Best Martial Arts
Teachers in
San Diego

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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 San Diego, CA.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 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.

4S Karate

4S Karate has been teaching martial arts in San Diego for years. The studio is known for its safe, injury-free environment, positive approach, and focus on self-improvement with programs for kids, preschoolers, teens, and adults that help build physical strength and abilities as well as self-confidence, leadership skills, focus, respect, and an appreciation of a happy, healthy lifestyle. Adult classes focus on getting in shape, losing weight, building or rebuilding coordination, and improving endurance and flexibility via safe, controlled sessions two or three times a week. The head instructor is a 5th degree black belt who leads a team of other black belts and talented teachers dedicated to smarter and healthier living.

San Diego, CA(858) 676-3400


Carlson Gracie Jiu Jitsu San Diego

Carlson Gracie Jiu Jitsu San Diego is a Spring Valley martial arts studio backed by over 45 years of combined experience. Students can sign up for one-on-one training with flexible appointment times, group self-defense classes, or traditional jiu jitsu classes, and all training focuses on respect, dedication, confidence, discipline, fitness, and strength. Individuals in self-defense classes learn how to de-escalate a dangerous situation in order to avoid a fight before it even starts as well, and the studio actively advocates peace over violence. Instructors at the studio have won numerous medals and awards in international jiu-jitsu competitions and welcome students of all ages and skill levels.

Spring Valley, CA(619) 251-2117


Encinitas Karate

Encinitas Karate offers martial arts classes in Encinitas.The studio caters to all ages with Tiny Champs classes for three-year-olds, karate for children, teens, and adults, and self-defense classes as well, and students are rewarded via the belt system along with a stripe system to recognize accomplishments. Encinitas Karate seeks to instill skills such as respect, discipline, focus, sportsmanship, teamwork, manners, and common sense along with an improved self-esteem and positive outlook. The center also holds special events including Game Nights, Movie Nights, and Parents' Night Out, and students can sign up for fun camps such as Fall Laser Camp, Winters Kid Camp, and a New Year’s Eve Kids Sleep Over Camp as well.

Encinitas, CA(760) 635-3699


Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu offers martial arts classes in the San Diego area. The center focuses on Gracie jiu-jitsu or what is now better known as Brazilian jiu jitsu with various programs for fundamentals, intermediate, self-defense, and kids and juniors as well. Full details for each level can be reviewed on Gracie Jiu-Jitsu's website along with complete bios and numerous championship titles for the three resident instructors. The studio is the first Gracie San Diego Academy affiliated with Master Royler Gracie, and the history of this form of martial arts and the Gracie family can be read about on the studio's site as well.

San Diego, CA(858) 505-9917


Infinity Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Infinity Brazilian Jiu Jitsu provides martial arts training to students in the Santee area. Adults, children, and entire families frequent the studio to learn focus, respect, the value of being fit and strong, self-defense skills, and the ability to achieve peaceful diplomacy via martial arts and Brazilian jiu jitsu classes. Additional offerings include yoga, escrima, and a special Martial Arts Summer Camp, and Infinity Brazilian Jiu Jitsu boasts a faculty of hand-picked teachers who are experts in their field as well as patient, knowledgeable, fun, and supportive. Parents can also arrange for fun birthday parties at the studio complete with martial arts, various cool activities and games, pizza, and cake.

Santee, CA(619) 334-2465



ISD MMA has been teaching mixed martial arts in Poway for almost 25 years. The center focuses on developing an individual's skills as well as level of physical fitness and features training in styles such as muay thai kickboxing, jiu jitsu, judo, shaolin kempo karate, aikido, and tai chi chuan. Meditation, kids training, and morning workouts are available as well, and a complete schedule of classes can be viewed on ISD MMA's website. Biographies for the center's numerous instructors are also online, and the highly experienced staff includes Grand Masters recognized around the world who have taught and exhibited across the US and internationally as well as black belts and championship fighters.

Poway, CA(858) 748-5829


Japan Karate - San Diego

Japan Karate - San Diego is a martial arts studio serving the San Diego area. Students of all ages learn authentic Japanese Karate-Do in the Hokushin Shito Ryu International and receive rankings that are internationally recognized by the Authentic Shito Ryu Karate Do founder's organization. Individuals are taught how to conduct themselves with honor and discipline, think strategically, and improve flexibility and focus and are encouraged to participate in competitions as well. Self-defense classes for girls focus on awareness, judgment, and self-confidence as well as critical strike points, responses, grappling, and ground fighting. Interested parties can receive a free introductory lesson, and teachers include a 4th Degree Black Belt and AAU National Champion.

San Diego, CA(858) 414-7361


Okinawan Karate Club of San Diego

Okinawan Karate Club of San Diego brings 30 years of experience in martial arts to San Diego residents. Adult students learn the Okinawan style of Shorin Ryu Karatedo along with elements of Shorei-Goju Ryu and Shudokan Karatedo, and those at the intermediate and advanced level also learn to spar with Okinawan weapons or kobudo. Classes are available for adults only, and individuals can pay on a per-class basis or for a reduced monthly rate. The sensei holds several black belts including a 4th degree in Shorei-Goju Ryu and aim to help students attain physical fitness as well as discipline, self-confidence, and long-lasting friendships.

San Diego, CA(619) 839-9652


P5 Academy

P5 Academy is a San Diego martial arts school backed by decades of combined experience. Classes available include Brazilian jiu jitsu, pankration, jeet kune do, and martial arts youth classes for ages four to 12 that emphasize physical skill, discipline, restraint, tolerance, and respect. The founder is a 1st Dan black belt in the tae kwon do, a certified instructor of jeet kune do, and a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, and another instructor is an expert in martial arts, self-defense, military combatives, and defensive tactics and has taught students who have won numerous MMA events. Interested parties can review extensive teacher bios on P5 Academy 's website and can also fill out an online for one free lesson.

San Diego, CA(619) 302-5230


RKM Martial Arts

RKM Martial Arts has been teaching martial arts in Escondido for 30 years. The studio seeks to develop physical skills as well as character and leadership abilities via tae kwon do training, jiu jitsu training, leadership classes, competition classes, black belt classes, women's self-defense classes, and sparring classes. The center has programs for small children, teens, and adults and also holds special events for students and families such as Parents Night Out. RKM Martial Arts' instructors boast decades of combined training and include UITF certified instructors with the rank of 2nd and 3rd Dan, and interested parties can review all teacher biographies on the center's website.

Escondido, CA(760) 975-3513


United Studios of Self Defense

United Studios of Self Defense provides martial arts lessons in San Diego. Children and adults alike can learn self-empowerment, self-defense, and self-confidence via private and group training in shaolin chuan fa, which combines the styles of karate and jiu jitsu. Women's self defense classes, jiu jitsu classes, and weapons training are also available. Individuals may look on United Studios' site for information on Karate Birthday Parties at the studio as well and can also sign up for a free introductory lesson. The center's Master Miller received the ABC 10 News Leadership Award for teaching martial arts to the blind and has appeared on The Roger Hedgecock Show as well.

San Diego, CA(858) 274-1229


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