Carlsbad Encinitas Martial Arts

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

North County Martial Arts - Carlsbad, CA

North County Martial Arts (NCMA) is a martial arts studio and after school program 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.

We serve martial arts to the following communities in San Diego: Carlsbad, Encinitas, San Marcos.

North County Martial arts has been teaching karate for the past 20 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 Carlsbad karate 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  life skills is what sets us apart as a martial arts studio and after school program.

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


Join us for our 20th summer of martial arts fun at North County Martial Arts. This year for our emerald season, we're going big: 20 field trips, 20x the fun, 20% savings. Each week has a theme plus daily age appropriate martial arts classes for all taught by our instructional staff.

North County Martial Arts Information

Leadership Documentation (pdf)


Class Schedule (docx)


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 $29 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.