Whether it's Aikido, Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, martials arts can be great for workouts and self-defense techniques.
Some parents start their kids on martials arts at a young age to get them to exercise, socialize and learn discipline. Many adults do it for the same reasons, but they also like the competitive aspects of the sport, especially with the increased popularity of Mixed Martial Arts.
So, if you've taken martial arts in Mountain View tell us what your favorite dojo (in Japanese) or dojang (in Korean) is? Tell us in comments what you based your decision on, for example, friendliness of the sensei and staff, hours of operations, availability of age-specific instruction. Also leave a review for the places you've tried and help others find the best place to do martial arts around the city.
Of course, we understand that everyone seeks something different when they train in one or several martial arts. But if you have a favorite style, instructor or place, let us know!
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