About Poway Martial Arts

Chief Instructor and Owner Barry Barker (aka Mr. B) opened Poway Kenpo Karate in 1984 inside a small 600 sf space in Poway California. Today,

Poway Martial Arts is the most established martial arts facility in the area with 7,000 sf housing 3 separate training floors and offering programs in Kenpo Karate/Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Fitness. Awesome classes are available for every age and level. See inside the facility below.


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View Larger Map Many people are looking for a more complete exercise environment where they are challenged physically and mentally and/or perhaps they are interested in competing in one of the “sport fighting games” offered to members. This is a place where regular people can learn real skill in a professional, positive, friendly environment with the highest level of instruction while getting an awesome workout and where fighter’s can develop fight careers.

In addition, many women are now enrolled than ever before as the combination of fitness and skill training is beneficial for everyone but women have discovered this fact over the past several years. Since women are the primary victims of physical abuse in our society it is gratifying to see so many women gaining the power inherent in martial art training. Poway Martial Arts also offers Free Women’s Self-Defense Classes on an ongoing basis as our gift to the community where Chelsea King and Amber Dubois were so tragically taken. The combination of a well-rounded exercise program that also develops a skill level has proven to be a more positive, pro-active, and encouraging alternative to weight watching, dieting, and calorie counting. Plus our classes are extremely fun and can be more rewarding than many of the mundane exercise classes found at health clubs. We offer a fun, focused environment with a great staff that enjoy their jobs.  In addition, our facility is still small enough for personal attention where the owners are always accessible and even teach a lot of the classes.

Poway Kenpo Karate/Jiu Jitsu is better and more awesome than ever with great programs for all ages but especially kids. We have kids, we like kids and enjoy working with them while helping them grow. Since this is a large martial arts school we are able to offer different age and level specific classes at our facility. They are: 4-7 year olds (Little Ninja’s); 7-12 year olds (Kool Kids); and Teen/Adult classes in addition to our Boxing, Kickboxing & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes.

You may have seen our Poway Kenpo Karate students marching in the local Poway Days Parade every year or our demo team performing one of the numerous times at the Poway Street Fair, the RB Alive Street Fair, Poway Community Day’s and at every Elementary, Middle, and High School in the area. We have also performed at the Del Mar Fair, several Chinese New Year Celebrations, local Libraries, for the Deputy Sheriff’s Association, at Qualcomm, Hewlett-Packard, Sony, and at several of our own weddings and parties. Come check us out next time you hear we are performing.