Readers’ Choice Poll: What’s the Best Kids' Martial Arts School in Redmond?

Take our poll and give your input in the comments section.

Kids learn a lot of different skills when they study martial arts—it’s not just about breaking boards with their hands and feet.

Tae Kwan Do, for example, teaches that the proper path leads away from a fight; skills are used only when necessary. The martial arts teach respect, courtesy, integrity and perseverance, with a goal of building an indomitable spirit.

When practiced properly, the martial arts relieve stress, promote fitness and harmony—plus they're just plain fun.

So here in our fourth Readers' Choice poll, we ask: Where does your child take classes in Redmond, and why do you think it’s the best?

Vote for your favorite in the poll below: , , , , , , or Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios.

And click on the links above and rate the business on its Patch Place listing. You can even leave a review.

In the event of a tie, we will break it based on the comments here and reviews on the Patch Place listing, so please explain your choice.

The poll closes at 9 a.m. Friday, and we’ll announce the winner later that day.

Don't see your favorite place? Tell us in the comments section. Have a favorite in the next town over? Vote for the best kids martial arts school in Bellevue or Kirkland, too.


Because our poll is not scientific, it is not the sole consideration in choosing a winner. The winner will be based on a point system in which poll results and Patch Place ratings are weighted equally. In the event of a tie, the Patch editor will determine the winner based on comments and reviews on Patch Places. For full contest details, see the attached PDF with the rules. Please vote only once per survey, per Patch.

Steven mehl March 19, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Elite BJJ (jui jitsu) - new school with great professor + state of the art facility and good owners!
charles grimmett March 21, 2012 at 03:40 AM
The owners of BJJ-REDMOND are parents first, they have created a great environment for the whole family. Great addition to our community. The professor is a world champion, she is awesome,
Gabe Frost March 21, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu of Redmond is a really great, family-oriented atmosphere that provides a wide range of skills for kids and adults. I'm coming off a 4 year break from a 15-year stretch of Taekwondo and other martial arts, and Jiu-Jitsu is an amazing workout! Whether you are highly competitive or just want to get in shape, I highly recommend Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu of Redmond (from considerable experience with other martial arts instruction around the State).
Rachel Manchester March 22, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu of Redmond is a clean, new facility in Redmond just behind Marymoor park. It offers ELITE instruction - including black belt teachers and world champions, extra thick mats for the athlete's protection and classes for all ages. Whether you are 3 or 53 Elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu offers classes for all ages and capabilities. Come train at ELITE today and see what all the buzz is about!
Maria Luiza Pedroza March 22, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Great school, family friendly atmosphere and really good teacher + very good price! You can't ask for more!
Scott Manchester March 22, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Elite BJJ of Redmond offer Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Wrestling. None of these programs involving kicking or punching yet build self-defense skills, confidence, and strength. There is a great family environment, free-wifi, and a webcam so you can watch the practices from anywhere in the world.
Laura K. March 22, 2012 at 08:16 PM
We have been with Teacher Nancy at Aikido Kids! for over two years now, and my son still looks forward to going to every class. In addition to learning important self-defense skills (and I think, more importantly), the kids are learning a lot of life skills as well. A part of every class is spent reflecting on a variety animal "powers" - at home, my son (9 years old) will frequently recall these discussions, and how they apply to daily life. This has been a great way for him to talk himself through situations where frustration used to lead to angry outbursts, or when a difficult task used to cause him to give up and walk away. As they progress, the opportunity to work with lower ranking students of all ages is a great self-esteem boost (as well as solidifying their own knowledge base). Can't say enough about the great experience we've had being part of Aikido Kids!
Lloyd Reaners March 23, 2012 at 08:52 AM
It is unfortunate that a McDojo such as Z-Ultimate is even included on a poll like this. Even if some of the instructors are decent, the leadership is reprehensible. This organization is very crooked and it is out only to make money and not further the art. See the following website to get a taste of the Z-Ultimate leadership: http://www.zultimateselfdefense.com/
Scott Manchester March 23, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Thanks Maria Elite BJJ of Redmond is proud to have your family as part of ours.
Scott Manchester March 23, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Thanks Buddy! Daniel is doing great in the BJJ program. He has a lot of heart and a great attitude which will help him continue to develop his skills.
Scott Manchester March 23, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Steve - We are so happy to have you, Michele, and Jack as part of our program. Your family exemplifies our core values. Jack is a great competitor and represents our gym well in all respects.
Lloyd Reaners March 23, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Since my previous post was removed, let me clarify a few things in regards to Z-Ultimate: By no means am I trying to spam or post anything unethical. The fact of the matter is Z Ultimate is a corporate entity with a lot of issues. They are not 100% open and honest with their instructors or students and a lot of brainwashing occurs. Given the track record of their leaders, Z-Ultimate is definitely not a good brand to expose your children to. There are some good instructors within the Z-Ultimate system, but the company as a whole does little to further the art. Rather, they take $$$ (ridiculous monthly fees, huge fees for testing, promotion through paying for tests and not necessarily through earning the promotion, exclusive tournaments that cost money, masters seminars that cost money-and you are frowned upon if you do not pay for and participate in these things, "exclusive/required" equipment that is significantly marked up . . . all of this generated money is used for questionable things to say the least). Z-Ultimate, uses their large network of dojos to saturate the market and make a lot of noise while overshadowing the truly great independent or smaller operations out there. http://www.zultimateselfdefense.com/
Caitlin Moran March 23, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Hi Lloyd, apologies for the disappearing comment. It was not intentionally removed and has since been restored.


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