Minimum Age is 6 Years

Tampa Family is now offering online classes exclusively with kids in mind. With health and safety concerns taking your kids to a classroom,We offer a fantastic alternative to keeps your kids active and safe. We offer a kids-only class on Tuesday evenings and a mixed class on Saturday Mornings. I begin each class with a warm up for kids and then focus on non-contact basic skills.

At Tampa Family Martial Arts, we encourage all students to give 100% in every class. We focus on the details. We want each student to leave a class having gained something, regardless of  how small. Whether it is about a technique, a mindset, or a “wow” moment about Goju Ryu, they will each have gained and grown a little that day.

Finally, it all has to start in the home with the parents. If you think you can drop your kids off here and them learn about respect, commitment, and tenacity without the  support from you, then you are sadly mistaken. These are life lessons that we need to be committed partners together. With your support and commitment, we can give your child a chance to grow up in this world to be a happy, productive, and contributing member of society.

Children from the ages of 6 and up are accepted into our program. Younger kids are excluded because I feel they need a couple of years of actual schooling to really understand the basics of the teacher- student relationship. Our schedule is shown below:



We are offering these classes absolutely free for the first month with no obligation. This will allow your child to see what they think about Martial Arts until we can return to normal classes. This will provide your kids with constructive, positive input as well as some great exercise during these times. They will learn numerous words of the Japanese language and not even know they are learning it. This will teach them about discipline that can carry-over to other online learning Best of all, it will keep them occupied while you do something else (not too far away, of course)

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Meet Your Instructors

What We Are All About

Martial Arts in Lutz FL
Martial Arts in Lutz FL

I founded Tampa Family Martial Arts in February 2003 because I wanted to form a dojo that taught traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu karate. To those of you who may not know, there are many schools out there that teach what I call "hybrid" martial arts. By that I mean that the original style has been modified, adjusted, and tweaked to conform to various cultures and lifestyles. What you end up with is a shadow of what once was.

This dojo is affiliated with the IOGKF (International Okinawan Goju ryu Karate Federation). The hoshin of the organization is "to preserve Okinawan Goju Ryu karate as an intagible cultural treasure." We teach the art as it was passed down from one generation to the next, with a direct lineage to the founder of Goju Ryu, Chojun Miyagi. We do not alter....we do not compromise.

For those of you who are new to this and are considering training and study of the martial arts, remember to think about the investment of time and energy you are going to commit. It takes years. It is not a destination, but a journey. Make sure that, along with your commitment, the school you are about to join is not a "factory". Tampa Family Martial Arts is a small school. I personally have a full time career outside of this school, and I formed it because of my passion of the art, not to make money. I love teaching, but more than that, I love learning. I made a commitment to my students that I would continually improve my skills and abilities by attending regular seminars, or Gasshukus, to enhance my own skills and bring what I learn back to the dojo. I make this promise to anyone considering our school: you will receive some of the best training for traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu karate found anywhere. I personally take pride in watching my students develop and grow both as karateka and as individuals. I also have that desire to develop and grow myself, and I put that passion into every single class.

Sensei Bob Bolton, Yondan
I.O.G.K.F. Certified Fourth Degree Black Belt

Martial Arts in Lutz FL

I have been training in traditional Goju-Ryu Karate for over 15 years as a student of Sensei Bob Bolton. I teach the art with the same passion as it was passed down to me in every class. If you are looking for self-defense, personal development, or whatever reason, Tampa Family Martial Arts is here to help you reach your goal. As Sensei Bolton stated, the study of Goju Ryu is a journey on a path that we will walk together. As one of our students, you will become part of something bigger, a karate family, the IOGKF family.

I bring a vast background of knowledge due to my training in wrestling and studies with practitioners from other arts. I attend IOGKF Gasshuku’s on a regular basis to enhance my skills as an instructor and bring the teachings back to the dojo.Sensei

Jendryx Fernandez, Nidan,
IOGKF Certified Second Degree Black Belt

Martial Arts in Lutz FL


Minimum Age is 6 Years

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