At McVicker’s Martial Arts Academy, experienced and dedicated instructors teach children effective self-defense skills based upon the martial arts of  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Children also learn non-violent conflict resolution skills and bully- prevention tactics along with positive character traits that will help them to achieve in other areas of their lives.
We offer classes that are fun and high-energy, providing exercise and motivation for children to lead healthy lifestyles.


Benefits of the McVicker’s Martial Arts Academy Kids Program

Effective Self-Defense Skills

In a fun and safe environment, we teach children how to protect themselves in the face of danger using effective Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques. Our instructors help children develop into confident young adults who are able to discern right from wrong; know when to stand their ground, and; when to “yell, run and tell.” We practice how to avoid dangerous situations using our words and how to escape a wide range of attacks.

Character Development

McVicker’s Martial Arts Instructors incorporate core martial arts values, including respect, focus, discipline, teamwork, and integrity, into each lesson. We’ve integrated an innovative merit badge system that represents these core values and others. By earning their badges students build self-esteem through overcoming challenges to achieve their goals. 
Teaching children important life skills is a team effort and we make sure to work closely with families. We’ve created take- home material for parents and guardians to help enforce what their children learn on the mat.

Exercise and Healthy Living

Many children in the United States are overweight and at risk of health challenges that are preventable. Our kids program promotes a healthy lifestyle, providing an alternative to television and video games. We increase children’s endurance as well as strengthen muscles, all while they are having fun and learning valuable life skills that they will carry with them as adults.
At McVicker’s Martial Arts Academy, we understand that kids need to have fun when learning the martial arts. This is why our core curriculum includes a variety of high- energy practice drills and skill-building games. In general, our kids’ classes run longer than usual because we use games as a reward for good behavior on and off the mat.


Our mission is to teach children effective martial arts and to provide a safe, supportive, and structured environment in which children thrive.



Every child can benefit from training in the martial arts. The focus, self- discipline, and respect that students learn from training in the martial arts empower them to become better students and to become positive, productive members of our community.
It takes a village to raise a child. Collaboration with teachers, families and local community organizations is imperative to developing well- rounded, positive, and civically engaged martial artists equipped with the confidence and skills needed to succeed. 
For more info on our Kids Program and what McVicker’s Martial Arts has to offer, check out our FAQs page.