Martial Arts


Our martial arts classes will strengthen the mind, body, and spirit. With classes for students as young as 2, this mental and physical practice builds character as much as ability.

Young boy in a martial arts robe.

Our martial arts classes instill the most positive practices in students that have the power to transform lives. Students have the opportunity to build their character through the mental and physical practice of martial arts with advanced teachers.

For the mind, we build kindness, respect to others, self-discipline, and self-control. For the body, our practice gives us coordination, balance, flexibility, and strength. And finally, for our spirit, we learn perseverance, honesty, integrity, hard work, positivity, and humility.

Young boys sitting in martial arts class.
Young boy karate chopping a board.
Young boy karate chopping a board.


Are uniforms required?

Uniforms are available for purchase at $40 upon request.

What safety measures are in place to mitigate against risk of Covid-19?

Please read below for safety precautions implemented to create a safe environment and experience for everyone who visits the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades Athletic Facilities. These policies and procedures were created to reflect government guidelines as well as additional safety measures specific to our JCC.

Safer Participants

Limited Occupancy/Smaller Class Sizes
Athletic groups are limited to a maximum of 10-12 participants. Parents or caregivers are not allowed in the facility. You may walk your child through health checks and check-in, but then must exit immediately afterwards.

Physical Distancing
Classes will take place outside, weather permitting. Participants are encouraged and positioned to physically distance during classes.

Health Checks
Health screening questions and a temperature check is required for all participants prior to entry. Out of an abundance of caution, you may be asked questions more than once if you are participating in different programs. We appreciate your understanding. Members are asked to remain home if they are ill or have been exposed to COVID-19.

Touchless Check-In
A “check-in” team member will be stationed at our front door to greet participants, check them in, and let them know where to meet their coach.

Check-out is located outside the health and wellness entrance. Children will be walked out by a member of the health and wellness team. Early pickups must be coordinated in advance.

Personal Protective Equipment
Parents and children over the age of 2 are required to wear a face covering to comply with the current Executive Order.

Paper registration forms have been replaced with online registration only.

Safer Team

Health Checks
Health screening questions and a temperature check is required for all coaches prior to entry. Members are being asked to remain home if they are ill or have been exposed to COVID-19.

Personal Protection Equipment
A clear plastic barrier has been installed at the Courtesy Desk. Team members will wear masks and gloves during health screening and check-in. All coaches will be wear face masks during classes/clinics.

You will be asked to bring your own equipment. Any shared equipment will be sanitized and cleaned after classes/clinics.

Awareness & Preparedness Training
Our employees play a key role in helping prevent the spread of coronavirus. To that end, our team has been instructed on how to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.

Safer Facility

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades has taken a number of steps, outlined below, to help mitigate risk against the spread of Covid-19.

Increased cleaning and disinfecting

  • 2 additional cleaning staff per shift have been assigned to increase frequency of cleaning for high touch surfaces
  • Cleaning protocols identified for every program and service area
  • Signage on proper hygiene posted in all washrooms
  • Electrostatic sprayer used nightly
  • New non-toxic chemicals used for cleaning rated to kill COVID-19 in 1 minute

Facility modifications

  • Converted sinks, toilets and urinals to touchless
  • Installed arm pulls on doors where practical
  • Installed magnetic door stops to prop open doors where practical
  • Serviced HVAC system and replaced all air filters
  • Additional hand sanitizers installed throughout the building
  • Installed Plexiglas barriers at client service and security desks
  • Signage posted to clarify expectations and traffic manage flow
  • SAFETY SIGNAGE: Decals and signs throughout the facility share clear and helpful reminders and control the flow of traffic through the school.

Lost and Found
Please try your best to keep track of all your belongings, as the Lost and Found will be eliminated temporarily.

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