(Updated: August 24, 2017)
Most parents would agree that self-discipline and exercise are crucial during a child’s developing years. Imagine a life held back by a shortage of the self-discipline necessary to complete a task, whether it be as commonplace as cleaning a bedroom or as transformative as completing a dissertation. You could arguably find the root of all success to be this one powerful quality. Couple the mental attribute of self-discipline with a body that is fit, thereby reducing its risk of obesity, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and heart disease, and you will have a person with the basic tools needed for a long and successful adulthood. Martial Arts training can offer your child all of this, and teach them respect, leadership and concentration to boot. It doesn’t take much imagination to understand how cultivation of these characteristics can contribute to a successful life. And isn’t success what every parent wants for their child?
Below you will find information about children’s Martial Arts teachers in Jeddah. The details about each teacher varies. Due to language barriers, this directory is not as comprehensive as I intended, but I have shared what I know, and I hope it helps. If you are an instructor and you would like us to add your profile, please comment below or email us at JeddahForKids@gmail.com
Fees: for gym 250per month three classes per week
Location: Madina Road opposite to sooq Musadiya.
Phone: 054 980 4979
Ages: 4-10 yrs
NOTE: Classes offer in ARABIC only.
Expressions Fitness Club (2 Locations)
Orchidia Residence Compound in Rawdah
Taekwondo (boys and girls)
Ages: 6-12 yrs
Saraia Compound Rawdah (Thalia)
Day: Sunday and Tuesday
Nancy Boydston is has a black belt and specializes in teaching Chungdokwan TaiKwonDo, Goju Ryu Karate, Shotakan Karate, and Aiki Jitsu. She teaches boy AND girls and children can begin learning any of these marital arts at 4 years old. She also offers classes for teens and adults.
Fees: 500Sar per month for any class multiple times a week. 250Sar per month for one class per week. 75 Sar for drop in’s/trial classes.
Usama Irfan Khan
Mr. Khan is a professional certified Black belt in Martial Arts from Star Karate Club International Jeddah. He has participated in, and won many international tournaments. He has undergone basic training in the arts of Jiu-Jitsu, self-defense, Judo, Oriental Weapons and Unarmed Combat. Mr. Khan tells us, “This is my profession and once you join it, your life changes. It is one of the sports in which there is no age limit. It helps in creating mental, moral discipline. The first thing we teach is discipline.” He says he has been praised by many parents for changing their children’s bad habits such as fighting in school, or fighting siblings.
He has 7 years experience teaching Karate, unarmed combat, Jiu Jitsu and self-defense. Students can begin taking lessons from the age of 4 years. They will learn self defense, discipline and teamwork, while increasing their fitness level, and their sense of confidence.
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(Please note this gym has moved, we are searching for new its new location): Olympia gym provides Karate lessons to children under 12 years old. Students attend classes on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday from 6pm-7pm. The monthly fee for these 12 monthly sessions is 400SR per month. The gym is located on the site of Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital on Falasteen Street. To contact, please call 012 665 5000 Extension 1501, 1503. Click here for their Website.
Universal Man Center
One of our readers takes her son here for karate classes on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays. We tried to call for more information, but there were no English speakers on hand to help. We do know that the classes are open to boys and girls, the fee is about 300SR per month, and the gym is located on Medina, behind the Movenpick Hotel. Their phone number is 012 669 1708.
Juka Freestyle International
This organization appears to have a long history in Jeddah, and its founder, James Nicha, has an impressive list of achievements. I did contact them the only way I could find: via their Website and Facebook page, but had no response. Click here to contact them online and here for their Facebook page.
Legendary Heroes Martial Arts
Legendary Heroes is on the site of Gold’s Gym on Batarji Street, beside Saudi German Hospital. Despite calling several times for three days, sending a Facebook message and an email, I have had no contact with this group. Perhaps you will have better luck contacting them than I did. From their webpage, I understand that they offer a variety of Martial Arts styles for one fee. You can purchase a one-month membership for 350SR, or a three-month membership for 850SR. Their phone number is 012 691 2077. Click here for their Website.
MMA & Fitness Center
Arena located in Nahdah is a Saudi brand that gained international acclaim for its mixed martial arts (MMA) fitness activities. Arena Heroes is the MMA facility for children; it hel them reach their full potential and develop their stamina, strength and complete send of respect. Arena and its Heroes are affiliated with American Top Team, one of the largest and most prestigious MMA academies in the USA, which runs the curriculum and ensure the correct structure for each MMA Class. Their phone number is 12 613 2525. Their e mail is firstname.lastname@example.org Please click here for their website.