San Diego's Premier Martial Arts School

Training Body & Mind: Self-Confidence Through Self-Defense Training

Carlsbad Martial Arts

North County Martial Arts (NCMA) is a martial arts school in Carlsbad, teaching the traditional martial art of Tang Soo Do, a Korean fighting style that encompasses karate striking techniques and grappling self-defense from Shotokan karate, Subak, Taekkyon, and Kung Fu in a disciplined environment.


North County Martial Arts has been teaching karate for the past 18 years to children, teens, and adults, on how to reach their full potential through the life skills of leadership, integrity, goal setting, self-discipline, and academic excellence. It is NCMA’s goal to build a martial arts school that offers not only an effective self-defense program for children and adults but also a comprehensive program of personal growth and development. The emphasis on teaching the life skills of leadership, integrity, goal setting, self-discipline, and academic excellence, to name a few, is what sets us apart as a martial arts studio.


The NCMA karate facility is second to none. Offering state of the art equipment, safety mats, and a large comfortable lobby – all of which are deep cleaned daily for your enjoyment. Each instructor goes through intensive training, and only the most enthusiastic, driven, caring black belt instructors will ever lead your child’s class. Our school has wonderful families who want their children to grow up in a positive environment where  life skills are taught. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Our family wants to take karate but how do we get started?

Great to hear! Training in martial arts is such a good investment in time, money, safety, and future health. To get started, please visit the "get started" page on our website to learn about the $30.00 introductory special! You can come out and try a few classes to see how you like it.

How many classes per week are recommended?

Students should attend two classes per week in order to keep up their martial arts training in preparation for belt testings. The higher a student progresses in rank, the more classes should be attended.

Will training in karate make my child overly aggressive?

 No, just the opposite is true. Children are taught that karate is not to be used in aggression, but rather to defend oneself in life threatening situations. Aggressive behavior is channeled into assertiveness to increase the child’s self-esteem, increase self-discipline and build character. It is a strict rule that children are not allowed to practice karate techniques on siblings or friends. 

Will my classes be safe?

Absolutely. NCMA has gone to great lengths to make it one of the safest facilities in the nation. As with any physical sport, injuries can happen, however, all classes are strictly monitored to ensure safety. Protective gear is important. All students purchase a set of safety gear at enrollment (after their Introductory Trial Lesson) which includes boots, gloves, mouth guard and a helmet. Students bring this gear to class each week. 

How long will it take to become reasonably proficient?

All students are completely unique and therefore learn in different styles. Some students pick up material faster than others. Nonetheless, students are often pleasantly surprised at how much they have been able to learn in as little as six months.