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Welcome To

Karate for Kids - South Salem!

Karate for Kids – South Salem is a family-friendly martial arts academy.
We invite everyone to train with us, whether you’re solo or joined by the whole family. Throughout your training you’ll have opportunities to compete and meet new people through martial arts. We’ll ensure a fun training experience while we build a foundation for martial arts techniques. Through our classes and community you’ll discover confidence and learn anti-bullying techniques. Join Karate for Kids for top-quality Taekwondo, Krav Maga, and Tai Chi in South Salem!

What Sets Us Apart

At Karate for Kids – South Salem, we stand apart from the crowd. Here are a few of the advantages of our martial arts training that you won’t find elsewhere:

  • Family

    Karate for Kids - South Salem honors family values including respect, teamwork, courtesy, and kindness.
  • Discipline

    Martial arts training improves not only your health and wellness, but your discipline as well.
  • Confidence

    As we instill you with new skills and techniques, your confidence will grow. Our martial arts classes will help you learn how to deal with bullies.
  • Self-Defense

    The skills you learn through training Taekwondo, Krav Maga, and Taichi will help you build an understanding of self-defense techniques.
  • Fun

    Our training environment is tight knit and devoted to growing as individuals. You’ll engage in a wholesome activity with peers and instructors.

Learn More About Us:

About Us:

Karate for Kids – South Salem strives for students to accomplish their personal goals through martial arts classes. Whether you’re seeking fitness, stress relief, or a way to make friends, we’ll help you achieve it. Develop newfound confidence and mental fortitude that become increasingly stronger as you learn self-defense.

Karate for Kids – South Salem is American Taekwondo Association certified and practices ATA techniques. The ATA teaching structure brings together goal tracking, organized curriculum, and detailed steps for achieving success. Our instructors and martial arts classes foster a community driven towards growth in all aspects of life!

Our History:

Karate for Kids – South Salem was originally founded in 1996 by Master Barry Lyon. Since 2005, the Von Phuls have taken over ownership of the academy. The Von Phuls has helped run operations of Karate for Kids since 2001 and has been teaching since 1993. Their hopes to continue training and develop their passion for martial arts ultimately led to a full-time career of instruction.

Today, Karate for Kids continues to create opportunities for others to teach and watch students succeed. The academy has developed its own legacy where students will become masters and help shape the newest generations.

What Our Students Are Saying:

  • Mr. & Mrs. VP have dedicated their lives to serving others, through honor, integrity, and education. Empowering all who are willing, through discipline and education...

    Brent B.


  • He helped my daughter find her strengths, independence, and helped sculpt her into finding who she really is. Jerry and Theresa are wonderful people! Completely recommend.

    Christina V.


  • Karate for Kids is more than an activity, a private school, or a gym. They are a shining star of consistency in an ever changing world.

    Kimberly C.


  • Dedicated teachers help you be your best!

    Lara A.


  • Great customer service!

    Tyler T.


  • We see such a positive and respectful young man in Tanner. We give a lot of that also to this program and you two. Thank you!

    Christy B.