Black House MMA is a training gym founded in 2008 and located in Redondo Beach with fighting classes for adults, kids, and women. The facility is a public gym run by the professional Black House MMA team. Their programs include training for Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, wrestling, mixed martial arts, and kickboxing. Their kid's programs focus on Jiu-Jitsu and kickboxing. The gym’s head coach, Kenny Johnson, has trained numerous UFC champions, including BJ Penn, Lyoto Machida, and Anderson Silva. The gym also staffs coaches with world and Pan-American championship resumes. Past students remark on Black House MMA’s family atmosphere, lively vibe, clean facilities, and high-quality instruction.
Redondo Beach, CA(310) 376-2953
CORE Martial Arts is a Culver City-based martial arts school. The martial arts techniques they teach include Muay Thai from Thailand, Kali from the Philippines, Jeet Kune Do from China, and Capoeira from Brazil. Their head instructor is Clarrel Pope, who began his martial arts training as a five-year-old in Japan. Pope has since earned instructorships in Filipino Martial Arts, Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, Capoeira, Shotokan Karate, and a junior black belt at the age of 12 in Tang Soo Do. The school offers an after-school program that provides homework assistance, outside play, martial arts class, music, gymnastics, and other games.
Culver City, CA(323) 400-2456
Crescent Moon Karate Academy provides Los Angeles with a martial arts school that was founded in 2006. The school is run by Robert Torres, who is a 6th-degree black belt with over 20 years of martial arts experience. They offer classes for kids and adults as wells as provide birthday party packages that feature martial arts lessons and games. The school aims to provide training in the top techniques in safety and self-defense to help students feel accomplished and focused in a family-friendly setting. Students appreciate Crescent Moon Karate Academy’s positive energy and enthusiasm, patient teachers, and family-friendly atmosphere.
Los Angeles, CA(310) 621-0165
Lions Pride Kung Fu is a Gardena martial arts school that teaches traditional Kung Fu with modern techniques. The school offers classes for all ages, from children aged five and older to adults in their 80s and 90s. Their classes are provided in the afternoons and evenings five days a week. New students can try out the school one week for free. Lions Pride Kung Fu is led by Jeremy Hector, who has spent over two decades studying various Kung Fu styles and has performed in countless demonstrations and festivals throughout the Los Angeles area. Students appreciate the school for its lack of intimidation and friendly instructors.
Gardena, CA(310) 658-4846
Master Yushen Lai’s Taekwondo Academy is a martial arts training, sparring, forms, and self-defense center located in Carson. Their classes range from tournament sparring to body conditioning drills to kicking drills to poomsae. They operate classes five days a week, from Monday through Friday, and then a tournament training session on Saturdays. The school offers a no obligation, free trial lesson to new students. The school also runs the annual Yushen Lai’s Invitational Taekwondo Championship, which saw its 20th edition run in 2017. Past students appreciate how caring masters and instructors at Master Yushen Lai’s Taekwondo Academy are, and remark on the school’s friendly and fun atmosphere.
Carson, CA(310) 212-6010
Samurai Karate Studio, a Japanese martial arts school in Torrance, California, has been providing children and teenagers of Torrance, South Bay, Los Angeles, and the surrounding areas with high-quality Karate classes for over 14 years. Children and teenagers are welcome and can take part in Karate training classes, tournaments, and Karate camps. Classes are separated by age and experience level. Samurai Karate Studio also hosts Karate themed parties at their location. Karate teachers have years of experience and provide friendly, safe, and hands-on instruction to students. Karate teaches children and youth respect, self-confidence, discipline, self-defense, coordination, flexibility, and overall physical and mental fitness. No memberships are required and free trials are available upon request.
Torrance, CA(310) 849-1466
The Kicking District is a martial arts and fitness facility based out of Torrance. The school bases its teachings in Taekwondo while incorporating modern self-defense techniques. They offer classes for children and adults of all ages, with class ranges being three to seven, eight to 13, and 14 and up. New students can sign up for a free six-week trial period. Beyond their basic classes, The Kick District also provides after-school programs, birthday party rentals, and summer camps. Past students remark on the high-quality instruction at The Kicking District as well as the school’s welcoming atmosphere and an overall focus on fitness.
Torrance, CA(310) 237-5473
The Way of the Shadow Martial Arts Academy, a martial arts school located in Torrance, California, offers Kage No Michi Ninjutsu lessons and programs to individuals ages three years and older, and all experience and fitness levels are welcome. Experienced, friendly, and dedicated instructors lead classes separated by age and experience level. Programs implement striking, joint locks, takedowns, throws, body conditioning, traditional and unconventional weapons, ground fighting, and grappling. Birthday parties, Ninja summer camps, and special events are also available. The Way of the Shadow Martial Arts Academy was voted South Bay’s Best Martial Arts School in 2015. Free week trials are available.
Torrance, CA(310) 327-1837
Togisala Shorin Ryu is a karate school located in Torrance. The school is run by Lelagi Togisala, who has won multiple world championships in Traditional Okinawan forms and has also worked as an actor and stuntman. The school provides both group classes and private lessons for those aged four and up and teaches sport karate, kata, weapons, and more. They are also available for workshops, seminars, and semi-private lessons as well as offering bookings for birthday parties. Classes are offered four days a week, on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Students remark on the school’s patience with children, family atmosphere, and emphasis on good character.
Torrance, CA(717) 862-8824
Torrance Karate is a United States Studios of Self Defense school based in Torrance. Their classes are aimed at those 16 and older, ages 11 to 15, ages seven to ten, and ages four to seven. Torrance Karate offers both group and private lessons for all their students. The school’s head instructor, Sensei Brent Murakami has over 20 years of martial arts training and is a 5th-degree black belt in Shaolin Kenpo. He is also skilled in Shaolin Kung Fu, Muay Thai kickboxing, American boxing, judo, wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. They provide a free 30-minute intro session for prospective students as well as a discounted two-week long intro membership.
Torrance, CA(310) 378-4777