Family Martial Arts Center of Ames

Family Martial Arts Center of Ames

Amazing martial arts classes in Ames that build confidence & change lives!


231 Main Street, Ames, IA 50010


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Martial Arts Classes In Ames

Hi, we are Masters Jill Hegland and John Shilkaitis and we are the owners of the Family Martial Arts Center of Ames. When we began our martial arts journey, the positive impact it had on our lives was remarkable. It was always our dream to someday own our own school, and when we opened the Family Martial Arts Center of Ames in 1983, we made a commitment to our community in Ames to create an enjoyable environment for students to improve their fitness while building confidence they can carry into their everyday lives. It is our privilege and honor to take the the knowledge we have received in our own martial arts training and pass it on to the students at our school.


We teach all of our members to focus on and be present in the moment. In this age of distractions and sensory overload, this is a skill which returns immediate results in all aspects of one's life. Here are some interesting facts about the Family Martial Arts Center of Ames:

  • Our members are from all walks of life - we have students, attorneys, doctors, engineers, military and law enforcement all training in a fun, team-oriented family environment.
  • We have kids that have been training for years that leave to top colleges and universities in the country, thanks in part to the discipline and focus on hard work they learned through martial arts. This is something we take a great amount of pride in.
  • There are always new generations of individuals and families coming in to pursue the ongoing legacy. It is a tradition in martial arts to pass down the knowledge one receives in their training and many students become instructors, often ending up owning their own schools.  

It is our goal to inspire strength, discipline, confidence and focus in our students, to help them discover their inner leader. We believe every child has the potential to be a leader, they just need someone to believe in them. As a parents ourselves, we understand the challenges of raising a confident and focused child in an age where there are more distractions than ever.

And while the kids have their fun, our adult program is second to none. From traditional martial arts to more modern self-defense styles, there is something for everyone at the Family Martial Arts Center of Ames. If you are looking to burn major calories, learn self-defense moves and get in the best shape of your life, you must come and check out our adult program.

Imagine yourself as a stronger, more confident individual in the best shape of your life. We want to personally invite you to take advantage of our introductory trial offer, and turn that vision into a reality.

It would be a privilege to meet you and your child to have them step into the wonderful world of martial arts.


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Programs Offered at Family Martial Arts Center of Ames

  • Martial Arts Monkeys

    4-6 Yrs

    Martial Arts Monkeys

    A special program for little martial artists.

  • Tae Kwon Do Tigers

    7-9 Yrs

    Tae Kwon Do Tigers

    A specialized martial arts program just for kids.

  • After School Programs

    K - 8th Grade

    After School Programs

    Safe, fun, and educational after school martial arts!

  • Teens & Tweens (TNT)

    10-14 Yrs

    Junior Programs

    Dynamic and exciting classes for teens.

  • Adult Martial Arts


    Adult Martial Arts

    Get fit, while regaining a sense of balance in your life.

Family Martial Arts Center of Ames