Are classes safe / will my child get hurt?

We take our children's safety VERY seriously. From high-quality padded flooring to foam safety equipment and props to step by step, thought-out instructions. When our kids miss class, it's usually because they got injured in other sports, not karate. We take pride in saying that kid's karate injuries in our classes are very rare, happen way less often and definitely way less severe than other sports and activities.

Will my child have fun?

Absolutely! After all, these are kids we're talking about here and we know kids learn best in a structured, positive and fun environment. We do a vast variety of game drills and activities that will leave kids sweating, smiling and laughing. We'll work hard, but we like to have fun while doing it.

Aren't the martial arts violent?

No! Not all Martial Arts are violent. There is a difference between Self-"Defense" and Self-"Offense." In Self-Defense, there is a philosophy of peace, respect and harmony at it's core while adhering to diplomacy first strategies to de-escalate unwanted situations before ever escalating to a prompted, physical response. In all honesty, your child will NOT become a UFC fighter here but... they WILL be prepared to "defend" themselves.

When are the classes and what times?

All our kids start out attending classes two times a week. Beginner classes are scheduled in the late afternoon after school as well as classes in the early evening after you get home from work. We have various classes everyday, Monday through Thursday and special events for our kid students on Fridays such as Dodgeball / Pizza Nights, Foam Weapons / Pizza Parties, Movie Night / Popcorn & Pizza Social, and so much more! Class schedules can be found in the HMA App.

My child has a lot of energy, will this make him overly aggressive?

Actually, at Hernandez Martial Arts, it's quite the opposite. Overly energetic children learn the focus and self-control to combat impulsive behaviors while giving the child a positive outlet to release all that excessive energy.

Is it true your martial arts program helps kids in school?

Yes! Absolutely! Our program focuses on teaching kids their "Pre-Learning Skills" such as the focus and concentration to pay attention, responsibility and self-discipline to complete and turn in homework and the respect and self-control to be a role model in their classroom while we build their confidence and perseverance to believe in themself and have that never give up, fighting spirit.

How old does my child have to be to start martial arts classes?

Children develop at different speeds so we start our children when they are 4 years old.

Can my child take classes if he's not in good shape, not very athletic or has no experience?

Yes! Martial Arts is a great way to get in shape and improve overall health, no matter what the starting point is. Our personalized curriculum allows kids to progress at their own pace, making our program ideal for people of all ages and skill levels.

My child has never been good at / or like other sports, why is this different?

Every child has what it takes to be good in the martial arts because the martial arts is not a sport, children aren't trying to beat or compare themselves with anyone else. The character development aspects of the martial arts is just as important, if not more important than the physical aspects. We build children from the inside out with character, values, life skills, physical fitness and overall health and well being.

How long have you been in business?

Hernandez Martial Arts was founded in Union City, CA. in 1980. HMA has been in its current location since 1987.

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