by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Tyler McElhaney

Creating Future Leaders One Black Belt at a Time

At Church’s Martial Arts students learn valuable life lessons while mastering the practice of martial arts. “We don’t just want kids to come learn how to kick and punch, but also how to incorporate things like respect, discipline, integrity, and perseverance in all aspects of their life. We believe that we are creating future world leaders one black belt at a time,” stated Senior Master Ken Church. Classes are offered in Taekwondo, karate, Krav Maga, and Olympic sparring. Regardless of the martial arts format, each class has fitness, self-defense, and technique components. And according to Senior Master Church, all classes focus on discipline and honor.

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Church’s Martial Arts is also a place for families to train together. Believing that families that train together stick together, the goal at Church’s Martial Arts is to provide students of all ages with a fun and engaging experience. “Whether you are interested in getting into shape, learning self-defense, or just trying something new, we have a program that will be a good fit for you,” related Senior Master Church. He and his staff are extremely proud of the retention rate among students, stating that many who start at the facility at a young age continue through their school-aged years, even returning for visits during summer breaks from college.

“We don’t just want kids to come learn how to kick and punch, but also how to incorporate things like respect, discipline, integrity, and perseverance in all aspects of their life.”

Senior Master Church established the martial arts school in 1991 and moved the location to Encinitas in 1997. The school also has a location in Carmel Valley, allowing Senior Master Church and his team to teach more children and adults in the greater San Diego area. Over the years, Church’s Martial Arts has become world-renowned, ranking as the number one school in the United States for the past fifteen years. “We have the highest winning average in the country for creating world champions,” said Senior Master Church, a seventh degree black belt who was the youngest and lowest rank to achieve the ATA Black Belt Hall of Fame.

All of the instructors at Church’s Martial Arts have impressive credentials, holding world titles and receiving accolades such as national instructor of the year. “In addition, Ms. Davenport, one of our instructors, is a current member of Team USA in sparring and won a bronze medal for Team USA at the 2014 Pan American Games,” revealed Senior Master Church.

For more information about Church’s Martial Arts, visit www.churchsmartialarts.com.


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Owner/Manager: Senior Master Ken Church and Patricia Church
Years in Position: 18
Year of Establishment: Encinitas location established 1997
Address: 165 S. El Camino Real Suite G, Encinitas, CA 92024
Website: www.churchsmartialarts.com
Email Contact: info@churchsmartialarts.com
Phone: 760-634-3638
Description of Business: Church’s ATA Martial Arts provides the perfect environment for the entire family to learn Taekwondo, karate, Krav Maga, and other martial art forms.