Kids get a kick out of martial arts

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An old-age system of combat is giving Kenya kids a chance to learn self defence, fitness and discipline.  This is called Martial Arts and it is making its popularity in Kenya. Originally from Asia, martial arts come in different types such as Karate, Judo, Taekwondo among others. This ancient method trains the mind, body and soul to act as one and is now becoming popular in Kenya with more and more places offering it.
We compiled a list of just some of the places where Kenya kids can learn it.

South Fitness Centre in Vumira House, South B is offering kids karate every Saturday from 2pm-4pm. Targeting children between the ages of four and twelve years, Karate Kids Kenya hopes to inspire each child to attain a black belt. The charges are Sh400 per child. For more information call 0715 660 991, 0722 295 222, 0721 203 483, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or have a look at their Facebook page-Karate Kids Kenya.

The Self Defense Academy of Kenya is offering JKS Karate training for both adults and children. One can attend a free test lesson in Milimani. There is an upcoming Karate training on April 20th from 6.30pm-8pm. For more information call Peter Ombima Atieli on 0722 919 199, Boniface Muswii on 0726083657 or Katrine Folkmann on 0711 628 157. Emails can also be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The Karate sessions offered at the Self Defence Academy  which is located at Maxwell Seventh Day Adventist Church, Milimani Rd.


Those seeking Brazilian martial arts classes can try out Capoeira Balanco Negro at the New Image Gym - Woodvale Grove, Westlands. This is an afro Brazilian art form that combines the elements of martial arts, music and dance. It was created in Brazil by slaves from Africa, especially the present day Angola, sometimes after the 16th Century. Children as young as seven years can enrol for the classes and so can adults too. For more information, call 0721-986873 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Olympic Judo champion, Thomas offers lessons in Shotokan Karate and other martial art forms right in your home. He offers a full range of martial arts, and also has programmes that he does with groups geared towards self-defence. For the home training, charges are Sh1000 per 1hour session for kids and sh2000 per session for the adults. You can reach Thomas on 0722 273 979.

Children residing in South C can visit the Red Court Fitness Palour for Taekwondo classes. The lowest rank in Taekwondo is the white or no belt when one is new with no particular skills. As one acquires the basic skills one gets the yellow belt then moves to blue belt , red then black. Moving from one belt to the next is not ‘automatic’ and depends on how fast one is in the lessons, and it may take three to four months to move from one rank to the next. The lessons are every Sunday from 2pm-3pm at a charge of Sh400 per session. For more information 0722 735152 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thai Boxing or Muay Thai which is also gaining a following in Kenya can be found at Colloseum Fitness centre at Adams Arcade. It is also known as  ‘The Art of the Eight Limbs’ because fighters use their hands, shins, elbows and knees, kick boxing is tougher than other martial arts, and counts as a variation of kickboxing. Kids from as young nine years can start training but this will depend on an individual as kids have different concentration span. Classes are run every day of the week except Sundays, with sessions at 10am-12noon, 4-6pm and 7-9pm from Monday to Friday and at 10am-12noon and 4-6pm on Saturdays. Charges are Sh500 per person per session. Home trainings are also available on request.

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