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San Diego Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy, Inc.

We believe that every child is truly special and that each and every child is a winner.

Thinking about enrolling your daughter or granddaughter in martial arts? Hesitate no longer. “Girls are typically better students than boys in my Taekwondo classes, ” admits Grandmaster Maurice Orange, who has been teaching kids taekwondo for five decades. The girls pay attention in class. This video demonstrates that girls can kick it – in taekwondo! The student in this reel was enrolled as a very young child, and she made it all the way to black belt.

Thankful for Life

Did you know that Grandmaster Orange nearly died in a bad motorcycle accident in August 2020? Two years later, he and his wife went back to Sharp Memorial Hospital to thank the healthcare workers who saved his life. Watch it here:

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COVID Update Message from the GMO:

There have been several changes at Sidekicks Martial Arts. COVID-19 has caused extra cleanliness and protection measures. We are embracing these changes, and adding a few of our own.

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FOUNDER GRANDMASTER ORANGE

Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy home to Grandmaster Orange and hundreds of black belt students he has trained over 40 years in business. Karate classes build self confidence, the most powerful gift you can give your child.  Schedule a meeting with Grandmaster Orange to determine if Sidekicks is a good fit for you both.

Sidekicks students listen to GMO

Looking for a martial arts program for your child or grandchild? It’s an important decision.

Need some guidance on making the right choice? Grandmaster Orange has taught tens of thousands of students martial arts.

Download his check list of what to look for in choosing a martial arts school for your kids.

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Students: There’s a principle called “Even When No-one is Looking.” It’s time for you to put your Sidekicks tenets leaned, to the test, at home. Your parents and grandparents need you now to step up and be the best you can be. Especially when no-one is looking! 

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Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy offers new students free classes for one week. Come try Taekwondo with Grandmaster Orange! Apply here.

It’s not often that a martial arts academy has a Grandmaster teaching classes, especially in San Diego! Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy was founded by Grandmaster Maurice Orange. GMO opened his first Taekwondo school in 1980. He founded Sidekicks Martial Arts in 1989.

Still running the academy, and often teaching classes, legendary Grandmaster Orange “GMO”instills his students with a keen sense of self confidence and respect for elders. Students at Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy are trained in the principles of Martial Arts Excellence. Find out more about it here.

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About San Diego Sidekicks

Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy home to Grandmaster Orange and dozens of black belt students he has trained over 40 years in business. Sidekicks provides holistic martial arts training that brings out the best in you and your child. Sidekicks Martial Arts emphasizes academic excellence, family responsibility and personal protection for children.

Sidekicks Taekwondo training instills character, discipline and self respect in kids of all ages. Armed with positive attributes, Sidekicks Martial Arts students develop inner strength necessary to avoid temptations facing youth of today.

Is Your Child the Next Karate Kid?

 Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy offers new students free classes for one week.

Come try Taekwondo with Grandmaster Orange!

Here’s what families are saying about Sidekicks:

From Dakari’s aunt:

Greatly appreciate you! You are family , been there since his dad was in the academy .

My mother loved you dearly , as well as Wayne and myself. We highly respect you and your accomplishments through out your life and the community.

Your miraculous healing and strength from that terrible accident is just another testament of who you are .

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I would be a totally different person if it wasn’t for Taekwondo. Things I learned in Taekwondo are hard to learn somewhere else. I developed a great understanding of how important it is to earn something, especially when you work really hard for it. I learned how crucial it is to serve as a role model to children. I learned that trying is what allows for success. I learned everything takes practice. I learned that patience is truly a virtue. I learned that the generosity you put forth to others comes back to you in twofold. Most importantly, I learned that I am not alone in wanting to make the world a better place. The training that I received in Sidekicks is far more than what I ever hoped for. ~ Ron Vasquez, 1st Degree Black Belt, Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy, April 27, 1996

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Vonetta Whittemore reviewed Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy – 5 stars, March 2018

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Camilla Hedblad Gillespie reviewed Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy – 5 stars, June 2014

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Maria Uriarte Solano recommends Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy, September 2017

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Jay Ruiz Jr. reviewed Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy – 5 stars, October 2017

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Vonetta Whittemore reviewed Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy – 5 stars, March 2018

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Saul Solano Jr.  recommends Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy, March 2018

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Discipline mixed with fun…individualism mixed with teamwork…confidence building….strength building…all wrapped up in a unique art form that is made even more unique by a Grand Master who thinks outside of “the box”.  ~ Mr. Dulawan reviewed Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy – 5 star, June 2015 

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This has been a great learning experience for my son. The skills and discipline they learn here will help them in many areas of their lives. Grand Master Orange is a great instructor with a huge heart! Definitely check it out. ~ Ms Zelaya reviewed Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy 5 stars, April 2017  

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Karate classes build self confidence, the most powerful gift you can give your child. Schedule a meeting with Grandmaster Orange to determine if Sidekicks is a good fit for you both.

Sidekicks is conveniently located in the Alta View Shopping Center, where it has been in Suite Q for more than 30 years, longer than Ralph’s has been there. You’ll easily find plenty of free parking.

Sidekicks Achievements

2000
Classes Taught
2000
Families Trained
2000
Belts Awarded
2000
Hours Practiced

What if your child was always opening the door for you?

That’s Courtesy!

What if your child behaved well and spoke kindly of others at home and school?

That’s Integrity!

What if your child developed the trait of never giving up ?

That’s Perseverance!

What if your child got in the habit of always telling the truth?

That is Self Control!

What if your child was able to get up and keep on going even in the face of difficulties ?

Indomitable Spirit!

Could you imagine how fantastic you’d both feel ?

That’s Victory!

 Sidekicks Upcoming Events

Here is Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy calendar of Sidekicks special events. It includes Sidekicks Testing Days. Additionally, GMO will announce events in class, that may not be posted here. Above all Sidekicks students, keep well informed by coming to all of your classes!

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