CHANGING LIVES! One Student at a Time

As adults, we have all met in our lifetime a child that glows from the inside. Whether it is a perpetual smile, a sparkle in the eyes, or they simply seem to glow from some intangible light that tells us this child has a soaring spirit. The child is confident without being boastful, content without being smug.

Children develop a sense of self-esteem through accomplishments they complete on their own. We may guide them, but they alone are responsible for their achievements. When the child appears before our testing panel, it is the child alone that performs the material, and it is the child alone that receives the credit.

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Our Martial Arts Lessons for Kids in Columbia Have Parents Raving About the Results!

With separate Junior and Adult classes, we provide the individual attention our Juniors need to excel.

Martial Arts are a valuable tool in the development of young minds. With an emphasis on showing proper respect for others, behaving with compassion in victory and dignity when defeated, we help shape the values that will extend beyond the walls of our dojo.

It's TOUGH Being a Kid In this Day and Age!

Children face a negative, violent, cynical world, but at Rifkin Professional Karate Center we can prepare them for the challenges that face them, now and in the future!

Our unique program brings out the best in your child.

Imagine the sense of confidence and ability to resist negative peer pressure your child will have when they are surrounded by this positive, inspiring group of people.

The self-confidence, self-discipline, focus skills and leadership skills they develop in our martial arts classes last for a lifetime.

Our Juniors Karate program combines traditional martial arts with high-level character development and state of the art teaching methods. Not only do our children learn self-defense, they also develop very positive feelings about themselves and others.

Our program teaches practical, proven self-defense methods that last a lifetime.


Most frequent asked questions and answers

The great thing about our program is that the earlier you get started, the better your long-term results!

We have children in our programs that started as early as 5 years old, but since children develop at different rates, the best (and really, ONLY) way to see if your child is ready for our program is to take advantage of one of our WEB SPECIALS and try it for yourself!

No. In fact, quite the opposite!

Children are exposed to HUGE amounts of simulated and real violence on video games, television, movies, the internet and other media outlets.

But in our unique program, we teach students real, practical, effective violent conflict resolution techniques and tactics that can defuse the situation before it escalates to violence. We also teach escape techniques and tactics that even “smaller” people can use to move to safety if approached by a potentially dangerous situation.

Should your child be confronted with an aggressive situation that can’t be resolved peacefully or escaped from, he or she will also then possess the basic martial arts skills to defend themselves.

There are so many!

Martial arts students benefit from increased physical fitness and mental focus. 

The focus on self-discipline, respect, self-confidence, and perseverance in the face of setbacks builds character in students young and old.  Our students also join a community of people who share an interest in martial arts, improving their own way of life, and making a positive contribution in the community.

We know how busy your life is as a parent, so our program is designed so that students can make exciting progress by attending classes an average of two to three times a week.

Some students will want to attend more classes, and that’s great- we have options for that!

Really, the only way to know if our program is a good fit for you and your family is to try it for yourself!

We have some GREAT WEB SPECIALS, so you can try the program with no strings attached, and see for yourself how the program will benefit you or your child. 

One of the best parts of our program is that every student is treated as an individual and will progress at their own rate.

Each student’s progress isn’t measured against other students, but rather against their own previous performance!

So, even students that aren’t as physically fit as the star quarterback of the football team can have a wonderful experience in our program, and become stronger, fitter, and more flexible.

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If you’re looking for the best Kids Martial Arts Classes in the Columbia area, you’ve come to the right place!

You’ll accomplish all of this and more in our Rifkin Professional Karate Center kids martial arts classes!

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Although many people think the martial arts are just about fighting, the truth is that the physical “kicking and punching” are really just the tools that I use to teach the more important, and MUCH more valuable lessons about yourself.

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