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Complete Karate Mom Checklist Printable

I’ve been talking a lot lately about my journey towards getting my black belt in Krav Maga, but did you know that my son has been testing along with me? Because Krav Maga is meant for adults and my oldest son is only 11 years old, he’s in the karate program at the same dojo.

He started around the same time as I did (only a few weeks before me) and has been training hard ever since. The kids and adults follow the same process when it comes to black belt testing, so he & I have been going through our testing side by side.

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Twice a year they hold boot camp qualifications at our dojo and if you pass, you move on to what they call “boot camp”. Once you’re in boot camp, you meet every Friday night over the course of three months for extra training with the instructors. That’s where they review the specific techniques that they want to see on which phase of the black belt testing (there are a lot of different techniques, so they break it up over the three tests). Then, once a month over the next three months, you test.

To qualify to get into boot camp both the kids and adults had to demonstrate several techniques (MMA, kicking, etc), run a timed mile, do 25 push ups without stopping and 50 sit ups, also without stopping.

Both my son and I had our phase one test in July. His was on a Friday night & mine was on a Saturday, and we both passed. Phase two was last month and we both passed that as well. We have phase three coming up in a week and a half & we’ve both been training hard for it. Phase three is IT – if we pass, we will both be getting our black belts.

Here is my son outside the dojo before his first black belt test in July.

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In case you’re wondering, during the test, the kids did drill after drill as well as running their timed mile, doing 100 push ups, 100 sit ups and three 2 minute sparring rounds each. It took about 3.5 hours and even though the kids were beyond exhausted, they all passed.


But just because my son is in bootcamp, and has been since the beginning of July, he still needs to attend regular classes. Because I want to make sure he has as much time to practice as possible, I try to get him to at least three classes per week. Now that school is back in session, it’s not as easy as it was to get him there. Both of my boys are in different schools this year because my oldest went off to the middle school and I feel like I am always in a rush.

I can’t tell you how many times I have brought him to class only to realize that I forgot something he needed. My solution was to put together this handy dandy checklist, so that I will never forget to bring anything to the dojo again.

Complete Karate Mom Checklist

If you want to use it, too, you can download your copy of it right here.

My little guy is such a trooper when it comes to going to the dojo with his big brother. He is in the 3rd grade and as soon as he gets off the bus, we have to leave for the dojo. He never complains, either – well, as long as I remember to check the last thing off of my list above.

Nathan at class

Since we head to the dojo right after school three days a week (sometimes four), I need to make sure I have a snack on hand that I can just grab and go. When I was at Walmart recently I picked up a couple of 12-packs of Strawberry/Cotton Candy Dannon(R) Danimals(R) Smoothies.

Dannimals at Walmart

Dannon(R) Danimals(R) provide “Only the Good Stuff(R)” with no high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors. Not only that, they provide a good source of calcium and vitamin D. Score!


Dannon(R) Danimals(R) are the perfect on-the-go option for us. The kids can drink them on the ride to the dojo.

Danimals in the Car

Please note that the Cotton Candy/Strawberry flavor is available for a limited time at Walmart (only in August) and is not available at all stores, so this might be your last chance to buy this awesome combo.

But don’t go to my Walmart because I already bought out all of the Cotton Candy/Strawberry 12 packs they had. Sorry, folks. But now I know that my guy is fueled for class.

Karate class

Oh, and check out the Dannon(R) Danimals(R) and Play 60 contest. If you find the “Golden Bongo” bottle (located in specially marked packages) you can win a Play60 Field Day for your school with NFL pros! See the Fuel Up To Play Site for more details.

I’ve shared one of my favorite on-the-go snack ideas, I’d love to hear your favorite!

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  1. Janine Huldie

    What a great resource for karate parents and might need to do something similar for dance classes and even soccer, too for my girls!

  2. Mykidsguide

    How cool that your son is taking Karate classes and you’re in Krav Maga. Congrats to the both of you on passing the two phases.

  3. Annemarie LeBlanc

    Wow. Mother and son black belters! That is quite an achievement! Congratulations and hope to see more pictures of you and your son together training. You are a cool mom!

  4. kristimaloney

    James could use a similar checklist for marching band!! Just last week, he forgot his “dot book”. I had to drive it to him. I was not happy! Regarding the Danimals, Ryan loves them too!

  5. Liz Mays

    That’s smart too! My kids were both in band and I remember those forgetful days!

  6. Amanda || Growing Up Madison

    I’m about to start Madison in gymnastics so this list would be perfect for her too and we just love Danimals.

  7. indah nuria Savitri

    I am seriously thinking about asking my son to join Karate session. That looks like a fantastic sport and perfect for him. The check list is very handy indeed..

  8. Jeanette

    I have been in karate for a while and LOVE it. We have a similar testing for anyone that is getting a green belt or above. It is 8 hours of intense work (3 times Jan, Feb, March) and then they will decide if you pass. Congrats on getting where you are I know how much work it takes!

  9. Jennifer Clay

    My daughter wants to take Karate really bad. It looks like it would be fun for her. We would just have to find time to fit this in our schedule.

  10. Pam

    Both my kids were in karate. It was hard to fit in the schedule but they really liked it.

  11. MJ L

    I would love to sign my kids up for Karate, looks like so much fun! We love Danimals yogurt in the easy peel back lid cups to drink, and the squeeze pouches!

  12. Ourfamilyworld

    You and your son are so cool! My son would love to sign up for Karate, too.

  13. Daisy

    We are thinking of taking my son for karate. It would get some of his energy out.

  14. Mama to 5 BLessings

    My 2 older boys do karate also. Both are working on their next belt. What a great sport plus it is a great way for them to learn to protect them-self.

  15. aimee (@HouseofFaucis)

    I have so many kids, check lists are extremely helpful. Love Danimals.

  16. becca112971

    For this band mom my favorite on the go snack is grapes. They are easy, delicious and perfect for not making a mess. BTW your little men are growing fast.

  17. Alissa Apel

    That snack is a must. I try and stick with snacks that have protein in them. Boys get so hungry, and protein is what they need. I like CLIFF bars and other types of protein bars, smoothies, cottage cheese, and plain Greek yogurt with added fruit.

  18. Alissa Apel

    Congrats to both of you for making it so far!

  19. Jennifer

    This is a great checklist. I’ll have to send this to my sister for her son.

  20. lisa

    My youngest would like to start karate. I think she would be good at it and it would be good for her! And all my kids love the Danimals yogurts.

  21. tara pittman

    My boys love yogurt too. The cotton candy flavor sounds so awesome.

  22. Dawn

    I never realized there was so much gear that went along with karate. Snacks are a definite must to keep their strength up.

  23. caitlinstevens9

    I think Karate is a great thing to get kids involved in. Even I took Karate when I was in elementary. I wish I woudl have stuck to it more. I was not the most graceful of children, so i didn’t liek it much then, but looking back now, I wish I would have continued until I was older. Karate is a great way to excercise and learn discipline.

  24. Liz Mays

    You’re so smart to make sure your little one is entertained. Congrats on both of you making such progress! I hope you both get your black belts this month!

  25. msposh2013

    That is too cool that you did this. Congratulations to you (and your son of course) on your accomplishment!

  26. Kam Kay

    You are one cool mom. Training with your 11 year old. Wow! Where do you get the energy lol. Congratulations to mother and son for such an accomplishment.

  27. Michelle F.

    That check list is perfect for me! I have been wanting to put my daughter in karate class.

  28. Lesley

    You have no idea how much I appreciate a checklist. I’m all about the list because I will forget something – happens every time!

  29. Catherine S

    This is a great checklist. I could use this for my son with all his bowling tournaments and the 2 leagues he bowls on.

  30. Kelly Hutchinson

    This is a great checklist for karate moms! My kids were in karate for a while but they petered out on it.

  31. Jaime

    I feel like my life is one giant to do list. I need to check my Walmart for the strawberry/cotton candy flavor. I kind of want to drink all of them.

  32. Kathy

    Great checklist. I’m hoping that my daughters will get in to karate. I think it would be great for them to learn karate..also I love Danimals. I need to get some for my girls.

  33. Melissa

    Great job to you and your son! Check lists are a must for us busy moms!

  34. Myrah - Coupon Mamacita

    My daughter loves Danimals. A lot of times, she’ll have them for a snack when she’s deep into her homework.

  35. Pam

    I remember being a karate mom! The Danimals is a good idea. My kids were always starving before and after karate.

  36. Close To Home (@StayCloseToHome)

    My kids love DANIMALS and never thought to bring them to sports events.

  37. Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama

    Red just started 4 year old karate class at school – he’s learning the basics now.

  38. littlemisscant

    Great printable checklist! I need to create something like this for my oldest..she is always asking me to “check her” when she’s getting ready for cheer.

  39. miss (@thedealmatch)

    My son signed up for a karate class but he didn’t like it. Hope he will be ready soon! Karate class is fun

  40. Jasmine Espinal

    What a great tool! Weekdays are so hectic and busy

  41. Ora Lee Gurr

    This is such an excellent checklist for karate moms. We were all in a mixed level/age karate class (small town) and it was fun to learn and train together.

  42. Mama to 5 BLessings

    My kids love Danimals! They are the perfect snack for home or on the go!

  43. Debbie Denny

    Oh my goodness. So much hard work goes into this. I do like lists and would have to have this checklist if I were to do this training.

  44. leechrista

    This is a smart snack idea! We also do karate and we are always on the go. I’ll keep this one in mind.

  45. Jennifer Van Huss

    That is so cool that your son and you are working towards the same goal! My kids love Danon!! They are a delicious snack option when you are busy on the go.

  46. socialite123l

    I remember reading about your Black belt training journey and I think its cool you are doing it side by side with your Son. Danimals is a great brand that has all the required nutrients for kids. Thanks for the great list

  47. Stacie

    What a great idea to have a checklist so nothing gets forgotten. It can be adapted to be used for any activity.

  48. lisa @bitesforbabies

    I took karate for 4 years when I was younger…I can’t wait to get my kinds into it!

  49. Dogvills

    Having a checklist is very important, especially for moms like me who tend to forget a lot of things. Thankis for sharing the printable.

  50. Dee Mauser

    Aww, I remember when my kids were in elementary school and took karate classes. They had a great time and we enjoyed watching them.

  51. Theresa

    Both of my girls love snacking on Danimals after their sporting activities. It’s been one of their favorites pretty much for as long as I can remember!

  52. shaunatorres

    What a great checklist. We always have Danimals on hand, as they are a quick and easy snack for pretty much any time.

  53. Jennifer S. Mitchell

    This is an awesome printable checklist! I will have to let my friend know about this post – she’s a karate mom and I’m sure she’d love to have this checklist!

  54. Karlyn Cruz

    It’s awesome that you both are doing this! It looks like it’s creating great memories for both of you

  55. gratefulheartyoga

    There is a studio by my house and everyone always looks like they are having so much fun! So cool you are doing this together!

  56. Nikki

    I love printables, Im so glad that you both make happy memories.

  57. Tammi Roy

    A checklist is a great idea. I hate when we get to a class and something is missing. This is a great idea for busy mornings.

  58. censie

    We have one of these before Taekwondo for Jude too. So easy to pack.

  59. Valerie Remy-Milora (@vremilora)

    What an awesome family adventure! One of my daughter and I followed a similar path a few years ago as we trained, belt tested and competed in Xtreme martial arts. It was a lot of training — 2 to 3 hours a day 5 days a week and specialty workshops and bootcamps on weekends. Healthy snacks and lots of things to keep my then 18 month old who tagged along were a must! All the best as you keep working towards your goal!!!

  60. Aubrey

    My kid did afor a while. H liked it, until he wanted to quit.

  61. gingermommyrantsg

    My kids love Dannon Danimals. A printable is a great idea. I will have to give it a try.

  62. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

    How fun that you’re able to go through training at the same time! What a wonderful experience to share with your child!

  63. Annie M

    Lists are the best! Can’t miss anything…unless you forgot to add it to the list, hah!

  64. Crystal Bowley Reagan

    We end up running from one activity to the next pretty frequently, so the kids need snacks like these that are easy to grab. I love that I don’t have to feed them junk!

  65. Pam

    It certainly helps to keep organized and this print out is great for that! It sounds like you son is very dedicated and he will thank you down the road for keeping him on task…and for the great snacks!

  66. Erlene

    Good job to the both of you! Love the helpful checklist too.

  67. Sarah Marturano

    I love that you added Danimals to the check list. So smart! The checklist was super helpful.

  68. Rosey

    That is a very cool checklust. And I love that you are doing it together. What an awesome experience for you both!

  69. Elizabeth O.

    What a cute printable! I miss accompanying my kids to classes that interest them. Good job, supportive mom!

  70. RonRon

    Great full support for your karate kid! Awesome checklist too.

  71. Chubskulit Rose

    Thanks for these checklist. My husband drove to one martial arts place here in the area yesterday but the place has no parking space available so they never got in. We need to go there super early next time.

  72. moesly15

    Great checklist for those moms who need to remember everything! Awesome!

  73. Holly @ Woman Tribune

    Karate has always looked like a blast to me, and a great way for kids to learn about respect and discipline while being physically fit. This is a great checklist to make sure you don’t leave the house without something you need.

  74. Allison

    My son does karate and Danimals are definitely a great snack option to and from class on busy days! Great checklist!

  75. Krystal's Kitsch

    That is a cool printable idea. My son is ALMOST old enough for our local karate and I might just sign him up!

  76. Ashley Gill

    We are big fans of Danimals in our house too. The kids require them especially when I’m scooting them out the door for scouts or some random activity! You and your son are doing great!!! Can’t wait to hear about your next step and Boot Camp!

  77. jeanine

    LovE this! You guys should be so proud congrats on making it this far! I’m sure you both will pass your next test too! How amazing. Never mess with Robin. Haha:)

  78. Nita

    My kids are both a big fan of yogurts and Danimals as well. Cool printable ideas, by the way!

  79. thriftychicmom

    Those are a great on the go snack solution. We don’t do karate so I find it so interesting to hear all about it.

  80. amittenfull

    I love the checklist idea– and congrats to your son! And we LOVE Damimals, that’s our go-to-snack here too!

  81. Victoria

    Great checklist! You are a cool mom. My son would love to join in the karate class

  82. Amy Desrosiers

    Love that your kids are little karate masters! I wish I had done this as a child too!

  83. Crystal From Tidbits of Experience

    This is a great checklist. Karate is a fun sport to play. I enjoyed learning it while I was in college.

  84. ParentingHealthy

    What a fun printable. We need all the help we can get sometimes!

  85. Shannon P

    My son is on ly 20 months but I have a feeling he’ll be a karate kid for sure!

  86. Shanéy Maharaj

    I always wanted to do Karate when I was in school but never took it up. My cousins were the pros.

  87. Up Run for Life

    This is a wonderful list. I remember when my older son was taking tae kwan do. He would need similar items. However, they didn’t do full on contact so I never thought about him needing a mouth guard or cup. He isn’t in it now but I wish that he could.

  88. sicorra

    I think kids that study karate learn so many valuable life skills.

  89. The Trophy WifeStyle

    My daughter has been all about yogurt everything lately. I will have to check these out. I’m sure she will love them!

  90. Catherine Curti

    I miss my siblings, they wanted to learn karate. Well, your kids had fun.

  91. Emma Spellman

    My toddler recently wanted to try these so I bought them. It was pretty messy. I don’t know why I didn’t think of popping a straw through the top. Duh. I will be trying these again soon.

  92. MsCrookedHalo

    Congratulations on making it this far and good luck on your next test. I’ve always wanted to learn a martial art.


    Makes me remember the days when I used to go to the DOJO myself. never had the luxury of having company since I was out to learn alone just for the heck of it. =) But over all nice article and good tips for mum out there.

  94. Toni | BoulderLocavore

    Total genius! My kids swim competitively in the summer and I finally created a similar check list because as each season started I could not remember everything we had to pack and the foods we took with us. We always pack up the night before too so I lived by the check list!

  95. Felicia

    My oldest son would love these. What a great way to get extra energy!

  96. toughcookiemommy

    This is so awesome and I love that your entire family participates in martial arts. I think my younger son would love to go to karate classes.

  97. Camesha | Mama Motivator

    My son did tae kwon do for a while. He liked it and still talks about it. We’ve thought about starting him back up again.

  98. Lauren Harmon

    Being a soccer mom is a pretty serious gig! Thanks for sharing this checklist, I know my mama friends will be thankful as well!

  99. Stephanie Pass

    It’s so great that you both are doing it together. Boot camp sounds very hardcore! Congrats to your son for working so hard! Love the checklist! We have something similar for swim team practice, lol.

  100. Jonathan Key

    This is a fantastic checklist. Great pictures! We love Danon Danimals smoothies in our family.

  101. Ana De-Jesus

    100 sit ups? Now that does sound punishing! Still Doja is meant to be a great form of exercise and is apparently quite therapeutic as well!

  102. Tracey

    Love the checklist! I remember doing karate as a kid and it was so good for teaching respect and discipline.

  103. Shell Things (@shellthings)

    Perfect checklist for karate! We were always rushing from one activity to karate so we had to have it all set ahead of time and could have used your checklist!

  104. Deshawn Keiner

    I think it’s really awesome that you and your son are both participating in a sport together. I am very proud of you guys keep up the great work!

  105. yumeating

    That is awesome, you guys rock! Hubs does jujitsu had started when he was a teen. He’s trained with some pretty cool people over the years and even trained some mma people. He doesn’t go much these days since he graduated and got himself a career. We’ve been trying to get kiddo involved in martial arts but she keeps turning her nose up at us. lol

  106. mmgmom

    What a great list. You certainly are prepared. My girls are like your boys as long as I have a snack in the car they are good to go.

  107. erikaawakening962161059

    This looks like fun. My understanding is that children learn important tools of emotional and mental discipline from the martial arts.

  108. Yona Williams

    My nephew does karate, and I remember we had to tell him a million times about the importance of wearing a cup. Now that he is a bit older, he appreciates the advice.

  109. Gabriel

    It’s funny how as a kid you never really thought about the behind the scenes stuff as your parents were whisking you from place to place. Checklists are the way to go.

  110. Maria

    Glad to hear the Danimals don’t have any high fructose syrup and artificial flavours – I stay away from those ingredients if I can.

  111. sacha

    A karate printable. ..I absolutely love the Idea. ..

  112. Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey

    This could come in handy with karate parents out there, great idea! And by the way, that smoothie sounds delicious!

  113. momglenz

    Awesome checklist you have here.. Thanks for sharing!

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