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Columbia After School Transported Martial Arts Program

A Note From Our Instructor

Sensei Charles Harriday
Before I talk about our Columbia Transported After School Martial Arts Program, I want to tell you about my After School Team. I think it’s important you know who your child is spending time with! They’re dedicated, committed professionals (this is their career!) who care deeply about the families in our program, and it shows in their interaction with our After School kids every day.

They are all Martial Artists, and they’ve all worked with children for years. I know they wouldn’t brag on themselves, so I will. They’ve seen every kind of child you can imagine: rambunctious, ultra-shy, defiant, sensitive. They’ve all used their Martial Arts instructional skills to give these children the kind of amazing After School experience that every parent wants.

They go out of their way every day to be sure your child will have the absolute best experience possible. Any child would be lucky to be a part of any program that this team ran, so I count myself lucky that they work for us!

Charles Harriday, Head Instructor of Harriday’s Karate & Fitness in Columbia, MD

It Feels Like Sub-Par Daycare Options Are The Only Choice

Kid Struggling with Homework
Daycares are Impersonal, Hard To Communicate With, and Potentially Abusive.

You have to work, and your child has to go somewhere after school! But daycare and the public school operated After School Programs are often a frustrating choice.

The kind of impersonal, pack-em-in-like-cattle approach taken by public school and daycare operated After School Programs doesn’t take your child’s specific, important needs into account. Every child deserves individual attention to help them overcome challenges and reach their goals. Without it, parents start to see:


Lack of Engagement

They “just don’t care” about what parents and authority figures ask them to do. Adults start to see this as defiance – it’s NOT! They just need someone who cares enough to connect with them on their level.

Excessive Energy

Your child sits for 6 hours at school and then sits again for 3-4 hours in a normal daycare after school program. That’s not what your child needs! If they do get activity, it’s unstructured “running around” which only gives them MORE energy (for you to deal with at home). They need structured activities to release their energy.

No Time For Other Activities

If you’re working until 5:00, 5:30 or even 6:00 pm, when is your child supposed to do all of those fun kid activities that they want to do? By the time you pick them up from After Care, shouldn’t it be family time? They should do the activities they love before you pick them up.

Trouble in School

After School Programs are often where kids complete some of their homework. But in that environment, it’s extremely challenging for them to focus. They need After School teachers committed to their scholastic success.

Health Problems

Most parents aren’t happy with public school food standards. Daycare food standards are as bad or worse. Feeding your child the cheapest possible processed foods as an After School snack is unacceptable. They need healthy, whole foods to power their minds and bodies.

Low Fitness Levels

Childhood Obesity isn’t just a new buzzword. When iPads and Phones are a dime a dozen, getting kids to get off the couch and move is a real challenge. Many After School Programs just throw a TV on the wall and put a video game controller in your child’s hand and call it a day. Your child needs fun and engaging activities that will keep them healthy for life.

But There's a better way!

We’ve specifically designed our Transported After School Martial Arts classes to help your child build the life skills they need to work through their challenges and become the confident, capable adolescents that we all know they can be.

Our Transported After School Program Students Get

Increased Confidence

Confidence, especially in our Martial Arts classes, is the difference between what a child can actually do vs. what they think they can do. You’ll see them grow more and more confident, and confront new challenges both inside and outside of our school with a sense of drive and purpose.

The Ability to Defend Themselves Mentally, Emotionally AND Physically

If they ever need it, your child will absolutely be able to defend themselves physically. But far more importantly, they’ll be able to fend off the mental onslaught of peer pressure and the emotional weight of bullying and unkind behavior. These are things they’ll desperately need as they grow older.

Soaring Self Esteem

The most important thing your child will get in our classes is a tremendously positive sense of self. They’ll be able to objectively recognize things they need to improve (homework, family interaction, physical effort) without feeling hopeless, and they’ll take pride in the things they get right without discounting or minimizing their achievements. This will be invaluable for them as adults.

An Appreciation for Exercise

If you want kids to stay healthy, they have to enjoy their exercise. Our classes are so much fun, your child will beg to come. They’ll actually love doing pushups, jumping jacks and crunches. They’ll take pride in their improved flexibility and stamina, and they’ll leave class everyday sweating and smiling.

We Treat Children Like They Matter

What Does That Mean And Why Does It Help?

Kids don’t really go along with the whole “children should be seen, not heard” thing. They want to participate, contribute, and be accepted. But it’s not always a kid-friendly world, even places that claim to be focused on children’s’ well being-like School, extracurricular activities, daycares, etc. want kids to be quiet, not ask questions, and not make waves. Even most Martial Arts schools operate from this well-meaning (but really flawed) mentality.

Instead, we’ll treat your child like they matter and that they’re worthy of respect. We don’t treat them like adults or let them run free, but we do things like give them information and then the opportunity to make their own choices and decisions based on that information (so that when they succeed they know it was THEIR success, and if they fail, they’ll be able to take responsibility and try again).

We Give Respect To Get Respect

This kind of “Guided Respect” helps to show your child how THEY should treat OTHERS. If kids are always getting yelled at, told their ideas aren’t important and not allowed to make decisions for themselves, why would we expect them to treat others any differently?

The point is, we know deep down that every child is a really cool, really important person, and we’ll help empower them so that they believe it too. Over time, your child will learn to move through their lives with a level of confidence that will inspire others.

We Don’t Change Your Child

Our Martial Arts classes Take Your Child’s Natural Disposition into account. Instead of working to “fix” them (to change who they are), we can work WITH their natural physical and emotional energy, enhancing their strengths and working to shore up their weaknesses.

Now, of course, kids need rules, boundaries, and limitations. But we enforce these necessities with kind, assertive leadership exercised in a fun, high energy environment (so that kids are already excited to be there).

If we want children to be compassionate, polite, patient and calm, we have to set the example by treating them that way!

We Bring Out Their Best

So yes, we while do have rules (and they’re important), our classes are far from your average run-around-screaming, coach-pulling-his-hair-out, free-for-all kid’s activity. You’ll immediately see your child enveloped in a culture of excellence, a place where we expect the best out of our students. This actually makes it EASIER for your child to reach the kind of goals we all want. When they step onto the mat they’ll be surrounded by other children who are on the same path of excellence, and that’s more helpful than you can imagine.

Your Child Will Strive For Excellence

They’ll become more focused, confident, and disciplined. Plus, they’ll love every second of it!


School Pickup

Our Professional, background-checked drivers pick your children up in our company vehicles and bring them safely to our facility.


Martial Arts Classes

Once they arrive at our school, your child will change into their official Martial Arts uniform and take a REAL Karate class. They’ll focus on Self Defense, Balance, Flexibility and Character Development skills they’ll use for life.



After their Martial Arts class, they’ll eat a snack consisting of mostly whole foods – fruits, veggies, etc. with very few processed choices. We also accommodate many different allergy needs.



After a snack, your child will start their homework – which means they’ll have very little, if any, to do at home! Most parents really love this. Plus, our After School Program staff members are available to help your child with their homework if needed.


Pick Up

Parents can pick up as late as 6:00 pm at no extra charge.


But It’s Not Just About WHAT Your Child Does. It’s About HOW They Do It.

In Our Program, They’ll Be Confident, Successful, and Most Importantly, Happy

So Take The First Step, And Schedule A Tour Today

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Frequently Asked Questions


My Child Needs Help Controlling His Actions. Will learning Martial Arts make it worse?

Actually, no. I know it seems counterintuitive, but the reality is that because our Martial Arts students like the physical portion of our classes (the kicking, punching, blocking, pushups and everything else) SO much, they’re willing to listen and apply the Character Development portions (patience, control, thinking before acting, etc). It really does work. Our students don’t WANT to use their Martial Arts moves outside of the class, because they don’t want to disappoint us as instructors. You really have to see it to believe it.

Do you offer Part Time or Just Full Time?

We offer Part Time Care and Full Time care for 4 or 5 days a week. Contact us so we can find a schedule that works best for you.

Can we try it before we sign up?

Not for our After School Program. It’s extremely popular, and spaces are always limited.

However, we DO suggest that you come in for a tour, with your child if possible. You’ll be able to get a feel for our facility and staff, and you’ll be able to tell right away if what we’re doing is congruent with your values as a family.

Can I come watch their Martial Arts class?

Absolutely! Your child’s pickup schedule will determine their class time. If you’re able to, you’re welcome to come watch them during their class.

You talk about Character Development and Life Skills; How do you teach that in class?

Just like our physical curriculum works to improve your child’s fitness, flexibility and strength, our Character Development curriculum improves your child’s Life Skills. We have a curriculum that rotates through really important subjects like Respect, Discipline, Focus, Patience, Acceptance, Kindness, Compassion and more. It’s really cool, and all of our instructors feel lucky every day to be able to pass these skills on to a younger generation.

Will my child get hurt? Is it safe?

Safety is always our number one priority. Although you risk injury anytime you choose to get out of bed, in our experience, we see far fewer injuries in our classes than in other kids’ activities (baseball, softball, football, etc). It’s actually frustrating because we occasionally get calls from parents that their child can’t come to class because they hurt themselves in a different activity.

If we like it, how does the signing up work?

If you’re ready to sign up, a small deposit will save your space in the program. The deposit will be applied to your first tuition payment.

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8681 Robert Fulton Dr. Suite D, Columbia, MD 21046

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