Welcome to Paresh Martial Arts

Paresh Martial Arts is a family martial arts center nestled in the heart of San Francisco's Inner Sunset neighborhood. We offer Kids and Adult classes ranging from beginner to advanced. From age 3 and up, we have classes for the whole family!  Focus, Fitness, Self Defense, Self Awareness, Stress Management, Fun - join a community that’s thriving, transforming and creating a safe, healthy world.

We have moved a block away!  We are now holding classes at our new studio location at 7th and Irving (1329 7th Avenue, between Irving and Judah), right above Stepping Stones Preschool and behind the church on 7th Avenue.  You'll see the green Paresh banner in front of our entrance on the left side of the church.  We look forward to welcoming you there!

Our Martial Arts Classes

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Tiny Tigers

45 minutes

The Tiny Tigers program for 3-4 year olds consists of exciting, play-based classes which explore martial movements in a safe environment. The focus of this program is to develop an ability to increase focus, coordination, confidence, fitness, motor skills, listening and safe play with others. Tiny Tigers learn basic stances, blocks, kicks, punches, self-defense, forms, and etiquette, earning stripes along the way. Tiny Tigers is a strong, developmentally appropriate program that supports the growth and development of the young child. Students may register to attend once or twice a week."

Monday3:15 - 4:00pm
Tuesday3:15 - 4:00pm
Thursday3:15 - 4:00pm

Little Dragons

45 minutes

The Little Dragons program for 5-6 year olds brings the foundations of the martial arts to life. Students learn basic stances, blocks, kicks, punches, self-defense, forms, and etiquette, earning stripes in class and the foundations for traditional requirements. Children develop listening skills, eye hand coordination, focus, respect and safe play. Through team building exercises, students engage with others in an empowering context, develop independent thinking, and practice leadership.

Monday4:00 - 4:45pm
Tuesday4:00 - 4:45pm
Wednesday4:00 - 4:45pm
Thursday4:00 - 4:45pm


45 minutes

In the Juniors class the fundamentals are developed without losing the fun aspect. This is a traditional class setting, with international rank requirements. Class structure covers all key elements of curriculum: Stances, blocking, striking, kicking, forms, self defense, sparring, weapons and breaking.

Monday4:45 - 5:30pm
Tuesday4:45 - 5:30pm 5:30 - 6:15pm
Wednesday4:45 - 5:30pm
Thursday4:45 - 5:30pm 5:30 - 6:15pm

Teens & Adults

45 & 75 minutes

In this traditional class students of all rank train together. Class offers challenging drills, limit pushing exercises, mental and physical demands that sharpen each students ability to take all aspects of themselves to the next level. Students get a warm up, cardio workout, mental and physical challenge resulting in a total mind-body experience.

Mon - Teens6:15-7:00pm
Tues - Adults6:15-7:30pm
Wed - Teens6:15-7:00pm
Thu - Adults6:15-7:30pm


Ms. Ohlson

3rd Degree Black Belt

Chief Instructor

Ms. Ohlson put on her first uniform in 1982 with Louise H. Piaget, 5th National Judo Champion. In 2007 her lifetime dream came true as she opened Paresh Martial Arts.

Mr. Aguillo

3rd Degree Black Belt

Class Instructor

Mr. Aguillo joined PMA in 2010 having trained in Tang Soo Do growing up in Pennsylvania, at his home studio A Mountain Wind TSD with his instructor, Master Scott Merrill.

Mr. Williams

2nd Degree Black Belt

Class Instructor

Mr. Williams began his training in San Diego, continued on to earn his Black Belt with Master Scota in South Carolina. His area of focus is sparring, so keep your hands up, team!