Watch Your Child Reach Their Full Potential with our Specialized After School Homework & Karate Program

For Parents who need our  After school Karate & Homework Program.

Our programs are the best way to give your child the confidence and skills to become a real leader. 

Our classes provide amazing benefits that your child will use in all aspects of their life!

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A FAR Better Alternative to Day Care, After School Martial Arts for Kids in Maplewood, NJ

If you’re looking for a much, much better alternative to after Care, the #1 Kids martial arts program in Maplewood provides everything you’re looking for and more!

With our After School Karate & Homework Program: We offer 5 days of Martial arts classes along with some cool experiences. Your child will belong to a COVID-19 SAFE community and make tons of new friends

Children and parents all over the Maplewood area (and Short Hills, Millburn, South Orange, Vauxhall, Irvington areas, too!) are thrilled about the positive results of our After School and Home School Martial Arts Program! 


1 out of 4 Kids
of US Teens
of US Children
of Teens

Report being a victim of bullying.

Have tried illegal drugs.

With low self-esteem engage in negative activities like using drugs, vaping, and self-harm.

Don’t get enough aerobic activity.


Equip them with the tools to succeed in the real world with Blue Life Karate & Xtreme Kickboxing.

Physical fitness

Kids this age need physical activity to build strength, coordination, and confidence.

Improve Sleep

Physical activity can provide a 65 percent improvement in sleep quality. Increase your energy and self-esteem

Physical activity immediately boosts the brain’s dopamine, nor-epinephrine, and serotonin levels all of which affect focus and attention.

Decrease depression and anxiety

Physical benefits of exercise can also help improve mood and reduce anxiety in kids.

Respect and brotherhood

Here every kid is seeking and enjoying the companionship of other peers. They train cooperatively with partners, learning to show respect for peers and teachers.

Perfect for ADHD Kids

The systematic method of teaching, going from belt to belt, gives kids with ADHD a tangible framework for measuring their progress and personal growth.

Good company

If your child is participating in group sports, it can be an eye-opener for them. They can learn what socialization is like in school.

Get PE through Martial Arts

Martial Arts is the perfect program to get PE for your child. In addition, with this program your children will be more attentive and focused.

Our After School & Home School Martial Arts students get appropriate levels of exercise every day in every class AND our classes are FUN! 

 The structure of our classes enables children to focus better and improve grades in school. 

Why Choose Blue Life Karate & Xtreme Kickboxing After School Program?


Your children will be able to enrich their lives while having fun and making new friends.

With every challenge, our students gradually grow in confidence while gaining respect for themselves and others along their martial arts journey. 


Your child will learn about setting goals – and following through to achieve them.

Our self-defense lessons are fun and enable kids to learn teamwork, allowing them to build great friendships with other future leaders.


Our program helps them to develop healthy exercise habits that they can retain throughout their lives.

The discipline and structure in our classes help children improve their concentration and, as a result, our students also get better grades in school.


Most frequently asked questions and answers

The great thing about our program is, that the earlier you get started, the better your long-term results!

We have children in our programs that started as early as 3- or 4-years-old, but since children develop at different rates, the best (and really, ONLY) way to see if your child is ready for our program is to take advantage of one of our WEB SPECIALS and try it for yourself!

No. In fact, the opposite is true!

Children are exposed to HUGE amounts of simulated and real violence in video games, on television, in movies, on the internet, and other in media outlets.

But in our unique program, we teach students real, practical, effective non-violent conflict resolution techniques and tactics that can defuse the situation before it escalates to violence. We also teach escape techniques and tactics that even smaller people can use to move to safety if approached by a potentially dangerous situation.

Should your child be confronted with an aggressive situation that can’t be resolved peacefully or escaped from, he or she will have the basic martial arts skills needed to defend themselves.

There are so many!

Martial arts students benefit from increased physical fitness and mental focus. 

The focus on self-discipline, respect, self-confidence, and perseverance in the face of setbacks builds character in students young and old. Our students also join a community of people who share an interest in martial arts, improving their own way of life, and making a positive contribution in the community.

Our program not only gives your child a SAFE, inspiring place to be after school, but also provides them with an AMAZING program of self-improvement, both mentally and physically.

Imagine resting easy, knowing your child is in competent, caring hands while keeping fit, getting plenty of physical exercise, learning to defend themselves, and becoming more confident, focused, and disciplined!

Really, the only way to know if our program is a good fit for you and your family is to try it out!

We have some GREAT WEB SPECIALS, so you can try the program with no strings attached and see for yourself how the program will benefit your child. 

One of the best parts of our program is that every student is treated as an individual and will progress at their own rate.

Each student’s progress isn’t measured against other students, but rather against their own previous performance.

So, even students that aren’t as physically fit as the star quarterback of a football team can have a wonderful experience in our program and become stronger, fitter, and more flexible.

Blue Life Karate & Xtreme Kickboxing reviews

Thea Kearney
Thea Kearney
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“Shihan Durand Howard is an excellent karate instructor and make the classes fun for the kids, but also serious enough for them to learn some very useful martial arts skills and life skills such as discipline and focus!”
Wanda Armstrong
Wanda Armstrong
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“He builds confidence and character in all of the kids. My son has been a student there for 4 1/2 years; the best karate instruction and discipline around!”
Colette Doudin
Colette Doudin
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“Understanding of personal circumstances, yet always expecting students to contribute to the best of their ability.”
Curtis Brantley
Curtis Brantley
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“An incredible learning experience awaits children and adults at Blue Life Karate. My sons have been attending for a combined 13 years. As a result, they’ve gained tremendous discipline and the techniques of self-defense.The program provides a solid foundation for children that face bullying challenges, which is so pervasive today. I’ve personally witnessed children with behavioral problems reverse course and advance to levels their parents thought were unattainable.”

Ready to See For Yourself?

If you’re looking for the best After School Martial Arts lessons in the Maplewood area, you’ve come to the right place!

You’ll accomplish all of this and more in our Blue Life Karate & Xtreme Kickboxing kids’ martial arts lessons!

Blue Life Karate & Xtreme Kickboxing

People believe that martial arts training is just another extra curricular activity, that is a misconception. There is not any program that is going to give you the benefits that you receive from martial arts training. Many people think the martial arts are just about fighting, the truth is that the physical “kicking and punching” are really just the tools that I use to teach the more important, and MUCH more valuable lessons about yourself.

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