It is our belief that every parent should ensure their children learn two things: How to swim, and some form of Martial Arts training. Our children's program teaches superior Martial Arts skills, along with developing greater self-confidence, concentration, self-discipline, and respect for others.

To find our current class times and locations please got to the training times page!!

Beginners Kids Class

Children love Martial arts. Kennedy's specialised kid's program gives parents the opportunity to watch there kid's learn and grow in a positive, fun and educational environment. Classes are designed to suit all skill levels with a focus of developing  self respect and inner strength to overcome fears and achieve goals at there own pace.

Kids can start classes from 4 years old.

Advanced Kids Class

This class extends on what the beginners class offers, giving more advanced tuition on a full range of martial arts skills and character development activities. Classes are more intense, focused towards goal setting tasks and places a strong emphasis on valuable life skills such as perseverance and commitment. As the student learns more skills the experience gained helps them to reach new levels of confidence and empowerment.

                               Check out our kids in Action on our videos page!


Membership Fee: $120.00 (Once off cost) You will recieve an information pack including Karate uniform, KFMA club patch, club t-shirt and student information booklet. 

Note: If you already have a KFMA uniform the price will be $80.00

Training fees vary from club to club depending on how any times per week training is available, what facilties and equipment they have and experience of the instructors. The below costs are a guide. If you want accurate pricing please contact the head instructor of the club you are interested in training with.

All fees are priced at per term(3 month) rates. If you would like to start in between a term the costing will be adjusted to suit.

Students: $80.00 - $120.00 per term

                  $20.00 per class - Casual

SPECIAL OFFER - If you enrol for a full year you will get a 20% discount

What the parents have to say about Kennedys FMA

I have five children between the ages of 5 and 13 participating in the childrens classes. I wanted the girls to learn self defence and my boys to learn some discipline and have a physical outlet to release there excess energy. Over the past couple of years I have definitely seen these things happen and more. My children specially love the gradings and the tournaments because they are fun and they gain a sense of achievement and confidence in themselves. There are very few activities these days that offer so much for so little money. Tina Frater - Rolleston

As parents we have found Kennedy Karate classes to be excellent for our 5yr old son in so many ways - not just physically but mentally and emotionally too. Kennedy Karate advocates respect, understanding of other's needs, self discipline,self control and responsibility for oneself as well as the group. The instruction is excellent and encourages individuals to achieve their potential. Students develop skill, strength, flexibility and all round fitness and are encouraged to take grades to reward them for their efforts and standards of achievement. The motivation is excellent and before long students become 'self-motivating' which in itself motivates others. My son is proud of his achievements and is demonstrating the qualities outlined above already after being with the group for 4 months. We recommend Kennedy karate to anyone. Lindsey - Rakaia

My three children (13-8) have been attending Johnny's karate club for the past 2 years. And I can say nothing less than that they absolutely love it. He is so very good with children, he makes learning so enjoyable and encouraging no matter who you are or how skilled - and because of this he is truly respected by all his students. Not only that, but my children have gained leadership skills, confidence and coordination skills just to name a few of the benefits. I highly recommend Johnny and his club for truly excellent instruction on all levels. Lisa Frater - Christchurch

What the kids have to say about Kennedys FMA

I reckon Kennedys Karate is the best martial arts in the world. i've been here for 1 year and i find it so fun and you make heaps of friends. GO KENNEDYS KARATE WE RULE!!!!!!! Jessie Rogers - Christchurch

I've being doing karate for over 2 years now. Its the best I could have ever agreed to.KENNEDYS KARATE ROCKS!!!  Sam Lowry - Rakaia

I've been doing Kennedys Karate for almost a year now. In that time I've earned my third belt (Purple), competed in two soon to be three tournaments, and learned so much about karate and the others who join me in class. Kennedys is a great club and an ideal place to begin your martial arts training. Shihan Johnny Kennedy is an amazing instructor and an even better cousin. Thank you Johnny for all you do and for being so good with us kids. KENNEDYS KARATE RULES!!!!!!  Malachai Sintmaartensdyk - Christchurch

Kennedys karate rocks its awersome. Ive made some new friends and i have my biue belt. Oliver Homes - Rakaia