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214 N. Citrus Ave, Covina, CA 91723
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Frequently Asked Questions

Kids Martial Arts

Q: “Will Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do teach my child to be hostile and aggressive?”

Absolutely not. Children learn a lot about what it means to be respectful and polite here. As a result, kids who weren't violent in the first place become even more respectful and kind. Kids with behavior problems often become very respectful and calm.

Q: “Can my child get injured with Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do?”

As a parent, I'm sure you've seen that kids can get injured doing just about anything. Martial Arts is no different, however we take safety very seriously here. Yes, injuries do sometimes happen. But we do everything in our power to avoid them. We do special exercises and stretches to make your child's body limber and flexible.

Q: “Can my child do Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do if they are not the athletic type?”

Yes! In fact, martial arts is often a “home” for kids who don't excel at team sports. Kids who have trouble in baseball, basketball, etc. often come to martial arts and do extremely well. And it's okay if your child is not athletic right now. Through our classes, they'll get in great shape and become very athletic.

Q: “Is Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do fun for children?”

Absolutely! In fact, kids usually have to drag their parents to Martial Arts class - something parents are always shocked to see. We have our serious moments here where kids work and learn... but we have just as many moments where they goof off and have a blast!

Q: “Do children's confidence & self-esteem grow with Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do?”

Absolutely. Kids with low self-esteem often come out of their shells. As their skill level increases, they feel more and more confident. Other kids look up to them, just as they look up to other kids who are ahead of them. It builds a sense of confidence, pride, and teamwork.

Q: “What's a good age for a child to start Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do?”

Honestly, practically every age is a good age to start! We have children as young as 4 years old, as well as teenagers. We also have specific programs for adults. So no matter where you or your child is on the age spectrum - we've got you covered.

Q: “Do boys AND girls take Martial Arts, Karate, Tae Kwon Do?”

Yes! We have a good mix of both girls and boys in our kids martial arts classes! Some people think that the boys are much “stronger and tougher,” but in reality this is not true. In fact, often girls are the stronger ones!

Fitness Kickboxing

Q: "Do you guys offer only group classes? Or private classes too?"

We offer both for your convenience and learning style. While most of our members enjoy the group setting, you're welcome to speak to our instructors about private classes.

Q: “How many people will be in my class?”

You can probably expect about 15-30 people in your class. It's a really great group full of positive people excited about losing weight. You'll fit right in.

Q: “Are there other beginners in the classes?”

Yes, classes are full of people of all experience levels - including total beginners.

Q: “Can you help me with nutrition, too?”

Absolutely. Whether it's in the mini nutrition seminars we give during classes from time to time... or private consultations... we've got you covered.

Q: “Is your class a ‘Cardio Kickboxing' class?”

No! These classes are very, very different from Cardio Kickboxing. It's hard to describe how much different they are, but once you come in you'll see for yourself ;-)

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Villatoro Bushido Martial Arts is the Place Where You Can Believe and Achieve!

Welcome to our martial arts school where you will find Personal Growth, Inspiration and Amazing Workouts in every class! We provide a training experience like no other…one that will change your mindset so you can achieve greater success in fitness and in life. 

We are family-focused and are here to meet your needs no matter what age, background or fitness level you are. That’s why many families choose to train together. Parents who train with their children have a deeper family bond and more respect for one another. Even more, it’s family fun where lasting memories are created!

It’s All About You. We will train you with your individual fitness goals and safety in mind. You’ll learn effective techniques like amazing high kicks, powerful punches and superior strikes that build upon each other and create steady progress. After all, slow and steady wins the race and YOU are a WINNER! Your child will have great fun and won’t get bored with the variety of physical and mental drills we provide.

Your child deserves the best, which is why Villatoro Bushido Martial Arts has only high-level instructors. Our staff loves what they do and are here to give you personalized world-class training. The sky’s the limit to what you can achieve so let your imagination run wild and watch your dreams come true!

Your Circle of Influence Just Got Bigger. Our close-knit martial arts family provides you with heart-to-heart friendships that you’ll come to treasure. Lean on us and your classmates for endless motivation, encouragement and to celebrate your many successes. You’re definitely going to see lots of smiles and high fives here.

Your child will gain CONFIDENCE and valuable LEADERSHIP skills while being humble. They’ll have bully-proof skills and won’t be afraid to stand up for themselves, if necessary. They’ll be seen as role models that other kids will look up to. Their grades will improve and that helps to ensure lifelong success at anything they want to be, do or have.   

We love to inspire you and your family toward good health, physical and mental fitness and personal excellence. And we do this in a clean, safe and positive environment.

Martial Arts isn’t just for kids though. Our ADULT karate and fitness kickboxing classes are just as much fun, challenging and rewarding. Check out what you can expect to experience…

You’d think that all those PRICELESS BENEFITS for your body, mind and spirit would be over the top expensive, right? Well, it’s not at all. In fact, it’s quite a LOW COST ACTIVITY – just with a lot of AMAZING PERKS! 

Check out our insanely low WEB SPECIAL going on, but only for a limited time. Classes fill up FAST because it’s such a no brainer deal, so reserve your spot today!

The goal at Villatoro Bushido Martial Arts is to EMPOWER you and your family to step outside your comfort zone, push past your physical and mental limits and accomplish your fitness goals. Doing that helps you to achieve your full potential… and isn’t that what you want for yourself and family?

We can\'t wait to empower you and see how fast you learn and grow with us! Come be a part of our awesome family and experience the best prices, the most amazing instructors, and have the most FUN you’ve ever had getting fit!

The Instructors

Tammy Pino – Co-owner of Villatoro Bushido Martial Arts, started training in the Martials Arts in 2009. Her training began after watching her two daughters train and gain confidence and focus through their training. The confidence and self-empowerment that she and her daughters gained were something she wanted to share with more people. 

Tammy and her business partner, Chico Villatoro, opened Villatoro Bushido Martial Arts in September 2012, with a focus on a family-style karate studio that offers martial arts training and fitness classes to their members.

Tammy also brings her love of nutrition and overall health and well-being to the studio. She is a Registered Dietitian and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health Nutrition.

Chico Villatoro – Co-owner of Villatoro Bushido Martial Arts, started training at 4 years old in American Style Karate. Chico fell in love with teaching the Martial Arts when he was 16 years old.

He competed in sports competition from 1981 until 1999 and currently holds a 5th degree black belt in American Style Karate.

Chico has placed a focus on helping students become the best they can be by using the Martial Arts to teach them qualities like respect, discipline and having strong self-esteem. 

In 2002, training under Mr. Steve Fisher, Chico had the unique opportunity to prepare and train with Royce Gracie for a fight in Japan with Kazushi Sakuraba. 

The respect and passion that both Chico and Tammy feel for the Martial Arts has shaped a studio that is dedicated to instilling qualities in their students that help them conquer everyday challenges with an “I can” attitude… teaching you how to win in life.

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