Seattle’s mixed martial arts and martial arts studios teach families fitness as well as fighting skills. Martial arts focuses on teaching self-defense, fitness, responsibility and skills for competitions with a focus on teens and adults, and these Seattle-area pros know their sport.
Seven Star Women’s Kung Fu
525 21st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
Price: income-based sliding scale
Hours: Mon – 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Tues – 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Wed – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Thurs – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri – 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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Seven Star Women’s Kung Fu teaches the Gaylord Method of chu’an fa kung fu in the kajukenbo system under chief instructor Sifu Michelle McVadon. This form of Kung Fu from Honolulu incorporates and combines techniques from tang soo do (Korean karate), Kkodokan judo, jui jitsu, shaolin kung fu and kosho ryu kenpo. The studio offers classes to women in self defense, teaching as a non-profit in the community for 30 years. Its beginner’s cycle starts quarterly, and is open to women and girls ages 13 and older.
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Marcelo Alonso Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
4211 Winslow Pl. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Price: $120 monthly tuition with debit/$200 cash or check/$100 one-time registration fee/roughly $25 annual insurance premium
Hours: Mon to Wed – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Tues to Thurs – 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., 5:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Fri – 5:30 to 8:30; Sat – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Marcelo Alonso Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has two locations in Seattle and Tacoma. The studio is one of the top Brazilian jiu jitsu training and instruction centers in Washington state. Head instructor is master Marcelo Alonso is a fifth-degree black belt, and was trained by famous grand master Carlson Gracie. The studio offers jiu jitsu and boxing classes for children and adults.
Greenlake Martial Arts School
319 N.E. 72nd St.
Seattle, WA 98115
Price: $90/$105/$120 monthly memberships
Hours: Mon and Wed – 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Tues. and Thurs – 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Fri – 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Greenlake Martial Arts School teaches tsun jo wing chun kung fu, a systematic method for developing self-defense fighting skills. The school promotes positive attitudes and encourages respect for students and instructors with classes begin with meditation and warm-up exercises. Potential students may come in to watch or try a class. The school offers options for youth ages 7 to 11, teens ages 12 to 15 and adults ages 16 and older.
1510 S. Washington St.
Seattle, WA 98144
Price: $20 initiation/$20 monthly dues ages 16 and older/$15 ages 5 to 16/$50 annual U.S. Judo Federation
Hours: Mon and Thurs – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Seattle Dojo was established in 1902, making it the oldest judo dojo in the United States. Sensei and dojo head Kenji Yamada is also an 8th Dan judoka. The Dojo offers classes for juniors, ages 5 to 16, and seniors, ages 16 and older. Expect kids to leave, not only with serious dojo skills, but self-confidence and self-control they’ll carry through their lives.
Magnolia Karate Academy
2428 32nd Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98199
Price: varies by package
Hours: Mon – 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tues – 3:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.; Wed – 4:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.; Thurs – 3:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Fri – 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Magnolia Karate Academy teaches the Japanese traditional Hayashi-Ha Shito-Ryu style of Karate. It was developed by Soke (Grand Master) Teruo Hayashi. The academy is operated by Sensei (Teacher) Michael O’Donnell. His training includes 10 years in Japan under Soke Teruo Hayashi, and he has practiced the discipline for over 30 years. The academy offers classes for all ages from children to adults. Parents are encouraged to train with their children.
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Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.