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

Who We Are

About in Brooklyn Park, MN

John Yarwood

Owner and Chief Instructor at in Brooklyn Park, 4th Degree Black Belt

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…

  • Modesty
  • Courtesy
  • Integrity
  • Self-control
  • Perseverance
  • Respect
  • Unstoppable Spirit

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.

How to Get Started

Come join our Brooklyn Park, MN Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Self Defense, Adult Martial Arts, Kids Martial Arts, Summer Camp, Birthday Parties, and Kickboxing. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at (612) 280-8735 if you have any further questions. hopes to speak with you soon!