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We run a children’s karate program with progressive teaching methods that combine life-skills and martial arts, with over a decade of experience, to help children become better versions of themselves.

Evoke’s Lil’ Dragon children’s karate program will help your child be
better focused, self-disciplined, and have greater confidence
while having a ton of fun.

I recently had the pleasure of participating in the kickboxing lessons, and I must say it was an absolutely exhilarating experience! From start to finish, every aspect of the session exceeded my expectations, leaving me feeling both physically and mentally empowered. Here's why I would wholeheartedly give it... a 5.0 rating:1. Expert Instruction: The kickboxing lesson was led by 2 highly skilled and knowledgeable instructors who demonstrated exceptional expertise in the art of kickboxing. Their ability to break down complex techniques into digestible steps made it easy for beginners like me to grasp the fundamentals quickly. Their constant guidance and encouragement throughout the session helped me improve my technique and push my limits.read more
Lawrence L.
Lawrence L.
I can’t say enough good things about the program and instructors at Evoke. There are other kids martial arts program offered across the city and closer to home, but what Evoke offers here is something I haven’t seen in other programs. They are compassionate and kind in their teachings but yet expect... individuals to focus and give their all. Evoke has built a safe environment for mix martial artists to learn and grow and to build not only their character but their phycological and physical strength. I can’t recommend Evoke enough. Both my girls have been attending since 2019. Thank you Master Dao and to the entire Evoke team & family.read more
Amy N.
Amy N.
We love this program! All the staff is super-friendly and knowledgeable. Besides burning a lot of energy, our son is quickly improving his self-esteem and self-regulation. The keywords and actions they work on, like patience and discipline, are very helpful. Thank you Evoke Team!
Jean M.
Jean M.
Hi praise for the wonderful team at Evoke. My 7 year old daughter loves the Little Dragon program and is exited to go to every single class. It's incredible to see the added boost in her confidence and focus in such a short period of time. Special events, such as the parent's night out, was also a fun and... exciting time for the kids and certainly appreciated by the parents.read more
Andrew H
Andrew H
Our son loves his classes at Evoke! He's enthusiastic and looks forward to them every week. Several of his friends have joined the classes as well. They're all 5-6 years old and we have nothing but good things to say about the classes, the instructors and the staff. Watching my son progress over the past few... months has been very satisfying. Highly recommend Evoke to anyone who's children are interested in martial arts!read more
Jason A.
Jason A.
Excellent Martial Arts Academy!My son loves his Lil'Dragons classes. The instructors are patient, supportive, and create a fun learning environment. I've noticed significant improvements in my son's confidence and discipline. The facility is clean and well-equipped, with flexible schedules for all ages and... skill levels. Highly recommended!read more
Paula R.
Paula R.
This is by far one of the best kids parties we’ve ever hosted. We have celebrated both of our kids party here. It is an amazing experience for the kids. They are kept active with none stop games and make sure the birthday child is the center of the party! Can’t recommend enough.
schara82
schara82
My son attended the Hapkido classes for a short time here. Unfortunately, we are moving very soon and he is not able to attend anymore. In these few weeks, he has learned so much that he is determined to continue with martial arts and Hapkido. He loved being in Evoke Martial Arts School with his new friends... and instructors. Besides physical strength, he also started learning discipline. As parents, we liked being able to attend and watch the classes, feeling much like being a part of the family. Thanks for everything one more time.read more
Lll B
Lll B
Best birthday party here at Evoke!!!! We celebrated our daughter’s 12th birthday at Evoke and everyone really enjoyed the party!Guest comment during the party: “Wow we have never attended a martial arts birthday before. This is super fun and our children are really enjoying the activities.”It was a very... well planned party with super fun activities and all of this arranged by Evoke! As parents we were really relaxed as everything was managed by Evoke staff.My daughter’s friends really enjoyed all the activities and everyone at the party was engaged throughout the 2 hours. Time management was excellent, everything was ready when we arrived.Best birthday party experience. Highly recommend!!My daughter also attends the Hapkido Kidz class at Evoke! When she first started, it was really challenging for her. But the teachers at Evoke were so encouraging and supportive that very soon she started getting comfortable in her classes. We are really happy seeing her progress and really appreciate the staff at Evoke! Thank you so much for your wonderful lessons and teaching these important life skills with so much determination!Highly recommend their classes!read more
MKV
MKV
I know the place for about nine years. Somehow I missed to leave a review earlier! My kids going there learned patience, respect, social skills in addition to their martial art techniques. They gained self confidence and experienced deep friendships. Our lives were much easier when it came to teenage... emotions!read more
Arash K.
Arash K.
My son has been attending classes for just over a month and really enjoys the program; he's asked a few times whether he can increase the number of weekly classes from 2 per week to more. I'm grateful for the combination of physical challenge, focus training, and the short meditation he gets at the... beginning of class. 5 stars.read more
Susan T.
Susan T.
My son has been attending Evoke for approximately 2 months. Evoke is awesome! I would recommend sending your child to Evoke. The instructors are caring and provide an environment for learning, discipline and respect.
don J.
don J.
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.
My daughter had an amazing time during March break. She loved the obstacle courses, the mission impossible race, and the pizza party. Everything was well organized and the coaches were great with the kids. Evoke is a wonderful place to go and exercise as well. The fitness kickboxing program is great and... helped me get back in shape. Thank you Evoke Martial Arts & Kickboxing for everything!read more
Anca N.
Anca N.
After attending the first of 2 kickboxing trial classes at Evoke, I felt so good that I decided to sign up right away! I am not a person who is motivated at a regular gym without instruction. Here, the academy and the instructors have such good, positive energy. They understand your endurance levels and tell... you to put in as much effort as you can while also making sure to gently encourage you to test and push your limit each time. I saw results in just 3 classes in being able to hold my plank longer than my first class. Love that every class focuses on improving kickboxing technique and has different combos and burnouts. In my 5 weeks here my endurance, fitness levels and breathing has improved. Also happy that my sciatica that used to affect me often while walking, had completely gone away in less than 2 weeks.I should mention that they take the time to personally check in via text to see if you’re ok when you miss a class. The camaraderie is instant here amongst members and staff. 🙂 Thanks, team, for being so wonderful!read more
Anjana R.
Anjana R.
I recently had the opportunity to attend a kickboxing lesson at Evoke Martial Arts and I must say, it was an outstanding experience. The class was held on early May and took place in a clean and well-maintained training area.The highlight of the lesson was undoubtedly the coach. They were incredibly... patient and knowledgeable, taking the time to guide us through various kickboxing combos. Their teaching style was effective, as they explained each technique clearly and demonstrated it with precision. I particularly appreciated their willingness to provide individual attention and personalized feedback, ensuring that every participant understood and executed the techniques correctly.The class had a great atmosphere, with a diverse group of participants who were enthusiastic and motivated. The energy level was high, creating an encouraging and supportive environment. It was evident that the coach fostered a sense of camaraderie among the students, which made the lesson even more enjoyable.In terms of the workout, the kickboxing lesson provided an excellent physical challenge. The coach incorporated a variety of exercises to warm us up and stretch our muscles before delving into the techniques. The cardio component was intense, offering a fantastic opportunity to improve endurance and burn calories.I have been so impressed with my experience that I have already recommended this kickboxing lesson to many of my friends. If you're looking to learn kickboxing in a supportive and engaging environment, I highly recommend giving this class a try. The coach's expertise, combined with the well-maintained facilities and the positive atmosphere, make it an exceptional choice for beginners and experienced practitioners alike.In conclusion, my kickboxing lesson at Evoke Martial Arts exceeded my expectations. The patient and knowledgeable coach, combined with the energetic class atmosphere, created an environment that was both enjoyable and conducive to learning. I highly recommend this kickboxing lesson to anyone interested in improving their skills and overall fitness. Thank you to the coach and the staff for providing such a fantastic experience!read more
Tania Y.
Tania Y.
I cannot imagine my son’s childhood without his classes at Evoke. The best thing we could have done for him as parents is register him for the martial arts programme at this amazing place. He goes twice a week and has made incredible friendships, while learning the values of discipline, teamwork, commitment,... focus and hard work. We see the benefits with every single class. Even the summer camp programme is exemplary. Truly this place is one of the highlights of living in the area. Well done Evoke for caring about your Little Dragons so much.read more
Hala K.
Hala K.
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Lil’ Dragon Children’s karate Schedule:

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NEW MEMBER STARTER PACK.
3 weeks of classes for $127.
(includes a uniform)

We foster a nurturing environment that uses movement from martial arts disciplines like karate, taekwondo, jiujitsu, hapkido, and kickboxing – to help enhance motor skills and athletic performance in children.

Evoke’s Lil’ Dragon classes are taught by a caring team of charismatic instructors and coaches with years of experience, and who love working with kids.

Our children’s karate class curriculum is designed to target their unique developmental needs are each stage of growth using research on child education and programming.

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Since 2005 Evoke has led the way in delivering the best age-appropriate children’s karate lessons in Toronto.

Lil’ Dragon Classes:

For this age group (4 – 7) we developed a children’s karate curriculum backed by many years of reach in child education programming.

As one of Evoke’s signature programs, the Lil’ Dragon classes was designed around a powerful life-skills foundation and age-appropriate learning.

We offer separate classes for 4 – 5 year olds and 6 – 7 year olds. Our goal is to ensure your child is appropriately challenged and engaged.

The excitement – the yelling, the games, the punching and kicking, the vocabulary of instruction – immerses them in a fun-filled experience with a perfect balance of fun and learning.

I recently had the pleasure of participating in the kickboxing lessons, and I must say it was an absolutely exhilarating experience! From start to finish, every aspect of the session exceeded my expectations, leaving me feeling both physically and mentally empowered. Here's why I would wholeheartedly give it... a 5.0 rating:1. Expert Instruction: The kickboxing lesson was led by 2 highly skilled and knowledgeable instructors who demonstrated exceptional expertise in the art of kickboxing. Their ability to break down complex techniques into digestible steps made it easy for beginners like me to grasp the fundamentals quickly. Their constant guidance and encouragement throughout the session helped me improve my technique and push my limits.read more
Lawrence L.
Lawrence L.
I can’t say enough good things about the program and instructors at Evoke. There are other kids martial arts program offered across the city and closer to home, but what Evoke offers here is something I haven’t seen in other programs. They are compassionate and kind in their teachings but yet expect... individuals to focus and give their all. Evoke has built a safe environment for mix martial artists to learn and grow and to build not only their character but their phycological and physical strength. I can’t recommend Evoke enough. Both my girls have been attending since 2019. Thank you Master Dao and to the entire Evoke team & family.read more
Amy N.
Amy N.
We love this program! All the staff is super-friendly and knowledgeable. Besides burning a lot of energy, our son is quickly improving his self-esteem and self-regulation. The keywords and actions they work on, like patience and discipline, are very helpful. Thank you Evoke Team!
Jean M.
Jean M.
Hi praise for the wonderful team at Evoke. My 7 year old daughter loves the Little Dragon program and is exited to go to every single class. It's incredible to see the added boost in her confidence and focus in such a short period of time. Special events, such as the parent's night out, was also a fun and... exciting time for the kids and certainly appreciated by the parents.read more
Andrew H
Andrew H
Our son loves his classes at Evoke! He's enthusiastic and looks forward to them every week. Several of his friends have joined the classes as well. They're all 5-6 years old and we have nothing but good things to say about the classes, the instructors and the staff. Watching my son progress over the past few... months has been very satisfying. Highly recommend Evoke to anyone who's children are interested in martial arts!read more
Jason A.
Jason A.
Excellent Martial Arts Academy!My son loves his Lil'Dragons classes. The instructors are patient, supportive, and create a fun learning environment. I've noticed significant improvements in my son's confidence and discipline. The facility is clean and well-equipped, with flexible schedules for all ages and... skill levels. Highly recommended!read more
Paula R.
Paula R.
This is by far one of the best kids parties we’ve ever hosted. We have celebrated both of our kids party here. It is an amazing experience for the kids. They are kept active with none stop games and make sure the birthday child is the center of the party! Can’t recommend enough.
schara82
schara82
My son attended the Hapkido classes for a short time here. Unfortunately, we are moving very soon and he is not able to attend anymore. In these few weeks, he has learned so much that he is determined to continue with martial arts and Hapkido. He loved being in Evoke Martial Arts School with his new friends... and instructors. Besides physical strength, he also started learning discipline. As parents, we liked being able to attend and watch the classes, feeling much like being a part of the family. Thanks for everything one more time.read more
Lll B
Lll B
Best birthday party here at Evoke!!!! We celebrated our daughter’s 12th birthday at Evoke and everyone really enjoyed the party!Guest comment during the party: “Wow we have never attended a martial arts birthday before. This is super fun and our children are really enjoying the activities.”It was a very... well planned party with super fun activities and all of this arranged by Evoke! As parents we were really relaxed as everything was managed by Evoke staff.My daughter’s friends really enjoyed all the activities and everyone at the party was engaged throughout the 2 hours. Time management was excellent, everything was ready when we arrived.Best birthday party experience. Highly recommend!!My daughter also attends the Hapkido Kidz class at Evoke! When she first started, it was really challenging for her. But the teachers at Evoke were so encouraging and supportive that very soon she started getting comfortable in her classes. We are really happy seeing her progress and really appreciate the staff at Evoke! Thank you so much for your wonderful lessons and teaching these important life skills with so much determination!Highly recommend their classes!read more
MKV
MKV
I know the place for about nine years. Somehow I missed to leave a review earlier! My kids going there learned patience, respect, social skills in addition to their martial art techniques. They gained self confidence and experienced deep friendships. Our lives were much easier when it came to teenage... emotions!read more
Arash K.
Arash K.
My son has been attending classes for just over a month and really enjoys the program; he's asked a few times whether he can increase the number of weekly classes from 2 per week to more. I'm grateful for the combination of physical challenge, focus training, and the short meditation he gets at the... beginning of class. 5 stars.read more
Susan T.
Susan T.
My son has been attending Evoke for approximately 2 months. Evoke is awesome! I would recommend sending your child to Evoke. The instructors are caring and provide an environment for learning, discipline and respect.
don J.
don J.
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.
My daughter had an amazing time during March break. She loved the obstacle courses, the mission impossible race, and the pizza party. Everything was well organized and the coaches were great with the kids. Evoke is a wonderful place to go and exercise as well. The fitness kickboxing program is great and... helped me get back in shape. Thank you Evoke Martial Arts & Kickboxing for everything!read more
Anca N.
Anca N.
After attending the first of 2 kickboxing trial classes at Evoke, I felt so good that I decided to sign up right away! I am not a person who is motivated at a regular gym without instruction. Here, the academy and the instructors have such good, positive energy. They understand your endurance levels and tell... you to put in as much effort as you can while also making sure to gently encourage you to test and push your limit each time. I saw results in just 3 classes in being able to hold my plank longer than my first class. Love that every class focuses on improving kickboxing technique and has different combos and burnouts. In my 5 weeks here my endurance, fitness levels and breathing has improved. Also happy that my sciatica that used to affect me often while walking, had completely gone away in less than 2 weeks.I should mention that they take the time to personally check in via text to see if you’re ok when you miss a class. The camaraderie is instant here amongst members and staff. 🙂 Thanks, team, for being so wonderful!read more
Anjana R.
Anjana R.
I recently had the opportunity to attend a kickboxing lesson at Evoke Martial Arts and I must say, it was an outstanding experience. The class was held on early May and took place in a clean and well-maintained training area.The highlight of the lesson was undoubtedly the coach. They were incredibly... patient and knowledgeable, taking the time to guide us through various kickboxing combos. Their teaching style was effective, as they explained each technique clearly and demonstrated it with precision. I particularly appreciated their willingness to provide individual attention and personalized feedback, ensuring that every participant understood and executed the techniques correctly.The class had a great atmosphere, with a diverse group of participants who were enthusiastic and motivated. The energy level was high, creating an encouraging and supportive environment. It was evident that the coach fostered a sense of camaraderie among the students, which made the lesson even more enjoyable.In terms of the workout, the kickboxing lesson provided an excellent physical challenge. The coach incorporated a variety of exercises to warm us up and stretch our muscles before delving into the techniques. The cardio component was intense, offering a fantastic opportunity to improve endurance and burn calories.I have been so impressed with my experience that I have already recommended this kickboxing lesson to many of my friends. If you're looking to learn kickboxing in a supportive and engaging environment, I highly recommend giving this class a try. The coach's expertise, combined with the well-maintained facilities and the positive atmosphere, make it an exceptional choice for beginners and experienced practitioners alike.In conclusion, my kickboxing lesson at Evoke Martial Arts exceeded my expectations. The patient and knowledgeable coach, combined with the energetic class atmosphere, created an environment that was both enjoyable and conducive to learning. I highly recommend this kickboxing lesson to anyone interested in improving their skills and overall fitness. Thank you to the coach and the staff for providing such a fantastic experience!read more
Tania Y.
Tania Y.
I cannot imagine my son’s childhood without his classes at Evoke. The best thing we could have done for him as parents is register him for the martial arts programme at this amazing place. He goes twice a week and has made incredible friendships, while learning the values of discipline, teamwork, commitment,... focus and hard work. We see the benefits with every single class. Even the summer camp programme is exemplary. Truly this place is one of the highlights of living in the area. Well done Evoke for caring about your Little Dragons so much.read more
Hala K.
Hala K.
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Karate Program FAQ:

You can join anytime.

Our children’s karate classes run year round and organized in such away that new kids can enrol at any time.

Each lesson is well structured, beginner friendly, and progressively challenging for new students to join in. 

Absolutely not!

In fact, it’s quite the opposite at our school. Our teachings are age-appropriate  with an emphasis on life skills and positive character building.

We use martial arts movement to enhance motor skills, while emphasizing values such as patience, self-control, respect, and self-discipline.

Martial arts is great for all kids and at Evoke we have as many girls as we have boys, and they all love it.

None of our programs are gender dominated, so your daughter will not feel intimidated.

In fact we have more girls in our advanced classes and lots of female instructors on our team that many of the kids look up to.

Whether or not your child is athletic, they’ll feel right at home in our classes.

Our awesome team of experienced instructors will work hand in hand with your kids to insure they have a fun, exciting, and enriching experience.

Martial arts helps children develop great motor skills and an excellent complement to other sports.

Lessons are organize by age to make sure your children are appropriately challenged.

Lil’ Dragons are separated into 4 & 5 year olds, and 6 & 7 year olds. Older siblings will be in our kids program (ages 8 to 12).

However classes, and programs, typically run back-to-back. On some days we even have children’s karate classes simultaneously on an adjacent training floor to make attendance convenient for families with siblings.

Absolutely.

From having a 6-to-1 student-instructor ratio for efficient supervision, to our padded workout floors, and top of the equipment, safety is always a priority.

Every aspect of our Lil’ Dragons program is designed to ensure your child is safe and having fun.

There is no sparring or competitions for this age group.

We minimize physical contact and instead use karate and taekwondo movement and technique to develop excellent motor skills.

Evoke’s children’s karate curriculum also equips kids with tools to deal with aggression and bullying without using their fists 🙂

Children tend to take well to classes at Evoke martial arts.

There is always something new learn, and we keep classes fresh so they never bored.

After trying a complementary class, to be sure, we encourage families to start with our 3-Week trial offer. It is a great way to have your child “test-drive” more classes to make sure we are a good fit for them.

Have your chid unleash greater confidence and their ultimate potential as they master cool karate moves and fall in love with transformative life-skills lessons. For ages 4 to 7.

NEW MEMBER STARTER PACK.
3-Weeks of classes – $127.
(includes free uniform)

Children’s Karate Class Schedule:

Not ready to start yet? That’s ok.

You can request to learn more about Evoke’s Lil’ Dragon program. We’ll follow up with information on class times, membership options, and any trial promotions we are running.

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Your child’s uncanning focus, athletic potential, and unshakeable confidence starts here.

Your child’s uncanning focus, athletic potential, and unshakeable confidence starts here.

My family has been a part of the Evoke family 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.

Sarah Power Smith Mom of 2 ninjas