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Ezer Cherki

Great place to learn Taekwondo. Really enjoying the experience in the dojang. Coming in as an adult beginner can be intimidating but the instructors are great and super professional. Grandmaster Hahn is an inspiring martial artist. The art feels even more complete with Hapkido mixed in. The private lessons are a fantastic experience, very focused on proper form and there’s a lot of attention on the student’s individual goals and technique from both the instructor (Samson) and Grandmaster Hahn himself. I feel like I accomplish a lot in each session and am progressing faster than I imagined. Way faster than in group classes I tried elsewhere. Very happy to be a student there!

Kim Parker

My daughter is on the autism spectrum...our experience with any kind of class has always been very hit or miss (as I’m sure a lot of special needs parents can relate to)...Master Hahn and Samson are INCREDIBLE with her. I literally am stunned at her level of focus and excitement about this training. The teachers somehow intuitively know how to work with her...I can’t really express my gratitude and relief and excitement to have found International Martial Arts Center. It has really changed our lives. She told me she feels “tranquil” after class...anyone with a child with anxiety or attention issues will know what a miracle of a statement this is!!

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We could not ask for a better Martial Arts school for our 6 year old daughter! Over the past year, she has learned to focus better, support her fellow students, and work hard toward her goals. We are so proud of her achievements in taekwondo, but more importantly, she has learned to take pride in her own hard work. The instructors are incredibly patient and gentle with the kids, while holding them to a very high standard. The school offers a wonderful community of students and teachers, with many parents and children taking classes there together as a family. Master Hahn has a terrific team, and this school is an absolute NYC gem!

Tara Butler

My five year old son has been taking classes at IMAC for almost a year and absolutely loves it. He looks forward to every session. He is thrilled when he learns new moves and practices them at home. Every staff member at the school is supportive and works with the students closely to ensure they make progress. Grandmaster Hahn is so zen and commands respects from all his students. He is a pleasure to work with. As a parent, I love the art because it really teaches my son discipline and respect in a very organic manner. Try the introductory classes you will be sure to love it!

David Philipe Gil

Best martial arts school I have ever went to. Classes are small enough to get individual attention and the curriculum includes Taekwondo, Hapkido and more. Learn at your own pace, and students here tend to be very humble and kind-hearted. Grand Master Hahn is the "real deal" as well -- a true master of the arts in mind, body and spirit.

Vanessa Sun

Great place to learn taekwondo. It's in a convenient location and the atmosphere is welcoming. The instructors are great for adults and kids alike. The people here truly make the experience and help build a sense of community. This dojang is dedicated to teaching traditional taekwondo but in a super fun way.

Damian Sullivan

A friendly, welcoming environment with great instructors who always listen and are willing to teach and make the training enjoyable!

Yasmin Ibrahim

Our daughter has been a student at Martial Arts Center for two years. We love the school. It is welcoming and she has learned so much. The instructors are wonderful and there is a high teacher student ratio. Taekwondo is very worthwhile for children in today’s world that is full of distractions. The school doesn’t just focus on the physical aspect of taekwondo but also the mental. They really try to model and explain the 5 tenets (self-control, integrity, perseverance, courtesy and indomitable spirit) of taekwondo for the students. This is one of the best sports for children and this is a great school.

Elizabeth Brondolo

A great place to learn Taekwondo! The Taekwondo techniques are challenging, but there are many helpful and very patient instructors who work with you. When we work together to learn new forms or combinations, it’s invigorating and exciting. Learning Taekwondo has definitely improved my flexibility and strength and helped me gain physical confidence. There is a really nice sense of community at this school. I look forward to the classes every week.

Kumbi 2012

Conveniently located in the Kips Bay section of Manhattan, the International Martial Arts Center (IMAC) provides instruction in both Taekwondo and Hapkido. Training at IMAC is both intensive and personal. Students are encouraged to achieve their personal best through constant practice and goal setting, and are consistently supported in their efforts at achieving their personal best by Grandmaster Hahn and their IMAC peers. As an IMAC student for approximately 6 years, I have found the experience of training in the martial arts of Taekwondo and Hapkido at IMAC to be challenging, educative and fun.

Eugene Park

My kids LOVE master Hahn and his team. They are extremely friendly and have taught my son and daughter discipline and focus while having a lot of fun. If you are looking for a great after school activity, IMAC is a great option.

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Let’s clear the air right away. If you grew up in the 80’s or 90’s, you likely wanted to be like the Karate Kid or one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It’s ok, embrace it.

Now that you’ve got little ninjas of your own, you’re probably weighing the costs and benefits of enrolling them in a martial arts academy. Since the days of mullets and Mr. Miyagi, the options for choosing a local martial arts school have exploded.


Martial arts training is more than a helpful way to get kids away from electronic devices. Here are our 5 D’s to help you understand the benefits of martial arts for kids:

1. Discipline

A dojo is a place that commands respect, focus, and honor.

In many martial arts traditions, students of all ages must show honor (often bowing) to their instructor as well as other classmates. Such a simple gesture sets the tone for what’s in store. It serves as a reminder to everyone that martial arts demand focus, respect, and self-restraint – all things that qualify as excellent life skills.

In most martial arts schools or academies, an ethos of honor and prompt obedience to instructions permeates the atmosphere and students catch it quickly. Many parents note an increased level of compliance at home once their child begins practicing a martial art.

2. Determination

Like many individual sports, martial arts students often set measurable personal goals.

Many martial arts traditions use a colored belt system of ranking. Each belt represents a certain level of proficiency and often requires some test or qualifying examination to obtain. Seeing other students wearing higher-ranking belts often compels kids to strive for the next level.

Not only does ranking fuel determination, but the physical demands of martial arts also develop kids’ ability to sweat, strain, and push themselves beyond their limits. Whether engaging in group conditioning such as push-ups or grappling with a classmate for a three-minute practice round, kids quickly learn to force themselves to work harder than ever before.

3. Development

One of the benefits of martial arts for kids is the variety of disciplines from which they can choose.

Many parents enroll their child in 2 or 3 martial arts classes (many times at the same dojo). Each style challenges them in unique ways. Here is a short list of forms and the unique benefits that come with each:

  • Taekwondo – The very name of this discipline refers to putting your fists under your feet, a fancy way of referring to maintaining control, seeking peace, and aiming to stop fights rather than start them. If your aim as a parent is to train your child to be a peace-keeper, Taekwondo might be an excellent style to explore.
  • Karate – A maxim in this style of martial art is never attack first. Karate is a great way to teach kids how to be respectful and to focus on defense rather than offense. Using defensive and counterattacking body movements, kids will learn to honor their opponents and develop their character at the same time.
  • Kung Fu – This is one of the oldest and most complex styles of martial arts. Kids who enroll in a Kung Fu class will be challenged physically and mentally as it’s three main forms take time, focus, and determination to master.
  • Judo – Unlike many other martial arts styles, Judo does not use kicks, punches, joint pressure, or weapons to subdue an opponent. Instead, students will learn to use strength, focus, and balance to overcome an opponent with a mixture of force and gentleness. This martial arts style also trains the student to be very physically fit and flexible.
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Like American wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is hands-on and fast-paced, things that many kids like. Not only is this style engaging, but it is also very efficient concerning self-defense for children of all sizes.

Engaging in differing styles of martial arts will develop your little warrior in various ways. Ask an instructor if they offer kids’ classes in each one.

4. Defense

Disclaimer – your kid will learn to do things that might freak you out at first.

Unlike youth basketball or swimming lessons, your child will learn to punch, kick, grapple, block, and more. Even though it takes place in a controlled and monitored environment, the very nature of martial arts is, to various degrees, aggressive.

The benefits of martial arts for kids is that it redirects their natural impulses toward aggression and channels them in constructive, helpful, and beneficial ways. All the martial arts disciplines listed above primarily focus on self-defense rather than self-promotion, humility rather than bravado.

5. Dedication

Martial arts schools and academies challenge kids in useful ways.

In many martial arts schools, students receive a structured, well-rounded education in physical fitness, mental alertness, humility, and respectful social interaction. They will also gain confidence to face an increasingly scary world with a desire to avoid trouble – and with the ability to deal with it if the need arises.

Also, they will be challenged to dedicate themselves to press on in their pursuit of the next level of achievement in their respective discipline. Whether it is passing a hands-on test while the student’s instructor grades them or demonstrating proficiency to graduate to the next belt color, kids learn to stick it out even when it’s hard.


As you can see, the benefits of martial arts for kids are many. Moreover, the choices of martial arts schools and academies are plentiful. Make your research a joint effort with your child and drum up some excitement. Help them choose a martial arts style that is right for them and encourage them to get in the ring – you will gain loads of cool parent points!