Traditional Okinawan Karate

We teach karate in Mesa to kids and adults from the Gilbert, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa area. We have martial arts classes for ages three and up. We offer weaponry for our intermediate students, with instructor approval. See our complete class list here.

Learn Important Life Skills While Having Fun:

  • Confidence
  • Discipline
  • Fitness
  • Proven Self Defense Techniques
  • Respect
  • Traditional Values

Our instructors are very experienced and patient. They enjoy sharing their knowledge. Our dojo provides a warm, friendly, safe atmosphere where you will feel welcome and comfortable.



East Valley Martial Arts is a great place to learn!


East Valley Martial Arts karate students study the "fist-way" of the Okinawan people. Karate originated on the island of Okinawa (now part of Japan) when it was an independent country. This small territory of farmers and fishermen developed Karate (with influences from China) to protect their families, themselves, and their belongings. The techniques have been passed down from teacher to student for hundreds of years. They were gifted to us, and now we offer our students the opportunity to become part of the tradition.

Not sure if its for you?
We have a three-part process to help determine if our private martial arts training program is a good fit.

  1. Phone Chat. To cover basic questions and information.
  2. In-person interview. We'd like to meet the whole family and tell you more about our programs.
  3. If it seems like a good fit, you will be invited to observe a class or jump right in to try our no pressure Introductory Program. For only $30 you get one week of classes (that is, two consecutive classes).

Simply call to get the process started. Click here for our Class Schedule.

We are hosting our 16th annual Karate Spring Camp in March of 2024. We highly recommend this opportunity to all of our Adults Program and Kids Program students, as well as all Alliance members. Contact us for more information.

Just a few of the many things we offer:


Life Protection Skills


Certified Black Belt Instructors

Ryukyu Kempo students

Family Classes

karate teaches self-discipline

Traditional Training & Testing

small group karate class

Small Group Classes


United Ryukyu Kempo Alliance

Why Learn Karate at East Valley Martial Arts?

Here are just a few of the reasons our dojo is special:

We Promote Character

Honesty, Integrity, Respect, Perseverance, Self-Control and Discipline are just some of the lessons we strive to teach.

It's a Safe Environment

Karate is a contact sport by nature, but through decades of experience we are able to provide a safe training environment.

Supportive Community

We are dedicated to seeing our karate students of all ages grow and achieve their goals.

An Affordable Investment

No long term contracts or upgrade programs. Kids and Adults Programs students may choose from two price structures.  

Private Instruction

Our dojo provides private traditional karate training, meaning we are not open to the public. This offers many benefits. 

Fun Learning

Karate is a great way to get a dynamic workout and have fun while learning life protection skills in a supportive group setting.

Our Promo Video Helps You Get to Know Us

Cecilia F.

Jenifer teaches and lives by her dojo's values. She is seriously focused on becoming a positive influence on her students, whether young or older. She strives to especially inspire youthful members to become more aware of their own self-care abilities, in order to lead the life they dare to dream, and can aspire to, by applying the dojo's values and teachings in their lives.

Brandon L.

The art is traditional, the technique is effective, and the people are real. The atmosphere and the people are inviting and it shows - there are 6 year olds and 60 year olds on the floor at the same time some nights! Self defense, weaponry, and character are all apart of the training. There's no one single reason I've been a student here for over 13 years, but rather many that in total make EVMA such a great experience... Bushido!!

Rajesh S.

This school is fantastic. The teachers are really dedicated, compassionate and understanding of people's needs. They also organize lots of fun events to build connections and form an excellent support group. Recommended!!

Michael F.

This is a Dojo that respects and practices traditional values. The highly trained instructors provide well disciplined and consistent training in a "family oriented" environment which enables a strongly structured learning experience. 

Russ R.

Amazing Dojo, great instruction, great atmosphere for all ages. Spend an hour with anyone from this dojo and you will not want to leave.

Dallin H.

East valley martial arts is best experience anyone planning on doing martial arts can hope for. The instructors are incredible and its very family focused. You will never have a better experience then the own you will receive here

Call and mention the Internet Special to receive the discount. Remember to bring in this application for students under 18 or this application for adults in order to expedite your application process.

Internet Special!


  • 1 Week of Classes
  • * New students only. Maximum 2 classes.

Call now to set up an appointment!