To Evoke the Human Spirit and Unleash the Courage to Impact our World through the Power of Martial Arts.
Welcome to Evoke Martial Arts. The city’s top choice for fitness kickboxing, self defense, and muay thai in Toronto.
We nurture a safe, inspiring, and inclusive culture where members tap into their ultimate potential to live their best life.
Martial Arts – Kickboxing – Muay Thai – Self Defense.
Fitness Kickboxing, Muay Thai, and Self Defense.
Kids & Teen Programs:
Martial arts for children, kids, and teens.
March break, summer camps, and PA Day camps.
About us, our team, and freqently asked questions.
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How to find us:
Our location address, and how to contact or connect with us.
Evoke challenges the typical mind-body training experience. Beyond accolades of achievement, fighting skills, or aesthetic rituals – we focus on the very essence of what martial arts training is really all about.
Our members are proof that training muay thai, kickboxing, or any type of martial art and self defense – in an environment that fosters individuality while being part of a community – makes all the difference.
As a member, you will enjoy a family-like vibe that sets you up for success in achieving goals for yourself or your kids.
I’ve only been going to a little over a month and I feel like I’ve improved so much! I struggle with stamina but Tess is very patient and helpful through the whole process. There is new people every week so it’s nice to progress with other people too!
My son has been doing their martial arts program for a few months now and he is loving it, he looks forward to it every time.I recently started fitness kickboxing and loving it as well, is perfect that I can work out while my son is in his class.The staff is great, Ms. Tess brings so much energy... to the kickboxing class is hard not to feel energized and motivated.read more
Violeta Rangel E.
Ms,. Tess, Master Dayo, and their team created a uniquely warm, supportive, welcoming, and encouraging community for their students, where both instructors and students make you feel as part of a big family. The team is very knowledgeable, attentive, and motivating. After every workout I feel... energized and inspired.read more
🤩Tess is an excellent instructor! She motivates me to do my workout proper way! I enjoyed friendly atmosphere and superior quality of teaching at Evoke Martial Arts! Kick boxing fitness is my favourite class and strongly recommend to try it , as a great way to keep yourself fit and healthy... and obviously happy!🤩read more
This place is great for kickboxing. I love how Tess (the instructor) pushes you and motivates you throughout the whole workout. Its fast paced, hard on the body and 100% worth it. You will feel you’re whole body working during the class and even couple days after. Definitely recommend.
Was looking to get back into some exercise post lockdown. And Evoke has been such a dream for that! Consistent classes, intense but manageable workouts, and an awesome instructor! Highly recommend for anyone looking for a good workout
I have been doing kickboxing here for a month and a half now, and so far this has been my favourite form of exercise I have done. Everybody working is super kind and supportive, and the trainers (Tess in particular!) are really knowledgeable. Highly recommend!
Been attending classes for a month now and I’m so happy I started boxing fitness! It’s such a great workout! The staff is so friendly and it feels like a big family. If your on the fence definitely go for it!
I spent the summer training muay thai at Evoke Martial Arts in Toronto. During my time here, I was thrilled to be part of such a vibrant, supportive, and welcoming community, full of instructors and students who consistently uplift one another and who instantly made me feel right at home. Each... class, I got plenty of training time and one-on-one instruction, a concrete understanding of the fundamentals of muay thai, and a killer workout. The studio is clean and well-kept, the music played during class is awesome, and the instructors are some of the most motivating and encouraging people I have ever met. The sense of community at Evoke Martial Arts unforgettable- I never left a single class without a smile, and can’t wait to come back to continue training muay thai in Toronto. Thanks, Evoke!read more
We put our 5yr old in Evoke's summer camp in July on a last-minute whim. Wanted a camp week, Googled and found Evoke had a few spots open so we went for it. He loved it so much we found another week in August for him to return. Master Dayo and all the instructors are professional and friendly, the... activities are fun and the only complaint I fielded was being asked to not come so early to pick him up.Hoping to return next summer.read more
My kids have been going for 3 years and absolutely love this camp. They provide a good mix of activities for all levels in a safe and friendly environment. Pizza Fridays is the cherry on top! Would definitely recommend to anyone.
Evoke is such a welcoming group! I usually don’t do group fitness because I’m worried about looking like I have no clue but I didn’t feel that way at all at Evoke. I started off at their outdoor classes and moved into indoor classes and enjoyed that even more. Everyone is very kind and inviting;... the instructors and very helpful and work with you to help you improve. Others in the class who are more advanced even come help and give tips. I’m excited to come back, it’s definitely a family vibe than just a “group class”. Thank you for such a great experience so far!read more
My kid loved going to this camp! There were a lot of different things to do over the days, and every day they did something different. Some days it was the park, others the water park.Excellent!!! Highly recommend it!!!
I joined the fitness class online few months ago, and it was a great experience for me, it helped me to increase my energy levels during that time.Tess is a great coach, she has a lot of experience, very professional and has a nice attitude each class. she pushed me to do better, and inspired us... to keep working hard. I highly recommend her and the classesread more
Came across an 11 year old photo of my youngest with Master Dayo and just thought about the great memories that both she and her sister have of their time here. They are no longer members but starting with little dragons and continuing on to the kids program gave them both a solid foundation of... discipline and respect which continues to this day. I wanted to say thank and let others know that this was a very important part of my girls growth.read more
I didn't have good stamina and I easily got tired, so I joined the virtual kickboxing class at EVOKE to be in a good shape.EVOKE offers such powerful and exciting classes and I enjoy the intensity and pace of the workout.Classes are very well- structured and inspiring so it is great for mental... health and staying active and positive.The instructor - Tess is very knowledgeable and a great motivator. She's always energitic and brings positivity to her class.매일이 똑같은 지루한 일상 속에 들어온 특별한 수업 :)Highly recommend!read more
This is a perfect place if you're looking for discipline, control yourself and inner strength. Wellness, good shapes are just bonus from the good work out. What you'll have is not just sweat or losing weight but also new life style. Highly recommend!!
I have been taking the online classes since the beginning of the pandemic and I cannot recommend them more! They have fantastic classes with clear and concise instructions. Great motivators and teachers!
Jason Wing Q.
I initially joined the free virtual workouts, which was quick response to the pandemic. At the time, I didn't even know what zoom was! I was introduced to THA through a friend and realized the ABSOLUTE need for a virtual fitness community, to keep me inspired and accountable.Tess is a great... teacher -- she's not only inspiring, but also very organized and maximizes each second/minute. Would recommend to anybody who wants to stay consistent with their workouts!read more
I am new in the kickboxing world and had no much idea what to expect when I showed up for my first class in this studio. Absolutely great experience, amazing workout and kickboxing basics taught in a very clearly and fun way. Totally suggest if you are committed and what to get in shape and feel... motivated.read more
I have been training at THA for the past 5 years and it is has the most wonderful team of instructors. They are supportive, motivating and extremely knowledgeable. Throughout the past number of months the THA team has done an incredible job switching classes to their online platform to accommodate... their students and help everyone during these uncertain times. I look forward to heading back to the school for in person classes soon!read more
My son had such a great time at this camp. He came home everyday happy and couldn’t wait to go back. I was very impressed with all the staff and activities. Also loved the focus not just on fun but fundamental principals like respect, honesty etc. Thank you for putting the effort in to create a... safe and fun environment where my son could just learn and have fun with his peers, especially in these times. Appreciate it.read more
My wife and son were already full members of Toronto Hapkido Academy so when they moved to overing virtual classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic I decided to give it a try. I have been very happy with that decision and am reaping the rewards. The evening workout sessions are a great way to get in a... workout after sitting at my desk all day. They are challenging but the instructors are very encouraging and offer tips to adjust the exercises to each participant's level. I have definitely seen an improvement in my fitness over the last couple of months.read more
I’ve been with THA a little over 4 months now doing the kickboxing program! Best decision I ever made to go to their trial class! Ever since then I’ve been hooked! Love the environment, the coaches and instructors are amazing and go above and beyond to help us achieve our goals! Highly recommend... this place over and over again!read more
Instructors are very knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. I started fitness kickboxing 3 months ago and I usually come here twice a week. Every lesson is well designed and unique which gives me motivation to come every week! The facility is exceptionally clean as well! Highly recommended 🙂
Place is nicely clean! (I found not too many in the neighboorhood have a clean mat) Did the muay thai class & its fantastic for all levels. Their techniques is really really well taught. Just love getting a great workout too. Everybody is super friendly & very respectful, which as a beginner makes... u feel safe & comfortable. Looking forward to my next class!read more
My now 7 y/o daughter started with the Little Dragons program in 2018 and is still going strong! In the fall of 2019, I was curious about and decided to try the adult kickboxing classes: Best decision of my life! The most diverse workouts instructed by genuinely enthusiastic, knowledgable, caring... and motivating individuals who go out of their way to make you feel like family. In a short time, you will feel great and notice a difference too! The best part is that I can do my thing while my daughter does hers in the same venue. Thank you to everyone at T.H.A. Martial Arts & Kickboxing for making the experience a great one for both of us!!read more
I joined the kick boxing fitness classes with my daughter just over a year ago on a trial basis, and I got hooked! I'm still attending classes at least 3 times a week. I feel more energetic, stronger and lost over 20 pounds!!Everyone is friendly, motivating and enthusiastic. Instructors are fun... knowledgeable and always challenge you to do your best.read more
My 5 year old daughter starting with T.H.A in September of 2019, by the end of January 2020 it is now her favorite extra curricular activity.Great place, instructors are fantastic and they teach the kids allot more then just martial arts, they talk about respect, family and really put a great... deal of effort in their development.Fantastic place, highly recommendedread more
My six year old son started several months ago and we are both loving this program. He is anxious to go every week and learn new skills; I see it building his coordination and confidence. I LOVE the teachers here- they expect attention and focus and in return treat the children with such respect.... My older kids have been through many activities through the years and we've never experienced a place where ALL the teachers are so great with the kids. I really appreciate the life lessons taught at the same time- they learn about confidence, respect, gratitude, etc in a way they can understand. I wholeheartedly recommend!read more
I started a few weeks ago and I have enjoyed the classes and each class is different and challenges you. The instructors are professional and very good at what they do. They all know you by name and I would recommend this place to everyone.
THA is the best place for martial arts for your kids. With extremely talented masters they guide the kids not only to learn what they have to but to guide them to have discipline and respect in life. An amazing place with a fun but serious environment. Your kids will be learning and growing so... much. 100% recommended.read more
Very good instructor, good class size and everyone's friendly with good attitudes. Highly recommend for good training. If you're new you won't feel like you have to rush into learning the ropes, highly recommend and will go back when in the area.
T.HA. Martial Arts provide an amazing learning environment for children. They intentionally foster a safe and confidence building atmosphere aimed at developing character as well as physical strength and skill. All the staff are energetic and passionate about teaching. They are thoughtful and... personal in their interactions with the children. I really can’t say enough about the value of this facility and special group of people to our community. Try it out!read more
Adult martial arts and Kids martial artsTruly a beginner friendly gym. Everywhere else had no real fitness behind them. All the money you invest here is completely worth, do your trials though! And get a feel for yourself.
First time I practiced a martial art, and I am sincerlly happy to start in this academy!!!Friendly atmosphere with a Professional and experienced intructors, I really have fun.Very greatful, and thanks you guys to give us your bestI hope to find a good dojo in Paris ( France) 😉
The best place to train and experience friendship under supervising of professional coaches.The ambiance is a home.They gonna mail you a handwritten postal card after joining which was so impressive for me that they didn't print a typical card and just put the address on an already printed... sticker, they put effort and they write something by hand for me! That made a very good feeling for me!Keep going folks and it's my pleasure to be one of you!read more
I signed up for the 3-week trial and saying that so far I really enjoy the adult classes is an understatement. I think this academy is amazing. The place is clean. The facility has A/C and also it's nice that there are chairs to sit and watch/wait for the next class. I find it especially notable... that instructors and students alike are personable. Everyone is positive, professional and supportive. It's a great environment to be in after a long day and just to keep up fitness as well as learn and practise something new in every class.The instructors have been very attentive, and will introduce you and help break the ice by having everyone welcome you to the classes. I think it's great and helps to build the culture! Classes have an excellent mix of variety and stays interesting for me while also helps with practising and doing drills. Each of the instructors are friendly! They remember names and are good at involving you in the classes.I mainly have been taught by Master Dayo who is entertaining and informative with his teaching and ties it in practically with 'street' fighting.I think the dojang has a good professional vibe while balancing approachability and personability. Five stars!read more
Amazing academy that is beginner and family friendly! Went for a trial class and the instructors were very friendly and understanding of different skill levels. Would recommend to anyone looking for a muay thai/hapkido academy.
I wish I could give more than 5 stars. I have been training at THA for about 7 years now. I started with the teen hapkido class and I absolutely loved it, all the trainers are amazing, it is such a warm and supportive environment. Now I do the Muay Thai classes and the fitness kickboxing classes.... Both are an extremely good workout and a lot of fun. The trainers at THA create such an amazing environment, everyone encourages you to do your best and push yourself. I always leave class with a smile on my face, and proud of what I accomplished.read more
One of the best kickboxing classes in Toronto.- knowledgeable, experienced and energetic kickboxing instructors- the facility is very clean- all equipment is well-maintained and in good shape- very friendly welcoming environment- not only keep me in a good shape but also help to build muscles.
The Toronto Hapkido Academy has been a truly wonderful experience. As an adult engaging in martial arts for the first time, the environment has been ideal. All of the instructors have been motivating, knowledgeable, and supportive. The classes offer a great workout and a chance to feel a little bit... badass. I look forward to continuing the journey!read more
I am a fitness trainer, after 9 years of teaching other people I was looking for a new personal challenge, I was very luck to find THA. I can’t say enough regardless of your fitness level you feel welcome, you feel stronger with each class. My upper body strength was increase so much, each class... is different, dynamic, challenging and fun 🙂read more
I love being at THA MARTIAL ARTS , It is an amazing experience , the people and instructors are so friendly , i love walking in on a Saturday morning to help out , the techniques they teach are so amazing and so useful , THA martial arts is amazing and lots of fun , every time I go in I get better... and better and i feel so amazing physically , mentally and emotionally , I love being here , since I started here I learned so much and I really have no words , I suggest people try it out , you will love it here , I know I do ,read more
Toronto Hapkido academy is great.If you are looking into hapkido you should defenetly join this school.Speaking from a students perspective the instructors, the other students there are very kind and friendly. The instructors will listen to your questions and give you tips on how to improve your... techniques.Overall I think Toronto hapkido academy is great.read more
T.H.A provides kids and adults martial arts classes. My review below is exclusively regarding the adult Muay Thai classes, an extremely positive experience.Community:-The students of Muay Thai are typically career professionals and the health and safety aspect concern them. Most students attend... regularly, and they know they will face each other again. Therefore, the system is not egocentric and there is an atmosphere of friendship and support. I am yet to see a serious injury caused by one member upon the other.-When doing the drills, the senior students are usually paired against the beginners, so the rookies can watch and improve their techniques.Instructors:-During the training, the main instructors observe us and give live feedback.-There is a strong emphasis on building cardio capacity and proper breathing to remain relaxed when fighting.-Proper technique execution is valued more highly than inefficient use of power.-Prior to every drill, the correct way is shown and repeated a few times to explain the thinking behind it.-There are generous junior instructors who can help you even outside the official training hours.-The key instructor -Master Dayo- is very knowledgeable about quality warm up, cool down, stretching and etc needed to minimize the risk of injuries. He assures that the students have the proper technical and cardio base, before jumping to the more advanced classes.Logistics:-Free parking is available on the backstreets.-Business day adult classes start after 7:00 P.M.-The mirrors across the training room allow you to check your form.Despite its violent exterior, Muay Thai is a beautiful sport and requires alot more than brute force. You will learn how to work around your advantages and disadvantages, while keeping calm and conscious. It is a complex combination of useful physical and mental attributes. I strongly suggest interested people to try Muay Thai at least for a few sessions at Toronto Hapkido Academy.read more
sasha hajy H.
Our 7yo and 4yo both attend T.H.A and we couldn't be happier with the decision to join 2 years ago. What appeals most to us about Hapkido is the value system that is instilled within each person there. Our children learn about personal responsibility, respect, discipline and honour. The environment... is warm and friendly, and the instructors are really wonderful with the kids. We're proud to call this our Dojo and will continue to send our children here for many many years to come.read more
My family’s experience with Toronto Hapkido Academy has been nothing short of fantastic from my very first phone call to ask for information to my daughter’s most recent class. The organization, staff, and classes are top-notch. Everything you could hope for in a martial arts school!
My family has been a part of the Hapkido Academy community for 6 years and the benefits cannot possibly be counted! I feel incredibly lucky that both of my sons have been learning this martial art since they were 4. It has instilled self value, confidence and a mind body connection that extremely... useful in all they do on and off the mats. The instructors take the time to learn about each child. They have created a welcoming learning environment for all who walk in the door.The adult classes are as challenging as you would like to make them. However, there is a balance of structure and pure enjoyment!read more
Sarah Power S.
I love this place!! I currently attend the fitness kickboxing classes. I love the convenience of the drop in schedules and the instructors are so kind - they are always willing to encourage and support members. There is a great sense of community at THA and I always look forward to my classes. It... is an empowering and fun way to get fit and just boost mood and energy in general!read more
This is an amazing martial arts school!My daughter has been taking classes here for a few months, and from t he very first day we were amazed by how good the instructors are and how kind, welcoming, and fun they make their lessons. There is a very clear sense of respect going both ways, of the... fact the instructors care about each and every kid learning to do hapkido, and of constant encouragement to try and persevere and continue to get better.You can see the instructors enjoy and have fun teaching these kids, and you can see the kids respond to that. It's wonderful to watch the little ones master skills they didn't have, and it's great to see them take to heart the habits and ways of thinking that they talk about at the beginning of each lesson.In short, this place is something special, and we're grateful to be a part of it. I would strongly recommend this for anyone wishing their kids practice and develop their physical abilities, and to practice focus, respect (of self and others), discipline, hard work, kindness, patience... the list goes on.Thank you! and please keep doing an amazing job!read more
I am liking doing the Adult Hapkido class and I have learned so much from the instructors and I feel like I am not only taking a class but that I am part of a family and I highly recommend taking a class. 🤳👍👐🥋
Great place for my 8 year old son and 11 year old daughter! Instructors are encouraging, meet my kids’ unique needs, and teach life skills like respect in addition to having them workout and learn self-defence. It’s also pretty great that I can workout too every time we come 🥊
When I first joined THA I was looking for something to help with stress relief. I had never been a part of any gym before, and had certainly never boxed, so I was nervous that the classes would be too difficult or that I would make a fool of myself. I started in the Fitness Kickboxing class and... never looked back. The instructors are extremely knowledgeable, welcoming, and encouraging to all of their members, some of which have been coming to the gym for over 10 years! I consistently found the workouts challenging, but doable, and I was able to measure my progress over time. The Fitness Kickboxing is done with standing punching bags, but the instructors make sure to teach you proper Muay Thai technique.When I needed a little more instruction or correction, the instructors were always there, and never made me feel stupid or singled out.After almost a year of of the Fitness Kickboxing class, I started taking their Muay Thai classes as well, which I enjoyed even more. The Muay Thai is done with pads and gloves in pairs, and often a more experienced student is paired with a beginner. The other members are also extremely friendly and welcoming and know their stuff - I have never felt like they resented me for being more inexperienced or needing to take a combination a little slower. I have also always felt very safe in their classes even though I was initially afraid of being hit - but I have never been struck by accident or without pads.From someone who had never done workouts and always hated exercise, I highly recommend this school. I have noticed a significant decrease in my anxiety and feel much better about myself now that I am more active. Whether you are a beginner or just looking to try something new, I would recommend coming to this school - you will not regret it!read more
I dropped from an XL to small in 4 months! But that is just one of the many reasons I find THA life changing.I have battled my weight all my life and I joined the Kickboxing and Muay Thai program to change that. The environment of THA makes me flourish, I feel a lot more stronger and agile than I... ever thought I could be, the instructors have such a positive impact that THA is the best part of my day.Besides dropping pounds, my stress level has reduced (because you literally get to punch your pain away), and I am a lot more productive at work. Finally, I feel like no matter how my career goes, family treats me or life hits me, I always have THA to look forward to.Please do try it out, I drive 30 minutes to get to THA every day and it is well worth it. I have been to a number of martial art academies and fitness places in Canada and ended up with no change, but what Tess Ma’am and Master Dayo have created is just not reproducible. This is it, there is just one diamond mine in Toronto and it is THA. Hope to see you there soon!PS: Words cannot describe how much I love this place, so I will keep updating this review as I go 🙂read more
Want to spend more time with your spouse and get in the best shape of life well this is the place for you, the staff is friendly, helpful and will motivate you. Just want to thank the staff for helping us improve our way of life.
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Industry leading programs for adults, teens, and kids.
Industry leading programs for adults, teens, and kids.
Instructors are very knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. I started fitness kickboxing 3 months ago and I usually come here twice a week. Every lesson is well thought out and unique which gives me motivation to come every week! The facility is exceptionally clean as well! Highly recommended 🙂
Similar to our adult self defense program, our teen class blends the best of kickboxing, muay thai, and hapkido (Korean Jiujitsu) into fun mixed martial arts training in Toronto for teenagers.
Children’s Karate & Taekwond0:
Evoke offers families a one-of-a-kind Lil’ Dragon children’s karate in Toronto. We use an age-appropriate curriculum that uses martial arts movement and technique for children ages 4 to 7.
Jiujitsu for Self Defense:
With the popularity of Brazilian jiujitsu (BJJ) and mixed martial arts (mma) in modern pop culture; well-rounded self protection skills is a must for all ages. Evoke’s junior / teen self defense and martial arts for kids programs incorporate fundamental ground fighting skills into our training.