777 Walnut Avenue,
Cranford, NJ 07016
(908) 967-6571

Cranford Martial Arts

Master self-defense, boost your physique and fitness, and live a more confident, disciplined, and focused life.

About Our School

The 5 Life-Changing Gifts of
Martial Arts. For Kids AND Adults.


Bet you thought our Cranford Shotokan Karate & Kickboxing school was just a super cool place to get fit and learn self-defense... the truth is, it's so much more!

As you get physically fit, you’ll also experience some changes you wouldn’t have even thought about. Especially our younger students. They are totally amazed by the subtle changes that happen when you train in our programs.

Below are a handful of those life-changing things people walk away with. We can’t wait to hear what kind of positive experiences you can add to this list, as well!

#1 Skyrocketing Self-Confidence

Something amazing happens when you start to move your body and bring physical fitness into your creates a foundation. A foundation for more happiness, a sense of accomplishment, and a BIG BOOST in confidence! 

You’ll have a group of passionate instructors and classmates right there ready to support you as you push past your limits and strive to reach your martial arts and fitness goals. 

As you progress through class, you will quickly realize how amazing and capable you already are. Knowing that makes you feel more confident and sure of yourself and increases your ability to handle other life challenges that come your way.

Both kids and adults experience this and it’s one of the most rewarding things to see as a teacher. Kids – especially shy and quiet ones - blossom into superb leaders in the classroom, while adults tackle everyday tasks with more energy and a "can do" attitude. 

#2 Laser Like Focus

Because the techniques are challenging, they require your full attention. You have to focus on the instructor and what they’re saying, then perform what they taught you.

The neat thing is that this concentration naturally pours into all other areas of your life too.

Adults find themselves focusing more easily and intensely at work. Kids pay better attention and focus better in school for longer periods of time.

#3 Fit, Strong & Flexible

Each class is filled with challenging drills and exercise that are thrilling and fun! But because you're so focused on performing the techniques, and having a blast, you hardly notice it. Before you know it, the class is over, and not only did you learn powerful martial arts...

... but you got a great workout, too. Being physically fit boosts energy, happiness and mental well-being too.

#4 Community Matters

What do you think of when you hear the word community? We think of a group of like minded students, struggling through tough training times together, celebrating successes together, and encouraging each other no matter what. We think of teamwork and truly belonging no matter what your background is.

We're a tight-knit group here and our students are all about support. We provide the kind of environment that fosters friendship, encouragement, and motivation.

#5 My Personal Favorite - FUN!

These classes are NOT military-style where someone shouts at you and forces you to do a bunch of things you hate. No, these classes are filled with FUN! Smiles, laughter and high fives happen in every class and the time flies by.

We want you to enjoy coming here, so we make it as fun and engaging as possible for you. That goes for both kids and adults.

Ready to try us out? We’ll make it super easy for you.

Simply scroll up to the top of this page and click on the program that's right for you. When you click on the program, you’ll learn all about our secret web-special too!

If you're more comfortable signing up over the phone, give us a call. We’d love to chat: (908) 967-6571

All of us here look forward to meeting you in person!

Mario Cesario

Mario Cesario, Founder
Cesar-Kai Academy
(908) 967-6571

Little ones (and their parents) love Cranford Kids Martial Arts Classes! A fun mix of martial arts techniques is combined with lessons on discipline, learning a deeper sense of respect, and building fit habits to take your children well into adulthood.

Each FUN class will bring your kids closer to new fit friends, teach them epic life-saving punching and kicking drills, and boost confidence for better performance in school!

Let your kid feel like a total rock star with our awesome kids birthday package. It's a fun, educational, structured birthday party involving martial arts... crazy-cool fun & games... pizza (of course!)... and more. Plus your kid will be the one-and-only star of the show!

They'll help teach martial arts to their friends... cut the birthday cake with a real sword (carefully supervised of course!)... and break a wooden board with just their hands or feet (if they've reached this level in their training). Guaranteed to be a safe, fun, awesome experience for your child & all of his / her friends.

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