Best Martial Arts Schools in San Francisco

Why These Martial Arts Schools?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored San Francisco Martial Arts Schools on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 2. Qualifications

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 4. Experience

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

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Read more about our selection process

City Aikido

City Aikido offers students to enhance energy awareness, mind-body, harmony, and learn self-defense. The San Francisco-area dojo focuses on teaching methods of the Aikido discipline. World-class Sensei at the school are highly qualified and experienced teachers. Students can expect a helpful, friendly, and respectful environment in which to learn ancient teachings. The school offers a unique program where students live and train at the dojo to achieve maximum personal development and Aikido proficiency.

San Francisco, CA 94103


Goju Karate

Goju Karate offers top-quality Karate instruction to students in the Bay Area. The school teaches a curriculum that helps students become more focused, balanced, flexible, discipline, and empowered. Classes are open to students of all ages and skill levels, including practitioners with special needs. Goju Karate Dojo provides specific training classes for Olympic athletes-in-training.

Oakland, CA 94612


Peninsula Self Defense

Peninsula Self Defense provides world-class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction to students in the Bay Area. The school maintains a 5,400 square foot facility for students to train in a clean and safe environment. Experienced professional instructors welcome students of all skill levels beginning at age three. Combat Fitness classes offer adults a chance to have a fun and effective workout based on MMA techniques and movements.

Redwood City, CA 94063


Tiger Taekwondo

Tiger Taekwondo offers family friendly instruction to Bay Area students. The master teacher with over 30 years of experience specializes in training children, teens, and adults of all skill levels. The curriculum focuses on instilling important life skills including discipline, focus, and respect. Parents speak highly of the school’s ability to help keep even the youngest students engaged and focused.

Redwood City, CA 94061


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