Boxing, Martial Arts & Self-Defence Classes in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter

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Martial arts is more than just self-defence. Besides the physical benefits, kids can learn self-discipline, persistence, respect and much more. Martial arts is also an activity the whole family can enjoy together and many of the dojos listed encourage families to train together.

There is a wide range of martial arts styles on offer at the many dojos across the region including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, Capoeira, Hapkido, Judo, Karate, Kendo, Kickboxing, Kung Fu, Muay Thai, Ninjitsu, TaeKwon-Do.

If you’re not sure which style would suit your child or your family, most offer free trials. Below is a list of boxing & martial arts classes in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter.

Alpha MMA

Location: Cardiff
Age(s): 8+
Website: Alpha MMA

Alpha MMA, a combat sports and strength/conditioning gym located at Cardiff, run Kids Grappling and Boxing Class on Mondays and Thursdays at 4:30pm. Styles offered: Boxing, Grappling.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Charlestown

Location: Charlestown
Age(s): 3+
Website: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Charlestown

The Gracie Barra Kids Program was created to provide children ages 3-15 with an environment that allows them to experience and understand core values like focus, discipline, persistence, cooperation and respect. Their Charlestown Kids Program is subdivided into three different groups: Little Champions (3-6), Little Champions (7-9) and Juniors & Teens (10-14). Styles offered: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Hunter Valley

Location: Maitland
Age(s): 5+
Website: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Hunter Valley

Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu believe that the art of Jiu-Jitsu teaches so many life lessons to children. Focus, discipline and kids fitness are just a few. Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Hunter Valley offers GBK BJJ Little Champions (5-9) and GBK BJJ Juniors (10-15). Styles offered: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Newcastle City

Location: Newcastle
Age(s): 3+
Website: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Newcastle City

The Gracie Barra Kids Program was created to provide children ages 3-15 with an environment that allows them to experience and understand core values like focus, discipline, persistence, cooperation and respect. Their Newcastle City Kids Program is subdivided into three different groups: GB Kids I (3-6), GB Kids II (7-10) and GB Juniors & Teens (11-15). Styles offered: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

GKR Karate

Location: Booragul, Cameron Park, Eleebana, Grahamstown, Kotara, Medowie, Merewether, Metford, Morisset, Pelaw Main, Swansea, Thornton
Age(s): 5+
Website: GKR Karate

GKR’s classes provide a warm, friendly and encouraging atmosphere. Children may train in regular classes (alongside people of all ages including other family members) or train in special kids classes. The kids classes run for one hour and consist of basic training as well as many karate-associated games. Styles offered: Go-Kan-Ryu Karate

Hunter Valley Jiu-Jitsu

Location: Kurri Kurri, Maitland
Age(s): 5+
Website: Hunter Valley Jiu-Jitsu

Opened in April 2018, Hunter Valley Jiu-Jitsu provides world class training in both Gi and No-Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Freestyle Wrestling for both adults and junior members aged 5+ with a focus on smaller class sizes to help you reach your potential faster. Styles offered: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Freestyle Wrestling

Hunter Valley Martial Arts Centre

Location: Green Hills, Morisset, Redhead, Waratah, Warners Bay
Age(s): 1.5+
Website: Hunter Valley Martial Arts Centre

Hunter Valley Martial Arts Centre have a diverse range of programs aimed at providing students with the best possible outcome. Their kids classes include Kinder Kicks (1.5-3), Minimites (3-4), Kindymites (5-6), Dynamites (6-9) and Dragons (9-14). Styles offered: Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Chitokai Karate, Hunter Fight Fit, Okinawan weaponry.

Kaizen Ryu Karate

Location: Salamander Bay
Age(s): 3+
Website: Kaizen Ryu Karate

Kirkwoods Institute of Karate (Rutherford) and Kaizen Ryu Karate (Port Stephens) offer programs that bring out the strengths of each student, regardless of age and experience. They envision a healthier and improved life for all their students. Styles offered: Junior, Kids, Teen & Adult Martial Arts, Kickboxing Fitness, Muay Thai.

Kirkwoods Institute of Karate

Location: Rutherford
Age(s): 3+
Website: Kirkwoods Institute of Karate

Kirkwoods Institute of Karate (Rutherford) and Kaizen Ryu Karate (Port Stephens) offer programs that bring out the strengths of each student, regardless of age and experience. They envision a healthier and improved life for all their students. Styles offered: Junior, Kids, Teen & Adult Martial Arts, Kickboxing Fitness, Muay Thai.

Krav Maga Global Newcastle

Location: Adamstown
Age(s): 5+
Website: Krav Maga Global Newcastle

Krav Maga structured classes are designed to help develop coordination, physical fitness, mental strength, as well as gain valuable social skills. Through positive reinforcement, they can bring out the best in your children to help them succeed in life. Their kids classes include Little Warriors (5-8), Warriors (9-14) and Krav Maga (15+). Styles offered: Krav Maga.

Newcastle Aikido

Location: Hamilton
Age(s): 7+
Website: Newcastle Aikido

Newcastle Aikido provides high-quality instruction in the martial arts of Aikido and Iaido, and the Zen Buddhist practice of Zazen meditation. Children are the backbone of their dojo and they run children’s classes 6 days per week, focussing on each child’s strengths to build their self-confidence and capacity. Children can start at the age of seven, or younger if Mum or Dad jump on the mat with them – which is encouraged! Styles offered: Aikido, Basic, Beginner & Senior Weapons, Iaido, Zazen.

Newcastle Karate

Location: Cardiff
Age(s): 3+
Website: Newcastle Karate

Newcastle Karate is an All-In-One Martial Arts School for the whole family. For kids they offer Kinder Ninjas (3-4), Tiny Tigers Karate (5-7) and Beginners, Intermediate and Teens Karate. Styles offered: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, Kick Boxing.

Newcastle Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy

Location: Wickham
Age(s): 12+
Website: Newcastle Wing Chun Kung FuAcademy

Wing Chun Kung Fu is a fast and effective self defence which is not reliant on brute strength. Wing Chun is good for relaxation, posture co-ordination, confidence and fitness. Kids over the age of 12 can train at the academy. Styles offered: Wing Chun Kung Fu.

PCYC (Police Citizens Youth Club)

Location: Various Locations
Age(s): TBA
Website: PCYC

PCYC are very proud of their martial arts offering that welcomes all ages and skill levels. Most clubs have some form of martial art on offer, which enables children and adults to attend and learn the ancient art of self-defence. Find your local Police Citizens Youth Club hereStyles offered: Aikido, Capoeira, Hapkido, JiuJitsu, Judo, Karate, Kendo, Kickboxing, Kung Fu, Muay Thai, Ninjitsu, TaeKwon-Do, Viet Quyen Dao (not all styles are offered at all locations).

Pollets Martial Arts Newcastle

Location: Adamstown, Edgeworth, Medowie, Valentine
Age(s): 4+
Website: Pollets Martial Arts

Pollet’s Martial Arts Centre has something for the whole family. Whether you want to train to become a champion, or train for the fitness, or relaxation away from the pressures of everyday life, they have the right programs and classes for you. For kids, they offer a Little Tigers Program (4-6) and Kids Karate, Self Defence & Jiu-Jitsu(7-14). Styles offered: Boxing, Jiu-Jitsu, Kata, Koshiki, Okinawan Karate & Kobudo, MMA & Cage Fighting, Muay Thai, Sculpt Tone Stretch & Meditation.

Shi-Gan Martial Arts

Location: Adamstown, Charlestown, Coal Point, Kotara, Mayfield, Wallsend
Age(s): All ages
Website: Shi-Gan Martial Arts

Shi-Gan Martial Arts Australia teaches traditional TaeKwon-Do and a wide variety of popular martial arts styles and practical self defence. Their family-friendly centres welcome adults and children of all ages, making martial arts something that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Styles offered: Multi-Discipline, TaeKwon-Do.

ShimJang TaeKwon-Do Academy

Location: Bellbird, Blackalls Park, Edgeworth Heights, Kitchener, Kurri Kurri, Rathmines
Age(s): 5+
Website: ShimJang TaeKwon-Do Academy

ShimJang Taekwondo is a non competitive, self defence martial art style that dedicates itself to the development and well being of its practitioners. ShimJang Taekwondo is very popular with people of all ages and even children as young as 5 years old can benefit greatly from training in the art. Their instruction teaches kids to avoid trouble through a respectful, confident and tolerant attitude by developing higher levels of confidence and self esteem. Styles offered: ShimJang TaeKwon-Do.

Soul Fighters

Location: Cooks Hill, Windale
Age(s): 5+
Website: Soul Fighters Newcastle

Soul Fighters offer Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes at both their Cooks Hill and Windale locations. There are two different time slots for kids, 5-8 years and 9-13 years. Styles offered: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Titan Martial Arts

Location: Anna Bay, Minmi, Nelson Bay, Raymond Terrace, Seaham
Age(s): 5+
Website: Titan Martial Arts

Titan Martial Arts offer a family-friendly environment and encourage families to come along and train together. For younger kids aged 5+, they offer a Little Titans class. Styles offered: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kick Boxing, TaeKwon-Do.

Toogee Martial Arts

Location: Fern Bay, Dungog, Georgetown, Gloucester, Jesmond, Mallabula, Maryland, Medowie, Raymond Terrace, Stroud, Tea Gardens
Age(s): 3+
Website: Toogee Martial Arts

Toogee Martial Arts have many locations across the Port Stephens, Newcastle and the Hunter. Toogee Martial Arts is a mental and physical discipline developed and refined over the years with the ultimate goal to teach effective self defence and promote mental and physical health. For kids they offer Kinder Ninjas (3-4), Little Ninjas (5-6) and Kids MMA. Styles offered: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Muay Thai, Kali and some traditional Korean Weapons (not all styles are offered at all locations).

ZMA Academy Newcastle

Location: Kahibah
Age(s): 5+
Website: ZMA Academy Newcastle

Zenryoku Martial Arts Academy at Kahibah offer a 1.25 hour class for kids called Mascots, consisting of basic martial arts and self-defence skills. Although there is an aspect of discipline within Mascots they also get to learn some fun martial arts based games as well as basic stranger danger training. Styles offered: Kids Karate (Mascots), MMA, Muay Thai.

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