Learn to Defend Yourself

“Be safer, stronger, and more in control of your life…”
– Tim Golby, Judan 10th Degree Black Belt

Self Defense
Learning to defend yourself from potential threats is not only possible but a responsibility; not just for yourself but for those who depend on you.

You’re never too old or too young to learn Karate.


Learn techniques like – Defend Yourself from the Old One-Two (Right-Left Punch)

What separates Tracy’s from all the rest are private lessons.

  Every student at Tracy’s Karate have their own instructor with one-on-one private instruction.

    Why Are Private Lessons Better?

    Like golf or piano lessons, a martial art is best learned in a one on one situation with a professional instructor. This is exactly what we do at Tracy’s.

  • You have the benefit of learning at your own rate. Everyone learns differently and is built differently. In a private lesson your instructor will customize your training.
  • Your instructor will help you set goals. Your instructor will help you keep on track and be successful. For a young student goal setting can be a valuable lesson in life!
  • A professional instructor can help you to safely experience what it feels like to be in a bear hug or a choke.
  • You will learn all the material during the private lessons leaving more time in the group classes for sharpening your skills and to strengthen your body.
  • We have thirty years of experience enabling us to turn out champions.
  • We offer all the advantages of a group class school only better.

Contact Tracy’s Karate for a free 30 minute one-on-one Private Lesson – (314) 821-0555


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Women’s Self-Defense

We have been teaching self defense to women for more than 40 years.

At Tracy’s Karate Studios we will teach you practical self defense. Techniques that can save your life, stop sexual assault and give you a sense of personal empowerment that will help you control stressful events in your life.

You will be trained to be better, stronger and more confident.

Your personal instructor and our entire staff will dedicate themselves to help you obtain your goals!

Contact Tracy’s Karate Kirkwood at 314-821-0555



Children and the Martial Arts

The Positive Impact of Martial Arts on Kids

    The well-rounded teachings of martial arts can positively impact kids by enhancing their life-skills and placing emphasis on their values and attitudes.

    Karate employs techniques that build strength, endurance, flexibility, posture, balance and coordination. While the physical benefits of karate are undeniable, this popular sport has many non-physical benefits on children as well.

    Martial Arts Enhances Self-Esteem in Children

    Competitive sports are nice, but for children who don’t excel at them, these sports can lead to diminished feelings of self-worth. Karate is an excellent confidence booster for children as it eliminates the need for them to compete or compare themselves to their peers. Instead, karate encourages kids to draw on their own strengths and strive for their personal best.

    A confident child feels more valuable and has the ability to face life’s challenges head on. Self-assured children are more resilient to peer pressure, and are less likely to get into serious trouble or do drugs.

Karate Improves Kids’ Focus and Self-Discipline

    The mental focus that’s required to execute martial arts moves can spill over into a child’s everyday life and eventually improve his study habits, school performance, listening abilities, and also his ability to follow directions.

    Kids who are focused have an easier time setting and achieving goals because they’re not intimidated by the hard work, and stick-to-it-ness required to live their dreams. The practice of martial arts can also improve the concentration of kids who suffer from attention disorders.

    Young kids are impulsive by nature, so they often make decisions based solely on their emotions. Over time, the disciplined teachings of karate will enable kids to make clear and appropriate choices throughout life.

Karate Teaches Kids Self-Defense

    Parents never want to think about it, but there may come a time when a child is forced to defend himself against someone trying to do him harm. While it is unrealistic to expect a child to go toe-to-toe with an adult three times his size, a kid who knows martial arts techniques has a better chance of catching an attacker off guard and escaping to safety.

    To find a style of karate that suits your child, sit in on a few classes and observe the teaching methods and student-teacher interactions. Some martial arts studios are even willing to offer a free introductory lesson to help parents get a general feel of what karate would be like for their kids.

    Karate is a wonderful way to reiterate the positive values taught in the home — but martial arts instructors only spend one to two hours a week with your child, so be patient. Self-esteem, discipline, focus, and optimum levels of physical fitness take time to achieve.

   This article is used with the permission of it’s author, Charlina Stewart.


Call us at one of our three locations for a free one-on-one private lesson!

Kirkwood: 314-821-0555 | Maryland Heights: 314-997-2755 | Chesterfield: 636-778-3303