Wado Karate Centers

Middle Tennessee's Premier Private Karate School Since 1973


Karate for Children and Juniors


Our "Little Dragon" Karate Program for Ages 3 - 4

  • (This program in only available at our Goodlettsville location)
  • Specially designed for the stages of development of 3 & 4 year olds.
  • Increases motor skill development through age specific exercises.
  • Teaches taking turns, managing frustration, and being respectful of others.
  • Increases upper and lower body strength while improving balance.
  • Fun, game-like classes to develop focus and attention.


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    Our Children’s Karate Program for Ages 5 - 9

  • Increases your child’s attention span, motor skills, and ability to focus.
  • Instills an attitude of respect, responsibility and good behavior.
  • Teaches safety awareness including when and when not to use karate skills.
  • Teaches your child to look, listen and follow directions.
  • Provides fast-paced, fun and motivational classes for your son or daughter.
    Our Junior Karate Program for Ages 10 - 15
  • Develops the attitude, behavior and character for success in life.
  • Teaches goal setting and leadership skills.
  • Enhances and rewards academic achievement.
  • Develops physical fitness and practical self-defense skills.
  • Provides dynamic, high-energy classes that both challenge and reward.

    Does Karate sound right for your son or daughter?  Would you like to find out? 


    If so, we'll give your Child a 8-Week “Quick-Start” Introductory Program for $99.  There is no obligation.  Guaranteed!


              Call a location below for your Quick-Start program.  We will contact you within 24 hours.


    3 Great Locations to Better Serve Middle Tennessee

    406 Two Mile Pike, Goodlettsville, TN 37072


    2444 Morris Gentry Blvd., Antioch, TN 37013


    550 Sam Ridley Pkwy W, Smyrna, TN 37167



    Read What Parents Say ...

    "My son, Cameron, started karate looking for fitness and friends.  He stayed because of the focus on the whole person - the physical training, social leadership, and my favorite as a school teacher, the expectation of academic effort from every student. The entire school seems to be a family from the first day in class.  Thanks for a quality program."    Mike White

    "My daughter has been a student in Wado Karate Centers for over a year.  The instructors are great at showing individual attention during class.  In fact, I was so impressed that I joined as well.  It has been a positive experience and we look forward to continuing for a very long time."    Laurisa Spears

    "Thank you for your leadership, encouragement and the fabulous instructors who have trained our son at Wado Karate Centers.  Matthew has grown to love karate.  He receives so much that will help him in life, and he will never forget the friends he has made in karate.  Thank you again for all you are doing to make Matthew’s karate experience enjoyable, challenging and rewarding.  May the Lord richly bless you always."    Melody Morris

    "I have noticed that my 11 year old son carries himself with more confidence and seems to walk a little taller.  He has only been in the martial arts for 6 months but I am already seeing a change in his personality."    Barry Steelman

    "I enrolled both of my girls in Wado Karate Centers to learn self-defense.  I didn't realize at the time all the other very important things my girls would also learn - such as confidence, courage, discipline, perseverance, strength, and the strong friendship bonds they would form along the way.  Not only are they learning how to defend themselves but they are being molded into outstanding human beings and citizens.  My only regret is not enrolling them sooner."    Debbie Thornhill

    "Our son was a VERY shy boy before he started karate.  He would cry when people talked to him and he had few friends.  He was constantly hiding behind me when other people were around.  He had anxiety attacks before we dropped him off at preschool so we worried about how he would handle kindergarten.  We started his karate classes in June.  The first few classes were emotionally hard for him, but the instructors were very patient and understanding.  By August he was riding the bus to school and had friends over every day.  His confidence, his patience when doing tasks, and his ability to do things on his own have all increased dramatically.  Thank you for everything you've done for him."    Angela Brown

    "Karate has ensured that my son has not been relegated to the couch in this video game world.  He learns self-control, discipline, and gets exercise at the same time.  He recognizes what bullies are and how to respond to them."                                       Lieutenant Matt Pylkas,  Metro Police Department


    Taylor Hayden 615.859.9473                           Steven O'Riley 615.399.3992                                Steven O'Riley 615.399.3992

    406 Two Mile Pk, Goodlettsville TN 37072       2444 Morris Gentry Blvd, Antioch TN 37013        550 Sam Ridley Prky W, Smyrna TN 37167

    All locations independently owned and operated. Copyright (c) 2008 Taylor Hayden and Wado Karate Centers, LLC.  All rights reserved.