by KELLY GUSICH | photos by Carlos Avalos

The Ultimate Experience

KickForce Inspires You To Be Great In Life

mp_kickforce_1Carlos Aguilar, master instructor and owner of KickForce Martial Arts, started martial arts at nine because he wanted to be a Power Ranger or a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. He kept training through childhood and teen years because through martial arts, “kids started to respect me and I wasn’t bullied as much.” From world-class combat trainers to Hollywood martial arts professionals, he’s now had the opportunity to train with the best in the industry. He and co-owner Tara Hallex, with a combined 40 years’ experience, opened KickForce in 2011 to answer their enduring question: how can we provide the ultimate martial arts experience? KickForce began on Convoy St. with three members, but now, Carlos shares, “We are proud and fortunate to say that we have over 300 amazing families training at KickForce from all around San Diego, including Chula Vista and Escondido.”

KickForce offers programs for the entire family and at all levels of experience. The kids program starts as young as three, and is committed to providing a safe, caring, and educational environment. The teens program instills the habit of routine fitness, physical development, and goal-setting, with all belts fully certified and able to be added to college applications and resumes. The adult program focuses on learning practical long/short range self-defense, fitness, and stress relief. With a concentration on life skills and customer service, Carlos and Tara want people to know they are working to provide their customers/families with an original, one-of-a-kind experience. “Whether it’s through our daily engagement in social media or color schemes at our school, we want to be different,” Carlos said.

“Words fail what this studio has done for our daughter. KickForce is truly #1!”
– Tracey Tebbets

A standout student success story comes through team member Mr. JC Torres. Four years ago, he began learning martial arts, financing his classes by working at the studio–cleaning windows and day-to-day chores. Mr. Torres has emerged as a fantastic martial artist, great leader, and role model. He is now a member of the KickForce team, a second degree black belt and State Champion. Other team members include Mr. Chad Kuboyama, fourth degree black belt/World Champion, Ms. Loren Galdiano, second degree black belt/World Champion, Ms. Calyn Kuboyama, fourth degree black belt, Mr. Jacob Tolentino, third degree black belt/six-time World Champion, and Ms. Brittney Ballard, second degree black belt/District Champion.

“We believe martial arts is a great tool for them to tackle obstacles, crush goals, and become a leader as long as we reinforce these life skills,” Carlos explained. “By creating a fun, dynamic, and cool atmosphere, we can get the most out of our students.”

mp_kickforce_logoKickForce Martial Arts | At-A-Glance

Name of Business: KickForce Martial Arts
Owner: Master Carlos Aguilar
Co-Owner: Ms. Tara Hallex
Years in Position: 6
Year of Establishment: 2011
Address: 9272 Miramar Rd. #22, San Diego, CA 92126
Phone: 858-578-5425
Awards: 2016 San Diego’s A-List
“San Diego’s Best Martial Arts School”
2016 Top Ten School by The American Taekwondo Association
Description of business: Providing the “Ultimate Martial Arts Experience” for everyone as young as three years old to adults. No one sits on the bench here. Everyone is a winner!