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Owner and Head Instructor Carlos Barrios of BMA is a certified 5th Degree Hapkido Black belt under I.H.F. Grandmaster Myung Jae-Nam and Master Jino Kang. He has been teaching martial arts to kids and adults since 1996. Carlos also holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) under Master Ruben Charles Maciel aka “Cobrinha” and continues to expand his knowledge in the martial arts world.
What We do

About Barrios Martial Arts

Barrios Martial Arts Academy specializes in teaching various martial arts classes for kids, adults, and families. Students are of all levels and are taught in small groups – personal classes are also available.

Our goal is to make sure you get the highest quality of teaching while staying fit and healthy. Barrios Martial Arts Academy offers Hapkido – a traditional Korean martial arts as well as Kickboxing-Cardio Bootcamps and Traditional Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. The bootcamp is for adults only but the Hapkido and Jiu-jitsu are for all ages from 3 years old to adult.

All classes are designed to provide the students with the maximum attention on technique and physical benefits as well as encouragement and focus.

Years in the Field
Happy Clients

Jamel Ramiro

Master Trainer and Movement Specialist

Daniel Ortiz

Bootcamp Instructor and BS Kinesiology

Diana Martin

Bootcamp Instructor

Laura Stronach

NATAL Exercise Specialist/ Personal Trainer

What People Say

TL;DR: One of the best martial arts schools I’ve ever attended (which is a lot). Mr Barrios is super knowledgeable, and a great teacher. Very strong focus on having the basics down which slowly build up towards more complex drills. Highly, highly recommend.

Nat K.

Felton, CA

I’ve been taking kickboxing classes at Barrios for about 6 months now and absolutely love it! All of the coaches are knowledgeable and helpful and the facilities are always clean. Highly recommend

Jamie G.

Crown Heights, NY

Carlos, Allan and the Barrios instructors are professionals and amazing with the kids. We were referred to them by other families at our school but had to wait till our son was 3 to bring both kids. Wish we would’ve just enrolled our daughter sooner instead of waiting for lil guy to be 3.

Tommy P.

San Francisco, CA

My 6 year old loves Barrios! It’s such a joy to see him learn the Hapkido Creed, develop his respect for adults and maturity for learning, and meet his own goals of successfully earning sequential belts.Shoutout also to Mr B and Clare – they’ve created a wonderful community of families. It was special to see Mr B demonstrate his black belt skills and show the kids how to continuously strive for more skills.

Christina L.

San Francisco, CA

I would, and have recommended BMA to anyone that wants to find a great martial arts studio to take their kids. We couldn’t be happier with Barrios Martial Arts.

O G.

San Francisco, CA

Our son started at Barrios Martial Arts when he was 3 years old, and now at a robust 4.5 years old, he’s got some incredible control over his body and mind. Even his preschool teacher asked me, “Does N do martial arts? I can tell by the way he handles his body!”

Stephen H.

San Francisco, CA

What I like most about BMA is its culture. This is a SAFE space for LGBTQIA+ kids. Of course, that includes adults but I want to mention the kids here because that is what stands out and what I think is most representative of what Master Barrios and the other instructors have done with this studio.

Jennifer C.

San Francisco, CA


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