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Oakland Martial Arts

Master self-defense, boost your physique and fitness, and live a more confident, disciplined, and focused life.

About Our School

The 5 Life-Changing Gifts of Martial Arts For Kids

Welcome to the BAMA family!

100% of our focus is on training kids to be more confident productive members of society.

Our Oakland Martial Arts school might just seem like a place to get your kids fit and learn self-defense... but to us it’s so much more. When your kids train with us, they’ll experience a place where they fit in, no matter what your kid’s background or what fitness level they are. They’ll also learn powerful age specific Martial Arts Skillz, discover ways to keep safe, and learn secret tips that were once known only to elite martial artists on how to stay in amazing focus.

They’ll get into one of the best confidence building programs in their life, learn Super-Cool Ninja Self-Defense moves, and experience changes that absolutely and completely change the lives of our new and existing students. Your kids will get stronger with their newfound ninja strength, but the subtle changes of our students’ minds are what amaze us the most.

Not only will we help your kids get next level discipline, but here are a few of the more subtle changes our students experience from martial arts training, as well.

#1 Soaring Confidence

Learning anything new can be difficult and scary. You’ll notice right away that many of the drills and techniques we teach are challenging, but that’s the point! We teach kids confidence through competence.

As your kids practice and test themselves physically and mentally, they’ll realize that with all their hard work, their instructor’s guidance, and consistently showing up – they’re capable of crushing their goals! This sense of achievement gives our students soaring confidence.

As they develop new skills like punching and kicking - or even how to do a push up for the first time - they’ll experience a sense of accomplishment that’s incredibly satisfying… and so rewarding! We love seeing this develop in our students.

#2 Remarkable Focus

Martial Arts is challenging and requires each ninja’s full attention. As your child concentrates on listening to the instructor, then performing what they are taught, they start to build crucial links (new neural pathways) in their brain that increase their ability to focus… and for longer periods of time.

What’s great is that this intense concentration naturally pours into all other areas of their life, too. Our students report being able to focus better in school and another big benefit is that they pay more attention at home, too.

#3 Kid Kind of Fitness

So many of our kids have become Dopamine addicts because of all the screen time they get and an excellent way to help balance the effect of screen time is from the endorphins we get from exercise.

No matter what your kid’s starting level is, each one of our students improves from the state they were in when they took their first class. From total beginner to elite athletes and everything in between, we strive to make sure each class is loaded with fun and challenging exercise that work the entire body.

They will be so determined on performing techniques that some of the world’s top performing martial artists do, and having so much fun, that before you know it, the class is over, and not only did they learn powerful martial arts...

... but they also got a great workout. Being physically fit boosts energy, inner and outer strength, and self-esteem, as well as the most important aspect of fitness… confidence.

#4 We Are Family

Many martial artists claim they always felt like an “outsider” before they found martial arts. Some of our students just never got into organized sports in school or felt that social clubs weren’t for them.

But the same students who tell us how they “never fit in” or weren’t popular seem to come alive in our classes! We provide a safe, positive, enriching environment where we all want each other to succeed. We don’t have bullies or students trying to one up each other.

Everyone is helpful and encouraging. Your kids will make a lot of new friends, which then makes our martial arts family that much more tight-knit and strong.

We provide the kind of environment that fosters friendship, motivation and success. It's something really cool to be part of.

#5 Great FUN!

Ugh... getting fit can be boring sometimes. Luckily, we’re working out like super-star martial artists… learning to use our entire body to strike, kick and punch our way to protection. In our awesome classes, you’ll tighten up your focus, gain lean muscle, and have an absolute blast.

No two classes are ever the same and we DON'T use military style yelling or body shaming… ever. We want you to have lots of fun here, and keep coming back.

Plus, our instructors know they’ll get the best possible performance from your kids when they’re happy and in a good mood. That’s when we’re at our best too. It’s a win-win for everyone! And that’s why we use edu-tainment… we entertain and educate our students in every class.

Your kids will learn to work hard and play hard. Laughing and smiles are part of every class.

So what do you say? Ready to give us a shot?

Just scroll up to the top of this page and click on the program that's right for your child.

You'll learn more, and have the chance to grab our amazing web special.

Or don't hesitate to give us a call if you're more comfortable signing up over the phone: (510) 839-1814

Looking forward to meeting you in person!

Adrian DeSilva

Adrian DeSilva, Founder
Bay Area Martial Arts
(510) 839-1814

Our Oakland Kids Martial Arts classes are not only geared towards excellent self-defense techniques, striking, and kicking - children ages 3 and up are taught self-discipline, focus, and respect. Parents of the students love our classes too because they have seen their kids become better behaved everywhere they go and often perform better in school.

We love to keep the kids engaged and attentive with a little bit of play! It's fun for kids, parents, and the instructors. Classes are packed with fun activities and games as kids improve techniques and have a blast!

Let your kid feel like a total rock star with our awesome kids birthday package. It's a fun, educational, structured birthday party involving martial arts... crazy-cool fun & games... pizza (of course!)... and more. Plus your kid will be the one-and-only star of the show!

- They'll help teach martial arts to their friends... cut the birthday cake with a real sword (carefully supervised of course!)... and break a wooden board with just their hands or feet (if they've reached this level in their training). Guaranteed to be a safe, fun, awesome experience for your child & all of his / her friends.

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Bay Area Martial Arts – Our mission is to create the coolest experience for every student, every class!

Have you ever seen a traditional tatami mat? They are super-cool, real traditional dojo stuff, and we get to train on them...everyday! And you can too!

At Bay Area Martial Arts, we specialize in teaching self-defense with age specific martial arts for children as young as 3 years old. Whether you want to get your kids fit, learn traditional martial arts moves in a fun modern approach, help them learn how to gain the confidence to deal with bullies or watch your kids learn and grow, we have a program for you.

Let’s start with the internationally acclaimed Early SKILLZ Program for 3 & 4 year-olds! Kids this age LOVE physical activity and anything involving play. They have a rich imagination and a strong desire to be less dependent on their usual caregivers. We provide a program that keeps them entertained, while at the same time builds skills that set them up for success.

Next is our Basic SKILLZ Program for 5 & 6 year-olds! Kids this age are the most enthusiastic students. They love creativity and problem-solving, which makes them ideal students in the Martial Arts. We give them a POSITIVE learning environment that adapts to their social and intellectual curiosity, while at the same time builds skills that set them up for success.

And then there’s the internationally acclaimed Core SKILLZ Program for 7 – 9 year-olds! This age group is what most people consider “the golden age.” They are proficient in their vocabulary and problem-solving skills, yet they are not at the age where they want complete independence from adults. This makes the teacher-student relationship stronger than ever. This structured program that introduces core skill-based training in Martial Arts has proven to be very successful.

Lastly, we have an Extreme SKILLZ Program for 10 – 14 year-olds! These kids are the smartest students in the school. Yes, they are smarter than most adults! They are also physically competent and can excel in most physical challenges that are presented to them. We provide them with a program that NURTURES their social and emotional instability, while building skills that set them up for success in all aspects of their lives.

How We Train is with the brain in mind! Providing a safe environment, enforcing exceptional hygiene standards, and giving you the best training possible are our top priorities. We'll help build your kid’s ninja skills from the ground up so no prior experience is necessary!

We also have some pretty cool amenities to help your whole family get the most out of training, including:

·       Training Gear

·       Changing Rooms

·       Waiting Area

We Use Top Notch Equipment. By providing high quality martial arts and fitness training equipment, we ensure safe, effective training techniques to help your kids achieve their personal goals, as well.

Stop by our fun, life-enriching family oriented dojo to see the facility and sign up for a class today!

Owner & Head Instructor

Master Adrian DeSilva prides himself on being a lifelong student of the martial arts and has been teaching for over 24 years. He has achieved multi-level black belts in a wide range of styles.

Some of his rankings and areas of specialty include: 5th degree Black Belt in Kempo Karate, 3rd degree in Presas style of Arnis, 2nd Tohan in Latosa Escrima, Sifu and 3rd Technician in Ebmas Wing Tzun Kung Fu, 1st degree in Kali, Blue Belt in Brazilian Jujitsu, and Certified Vinyasa Yoga Flow teacher.

In 2004, Master Adrian was nominated for the Martial Arts Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions to the arts.

Master Adrian has been teaching martial arts since 1993, and founded Bay Area Martial Arts Oakland in 1998. He has spent the past 24 years dedicated to empowering his students -- children and adults -- with the mental and physical skills provided by martial arts training.

His approach to teaching adults is one of guided self-discovery. "You must be motivated, willing to work, and unafraid of success and sweat. Ultimately, training martial arts is about discovering who you are, one step at a time."

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