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Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored martial arts teachers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best martial arts teachers in Hayward, CA.

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  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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Bay MMA & Fitness

Bay MMA & Fitness, a full-service mixed martial arts facility located in Hayward, California, offers a variety of martial arts classes for individuals of all ages and fitness levels. Bay MMA & Fitness offers high-impact fitness courses that are great for weight loss, cardiovascular endurance, muscle gaining and toning, as well as building self-confidence. Fitness programs include boxing, kickboxing, kettlebell conditioning, and cross training. Bay MMA & Fitness also offers mixed martial arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai competitive fighting programs. Classes are designed and led by experienced martial arts instructors to teach students Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, boxing, and kickboxing. Instructional boxing classes are also available.

Hayward, CA (510) 690-9021


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Fearless Martial Arts Academy

Fearless Martial Arts Academy, a martial arts school and fitness center located in Castro Valley, California, offers self-defense programs to individuals of all ages and experience levels. With a state-of-the-art facility and hands-on instruction, Fearless Martial Arts Academy provides a variety of martial arts programs that help children, youth, and adults build self-confidence, respect, focus, and discipline. Programs teach self-defense against strangers, school bullies, and single and multiple assailants implementing Taekwondo, Thai kickboxing, and Jujitsu. Krav Maga classes are also available and teach effective attack and counter maneuvers. High-energy fitness workouts include mixed martial arts inspired exercises and implement heavy bags, dummies, kettlebells, ropes, and more. SPARology classes teach sparring and fighting in a safe environment.

Castro Valley, CA (510) 698-2922


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Foster City Martial Arts

Foster City Martial Arts, a locally owned and operated studio in Foster City, California, has been providing high-quality, private and group lessons for individuals of all ages and experience levels since 1995. Programs include martial arts for preschoolers, teenagers, and adults. Women’s self-defense and karate birthday party events are also available. All instructors are experienced in proper martial arts techniques. Private lessons are available and provide one-on-one direction with the instructor which allows individuals to get the most out of each session. Group lessons are available and are separated by age and experience level. Martial arts benefits include self-defense, confidence, fitness, focus, respect, self-control, stress relief, and more.

Foster City, CA (650) 577-9234


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Gonsalves Martial Arts

Gonsalves Martial Arts, a family owned and operated martial arts school located in San Leandro, California, provides self-defense programs to children, teenagers, and adults of all experience and fitness levels. Gonsalves Martial Arts’ owner has more than 40 years of martial arts experience, over 20 of which, he's been an eighth-degree black belt. Gonsalves Martial Arts specializes in Taekwondo and Kajukenbo martial arts styles. Traditional weapons training, such as the sai, kama, bo staff, katana, and kali arnis classes are also available. Gonsalves Martial Arts offers small group classes, which provides each student with detailed and safe hands-on training from the instructor.

San Leandro, CA (510) 566-5625


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Hayward Aikido

Hayward Aikido, a martial arts studio and Aikido dojo located in Hayward, California, offers private and group sessions for individuals of varying fitness and experience levels. Hayward Aikido offers classes for both children and adults. Classes include Aikido, Laido, Kenpo karate, Jo, Arnis stick and knife training, Bokken, and Tanto knife training. All instructors are high-level black belts with years of experience in a variety of martial arts styles. Hayward Aikido also offers Zazen, a meditation practice which focuses on breathing and posture, ideal for stress relief and improving focus. Hayward Aikido is a proud member of Birankai, an international Aikido community.

Hayward, CA (510) 967-2688


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Kenpo Go Shin Jitsu School of Karate

Kenpo Go Shin Jitsu School of Karate is a practical self-defense martial arts school located in Hayward, California. Kenpo Go Shin Jitsu School of Karate teaches Chinese Kenpo, Gung-Fu, boxing, Judo, Jujitsu, Escrima, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Lua, and massage. Owner and instructor, Grand Master John Masculine is President of the United Self Defense Organization, and a 10th-degree black belt with over 35 years of experience. John implements natural body motion with reflexes and quick action, in his self-defensive and offensive methods against single, multiple, armed, and unarmed attackers. Simulated attacks in standing, sitting, and ground positions using padded attackers are used in teaching methods. New members receive one week of free training, as well as a free uniform with minimum sign-up.

Hayward, CA (510) 276-2636


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MAESH Striking Arts

MAESH Striking Arts, a martial arts studio located in San Leandro, California, has been providing high-quality martial arts training to individuals with all experience and fitness levels since 2009. Classes include Muay Thai kickboxing, boxing, sparring, and Kempo self-defense. All classes include warm-ups, partner drills, pad and mitt training, bag work, and calisthenics. MAESH Striking Arts also offers a women’s self-defense program that helps teach women to defend themselves from assailants. Open-gym times are also available and give students time to hone and fine-tune their skills. Instructors specialize in Japanese Kempo, boxing, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Students are trained at both competitive and non-competitive levels.

San Leandro, CA (510) 685-0612


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Martial Hearts

Martial Hearts, a community enrichment organization located in San Ramon, California, offers martial arts programs and community service events to the people of the Tri-Valley Area. Martial Hearts provides programs for both children and adults, including taekwondo lessons, self-defense training, safety awareness, and Chinese language lessons. Martial Hearts offers a family-friendly and fun environment to help individuals grow and learn. Martial Hearts is owned and operated by John Persinger, a 40-year martial arts veteran and author of the book ABC’s of Self Defense. Martial Hearts sponsors community service events such as food drives, book drives, Toys for Tots, and safety seminars. Program fees include unlimited classes, no contracts, and no belt testing fees.

San Ramon, CA (925) 330-0034


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Pallen's Martial Arts

Pallen's Martial Arts, a martial arts school located in Oakland, California, has been providing child and adult programs since 1968. Pallen’s Martial Arts specializes in Kenpo Karate, Kajukenbo, Philippine martial arts, Taekwondo, and Senkotiros Arnis. All instructors have undergone mandatory, year-round training programs and provide hands-on instruction during lessons. Experienced instructors help students set and achieve their goals both with martial arts, self-defense and in life. Adult programs welcome students of different experience levels and include a variety of martial arts that incorporate different styles and techniques. Youth programs are available and include self-defense classes, after-school programs, and summer camps. Coupons are available for discounts on memberships.

San Leandro, CA (510) 483-6560


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Ripping Tiger Shaolin Kenpo Karate

Ripping Tiger Shaolin Kenpo Karate, a family owned and operated martial arts facility in Hayward, California, has been providing high-quality Shaolin Kenpo Karate since 2016. Great Grandmaster Ralph Castro supported Ripping Tiger in its opening and has trained the instructors who lead classes. Great Grandmaster Castro has been practicing and teaching martial arts since 1958 and developed the International Shaolin Kenpo Association in 1981. Ripping Tiger offers classes to individuals of all ages and experience levels. Children’s classes, as well as beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes are available. Ripping Tiger implements martial arts techniques that utilize both unarmed and armed methods set in place by Chinese masters. Ripping Tiger’s classes build inner-peace, self-confidence, and respect.

Hayward, CA (415) 717-8000


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