Over the past 35 years, the DC Self
Defense Karate Association has established itself as an exceptional school
in the Washington, DC area. DCSDKA has prided itself on providing high-quality
instruction, attracting a large number of students from the DC area. Walk into
DCSDKA and you immediately feel the energy and enthusiasm!
Led by Grandmaster, Carol Middleton, 7th Degree
Black Belt, each student is trained expertly in the martial arts. At our
studio, you get more than just physical training, discipline and self-defense.
You’ll also find yourself making many new friends and training partners.
Business professionals, teachers, students, moms, dads and even entire families
all train together in a healthy and positive environment. In fact, many of the
parents who train at DCSDKA never intended to study martial arts at all. They
came to watch their children. But, after making friends with some of the other
parents (including some who were already students), they got caught up in the
excitement and soon found themselves out on the floor kicking like everyone
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By studying martial arts and
self-defense, your child will learn not only physical training and discipline,
but mental training as well. These are the skills they need to be successful in
school and in life. DCSDKA is committed to fostering excellence in education
and hard work. We work with parents to develop a plan of action and
goal-setting to support each individual child.
All of our children’s classes teach
‘age-appropriate’ self-defense. The programs focus on discipline, respect,
confidence, focus and self-control. These basic skills are the foundation of
personal safety habits that they can use for the rest of their lives. All of
the children’s programs are effective in violence prevention and building
All beginner children start out in
classes at their own age levels:
Turtles (ages 4-7)
Ninjas (ages 8-12)
Teens (ages 13-19)