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Readers' Choice: Martial Arts Studio

Tae Kwon Do, Jiu Jitsu, Black Tiger—where in Watsonville do you like to get your kicks in?

Martial arts can be a great way to train both mind and body, and Watsonville has no lack of programs to help people reach their goals.

Two Brazilian Jiu Jitsu studios have opened in the city in the past year, joining the dojos who teach Tae Kwon Do and Black Tiger (the Chinese martial art Huk Hu). Even the cops get involved, offering drop-in classes for kids at the Watsonville Police Activities League gym.

So which martial arts studio is a black belt winner? Here are some we've come across: , , , , ,  and .

Many of these studios offer programs for young kids, as well as teens and adults. There are self-defense classes for girls and women, and opportunities for students to compete as they become proficient in the martial art.

So cast your votes in our poll and drop a comment about why you think your favorite place is worth a visit. Click on the links above and rate the business on its Patch Places listing. You can even leave a review.

Voting in the poll is open until 9 a.m. Friday. Ties will be broken by whichever business has the most positive comments in the section below.  We will announce the winner at noon Friday and that business will receive a "Patch Readers' Choice" certificate.

Last week, . Other Readers' Choice winners have included and

Watsonville Taekwondo is a wonderful place for your kids to get the self-confidence, learn respect and have a GREAT time! Both my children went to to this studio and are now young adults...they greatly benefited throughout their teenage years and now in their every day life. I would definitely recommend and do recommend this studio to others when I get a chance.
Renee March 20, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Watsonville TKD Academy is a great place to learn great skills that you can use every day! I recommend this place to everyone who is looking for a place to enroll their children or even them as adults!
Landa March 20, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Black Tiger Academy has been a great place for my kids to work out energy, learn self-control and have fun. Sifu Lori (Sifu means teacher) has so much patience and is a great example of how to stay fit and live a balanced life. There are classes for kids and adults. She even offers kick-boxing.
Evan Bobbitt March 20, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Watsonville pal is the best place ever to do tae kwon do! And by far has the lowest monthly dues.
Arturo March 21, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Claudio Franca Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the best place to train wether you are in Watsonville or Santa Cruz. Great instructors, great training partners, great atmosphere overall.
pam March 21, 2012 at 09:05 PM
2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Watsonville Tae Kwon Do is the best place ever! kids from 3 to 93 get training! my dauughter started at 9 years old and now she is 29 and a third degree black belt!! now my grandson is 3 and loves it when he can go to her little tigers class on saturdays!! WTKD is the BEST!!
Heather Lynn Foh-Getabowtit March 21, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Claudio Franca is a great place to learn something new and be welcomed and embraced by big hearted people who are also passionate about the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Great kids program that pays attention to the students individually and encourages them to do their best at class and outside of class (i.e. giving it your all, demonstrating good behavior to peers and authority, understanding that we're a team, working together and supporting eachother). The same could be said for the adult classes. Safe, friendly, casual, professional, and respectful.
Sam March 22, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Watsonville PAL has been home to hundreds of youth in our community! Through the six different types of programs ... Taekwondo, judo, ju jitsu, aikido, little kickers plus kickboxing we have been able to accommodate many interests in martial arts. Our programs center on mentoring and leadership...character development and reaching the very heart of each young person. Many of our instructors started in our program as young kids and are now leaders running classes! PAL is a great place to not only train but to give back to the community!
Jennifer Squires March 22, 2012 at 07:37 AM
Loving the debate on the best Dojo. One more day until the results are tallied!
kd March 22, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I agree with Evan - my daughter started with the PAL TKD program as a little Kicker and has moved up to the black belt program. All the instructors are so awesome, very patient. Master Sam is the best! I love how we feel like we are just one big family!

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