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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.

  • Will karate help with my childs confidence / self esteem?
    Yes and it does so in the following ways. They will obtain acheivements as they progress through the ranks, but they also be required to demonstrate what they learned in front of class on their own. Hard training builds confidence, which in turn will build their self esteem.
  • Can Karate be used for self defense?
    Yes, karate can be a very effective martial art at self defense if used properly. In fact, Lyoto Machida of the UFC has shown just how useful Shotokan Karate can be. Fun Fact: Our Senior Sensei Avi Rokah has also trained Lyoto Machida.
  • What age can my child start taking Karate?
    We start as young as 4 in our dojo. Typically, we've seen the best age to start at is around 5, since they are starting to get structure in their lives from kindergarten, among other things. However, the younger they start, the more positive impact Karate will have on their physical and mental development.
  • Am I too old/out of shape to do Karate?
    Absolutely not! Starting Karate is not about how old or athletic you are, its how much do you want it. Karate will transform your body and mind regardless of your current physical capabilities, you just need to start.
  • Will Karate make my child more aggressive?
    No, it will in fact do the opposite. Karate will teach them self defense while building their confidence, not just in themselves but in their self defense capabilites. Karate is about becoming a better person, and capable, happy, confident kids have no reason to bully anyone.
  • Will my child get hurt doing karate?
    In our Dojo we have a very high standard of control. Everyone is taught how to generate a lot of force with their bodies, but they are also taught to control that technique so that it never hits anyone. Control is strictly enforced in our dojo, and while with any athletic sport accidents do happen; they are much more likely to get hurt playing soccer or football than Karate.
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