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Best Martial Arts
Teachers in
San Mateo

Why These Martial Arts Teachers?

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 analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best martial arts teachers in San Mateo, 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.

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Bay Area Martial Arts Academy

Bay Area Martial Arts Academy of Belmont, California is a martial arts academy that offers classes for kids, teens, and adults interested in the disciplines of Karate, Hapkido and Jeet Kune Do. Chief Instructor Mike Agoff is a 6th degree Black Belt Hapkido Instructor and certified in both Jeet Do concepts and Filipino Martial Arts. Agoff has previous teaching history as he was a former wrestling coach and firearms instructor who provided Defense Tactics and Impacts Weapons training for law enforcement. Bay Area Martial Arts Academy offers multiple programs for all ages and skill levels in whatever discipline of interest. In addition, they offer free trial classes and free uniforms during quarterly sign-ups.

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Bok Fu Dynasty

Located in Redwood City, California, Bok Fu Dynasty is a family owned and operated martial arts school that specialises in a combination of the Bok Fu fighting discipline and other traditional martial arts styles. Bok Fu Dynasty’s martial arts are rooted in conventional Bok Fu but have now combined techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, and Kickboxing to create a more modern and efficient fighting system. Owner and instructor Mr. Cortes was a previous teacher of Bok Fu in the local area before starting Bok Fu Dynasty. Cortes has been practicing martial arts since 1990 and has both competed and placed first in various competitions. Bok Fu Dynasty offers programs for kids, teens, and adults in a variety of martial arts disciplines.

Redwood City, CA 94063


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Core Taekwondo

Situated in downtown San Mateo, California, Core Taekwondo is a martial arts school founded in 2012. True to its name, Core Taekwondo focuses on traditional Taekwondo in conjunction with modern instruction. Chief Instructor and Owner Meggie Presti is an experienced Taekwondo master with over a decade of teaching experience. In addition, Presti previously earned a BA in Elementary Education and brings a formal knowledge of teaching to her practice. Core Taekwondo has consistently been named a Family Favorite establishment by BayAreaParent since 2013. Core Taekwondo offers multiple programs primarily centered around youths ranging from age 3 to adults. Additionally, Core Taekwondo also offers family programs, after-school programs, seasonal camps, and regular community events.

San Mateo, CA 94401


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Elmond Leung Wing Tsun Kung Fu

Elmond Leung Wing Tsun Kung Fu is a martial arts school operating in Millbrae, California. Focusing on the principles of Wing Tsun Kung Fu, Wing Tsun is a Chinese martial art that utilizes both striking and grappling during close quarters combat. Established by namesake Sifu Elmond Leung, Leung has been practicing Wing Tsun since 1967 and is considered a Third Level Technician. He began teaching in 1980 and quickly cultivated a large student population while opening various schools in California. Elmond Leung Wing Tsun Kung Fu accepts any students over the age of 12 without any previous martial arts experience necessary. In addition, they offer a free introductory class and a promotional rate for new enrollment.

Millbrae, CA 94030


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Kuk Sool Won

Since 1981, Kuk Sool Won has been offering family-oriented martial arts to those in San Mateo, California. Kuk Sool Won specialises in the Korean martial arts system of Kuk Sool. Kuk Sool is a comprehensive and holistic fighting program that emphasises physicality as well as mental fortitude and combines a variety of techniques into one. Owner and Chief Instructor Master Tim Sheehan is a 5th degree Black Belt and is considered master level in Kuk Sool. Kuk Sool Won offers programs for children ages 4 and up, as well as teens and adults. In addition, Kuk Sool Won can also accommodate private lessons if desired as well as birthday parties for kids.

San Mateo, CA 94403


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Mykicks Taekwondo

Mykicks Taekwondo is a martial arts school in Burlingame, California that has been providing Taekwondo lessons in the Millbrae, San Mateo, San Bruno, and Hillsboro area. Owner and Chief Instructor Eric De Jesus is a 7th Degree Black Belt who provides instruction to kids, adults, and families alike. Mykicks Taekwondo was designed to foster an environment of safety and support that not only helps physically but strengthens discipline and focus. Mykicks Taekwondo promises a no-strings-attached policy and offers a unique trial offer with an included uniform to allow potential clients a firsthand look at three classes. In addition, private instruction is available upon request.

Burlingame, CA 94010


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Silicon Valley Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Located in Menlo Park, California, Silicon Valley Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy is a martial arts academy that offers Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Self-Defense programs. Instructed by William Dias, Dias is a 3rd degree Black Belt with over two decades of experience. Dias began his training at seven years old and received training from Ralph Gracie of the famous Gracie Jiu-Jitsu family. In addition, Dias is the head advisor and coach for the Lockheed Martin Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Self Defense program. Dias is ISSA certified as a Fitness Trainer and a NESTA certified Tactix Trainer. Silicon Valley Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy offers multiple classes for both kids and adults, at any skill level.

Menlo Park, CA 94025


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The California Kung Fu & Tai Chi Institute

The California Kung Fu & Tai Chi Institute is martial arts school specializing in the Chinese martial arts of Kung Fu/Wushu, Tai Chi, and Qigong. Established in 2004, The California Kung Fu & Tai Chi Institute has been offering various programs for both kids and adults that provide fitness, self-defense, competition, and character development. Instructed by Master Zhi Zhuo Li, Li is an experienced martial artist with both a Bachelors degree and Masters degree in Chinese Martial Arts. Competitively, Li has previously won 12 gold medals in international competitions and has worked as both a judge and a coach. The California Kung Fu & Tai Chi Institute offers multiple classes for whatever goals in mind, ranging from fitness, self-defense, competition, therapy, or meditation.

Redwood City, CA 94063


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Tiger Taekwondo

Located in Redwood City, California, Tiger Taekwondo is a martial arts school that specialises in Taekwondo training. Instructed by Eungsub Kim, Kim is a 6th degree Black Belt with over 30 years of experience. He holds multiple certifications as a Kukkiwon Master Instructor, an Olympic Sparring Coach, a Physical Education Instructor, in Sports Massage and Chiropractics, a Korean Taekwondo Federation Referee, and with Red Cross First Aid and CPR. Kim emphasises the family aspects of Tiger Taekwondo and encourages Taekwondo for the entire family. Tiger Taekwondo offers multiple programs specifically for kids to adults, as well as family programs and programs for all skill levels.

Redwood City, CA 94061


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Tosetti Institute

Located in Redwood City, California, Tosetti Institute is a martial arts school and fitness center that provides training for Mixed Martial Arts, Historical European Martial Arts, Systema, Aerial Straps, and MMA based Fitness. Tosetti Institute offers classes for both kids and adults and aims to keep class size smaller, thereby providing more personal instruction. Mixed Martial Arts classes range from basic to advanced and teach multiple techniques in grappling, takedowns, and striking. Historical European Martial Arts are weapons based fighting techniques based on medieval and Renaissance-era weaponry. The Aerial Straps program is a specialized program that starts at the beginner level and builds aerial strength and body control. Tosetti offers a complimentary week of classes for those interested and pricing is tailored to either weekly attendance or on a monthly basis.

Redwood City, CA 94063


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