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“American Martial Arts Academy has become our home away from home. Excellent, caring staff who will be dedicated to your children like they are their own. We started last year during the summer and found that their balance of indoor fun activities, local field trips, and weekly park days gives children both variety and structure at the same time. The karate instruction has enabled my children to develop both physically and mentally. Highly recommend AMAA for summer school, aftercare, and karate classes. You will find a clean, well-kept establishment, and a great community of families, too!”

Holly H. Placentia, CA

“This is a well-run, professional, organized, and effective studio. The owners and staff are well-trained and knowledgeable. They have a clear, teachable program that can be tailored for all ages and abilities. Everyone is made to feel welcome and encouraged, yet they are also held to standards and expectations. We are impressed by how much our child has learned in just a few short months, and how much fun he has doing it.”

Kelley H. Placentia, CA

My daughter Abigail has been a part of the AMAA for two years now, and it has definitely been a positive experience from the start! With help from the awesome “family”of instructors, Abby is not only learning how to defend herself, but learning how to carry herself with “blackbelt excellence” in all aspects of her life! 👍💪

Randy Doller Anaheim Ca.

“We have been coming here for a few months now and it never fails to amaze me how good this place is for my son. He is 6 yrs old and love the activity they do every time. They focus and all the kids at different level and teaches them to be confident, thankful to have found this place, all sansei are great! can’t compliment them enough.”

Jasmine S. Anaheim, CA

We love this place, teachers are awesome, they care about the kids and they are very focused on teach them well. I have to kids attending classes here and I see a lot of change on them, they are more confident and focused. Also, they take time to teach the kids one by one to ensure that they are on right track. Owners and the persons working there are very friendly.

Jim V. Placentia, CA

My daughter has been going here for a few years now, and she loves this karate school.  The Sensei’s are who really make this place wonderful – they keep the kids engaged and encouraged as they progress.

Also, they have a great self-serve espresso machine, free WiFi and mobile charging stations for the parents.  It’s nice to catch up on emails and get some caffeine while class is in session.

Stephanie D. Placentia, CA

It’s an awesome training on discipline, focus, and strength to name a few..great instructors!

Jayden Soliven Placentia, California
I would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to AMAA for teaching best possible Karate skills to Purva. When we decided to start with AMAA – Purva was a little kid and she learned not only Karate skills, but also better values of life.
Purva’s focus and discipline in her daily routine and in study has improved. Many times her leadership skills surprise me. She can create very friendly environment around her at school / with friends and in family.
Once again thank you for being wonderful teachers!
Jignesh B. Placentia, CA

American Martial Arts Academy (AMAA) is the most professional, family oriented, student focused Karate Studio I have ever seen and unfortunately those words do not do it justice.  Our son has flourished under the care of Sensei Nikhil Joshi, Sensei Megan Joshi, and Instructor Nathaniel Sims.  They all take such pride in teaching their students and you can clearly see the affect it has.

We have seen our sons confidence, patience, respect, integrity, coordination, focus, leadership skills, personal interaction skills and even grades drastically change for the better.  Best of all they treat everyone like family, and not just the students, but the families as well.  it takes a village to raise a child and this is the best village I have ever found.

This year AMAA started their after school child care program, which services Brookhaven and Golden Elementary Schools.  We made the choice to move or son into AMAA after school child care program and within the first three months we saw a drastic increase in his grades as compared to the first three months of previous years.  I attribute this to the one on one interaction they have with him and the personal attention and help they provide with his homework.  To be honest it is like having a personal tutor built into the program.  He is happier then he has ever been and his goal is to eventually join the staff at AMAA.

I could go on and on but people will stop reading so I will end with this.  There is only one choice if you want your child or yourself to learn the martial arts and that is American Martial Arts Academy.

Chris O. Placentia, CA

Our family loves this place, and we are so pleased with the results.  The instructors/senseis and staff (Mrs. Haney and Leah) have been incredibly friendly and have helped with the progression of confidence in my child.  Sensei Joshi and Sensei Megan Joshi are very good with young kids as well as all ages, but I was impressed with the way they communicate well and instill great values and discipline.  They’re also very good at communicating and updating the parents.

I highly recommend this place!

Henry C. Yorba Linda, CA

This is a wonderful program and facility. The energy of the staff is incredible. There are about a thousand amazing things I could say about this place but I’ll try to limit myself to something readable.  My 2 sons started here about 3 months ago and have had nothing but positive experiences. The way these instructors handle students of such varying ages and abilities is nothing short of miraculous. My 10 year old son has non-speaking autism and many programs have simply not been suitable for him.

Sabrina L. Whittier, CA

This is an amazing place to help children to develop strong confidence! My daughter was very shy and felt sadness when I moved her from her old environment, so a friend of mine told me about this place and since then I have been seeing my child with beautiful confidence.

Diane M Fullerton

Extremely professional staff and a wonderful environment for children. An excellent Academy that teaches children not only self defense but also self respect and confidence. Recommend a very very highly. Excellent for children of any age!

Robert S. Westminster, CA

AMAA is Awesome!  Sensei Joshi and his staff are excellent instructors, very patient, and extremely accommodating whenever we need help.  Our 7-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter have been students at the Placentia school for 1 year now and they absolutely love it.  They have advanced in skill level, discipline, and confidence while they are having fun learning.  We attend classes twice per week and there are many alternate classes if we miss a class for any reason.  I joined the Black Belt program with the children three months ago so we are all learning karate now and the adult classes are conveniently at the same time.  This is an outstanding family-oriented karate studio and I recommend it to anybody.

Steve Sargeant Placentia, CA

My daughter started this academy over a year and a half ago and she still looks forward to going twice a week.

All the instructors work well with children and they are very patient. I love that they are teaching discipline and respect while learning Karate. I would definitely recommend this karate studio to anyone!

Gina V. Placentia, CA

We just want to say thank you for the changes you have helped bring about in our little girl.  Our little Abby is like a different child since starting karate.  The changes we are seeing are unbelievable.  For the first time we actually see her genuinely excited about something… that something is going to karate class.

She has speech and some learning disabilities.  Her vocabulary is very limited and some words are hard to make out.  We have been in speech therapy for over three years.  There are no words that can describe how amazed and excited I was when she counted in Japanese last week.  This is just one of the many examples that we have witnessed in the last two months since starting karate.

She has developed this confidence and pride in herself that is indescribable.  It is said that it takes a village to raise a child and we are very thankful that we found America Martial Arts Academy to become part of our village.

The Walters Family Yorba Linda, CA

My kiddos have been attending class here for about ten months, and I want to stress how happy we are with American Martial Arts Academy. As a parent, I have been thrilled to see amazing maturational changes in my kids. The first time I asked my 4 year old wild man to do something and he straightened, said “Yes m’am!” like they do in class, (and followed the directions right away) I almost cried.

My nine year old, who normally only focuses on books and art, is learn
ing focus and discipline while working on her coordination. Mainly, however, my kids really love it! They don’t realize how hard they are working because they are having fun. This is because Sensei, Mrs. Joshi and Mr. Sims are skilled at developing relationships with the kids, and keeping classes fun, upbeat and energetic.

As a child psychologist I appreciate their inclusiveness and respectful attitude to different learning styles. I get to observe a lot of teachers in my work and feel strongly that these are some of the best. Lastly, as a busy mom, I have to say that I really appreciate the flexibility in attending classes. Overall a fabulous place!

Betsy G. Placentia

Being a former educator, I truly appreciate all the faucets that AMAA offers to it’s karate family as well as the community. We started 5 years ago with my son (age 3.5 at the time) and his sister started a year ago. Best decision ever!

Flexible schedule allows other extra curricular activities to be possible throughout the year.  The positive environment that this studio provides is the perfect arena to foster life skills that you and your family will reap from years to come. #blackbeltfocus #characterbuilding #personaldevelopment #goals #winning

Buffy H. Yorba Linda

What a great school! We first got to know about them through our daughter’s preschool and then decided to try out the classes.  The facility is spacious and clean, their classes are flexible (you don’t have to stick to a fixed schedule), and their instructors are very nice … we felt like family when we joined. Our daughter is 4 and she has truly shown progress in focus/discipline since starting here. Mostly I am impressed with how seriously the staff takes their jobs … they follow up with us regularly regarding our daughter’s progress and how they can improve. Also impressed with how much they focus on character development which is something that’s really important to us. Our daughter absolutely loves coming to class. I’ve observed their staff paying special attention to kids who are shy or in a bad mood and I’m really impressed with how much they care for each and every child in their class.

Sahar F. Yorba Linda

There are lots of Martial Arts schools out there, but you’d be hard pressed to find one as family-friendly and helpful as AMAA in Placentia.

Helpful, knowledgeable instructors, a great group of people in the classes, and a convenient location – it’s a win all around.

I brought my (then) 4 year old here for his first test classes, and he’s still having fun as he turns 6. I (his dad) have joined as well, and take classes at the same time. The studio actually altered their schedule to have a class that parents could take at the same time as their kids. That’s fantastic customer/student care.

If you’re in the Placentia/Brea area, and are looking for a Martial Arts school, I highly recommend AMAA.

Do like I did, and get your child out of the “soccer”, “softball” or “football” grind, and get them in Karate. Better yet, take a class as well, and make it a family activity! You won’t regret it.

Jeff F. Placentia

“It has been almost 4 years since my last review of American Martial Arts Academy and we still love it here! My son has earned his Junior Black Belt, my husband is in the process of testing for his Black Belt, and I am on my way to the goal too. This place is more than a fitness center, it’s an extended family. The owners and instructors are fun, hard-working, and compassionate. There is plenty of friendly competition among the students, but the emphasis is on developing the best character traits in ourselves, like determination, courage, service, and gratitude. My husband and I agree that AMAA was one of the best investments we ever made in partnering with an organization to help us raise our son and create fun family memories.”

Kathleen R., Harbor - Yelp Review

“My 2 younger boys have been attending AMAA for 4 1/2 years now. They have worked so hard over the years and have been taught so many ways to not only defend themselves in a situation but how to also not put themselves in bad situations. Anytime I had a question or a concern with my boys the staff has always been quick to help and offer any advice that I could do at home also. I am hoping that my boys will continue their journey to 1 day be a Black Belt at AMAA. Thank you to the entire staff at both locations.”

Dannessa T., Placentia/Yorba Linda - Yelp Review

“We love it! We did the free class and my son loved it. We signed up for one year that night. We go three times a week and my son absolutely loves it. We love the discipline and respect he is learning. We also like that it’s all about his individual achievements whereas on team sports he was compared to other players. The instructors are all super nice and approachable. They’re great with the kids and somehow know all of their names. The reason I picked American Martial Arts Academy in the first place was their class hours. Most of the other places didn’t offer evening classes for beginners or if they had an evening class it was once a week. My husband and I both work full time and can’t do afternoon classes. We plan to keep him here through black belt and beyond. He already says he wants to be an instructor.”

Tara F., Harbor - Yelp Review

“My son has been a student at AMAA for 3 years. He absolutely loves it! It has helped him immensely, especially at school. He self-confidence and focus has improved so much. The staff is excellent! They always take the time to say hello. They are helpful, accommodating and very patient. I love that my son has such excellent role models on a weekly basis. I know there a lot of Karate studios in the area, but in my opinion, this one is the best! Thank you AMAA!”

Lori D., Placentia/Yorba Linda - Yelp Review

“This place is great. Been part of the AMAA family for nearly a year and can’t say enough good things about the place. Instructors are great with kids. They’re both knowledgeable in the art of karate and terrific with children. There are classes for both adults and children along with special events for all to attend and participate. The facility is clean and friendly, and a great place for parents to come do some work on their laptop while the little one attends class.

The location is great as the dojo is located in a mall with other food locals and a supermarket incase your running late and want a snack before class. Bottom line, the place does what is promised. The instructors teach discipline, promote exercise, while instilling confidence. All at the pace of each unique individual. The place is low pressure and very family friendly. Oh they also have after school camp and summer camps as well. Give them a chance…especially if your child could use a boost in the confidence, discipline, or physical activity department.”

E. A., Harbor - Yelp Review

“What a wonderful set of senseis/ instructors they have here ! They are patient, kind, and respectful. My son has quickly been able to advance to different colored belts on his journey to black belt. We have enjoyed the graduation ceremonies and displays/shows from advanced karate students. We are looking forward to the future to see him get all the way to black belt.”

Jody R., Placentia/Yorba Linda - Yelp Review

“This karate studio is incredible. The teachers are so knowledgeable and wonderful with my kids. Sensei Deere is especially great, I have a special needs son and his attitude at home and at school has improved in ways I never even thought possible. I love sitting in on the classes in their amazing parent lounge (with WiFi- might I add) and watching my kids have fun and learn. I’m so grateful for AMAA, I have tears in my eyes when I talk to my husband about how much our kids are benefitting from classes here. Thank you guys so much for all you have done for our family.”

Meg M., Harbor - Yelp Review

“There are lots of Martial Arts schools out there, but you’d be hard pressed to find one as family-friendly and helpful as AMAA in Placentia.

Helpful, knowledgeable instructors, a great group of people in the classes, and a convenient location – it’s a win all around.

I brought my (then) 4 year old here for his first test classes, and he’s still having fun as he turns 6. I (his dad) have joined as well, and take classes at the same time. The studio actually altered their schedule to have a class that parents could take at the same time as their kids. That’s fantastic customer/student care.

If you’re in the Placentia/Brea area, and are looking for a Martial Arts school, I highly recommend AMAA.

Do like I did, and get your child out of the “soccer”, “softball” or “football” grind, and get them in Karate. Better yet, take a class as well, and make it a family activity! You won’t regret it.”

Jeff F., Placentia/Yorba Linda - Yelp Review

“AMAA has provided a wonderful growth experience for our sons. They are more focused, with better self-control & self-esteem.”


“My six year old boy/girl twins began attending the AMAA after-school program after a lot of debate between my husband and I. They started in Kindergarten and are currently completing first grade. To say that we’re happy with our decision to send our kids to the caring and disciplined environment provided by the Karate Studio would be an understatement. It has, without a doubt, been one of the best, most influential decisions we’ve made as parents. My husband and I are firm believers in the saying “It takes a village to raise a child.” AMAA has created a nurturing, safe, structured, and caring environment. The Karate Studio has filled the role of “village” for our family by providing the support system and safe environment that our children need to grow into confident responsible adults. Thank you AMAA!”


“My 9-year-old son has been working toward his junior black belt for several years now at American Martial Arts Academy. The instructors truly care about his success and they make the training fun. They are not just teaching him karate though – they are also mentoring him on how to be a responsible, respectful, considerate, and confident young man. This is a professional organization with a family-run heart. Joining AMAA is one of the best choices we have made so far in our little guy’s life. I highly recommend AMAA.”


“I have been training at American Martial Arts Academy for fifteen months now. Sensei Wenneberg and the rest of the instructors are great, they all take not only an intrust in your training but as you as a person outside of the dojo. Since I have been going to AMAA I have learned how to focus on my goals in all areas of my life.”


“My 10 yr. old son was interested in resuming martial arts training after a 6 year hiatus – yes, his last set of classes were back in pre-school! After visting/reviewing several dojos and reading reviews from fellow Yelpers, I decided to enroll him into AMAA. I am so grateful I did! The instructors are fabulous, the schedule is flexible to support our needs, and the dojo is immaculate. My son’s been attending for the last month, and is anxious to go whenever possible. I am very, very pleased with his progress (some really great values and life lessons happening here!) and encourage any individual or parent who is looking for a studio, whether for yourself or your child, to check them out!”


“I have watched the dojo grow into an excellent place to learn not only karate, but life skills and self defense as well. And for the younger students I see it is building coordination and valve, but must of all I see it builds confidence. And for these younger students, it its never too early to teach our children how to say no to all the negative influences, like drugs and alcohol. A great place for families to train together.”



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1027 North Harbor Blvd.
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