Why choose us:

Evoke (formerly T.H.A – Toronto Hapkido Academy) distinct herself by bringing a fresh approach to a martial arts world that is saturated with misleading stereotypes and subpar operations and outdated methods.

Functionality, safety, and fun.

These are at the core of all our programs. We challenge the typical martial arts school experience.
Beyond tournaments and medals, fighting ability and self defense, or aesthetic rituals; we focus on the very essence of what martial arts training is all about – You.

Our Purpose:

To Evoke the human spirit and Unleash the courage the Impact our world through the power of martial arts.

Our operational values:

  • We are honest, personable, and kind.

  • We love what we do and have FUN.

  • We create a community that is family like, inclusive and safe.

  • We operate responsibly and are fiscally healthy.

  • We are fit: mind, body, heart and soul.

  • We are neat and clean; we make our environment better.

  • Our ongoing personal development is driven by black belt principles of humility, excellence, leadership and mastery.

Reviews:

Great place for kid to learn discipline and how to protect themselves. Teachers are lively and really enjoying what they do so my son is always excited going to the class. The place is so neat and tidy its a great place also the rates are so affordable.
Ken S.
Ken S.
I am new to Kickboxing and the classes are beginner friendly and a lot of FUN. I have been very impressed with the professionalism, family vibe, and positive energy! I highly recommend Evoke Martial Arts & Kickboxing. You will love it!
Elizabeth P.
Elizabeth P.
My daughter has had a great experience with Evoke Martial Arts. Good teaching techniques and friendly and flexible staff.
mahmood A.
mahmood A.
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.
A T.
A T.
I joined Evoke in August as I was starting my journey to become healthier (both mental and physical). I have been going regularly to the kickboxing classes since then and I really enjoy it. The classes are very good workouts and I feel that I am getting stronger. Everybody is very welcoming and... nice. The app make it easy to sign up for classes and they provide both gloves and hand wraps with a membership. Overall I am very happy that I joined evoke and can't wait for my next kickboxing class!read more
Ambre A.
Ambre A.
Awesome workout, great facilities, and welcoming, friendly atmosphere. Would strongly recommend the experience!
Daniel L.
Daniel L.
Great workout, clean and spacious class area. Everyone is extremely friendly and helpful no matter what your skill level is. Would definitely recommend to anyone who is looking to not only get a great workout out, but also anyone looking to learn about the art of Muay Thai.
Joel L.
Joel L.
Joining fitness kickboxing class at this gym was a good choice! Tess is a great trainer, the gym is clean and nicely temperature controlled.
Miki
Miki
My children have been coming here for martial arts for four years now and I finally decided to try it out myself. Instructors go above and beyond and are always kind and friendly. My kids are as comfortable with the staff as they would be with our own family.
Daniella R.
Daniella R.
This is an awesome class! Really enjoy the cardio burn as well as the instructor who keeps the workout exciting and interesting. So glad I joined.
Jyothi S.
Jyothi S.
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
Zachary B.
Zachary B.
I restarted my journey of Martial Arts with Evoke this spring. It’s one of the best places in Toronto for learning a variety of Martial Arts. The coaches teach authentic practices and I just love going there.
Moon B.
Moon B.
I signed up our 8 year old son for a week night activity hoping only for some fun and some exercise.Evoke has been the most wonderful experience for us all. In addition to having fun while burning lots of energy, the wonderful team of instructors are also teaching (and expecting) respect, focus... and teamwork. These healthy life lessons are incorporated into every conversation and teaching moment and as a parent, it is wonderful to see a group of children absorbing not only the techniques but the important messages that come with them.Thank you to the great Evoke team for all you do with our children.read more
Lori S.
Lori S.
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!
Kristy24
Kristy24
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!
Kate K.
Kate K.
I am so happy with my decision to join the kickboxing fitness class. Very warm and friendly atmosphere. I love how fun, challenging and productive workouts are. Highly recommended.
Daniella S.
Daniella S.
After doing trial classes at many dojos around the city, we’ve finally found our home. We've been members for only a month now and have already made some new friends. The instructors take a personal approach and call everyone by name and get to know all the students very quickly. My son is excited... to attend each class.Evoke has found the sweet spot between discipline and fun for children of all ages. Highly recommend you check it out.read more
Sarah
Sarah
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.
Violeta Rangel E.
I’ve been attending Evoke’s kickboxing classes for a few sessions so far. I have enjoyed coming in every time.The instructors are both highly personable and knowledgeable, plus they make a great effort to make everyone feel included and challenged in the best way. I had never considered a martial... art previously, and I’m very glad I chose Evoke! I’m looking forward to integrating kickboxing into my health and wellness goals which feel slowly but surely more attainable in no small part due to this excellent environment to learn in.Huge thanks to the Evoke team!! 🙏read more
Dani De A.
Dani De A.
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
Alisa M.
Alisa M.
I started at Evoke MA Muay Thai classes around 2 months ago and I love learning the techniques and movements. The staff and students are great and nice people, and instructors helping me be better every day!!A great place to be and hangout, great instructors. A great place to learn and study... martial arts.read more
Ivan K.
Ivan K.
🤩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
Magdalena W.
Magdalena W.
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
V
V
I joined the kickboxing fitness class with a friend and I am so happy I did. I don't usually like HIIT training and i've never tried boxing, but I suffer from lower back pain and was told that I needed to strengthen my core. After attending these classes for a month I can definitely see a change in... my stamina and core strength. Going to these classes are now part of my weekly routine. As well, the studio is very welcoming, and supportive. I never feel pressured to do more than I can and the other members are just as nice. If you are looking for a great workout, I highly recommend this place. Worth every penny!read more
erica R.
erica R.
Evoke is amazing! They are so friendly and experienced! They have enough staff to go around and correct the moves for each kid which is so helpful! My daughter has grown confidence we have never seen before! Highly recommend!!
Cara M.
Cara M.
I recently started the fitness kickboxing class. Originally I am not a sports type of person. However, I am loving the class and found myself looking forward to my classes after getting off work. I believe starting fitness kickboxing was one of the best decisions I made in the year 2022! It is a... great class to freshen up as well as to enhance physical strength👍 Those who are looking to try out something new regarding sports classes, this would be a perfect fit for you👌read more
Shinyoung Y.
Shinyoung Y.
I would never regret making my decision to join this martial art class. I love my kickboxing class. Ms. Tes is a fantastic professional trainer. No words can describe her, but she is second to none.In general, the team is super professional. I'll stay until I get my six abs😀
Abraham G.
Abraham G.
As parents we have appreciated the rigour and structure of the karate classes for our son. He is learning karate but more than that he is learning how to focus, be polite and follow instructions. I would highly recommend Evoke.
Britney C.
Britney C.
Our kids had a blast at Evoke’s Martial Arts & Kickboxing! I wasn’t sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised at how organized and attentive the staff were. It was a great experience from beginning to end. I wish they providing lunch and snacks to make it easier for us parents but they did... have pizza lunch on the last day which was nice. I would highly recommend enrolling your kids in this camp! My kids will definitely be back!read more
Jessica H.
Jessica H.
I am relatively new to the club. So far it’s been a fantastic experience. The fitness kickboxing classes are a lot of fun with constant learning. Tess is an amazing instructor. So grateful to have found this club and I highly recommend Evoke.
Michael R.
Michael R.
I've been part of the Muay Thai Kickboxing program since October 2021, attending classes 3-4 times a week. This was probably one of the best decisions I've ever made. There is a great family type of atmosphere at Evoke MA where we all want to see each other be the best versions of ourselves. Master... Dayo does an amazing job reinforcing fundamentals while ensuring constant progression. My fitness levels have reached new highs ever since joining Muay Thai at Evoke MA. I can't envision a life where I'm not attending these classes on a regular basis. Thank you Evoke MA!read more
Alexander S.
Alexander S.
Very engaging, up-beat and killer classes. Our instructor Tess provides very energizing workouts. You will feel the burn!
David S.
David S.
My husband and I recently started attending adult kickboxing classes at Evoke after their trial classes (which are very fair for 2 trial classes for $29) to help us get more fit in a fun way!They also have an app that makes it really easy to work around your schedule and book/cancel classes and... watch tutorials if you have any questions and very friendly staff 👍🏻read more
Hannah C.
Hannah C.
We signed up our 4 year old daughter in karate class at Evoke because we had heard great things about it from other families in our neighbourhood.We are so glad that we did! She loves her classes and we value how much she’s being empowered.In addition to learning martial arts, they always talk... about values - this month the topic is Honesty: “Being honest means telling and showing the truth”We can’t recommend Evoke enough, it has been such a positive experience for our daughter and our family.read more
Bibian A.
Bibian A.
Being part of the evoke community is invaluable to us, my boys love their classes and are not only learning a skill but also learning to be a better human.
Gotti von A.
Gotti von A.
I have been attending Fitness Kickboxing session for over a month now. I must say, it has been an amazing experience. The trainer is very experienced and always motivate to push yourself to the limit.
Geet K.
Geet K.
I love the trainers, the staffs, and the trainees at Evoke Martial Arts. The trainers are always full of energy and encourages myself and the trainees to try our best in each class. The staffs are friendly and are there to help us with any questions we have regarding class, etc. Overall, Evoke... Martial Arts holds a welcoming atmosphere where one could feel comfortable.read more
SY F.
SY F.
I love it here. They always make you feel so welcome and comfortable. They always push you to do your best and not in an intimidating way either. I always leave feeling like it was a successful class.
Michelle M.
Michelle M.
I have been attending the Fitness Kickboxing classes at Evoke for about three month now and it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. I always feel empowered while getting in a fantastic workout and feel encouraged with skilled, enthusiastic instructors and all the other... welcoming participants. I am truly grateful I gave these classes a try and always look forward to going, refining my skills and becoming more confident each and every time!read more
Ariella K.
Ariella K.
I'm glad I decided to try kickboxing here at Evoke Martial Arts. Not only is Tess attentive, she is also enthusiastic and truly passionate about what she does. Every class is a challenge, but in the best way possible. You truly get what you put into it.
Nora K.
Nora K.
My son enjoys attending the Little Dragon class very much. Instructors do a good job helping children to concentrate and exercise happily. The classes are fun, educational and nurture discipline. The studio is always clean and comfortable with good ventilation. I would highly recommend Evoke!!
박미진
박미진
I have been taking kickboxing and Hapkido self defence classes for almost 2 months now and I have loved the experience so far. The teachers are amazing! They know how to push you while keeping your fitness level in mind. The kickboxing is very intense in a good way. They balance the workouts well.... I feel like I’m working all my muscles over a couple of weeks if classes.Hapkido is a great experience as well. The only downside is there’s one class a week and it can be hard to remember the moves we learn.The fellow evoke members are also wonderful. Everyone is welcoming and the experienced members are generous with their time and knowledge.I feel like my body has drastically improved in this time I’ve been there. Looking forward to continuing this journey with Evoke!read more
David V.
David V.
Evoke is a wonderful space for my 10 and 15 year olds.Leia is always looking forward to her Hapkido practices and is a big fan of her instructors. Amir loves the Muay Thai classes.The environment at Evoke is the perfect combination of supportive and disciplined.I highly recommend Evoke to anyone... who is looking for a great martial arts studio.Nasread more
Nas Y.
Nas Y.
Our son loves Evoke - it’s engaging, fun and teaches actual skills. The discipline that he is learning is wonderful. Highly recommend!
Ashley A.
Ashley A.
They are the best tbh. I love Tess she immediately made you feel welcomed and part of the amazing community they have there. The thing that made me decide to keep coming here was how she would call out our names during our workout to acknowledge our hard work. It might seem like simple meaningless... gesture but hearing a stranger call your name really made me feel cared for and motivated. The classes are a Blanche of kickboxing drills and skills as well as some fitness components too like core and cardio. A perfect mix imo. I love the hygiene and place too. We wipe out feet and boxing stand with wipes that are provided. The classes are available in the afternoon and on Saturdays mornings so it’s really flexible if you have a busy schedule like me. Recommend 10/10read more
Abigail B.
Abigail B.
When I first started searching for a martial arts to learn. I was drawn in by the personal connection and warm teaching methods from the staff. Over the years, I realized what I learned is beyond martial arts and self-defense. My personal character and the way I handle life's challenges have... forever been changed. That is something used more often in everyday life and carries forward to every aspect of life.I just really want to add that ALL the staff acts and conducts themselves as a true martial artists inside and outside the dojo. That for me makes me proud to be associated with this family!Edit: post pandemic update. Even better than before! I love the energy here.read more
Matthew L.
Matthew L.
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!
Jin C.
Jin C.
My 4 year old enjoys attending little dragons here. Their lessons are age appropriate, educational, and he has fun learning.
Liz S.
Liz S.
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
Steve B.
Steve B.
My son has been a Little Dragon since September and always looks forward to his time at Evoke! The staff are incredible. They are professional, knowledgeable, attentive, and encouraging. They focus on building confidence and being responsible citizens and have created a warm and safe space for... learning. Highly recommend!read more
Erin S.
Erin S.
I recently started going to Evoke Martial Arts for kickboxing. One of the best decision I've made choosing them as my place to learn martial arts. Tess is an amazing teacher and very friendly. She knows her stuff and pay attention to each one of us as we practice. What surprised me the most is that... she remembers everyone's name and make us all feel included in the family. I really enjoy my workout there, learning new moves daily. I highly recommend this place to anyone who is just starting martial arts or anyone who is looking to improve their skills or just practice what they already know.read more
Kalani A.
Kalani A.
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. 🤳👍👐🥋
Tom N.
Tom N.
I have to say - I think this club, environment and classes are both challenging and invigorating. Tess and the other instructors understand that skills and fitness levels vary - so while encouraging all class participants to push ourselves, they recognize that each person learns at their own pace.... Attention to technique is also important and the instructors will take the time to focus on this without making individuals feel inadequate. For adults looking to increase their fitness or achieve weight goals - in a supportive and non-intimidating environment- Evoke Martial Arts is the place to do it. Highly recommend.read more
Roselle M.
Roselle M.
My daughter had a blast on their March Break Camp! She was excited to show us the self defense moves she learned there and her first kickboxing lesson. The Pizza Party on Friday was so much fun! She will sure be back for their Summer Camp! =)
Daniella V.
Daniella V.
I highly recommend Evoke MA place I started Muay thai 2 months ago and I love learning the techniques and movements. The staff and students are great and supportive helping me be better every day!!
lina A.
lina A.
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