We offer you the very best karate training that is challenging yet fun. The curriculum and approach at Fonseca Martial Arts are designed to work with children and adults of all levels of skill and fitness to bring out the best in every individual. Your Sensei (teachers) are highly qualified and experienced instructors, as well as world-class athletes. You can expect the highest level of professionalism, courtesy and commitment from us.
The Fonseca Martial Arts karate program is based on Shotokan, a traditional Japanese style of karate, which is one of the most popular martial arts forms practiced throughout the world, and one of the few karate styles recognized by the International Olympic Committee. Our program offers classes for students of all ages—from beginners to advanced levels—and provides a great opportunity for families to share a health-promoting and beneficial activity.
We believe that karate combines the best aspects of fitness training and reinforcement of values. In addition to developing self-defense skills, martial arts training builds confidence and respect—both for oneself and for others. While fighting is a part of the martial arts, the primary goal of our children’s program is not to teach children how to fight but rather how to respond appropriately when confronted with negative influences such as bullying, peer pressure, and gangs.
Finally, keep in mind that these goals cannot be met overnight and that it requires continued commitment to see great results. We recognize and respect the perseverance needed by each student to achieve advanced levels.
Enrichment (ages 3-6)
FMA’s Karate Enrichment program is designed for preschool and kindergarten school children ages 3 – 6. Karate Enrichment is a 2.5 hour program that introduces karate to young children. Children will gain coordination, strength, physical fitness, character skills and focus through a variety of fun activities, karate training and games.
Karate Tots (ages 3-4) & Little Dragons (ages 5-6)
The Karate Tots & Little Dragons programs are designed for ages 3 – 6, crucial years in a child’s development. Students benefit from karate’s focus on building character, developing concentration and listening skills, learning respect for oneself and others, and improving self-esteem.
Youth (ages 7+)
Karate training brings more than just the physical rewards of increased stamina, mental focus, coordination, balance and flexibility. Our Youth Karate students also develop discipline, focus, respect for others and goal setting skills. Studies have shown that children who do karate often show significant improvement in concentration and self-discipline – both in school and at home. The emphasis on personal achievement also builds confidence: success is within the reach of every student. Unlike team sports, there are no “benchwarmers” in karate classes. Children learn techniques at their own pace. Belt and stripe requirements offer a clear path forward at each step of the training process. While fighting techniques are part of martial arts, the emphasis is not on teaching children how to fight, but rather teaching them how to respond appropriately when confronted with negative influences such as bullying and peer pressure. Students leave classes with practical confidence-boosting skills.
Adult (ages 13+)
Adult Karate is a fun and challenging exercise routine as well as a great alternative to traditional gym workouts. Our classes build strength, endurance, flexibility, and coordination. Regardless of whether you want to become more physically fit, increase flexibility, learn self-defense techniques, or do a fun and challenging activity with your kids, we have the program for you.
Golden Dragons (ages 65+)
Here come the Golden Dragons: fit, agile, flexible, and over 65. Fonseca Martial Arts is proud to introduce the Golden Dragons program for senior students. Our students will not only use karate to build strength, endurance, flexibility, and coordination, but they’ll also learn about the history and philosophy of the art of karate and grow to appreciate both its origins and meaning in their own lives.
KIAI (Karate Including All Individuals)
KIAI is a karate class designed by Fonseca Martial Arts for individuals with special needs. Karate is a combination of both physical and mental elements, and can benefit a child with special needs in so many ways, from mobility and flexibility to memorization and cognitive development. Our goal is to teach karate to all individuals with physical challenges and learning differences. We offer individualized instruction with a curriculum designed to cater to special needs students. In KIAI, we believe true champions are made when they try their best, learn something, and have fun!
Kick Out PD (Karate for Parkinson’s)
Kick Out PD is a program, in partnership with researchers at Rush University Hospital, that studies the effects of karate on people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). The first study was met with so much enthusiasm that we have incorporated it into our regular curriculum. Recent studies have indicated that martial arts can be beneficial for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease by increasing mobility, balance, coordination, and overall well-being. Students with PD will work with the instructors and use karate’s movements and mindfulness practices to work on all four of those areas. We will be working closely with the staff at Rush University’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Program to continually learn best practices for patients and new developments in Parkinson’s research as it relates to karate.
Competition Team (all ages)
Take your karate to the next level by becoming a part of Fonseca Martial Arts’ Competition Team. Students eligible to participate will travel all over the world and compete in some of the best karate tournaments out there.
Self-Defense (ages 13+)
Enrolling in FMA’s Self-Defense classes or workshops is the best way to ensure your own personal safety. Students learn how to kick, punch, and block; how to defend against various punches, chokes, grabs, and take-downs; and how to deal with multiple attackers. The program also focuses on how to recognize potentially dangerous situations and respond appropriately. FMA’s Self-Defense classes and workshops are perfect for high school teenagers and college-bound students. Learning to protect oneself is a crucial part of growing up. College is an exciting and busy time, but more than anything else, it should be a positive and fulfilling experience. Most importantly, everyone should have the self-defense skills to make it safe. This program is open to ages. No previous martial arts experience is required.