American Freestyle Karate: Kids Martial Arts Lexington Va

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American Freestyle Karate in Staunton VA is a family martial arts program. We offer a blend of martial arts styles for kids, parents and families that want to train together in a friendly fun environment.  

 Our classes are primarily geared towards children and families because it gives us the ability to offer more class times and Focus on teaching our life skills curriculum. 

Our instructors are very passionate about helping children improve their mentality. In classes we talk about developing self confidence, how important it is to demonstrate self discipline and the value of being committed to your goals. 

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Owner John Bowersox with student at karate class in Staunton Va

Hi, my name is John Bowersox. I opened American Freestyle Karate here in Staunton Va.  

Years ago we had a young child named Garrett come in for a karate class. In our introductory lesson I showed him what we would get to do in karate classes. At the very beginning of his class he cried because he was so nervous about doing new things. At the end of the lesson his mom enrolled him in class and his confidence went throught the roof. we have seen so many children come through our classes that have built their confidence by leaps and bounds.  

Another student named Caleb started classes with us years ago just because he needed more focus. He was acting out at home and needed something to pour himself into. After starting class it helped him focus at school and made a huge difference in his attitude and focus at home.  

I enjoy seeing parents and adults fall in love with the physical and mental challenge of improving themselves. The reason I started teaching martial arts was because of the value that I see it create for children and adults mentally and physically.

Some of the most valuable parts of our programs:

Positive Peer Group.

Teachers passionate about your child's success in martial arts AND in life.

Character lessons taught in every class.

A focused curriculum that teaches about building confidence and self discipline.

Healthy role models to inspire the children to do their best.

Success Stories

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From our FB reviews:  

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rebecca Barrientos "I am so glad my children and I joined. We have learned so much from Instructors and Master Clements. Also love the way the older students have helped us with different moves and stances. Thank you Instructor Green, for coming to Mountain day in BV. Where we first met."

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Sarah Evencho: "My seven year old has been in this program within a week of moving to the area ten months ago, and it has been the biggest blessing to our family. He has become more disciplined and focused, while staying in shape and learning karate. If you want your child to grow and become a better person, not just knowledgeable in martial arts, then this holistic program is for you. UpLevel is imparting skills that will last a lifetime, and a huge part of that success belongs to the Directors and instructors. This isn't just an investment in my son's black belt, but an investment in my son."  

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ SusanMahood: "Great place for anyone looking to get fit and learn martial arts! Instructors are amazing!" 

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Anne Lemon: "The children at this school are remarkable. Their ability to manage themselves and initiate conversation with adults is very impressive. I am an adult and have been taking beginner classes here for about a month. Many of the students in classes I have attended are elementary-aged children. They have with absolutely no prompting approached me and said "good job", noticed when I didn't know what to do and helped me, and noticed when I didn't have equipment and offered me theirs. Wow. On top of all that, they're pretty good at karate too."

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Claire Cornwell: "I love that they not only teach karate, they teach character qualities and life skills- respect, self-discipline, focus. Its been so fun for my family, it has given us something to bond over! Love this place and all the people in it."

Location / Contact

To reach out for lesson times or any questions:  


Call: 540-885-7868  

Thanks! - The American Freestyle Karate Family