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Prepare your Child for Life's Challenges

We teach Karate that is Effective but also fun.  Our self-defense has been utilized by elementary school children, teens in high school, young women in college and even adults in the police force. 

At the Missouri Karate Association, we teach Shotokan Karate, the most practiced Karate style, and an effective martial art.  

But Karate isn’t just about fighting, it's about trying to become the best person you can be. We teach not only martial arts, but how to be a better person in general.  Just ask our Dojo Family.  

Karate for Kids

Kids in Karate learn effective self-defense, confidence, and character-building all while having fun!

Our goal is to create community leaders and give your child the best lifestyle choice they will ever make.

Karate for Adults

Adult Karate focuses on self-defense but its also a great form of exercise and an excellent stress reliever.

Karate is good for not only the body but for the mind. 

Start yourself on a healthier lifestyle and learn the skills to protect your family.


The Missouri Karate Association (MKA) is a family-oriented dojo (school) that provides quality karate instruction in a safe yet challenging environment. Our goal is to offer an enjoyable and supportive atmosphere. 


Our Instructors are themselves a family, which is one of the reasons our Karate Dojo has a family-like atmosphere.


15 years ago we started our Karate Dojo in Ballwin, and are happy to call it our home.  Training and growing together with our Karate family has been such a rewarding experience.  Being surrounded by a community of supportive and like-minded people only makes the Dojo feel more like home.


"Our son started at MKA as a form of physical therapy following a serious illness. The Dojo was instrumental in his full recovery, karate is now his sport and the dojo is full of friends. We can’t say enough about the instruction and culture at MKA. The disciplined and positive environment is wonderful. The quality of instruction is top notch. Highly recommend MKA to students of all ages." 

-Tim D.

"I can easily say that MKA has shaped me into the person I am today. MKA taught me not only karate, but skills that I will use for life. Confidence, commitment, leadership, and responsibility- to name a few. My dad and I have been apart of this amazing group for 10+ years. What sets MKA apart from the rest is that there are always opportunities to learn and improve yourself.
I can promise you that any student that walks through the door will feel at home and welcomed by all. Hope to see you there!"

-Kayla F.

"I grew up in this dojo for over 10 years and its a great dojo for learning karate. We have some of the best senseis across the globe, but its not just about the karate. Its also about people around you, everybody in our dojo is very caring and makes me feel at home while I'm there"

-Nate W.

"Growing up I always had considerable interest in martial arts but never took the first step of walking in the dojo. My wife encouraged me to look around the STL area for traditional Karate dojos and we were blessed to find MKA. The professionalism and mastery of the art by MKA Sensei's is second to none...I would find it hard to train anywhere else. The caliber of teaching and student interaction is superb. It is definitely the premier Karate dojo of the Midwest."

-Marty P.

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