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Welcome to Kickin' it Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Fitness!

Kickin' it Karate is a family owned academy in Bradenton, Florida. We specialize in Kids and Adults Kickboxing and traditional Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Fitness.

Our passionate instructors are always eager to share their knowledge and lead our Mixed Martial Arts Academy with the utmost respect.

Our programs are designed for kids and adults, from beginners to advanced skill levels. We offer a two-week free trial so you get to fully experience our family-friendly classes.

Kickin' It Karate Programs

Meet the instructors

Sensei Josh Escher
Head Karate / Fitness Instructor

Sensei Josh Escher started training martial arts when he was only 5 years old. At the age of 10, he began training and competing in full contact kickboxing under Master Mike Hollobaugh; which lead him to be part of Team Florida and Team USA where he earned several titles.

His philosophy relies on teaching Martial Arts while encouraging Discipline, Respect, Self-Esteem, Self-Defense, and Sportsmanship.

See Sensei Josh's Kids Karate Program
See Sensei Josh's Adults Kickboxing

Professor Eduardo Martinez
Head Instructor, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Professor Eduardo is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Master Ademir Oliveira, Team Oliveira Jiu-Jitsu. Eduardo has been training Jiu-Jitsu since 1999 and earned his Black Belt in 2008.

Among several championships and 1st place finishes; some of his highlights include the 2010 Abu Dhabi gold medal in the Masters Divisions. With close to two decades in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu; Eduardo takes great pride in teaching children and adults from beginners to advanced.

See Professor's Eduardo Jiu-Jitsu Program



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Words can’t describe the feeling you get when you are there, they really do care about you in all aspects... they really do make you feel welcomed, never judged and make you feel like an important part of the family.. THANK YOU for making us feel this way you guys.
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Kelly Lynn

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Kickin’it karate & fitness is a great martial arts/fitness school with amazing instructors that are constantly sharing their knowledge of the sport. The environment is very welcoming to all and takes you in as part of the family. Would recommend for anyone who is wanting to get a good workout in, learn how to defend themselves, or to one day step into the ring! Overall just a ton of awesome people all working together to help each and every person reach their goal.


Best decision we ever made sending our son here five years ago. Dylan considers them a second family, I can’t recommend them enough.

Richard Walker

Active Member
You are not going to find a better group of people then Josh and his family. Check them out if you want to be treated like family and want the best for yourself.

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