded our expectations for our daughter. She is not afraid of being caught in a threatening situation, because she knows that she can defend herself. We are grateful for Mr. Cowell and the SwiftKick program for making such a difference in our daughter’s life.– Kerri, 4S Ranch

After two years in a SwiftKick program, our son lost 40 pounds and is enjoying his new life as a physically fit young man. We are especially excited about his newfound sharp mind and increased creative energy.– Dr. Smith, Escondido

My two boys love Swiftkick and its instructors, they get a great work out and I love that they are learning discipline and building strong character.  Highly recommend this place.– J.S., San Diego

Testimonials for our Adult Self Defense Classes

I’ve only been in the CMD for 6 months and I can already see vast improvements in my health, both mental and physical. It’s one of the most holistic martial arts systems I’ve seen and the fact that it consciously helps you off the mats as well, the CMD just can’t be beat.– Teh Ju-Lian (Kaula Lumpur, Malaysia)

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.– N.H., San Diego


I started training MMA when a friend invited me to try out the Champion class in Carlsbad about a year and 4 months ago. At first, I was committed to the classes for the short membership and then I started to see so many benefits in other areas of my life.

I learned:
-The things I say inside my head matter. It is important to focus on the positive and coach my body into alignment with the skills i’m working on instead of the things I have not yet mastered.
-The ways I engage or disengage from the various ranges also are seen in the ways I confront or handle hard situations in life
-Expressing my needs and communicating what I need help at will always advance me to the next level
-My body loves the modules where we have a lot of high intensity workouts in short bits, i like grounding and focusing on my breath.
-When I am unable to train, I really miss the release of energy and the physical benefits of a good workout and my training partners.
-and more….

What have you got to lose? Maybe you’ll learn many other things in addition to have a great workout and training experience too! You’ll love the coaches and interactions at either location but i’m biased of course to Carlsbad ????

– R.B., Carlsbad

5 Star Google Reviews

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.read more
Ziyue Jin
Ziyue Jin
22:53 11 Mar 19
We are so happy we signed our Liam up with Swiftkick Marital Arts in RB. We started 2 months ago with our 9yr old and he has made such great progress and actually loves going 3 times a week. If he is in a bad mood going he comes out of there super happy. He smiles through the whole class. We just signed up our 7 year old this weekend and he is so far loving it also. The staff are absolutely amazing with the kids.read more
We are so grateful that we found Swiftkick Martial Arts. We were introduced by the after school program they offered on our schools campus. After just 7 weeks of training, through that program, we already saw a difference in our children’s behavior, attitudes and confidence. We knew we needed to continue. We appreciate the flexibility of the program and the great leadership offered by the coaches in each class. We now have all three of our kids in the program. We feel good about investing into their health, their character and their safety.read more
16:59 20 Mar 18
My son has been practicing at SwiftKick Martial Arts for about two years. We have been nothing but pleased with the level of instruction, the professionalism of the teachers and staff, and the difference it has made in our son's life. We love how there are always many instructors available to help a child, give them a little motivation, or keep them focused. The teachers know all of the kids, by name, and they engage them personally by knowing who they are and what they are interested in. One thing I remember from our first day, was that Mr. Smith knew that my child was new, he knew his name and he welcomed him. That little personal touch can make an uneasy child more comfortable, that little thing, has stayed with me all this time and I think it is what makes SwiftKick so special.read more
Janice Takade
Janice Takade
23:41 11 Feb 18
My 5 year old and 8 year old started at SwiftKick about a year ago and have loved it. I have watched them become more focused, gain strength and coordination and have fun doing it! About 9 months ago, my husband and I decided to join. I have become more confident and love the fact that I am getting great exercise and learning important self defense skills. There are plenty of class times to choose from throughout the week and all of the instructors are knowledgeable and kind. I would highly recommend SwiftKick for the entire family!read more
Kelly Tognetti
Kelly Tognetti
01:15 22 Aug 17
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.read more
Jan S
Jan S
16:30 20 Jun 19
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 Nave
Erin Nave
16:50 16 Jul 19
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!read more
Leng Ky
Leng Ky
14:11 18 Jul 19
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!read more
Scott Kraetsch
Scott Kraetsch
22:51 08 Aug 19
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.read more
Karen K
Karen K
20:33 29 Sep 19
My little boy loved this place , came here for a quick trial couple days ago staff are amazing and very friendly.
Fouad Alshayeb
Fouad Alshayeb
19:51 18 Jan 20
SwiftKick is a great place to train. My entire family takes classes here and cannot get enough. They offer great instruction that is fun for all ages and keeps us coming back for more. We pay one price and can come as many times a week as we'd like. The owner is a great guy and is very passionate about what he does.read more
M Conrad
M Conrad
03:33 29 Jun 17
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!
Trevor Ng
Trevor Ng
04:38 02 Feb 21
Always a good shopping experience
Vern Hudson
Vern Hudson
21:39 28 Feb 21
Rancho Bernardo Studio

Swiftkick Martial Arts San Diego



16775 Bernardo Center Drive

San Diego, California 92128

Carlsbad Studio

Swiftkick Martial Arts Carlsbad


7040 Avenida Encinas

Suite B-107

Carlsbad, CA 92011

Brian Cowell: Director