Zen Dojos-Martial Arts Academy, owned and run by 7thdegree Black Belt Master Instructor Paul Benavidez, has been serving theSouthern Orange County community by offering instruction and training martialarts in since 1991. With the largestpadded facility in the area, Zen Dojos provides a clean, safe, and spacioustraining environment for its students. Fromtraditional martial arts for children and pre-school classes to our mixedmartial arts fitness and black belt programs, we have something for everyone.
Located in San Juan Capistrano, California, Zen Dojos Academy ishome to the Karate Kids Program for children, which is designed to helpstudents build confidence, learn discipline, gain coordination, improveathleticism, and establish appreciation for the Martial Arts in a fun andexciting way. Building foundations fortoday’s youth, the Karate Kids Program helps children to become empowered athome and at school, leading to more rewarding and meaningful lives, and in so doing,enabling them to contribute to a stronger community. Zen Dojos implements a unique personalapproach by working side by side with families by meeting on a regular basis todesign a program to best fit the students’ specific goals and needs for insideand outside of the studio. This helps our students to achieve personalexcellence at home, at school, and in the community.
Progress is not automatic like some studios, and is marked by thebelt system, which takes the beginner from a white belt through a variety ofcolors until black. Testing for each new level is a good exercise in settingand achieving goals, and according to recent research, this process of goalsetting, practice, and patience, has shown to carry over into school, helpingto improve students’ behavior and even grades.
We offer other extra-curricular activities that reinforceclassroom fundamentals. We have our verypopular Parent’s night out where once a month on a Friday, Parents can enjoy anight out by themselves while we entertain their Karate Kids for a night of fun,drills, games, and special training. Many parents also take advantage of our unique Karate Birthday Partiesthat are held at the academy, allowing students to share their special day withfriends and family at the Dojo participating in fun Karate activities and games.
Further serving the community, Zen Dojosalso regularly holds specialized workshops, such as Women’s Self-Defense,Weapon Defense Training, Bully Buster Seminars, and much, much more!
Zen Dojos also caters towards a variety of training Mixed MartialArts Programs geared for adults and busy families including Adult Kempo, KravMaga, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai Kickboxing. Whichever course you may choose for yourselfor your children, they all offer both physical and mental benefits, and surelywill reinforce a positive attitude toward life through self-confidence, self-discipline,and personal achievement.