8601 101st Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
(612) 280-8735

Brooklyn Park Martial Arts

Begin the adventure of self-discovery, empowerment,
and unlimited potential while getting in great shape!

The 5 Life-Changing Gifts of
Martial Arts. For Kids AND Adults.


Bet you thought our Brooklyn Park Martial Arts school was nothing more than just a super cool place to get fit and learn self-defense. Well, that’s true, but it's so much more than that!

As you get physically fit, you’ll also start to see some changes that most of our students are NOT prepared for. Especially our younger students. They are absolutely amazed by some of the indirect changes that happen when you train in our programs. 

Below are a handful of those really awesome, life-changing experiences people walk away with. We can’t wait to hear what kind of positive things you experience too!

Gain Tremendous Confidence

Working out is tough. Heck, the commute to and from work can be tough - let alone changing lifelong habits for fitness and success! But it CAN be done. And we’re gonna help you. 

But we won’t do it for you. We’ll become a team and work together. Whether you want to get fitter or you’re in it to win it and compete in a fitness contest at some point, trying something new is challenging, both physically and mentally.

But...as you push past your limits and listen to your instructors as they inspire and cheer you on...

You will get a HUGE SURGE OF CONFIDENCE! You’ll also get in amazing shape, which gives you a positive and healthy body image, gain a lot more energy and all those “feel good” feelings from moving your body in an entirely new way.

Full on Focus

Focus your mind grasshopper...as you intently listen and concentrate on what your instructor tells you and then do what they taught you. You’ll improve your ability to concentrate and CRUSH your martial arts and fitness goals. 

What’s awesome is that this intense concentration pours into all other areas of your life too. 

Studies have shown that just a half hour of physical fitness improves focus, heightens problem solving ability, and even boosts memory in both kids and adults. 

You’ll Get Fit

Each class is loaded with challenging, fun exercise. But because you're so focused on performing techniques, and having so much fun, you hardly notice it. Before you know it, the class is over, and you not only learned powerful martial arts...

... you got a great workout, too. Being physically fit boosts energy, mental clarity, and confidence as well.


We're a tight-knit group here. And our members and instructors are all about support and friendship. Kids and adults both make friends with the other members, and as a result, our community thrives.

We provide the kind of environment that fosters friendship, encouragement, and motivation. It's truly great to experience.

Great FUN!

Ugh...fitness can be boring sometimes! Luckily, we’re working out like super-star martial artists. Learning to use our entire body to protect ourselves and our families. In our awesome classes, you’ll tighten up your core, gain lean muscle on your arms and legs, and have a blast. 

No two workouts are ever the same and we DON'T use military style yelling or body shaming… ever. We want you to have lots of fun here, and keep coming back. Plus, our instructors know they’ll get the best possible performance from you when you’re in a good mood. That’s when we’re at our best too. It’s a win-win for everyone! 

Both kids and adults work hard, and play hard.  Laughing and smiles are part of every class.

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Welcome to Yarwood’s Martial Arts! It is our goal to inspire strength, discipline, confidence and focus in our students, to help them discover the leader that is within them.  


We are the premier martial arts and fitness center that serves families in and around Brooklyn Park. Whether you’re a child, teen, or adult, Yarwood’s Martial Arts serves families from all walks of life. We strive to provide a unique learning opportunity and alternative to traditional ways of health, fitness and self-improvement.


We believe that EVERY child has the potential to be a leader; they just need someone to believe in them. We understand the challenges of raising a confident and focused child in our present day society where there are more distractions than ever before.


We provide Taekwondo and Self-Defense classes to people of ALL ages and fitness levels. So, whether you are trying martial arts for the first time or want to train to compete, you’ll find the perfect program for your entire family right here!


Beginners & All Skill Levels Welcome! Our excellent instructors take a well-planned approach to teaching beginners that focuses on the basics of martial arts, physical fitness, self-defense and most importantly, FUN. After all…martial arts + fitness fun = a winning combination

We want everyone, especially beginners, to be able to relax and learn Taekwondo and Self-Defense with zero nervousness or any pressure to compete. We are dedicated to helping your reach your goals so you bring the goals list and we’ll handle the details.


Our Kids classes are designed to instill a well-rounded mixed martial arts skill set with emphasis on the seven LIFE-ENHANCING principles of a Black Belt…


Your child will learn the importance of self-discipline and goal setting and gain incredible self-confidence. Our goal for every student is to increase their physical and mental strength, fitness and overall development – one epic kick and powerful punch at a time.


This will enable your child to handle stress and real world problems such as bullying in a more healthy way… by developing a sharp mental focus, inner strength and self-awareness.


The CONFIDENCE and DISCIPLINE your child will get from martial arts can help them develop powerful coping strategies for dealing with and resolving conflicts with peers.


By stressing the importance of safety, while teaching them a unique set of physical self-defense skills, your child will be BULLY-PROOF wherever they go. That gives you and your child peace of mind every day!


When your kids learn Martial Arts, they acquire greater self-esteem, more self-control, respect and humility. Their attention span and grades will improve, which sets them up for success now and forever.


These are all PRICELESS benefits… and martial arts is a low-cost activity!


Check out the SUPER-LOW web special going on right now! Register today because our classes fill up fast. These specials won’t last long because it’s such a great deal and… it’s 100% RISK-FREE!

At Yarwood’s Martial Arts, you will be treated as an individual and receive personal attention and encouragement, while progressing at your own pace. The other students will cheer you on whenever you accomplish something big or small, so get ready to see lots of smiles and high fives and a feeling like you belong here.


Our certified, professional instructors are ready to help you achieve your full potential in a super FUN and POSITIVE way. They are constantly continuing their education in teaching and martial arts techniques so you can be assured you’re receiving top-notch training in every class.


Come see what we’re all about and take advantage of the best prices, the most amazing instructors, and have the most fun you’ve EVER had getting fit!  


Head Instructor


John Yarwood is the owner of Yarwood's Martial Arts and a 4th Degree Black Belt, He began his martial arts journey in 2008 at Champlin ATA in Champlin, Minnesota, and the positive impact it has had on his life has been remarkable.


It quickly became a passion, which turned into teaching, which then led to opening his own school. It was always his dream to one day own his own school and when he opened Yarwood's Martial Arts in 2013, he made a commitment to his community in Maple Grove/Brooklyn Park to create an enjoyable environment for students to improve their fitness, while building confidence they can carry into their everyday lives.


It is John’s privilege and honor to take the knowledge that he has received in his own martial arts training and pass it on to his students.


John is a State and District Champion and has a 7th place finish at the World Championships. 


Mr. Yarwood attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St Peter, Minnesota with plans to be a teacher. While being a school teacher did not pan out, he found his passion in the Martial Arts and became an instructor. He has been selected as Instructor of the Year twice in the three years he has been running his school.

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