Enjoy The Best Kids Martial Arts Training At The Mat!

At The Mat Martial Arts in Cedar Park, we offer the most comprehensive Kids Martial Arts classes built around the idea of preparing children for any real-world danger they may face. Our Kids program relies on a self-defense system called Gozen, the only martial arts system developed exclusively for children.

Traditional martial arts systems don't consider a student's age or development concerning the skills or applications of the techniques taught. It often leads to frustrations, injuries, and bad habits.

But at The Mat Martial Arts, our Kids Martial Arts Classes are built around the individual physical and emotional learning curves each of our students possesses. 
  • We offer the most comprehensive Kids Martial Arts classes built around the idea of preparing children for any real-world danger they may face.
  • Kids Martial Arts Classes is built around the individual physical and emotional learning curves each of our students possess.
  • Our Kids program relies on a self-defense system called Gozen, the only martial arts system developed exclusively for children.

What is Gozen Karate?

Gozen created as a need to fill the void of "Age Appropriate" self-defense. Gozen translates from a Japanese word meaning "morning time" and "in front of you," representing the early stages of our lives, as well as the importance of facing threats in self-defense rather than turning our backs. As a student matures in age, their physical development allows for more rotational and core-driven movements.
  • In Gozen, the skills learned to reflect this maturity, teaching how to maximize efficiency in both understanding and application.

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Blend Lifeskills And Self Defense With Our Kids Martial Arts Classes

Our Kids Martial Arts students can quickly adapt and understand how to protect themselves or find help soon because of the individualized approach to our training.

Blending manners training and life skill development with "playground safe" self-defense techniques, Gozen truly is the most age-appropriate martial art around. PLUS, every skill has been "kid-tested" for effectiveness and children taught values of: 
  • Setting goals
  • Facing challenges
  • And we are helping others in a positive, nurturing, and fun environment!

Introduce Your Child To "Playground Safe" At The Mat Martial Arts

Playground safe is a term we use a lot at The Mat, and we take it very seriously. The playground is the "real world" for most grade-schoolers, and it comes with its own set of rules. Many schools enforce "zero tolerance" policies that leave very little room for interpretation.

We teach our Kids Martial Arts students the importance of recognizing potential dangers and making the right decisions as to the first line of defense. By merely using life skills like:
  • Standing tall
  • Making eye contact
  • Speaking clearly

They are already protecting themselves from potential trouble.

Your child will quickly learn how to communicate directly and look for opportunities to seek help. If it is necessary, Gozen teaches the proper skills to respond physically through a combination of
  • Kung Fu
  • Karate
  • Jujitsu
  • Muay Thai
  • And Wrestling to escape danger without being too aggressive.

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