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San Diego Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy, Inc.

San Diego Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy Grandmaster Orange
Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy Grandmaster Orange


San Diego Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy, Inc. provides holistic martial arts training programs geared to bring out the best in you and your child. Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy emphasizes academic excellence, family responsibility and personal protection for children.

Also, all Sidekicks instructors are CPR certified and experienced in teaching children. Learn more about Sidekicks Instructors here.


Sidekicks is conveniently located in the Alta View Shopping Center, where it has been in Suite Q for more than 30 years, longer than Ralph’s has been there. You’ll easily find plenty of free parking.

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Karate classes build self confidence, the most powerful gift you can give your child.  Schedule a meeting with Grandmaster Orange to determine if Sidekicks is a good fit for you both.


It’s not often that a martial arts academy has a Grandmaster teaching classes, especially in San Diego! Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy was founded by Grandmaster Maurice Orange. GMO opened his first Taekwondo school in 1980. He founded Sidekicks Martial Arts in 1989.


Still running the academy, and often teaching classes, legendary Grandmaster Orange “GMO” instills his students with a keen sense of self confidence and respect for elders. Students at Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy are trained in the principles of Martial Arts Excellence. Find out more about it here.


Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy offers new students free classes for one week. Come try Taekwondo with Grandmaster Orange!

Sidekicks Martial Arts Biz Coaching

Are you a martial arts business owner? Grandmaster Orange can help your school’s success. He’s been successfully running Sidekicks for over 4 decades! GMO knows a thing or two about operating a successful business. Now after 40+ years, he’s ready to share his Martial Arts Business Secrets!

Grandmaster Orange is a United States Navy Veteran! He’ll be glad to talk with you about his time in Guam, back in the 1970’s. Yes, that makes Grandmaster Orange a Vietnam Era Veteran. He recently got his Vietnam Veteran hat!

Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy is a proud member of San Diego Unified School District Partners in Education.

Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy is highly recommended by teachers, counselors, parents and school administration throughout San Diego County.

Same Mission. Same Location.
Since 1991.

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Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy: 

San Diego’s best martial arts community

with the most second generation students.

We understand that choosing a martial arts school is a big decision.

You want to make the right choice because you care about your child’s well being.

Rest assured, Grandmaster Orange knows about training kids.


In fact, Grandmaster Orange has trained lots of kids that went on to become martial arts teachers.

Some of them now own their own martial arts schools including:


Johnny Morris at Aspire Martial Arts

Darryl Johnson at In Your Corner

Jamaica Sidekicks

Grandmaster Pete Johnson

The Community of Paradise Hills in San Diego loves training at Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy.


Sidekicks Academy is the favorite martial arts community for children in San Diego.

Classes are open, so parents are involved watching their kids train and learn!

Learn from the best martial arts academy in San Diego.

What if your child was always opening the door for you?


That’s Courtesy.

What if your child got in the habit of always telling the truth?


That’s Integrity.

What if your child developed the trait of never giving up?


That’s Perseverance!

What if your child behaved well and spoke kindly of others at home and school?

That is Self Control.

What if your child was able to get up and keep on going even in the face of difficulties?

Indomitable Spirit.

Could you imagine how fantastic you’d both feel?


The result is Victory!



At Sidekicks it’s Virtue Reality. Grandmaster Orange and his instructors instill the virtues of Taekwondo to Sidekicks students. From their first day in class, Sidekicks students start practicing the martial arts virtues. Martial Arts Virtues are Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control and Indomitable Spirit. Their result is Victory.

In this video, see one of Sidekicks Martial Arts junior instructors in action. He and his younger siblings have been practicing Taekwondo with Grandmaster Orange for ten years. He’s currently eligible for third degree black belt.

GMO on Taekwondo World cover

GMO on Taekwondo World cover

Is Your Child the Next Karate Kid? Apply for a free Sidekicks class here and find out!

GMO back in the day

GMO back in the day

Sidekicks Achievements


Classes Taught


Kids Trained


Belts Awarded


Hours Practiced

San Diego Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy News

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Finally, check back often for new content from Sidekicks classes and testing days. You’ll find current Sidekicks news here.

Fun posts in Throwback Thursdays highlight Sidekicks news from the past 33 years.

In addition, Sidekicks News includes Grandmaster Orange speaking to Sidekicks students and their parents.

Furthermore, we’ll continue adding current news about Sidekicks students and taekwondo.

  • This right from the GMO Sidekicks Archives: Grandmaster Orange on Taekwondo World Magazine Cover from Summer 1989. Yes, yours truly, Grandmaster Orange was featured on Taekwondo World Magazine Cover demonstrating the Taekwond

  • Parents love Sidekicks for their kids. One parent explains that her 7 year old son has gained so much confidence since he's been taking Taekwondo classes at Sidekicks. We love to hear stories like this from Sidekicks families

  • GMO was not even Grandmaster Orange yet. He was only a seventh degree black belt, thus Master Orange. Still he was honored as local hero.  In typical form to how he’d act today, Grandmaster Orange thought, “do I g

Sidekicks Upcoming Events


Here is Sidekicks Martial Arts Academy calendar of Sidekicks special events. It includes Sidekicks Testing Days. Additionally, GMO will announce events in class, that may not be posted here. Above all Sidekicks students, stay informed by coming to all of your classes!

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