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$49 Light Weight Uniform

$59 Middle Weight Uniform

$69 Heavy Weight Uniform

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DCSDKA Family Turtles


For Ages 3-7 and Their Parents

Learn Martial Arts in a safe and stress free environment designed for children.

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DC Self Defense Karate Association Kids


For Ages 8-12 and Their Parents

Classes designed for the physical development and mental capabilities of younger children.

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DC Self Defense Karate Association Teens

Martial Arts for
Teens and Adults

Improve Flexibility, Core Strength, and Endurance

A self-defense system that has real life applications as well as helps manage stress.

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Extremely rewarding!


My experiences growing up at DCSDKA show in my love and respect for martial arts and artists, the consciousness I bring to my training, the interactions I have with others, and the way I carry myself through the world. The members of DCSDKA are like family, and I have profound respect and gratitude for Sensei, who built (and is continually building) this community.

Black Belt

Impressed with the Instructors


Since starting at DCSDKA years ago, I've learned a wide variety of karate and self-defense techniques and improved my physical fitness. At the school I can pursue a demanding goal in a supportive environment with teachers who encourage me- but also set high expectations. As a result when I succeed I have accomplished something significant and my self-esteem is given a real boost and not a false one. The school has connected me to the best traditions of martial arts. This connection has meant a great deal to me because I'm learning something of time-tested value

Blue Belt

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Message from Carol Middleton, DC Self Defense Director

Dear Families of Metropolitan Washington DC, YOU are the reason for our existence, and we welcome you to our family at DC Self Defense Karate Association! DCSDKA is a non-profit 501-c-3 tax-exempt school (“dojo”) at 5123 Georgia Avenue NW. We love to help you stay safe, gain tremendous fitness, learn the lessons of self-defense on multiple levels, and “get it” how the martial arts transforms you from the inside out. Join us for self-development, discipline for adults and kids alike, focus and respect, all of which will improve your life now and into the future. Come, make friends, have fun, and be transformed!

Health and Happiness

With so many negative influences and stresses around us, many of us gain weight, fry our brains on too much screen time, fear violence or bristle at lack of control over our lives. Here at DC Self Defense Karate Association, you work out hard and can become ultra-fit, yet you relax and feel at peace with yourself and your world. You find respect and yet are challenged to go beyond your perceived limits. You talk about healthy eating, thinking, action and how to help others, and yet you’re ready to use massive personal power to face life’s many challenges. You gain inner calm and yet a fierce toughness to stand up to aggression, peer pressure, bullies and your own negative thoughts and self-doubts. You become more serious, committed to your goals and capable of giving 100% to your endeavors, including the martial arts and beyond. You and your children rise to the highest level of cooperation and compassion while learning the skills to lead others in a powerful and confident way. All of this adds up to a healthier you in mind, body and spirit. Then Happiness comes naturally.

Get the Power

What better advantage can you give yourself or your child than to have real dominion over yourself? The power to shape good habits. The focus to get things done and achieve goals. The emotional discipline and positive mindset to get along with others and live in “win-win,” to feel empowered in life and not in a battle against life. THIS is the power of the martial arts as taught at DC Self Defense Karate. We first learn power over our bodies and outer affects. Then we and our children learn to discipline our minds to achieve goals, create healthy habits, and help others. Plus we learn leadership. The power can be yours–you’ll love it!
Grandmaster Carol Middleton, 7th degree Black Belt


Develop Leadership Skills with Martial Arts

There is a constant dearth of leaders in every walk of life. Everyone likes to wait around, take orders and not accept responsibility for themselves or anyone else. Not everyone is born a leader, but it is a skill that can be learned with dedication and practice. Also, the earlier the skill training, the easier […]

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Self Defense for Kids

Learning the art of self-defense is important for every individual, especially kids who may become easy targets to violence or bullying. Your child need not be an expert in self-defense techniques, but making him/her learn at least the basics will keep him/her safe and give you peace of mind. Martial arts for kids are an […]

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Physical Fitness

Martial arts for women is also a good way to keep yourself fit and alert. For most women, physical fitness has always been about losing weight to get that perfect shape or to fit into their favorite dress. Though these are good enough reasons to hit the gym, there is some more good news for women. […]

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Muscle Tone with Martial Arts Training

Martial arts is one of the most popular forms of contact sports out there today. However, there are many reasons as to why people opt for martial arts. Some take it up purely as a way to learn self-defense, while others take it up for the discipline and focus that it teaches. But, that’s not […]

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