San Diego Tae Kwon Do

Building Character with Tae Kwon Do

The martial arts are as much a mind and spiritual practice as they are a physical one. The art of Tae Kwon Do embodies the connection between body and mind through its diverse self-defense techniques and its emphasis on creating a more disciplined and moral world. Students of Tae Kwon Do are guided by a set of core principles that encourage physical, social and mental development both inside and outside of the studio.

As the traditional martial art of Korea, Tae Kwon Do has existed in some form for over 2000 years. The literal translation of Tae Kwon Do perfectly describes the primary elements of the practice: Tae (foot), Kwon (hand) and Do (art). It focuses more on kicks than most other forms of martial arts, making it an ideal way to improve balance, flexibility and endurance.

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On its own or combined with other forms of martial arts, the Tae Kwon Do skills of foot kicks and jumps and hand punches, blocks and strikes make for a highly effective self-defense system that can give you the upper hand in any threatening situation. At SwiftKick San Diego, we incorporate these effective Tae Kwon Do skills with other martial arts modalities to provide the most comprehensive and functional martial arts and self-defense training systems around.

The Core Principles of Tae Kwon Do

Tae Kwon Do is known as one of the most diverse martial arts practiced today. More than just a fighting sport, students learn how to create a sense of community, accomplishment and a greater awareness of their body and how to use it. Once becoming a student of the martial arts, you immediately join a community that strives to better itself and create a group of individuals to support you in your journey, and you in theirs.

Tae Kwon Do has maintained core principles known as the “Five Tenants of Tae Kwon Do.” The five tenants of Courtesy, Integrity, Self-Control, Perseverance and Indomitable Spirit are summed up by the “Tae Kwon Do Student Oath”:

  • I shall observe the tenets of Tae Kwon Do.
  • I shall respect the instructor and seniors.
  • I shall never misuse Tae Kwon Do.
  • I shall be a champion of freedom and justice.
  • I shall build a more peaceful world.

Top Benefits of Tae Kwon Do Training

Along with seeking physical strength and stamina through the discipline of Tae Kwon Do, students will benefit in many other ways that will have a direct, positive impact in their lives.

Physical Fitness

As an effective cardiovascular workout, Tae Kwon Do training helps students to improve their fitness, lose fat, tone their muscles and increase their stamina and flexibility.

Mental Focus

Studies have shown that exercise, and especially martial arts that emphasize specific body movements and positions, help children and adults improve their ability to concentrate and pay attention consistently.


The ability to protect yourself is one of the primary reasons why San Diego residents choose to practice the martial arts. Tae Kwon Do teaches men, women and children how to be prepared for any threat and ready to subdue an attacker at any time.


There is a great sense of confidence in knowing that you can defend yourself and your loved ones if and when the time comes. Tae Kwon Do training gives students the physical techniques and strength they need to act, as well as the mental attitude to move with self-assurance and fearlessness.


Tae Kwon Do is known for creating a positive, supportive and encouraging environment for students of all ages, fitness levels and abilities. SwiftKick Martial Arts San Diego prides itself on its ability to provide an approachable and fun learning atmosphere that produces results.

SwiftKick Martial Arts San Diego – Training for Real Life

Some schools focus solely on one style of martial arts. While there is nothing wrong with this approach, at SwiftKick San Diego we combine the best of all the martial arts disciplines to create a functional and dynamic program that can be effectively applied the moment you leave the studio. Our focus is on teaching you the self-defense skills you need to defend yourself, combat any attack and move confidently in the world.

Pulling from traditional martial arts, mixed martial arts and reality based self-defense programs, our system is practical and can be learned by anyone. SwiftKick San Diego students will come away with a robust set of skills that incorporates elements of Tae Kwon Do, Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, Karate, Muay Thai and Wrestling.

Are you ready to take your self-defense to the next level? Do you want to instill a sense of confidence, discipline, cooperation, respect and physical health in your child? Do you want to get in the best shape of your life?

Contact SwiftKick Martial Arts San Diego at 858.385.1600 to learn more about our programs and to find out how you or your child can get started today.

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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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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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