Leigha Aguinaga
Leigha Aguinaga
Leigha Aguinaga
Program Director
Kovar's Belt Rank
In Progress
Training since
2012
Kovar's employee since
2012
Other Styles
Triathlete, Swimming, Water Polo, Gym Rat
Personal Statement

Physical fitness is central to my life. I work out as often as possible to stay fit and mentally sharp, and I take great pride in having earned my Master's Degree and become an Iron Man finisher. I find great joy in working with our students and their families. Outside of work, my greatest pleasure is spending time with my husband and three sons.

Jason Duarte
Jason Duarte
Jason Duarte
Instructor
Kovar's Belt Rank
5th Degree Black Belt
Training since
1988
Kovar's employee since
2006
Other Styles
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, Okinawan Kobudo, Amis
Personal Statement

Martial arts is a perfect vehicle for personal improvement. I have become more confident and disciplined because of my training, and am honored to share what I have learned with others.

Patrick Kelly
Patrick Kelly
Patrick Kelly
Head Instructor
Kovar's Belt Rank
5th Degree Black Belt
Training since
1995
Kovar's employee since
2002
Other Styles
Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing
Personal Statement

"You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength." -Marcus Aurelius "It’s good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done." -Vincent Van Gogh

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A place for your child to grow in confidence

Looking for the best martial arts classes in Elk Grove? Look no further than Kovar’s Elk Grove-Laguna Academy. Our supportive instructors create a safe environment where your child can reach their full potential through practical martial arts training.

See why parents and students love Kovar's Satori Academy!

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garage love
May 10, 2024
Kaitlyn Holland
May 10, 2024
Cath Pomeroy
April 27, 2024
We’ve been with Kovar’s Laguna for 5 years. What I love the very most at Kovar’s is the instructors. Every single one of them lives the principles of black belt, which they teach their students consistently. They are modest and courteous, they have integrity, they persevere in various circumstances, and they show courage and indomitable spirit. At the end of every class they ask “How do we lead?” The answer is “By example, Sir!” That’s Kovar’s. They love what they teach, and they live what they teach. They show love and respect to each and every student and parent. They are professional and caring and they go the extra mile. We were with them before and during Covid, and we moved out of state, and they still accommodated our unique needs. I look up to these employees and respect and admire them. I watch what they do and hope to be a better parent because of what I learn from them. I love how they talk to the students about how important it is to have these great character traits and to just be a good person.
Frank Greer
April 20, 2024
Gillman & Jessica Chan
April 13, 2024
Our children have been attending this place for the last 3 years. They always make us feel welcome. Their program gives the local community children a place to learn a variety of different martial arts. Kovar’s also teaches to be respectful, personal development, and to be positive. This place in particular has the structure that will definitely build your child’s confidence.
vivian chen
March 19, 2024
😆😆🥰subway surfers. MS LEIGHA AND CASSIE ARE THE BEST🥰🥰🥰🥰
Beck Meister
March 11, 2024
I'm 42 years old, started at kovars January of 2022. I was really apprehensive about starting a group exercise, learning and training routine because of various insecurities, I was afraid I wouldn't be accepted as obviously being in the lgbtq+ community, being over weight and being "old." The first call I made to Laguna Kovars already felt like a good move to make. I showed up that very day and was welcomed with open arms, no judgements whatsoever in fact quite the opposite. The genuine respect for one another is quite plain and clear to see among each staff and student I encountered. Over the past couple years I've been checking out other martial arts style of teaching through you tube, Instagram, wherever Google searches lead me and something I notice with the trainers who's students look more confident and flow with true knowledge of the moves they're making , those trainers say similar things to our instructors at laguna. I read professional fighters advice and nearly everything I read is what we're being taught. I am continuously impressed by the strength and skill of our instructors, it's really amazing to see what our bodies can accomplish with the right training. Thank you Kovars Laguna for improving my life in so many ways!!
Leigha Aguinaga
March 5, 2024
Oai Lau
February 28, 2024
These guys are top notch! It’s been a wonderful experience & our family absolutely love training with Kovar’s Laguna team! We have all 3 kids that’s been training with these fun, loving, laughable, caring, & positive character builders for a handful of years. So glad to be a part of this team. Our kids are one belt closer to their black belt goal!
Rossana Jimenez
February 27, 2024
Scott McLeod
February 27, 2024
Kovars is very special. Not only do they teach several styles of martial arts, but they also teach respect and responsibility. They are a fantastic part of the community and I highly recommend.
Shannon Ramos
February 27, 2024
We enrolled our high energy 6 year old here starting in October 2023. Kovars has been wonderful for him. He’s learning so much, and truly enjoys going each week. It’s a great outlet for his energy, as well as a great place to help him learn focus and responsibility. As parents, we also appreciate the schedule flexibility. It’s a great place!!
Kimberley Kulp
July 11, 2023

Kovars has been wonderful for our family.  My son is very sensitive, timid, and shy. We started him in this program hoping to build his confidence and self-esteem.  We are so proud of him each time he promotes to a new belt, and even more wonderful, he is also proud of himself.


Liliana Nevarez Mendez
March 13, 2023

We loved it 😊 my Daughter us I was to go in there and learn everything they teach they’re are excellent.!!!!  Thank you Kovar’s Academy of Martial arts.!!!!!!!

Miguel Martinez
March 7, 2023

Great place for kids and teens. Positive environment. Friendly staff.


Trace Bowers
December 13, 2022

Kovar's is a fantastic program for kids from toddlers to teens. And all the instructors are great with kids!!!


Tino Ramirez
October 3, 2022

Kovar’s is amazing. They empower students to be self-confident and teaches kindness and humility. The instructors teach students character building and to be good human beings as well as self defense. Amazing women and men that teach there.


Nicholas Wang
May 17, 2017

I've been attending Kovars at the Laguna location for about a decade now; since I was four years old. It has not only taught me how to defend myself and increased my physical strength, but also showed me how to be a better person. Kovars instructors and fellow students have bonds that make us all a family. We are taught core values like peace, optimism, and humility as well as the principles of black belt: modesty, courtesy, integrity, perseverance, courage, and indomitable spirit. Your experience at Kovars will change, challenge, and shape you into an awesome person. It is one of THE BEST parts of my life and his shown me even through the hard bits that I can get back up again and keep fighting.

Sherry Kirton
February 4, 2017

They really care about the whole development of each child, teen, and adult. The staff works with the parents to encourage a positive self-love and awareness of the effect each student has on those around them. Students of every age learn to treat everyone with respect and to work toward accomplishing goals in every part of their lives.Class hours are flexible.Space is clean and the staff is excellent. Family is encouraged to stay and watch the classes and to special events including belt promotions.

Programs for all ages

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Explore our class schedule

Academy Hours
2:30p – 9:00p
2:30p – 9:00p
2:30p – 9:00p
2:30p – 9:00p
2:30p – 8:00p
9:00a – 12:00p
Junior Classes
Lil' Samurai
3:30p – 4:00p
6:00p – 6:30p
4:30p – 5:00p
5:45p – 6:15p
3:30p – 4:00p
6:00p – 6:30p
4:30p – 5:00p
5:45p – 6:15p
3:30p – 4:00p
11:00a – 11:30a
Junior Beginner
4:00p – 4:45p
6:30p – 7:15p
3:45p – 4:30p
5:00p – 5:45p
4:00p – 4:45p
6:30p – 7:15p
3:45p – 4:30p
5:00p – 5:45p
4:00p – 4:45p
6:00p – 6:45p
11:30a – 12:15p
Junior Intermediate
4:00p – 4:45p
6:30p – 7:15p
3:45p – 4:30p
5:00p – 5:45p
4:00p – 4:45p
6:30p – 7:15p
3:45p – 4:30p
5:00p – 5:45p
4:00p – 4:45p
6:00p – 6:45p
10:15a – 11:00a
11:30a – 12:15p
Junior Advanced
4:00p – 4:45p
6:30p – 7:15p
5:00p – 5:45p
6:15p – 7:00p
4:00p – 4:45p
6:30p – 7:15p
5:00p – 5:45p
6:15p – 7:00p
4:00p – 4:45p
6:00p – 6:45p
10:15a – 11:00a
Junior Black Belt
4:00p – 4:45p
6:30p – 7:15p
5:00p – 5:45p
6:15p – 7:00p
4:00p – 4:45p
6:30p – 7:15p
5:00p – 5:45p
6:15p – 7:00p
4:00p – 4:45p
6:00p – 6:45p
10:15a – 11:00a
Junior Black Belt Prep
6:00p – 6:45p
Demo Team (Invitation Only)
11:00a – 12:00p
Birthday Parties
By Appointment
Teen & Adult Classes
Kenpo (All Ranks)
5:00p – 6:00p
7:15p – 8:15p
7:00p – 8:00p
5:00p – 6:00p
7:15p – 8:15p
7:00p – 8:00p
5:00p – 6:00p
9:00a – 10:00a
Black Belt
5:00p – 6:00p
7:15p – 8:15p
7:00p – 8:00p
5:00p – 6:00p
7:15p – 8:15p
7:00p – 8:00p
5:00p – 6:00p
9:00a – 10:00a
Krav Maga Beginner
6:15p – 7:15p
6:15p – 7:15p
Krav Maga Intermediate
7:15p – 8:15p
7:15p – 8:15p
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
11:30a – 12:30p
8:00p – 9:00p
11:30a – 12:30p
8:00p – 9:00p
11:30a – 12:30p
Academy Hours
2:30p - 8:00p
2:30p - 8:00p
2:30p - 8:00p
2:30p - 8:00p
2:30p - 8:00p
Junior Classes
Lil' Samurai
3:30p - 4:00p
5:00p - 5:30p
3:30p - 4:00p
5:00p - 5:30p
3:30p - 4:00p
Juniors
4:15p - 4:55p
5:00p - 5:40p
3:30p - 4:10p
4:15p - 4:55p
4:15p - 4:55p
5:00p - 5:40p
3:30p - 4:10p
4:15p - 4:55p
4:15p - 4:55p
5:00p - 5:40p
Junior Black Belt
6:45p - 7:45p
6:45p - 7:45p
Teen & Adult Classes
Adults and Teens
5:45p - 6:45p
5:45p - 6:45p
5:45p - 6:45p
5:45p - 6:45p
5:45p - 6:45p
Adult and Teens Black Belt
6:45p - 7:45p
6:45p - 7:45p
Misc
Black Belt Prep
6:45p - 7:45p
Academy Hours
2:30p – 8:30p
2:30p – 8:30p
2:30p – 8:30p
2:30p – 8:30p
2:30p – 7:30p
9:00a – 1:00p
Junior Classes
Lil' Samurai
3:30p – 4:00p
5:45p – 6:15p
3:30p – 4:00p
5:45p – 6:15p
3:30p – 4:00p
11:00a – 11:30a
Junior (All Ranks)
6:30p – 7:15p
6:30p – 7:15p
6:30p – 7:15p
6:30p – 7:15p
Junior
(White – Orange)
5:45p – 6:30p
3:30p – 4:15p
5:45p – 6:30p
3:30p – 4:15p
4:00p – 4:45p
10:00a – 10:30a
Junior
(Orange - Blue)
5:00p – 5:45p
4:15p – 5:00p
5:00p – 5:45p
4:15p – 5:00p
4:00p – 4:45p
10:00a – 10:30a
Junior
(Red - Advanced Brown)
4:15p – 5:00p
4:15p – 5:00p
4:15p – 5:00p
4:15p – 5:00p
4:45p – 5:30p
10:30a – 11:00a
Junior (Black Belt)
4:15p – 5:00p
4:15p – 5:00p
5:00p – 5:45p
4:15p – 5:00p
4:15p – 5:00p
5:00p – 5:45p
4:45p – 5:30p
10:30a – 11:00a
Junior Black Belt Prep
5:30p – 6:15p
Birthday Parties
By Appointment
Teen & Adult Classes
All Ranks
7:15p – 8:15p
7:15p – 8:15p
7:15p – 8:15p
7:15p – 8:15p
6:15p – 7:15p
9:00a – 10:00a
Black Belt
5:00p – 5:45p
5:00p – 5:45p
Black Belt Prep
5:30p – 6:15p
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
8:15p – 9:00p
8:15p – 9:00p
Academy Hours
3:15p – 9:00p
3:15p – 8:30p
3:00p – 8:30p
3:00p – 9:00p
3:00p – 8:30p
8:30a – 11:45a
Junior Classes
Lil’ Samurai
(all ages)
3:30p – 4:00p
5:30p – 6:00p
3:30p – 4:00p
5:30p – 6:00p
3:30p – 4:00p
5:30p – 6:00p
3:30p – 4:00p
5:30p – 6:00p
3:30p – 4:00p
11:15a – 11:45a
Juniors (White – Advanced Brown Belt)
3:15p – 4:00p
4:00p – 4:45p
6:00p – 6:45p
3:15p – 4:00p
4:00p – 4:45p
6:00p – 6:45p
6:45p – 7:30p
3:15p – 4:00p
4:00p – 4:45p
6:00p – 6:45p
3:15p – 4:00p
4:00p – 4:45p
6:00p – 6:45p
6:45p – 7:30p
3:15p – 4:00p
10:30a – 11:15a
Junior Sparring
4:00p – 4:45p
Demo Team (Invitation Only)
4:45p – 6:30p
Birthday Parties
By Appointment
Teen & Adult Classes
Teens/Adults/Jr. Black Belts
4:45p – 5:30p
7:30p – 8:15p
4:45p – 5:30p
7:30p – 8:15p
4:45p – 5:30p
7:30p – 8:15p
4:45p – 5:30p
7:30p – 8:15p
7:30p – 8:15p
9:00a – 9:45a
Sparring
8:15p – 9:00p
8:15p – 9:00p
Black Belt Prep
5:45p – 7:30p
8:30a – 9:15a
TNT Leadership Training (Invitation only)
5:30p - 6:00p
8:15p – 9:00p
Family Training Classes
Family Training Classes
6:45p – 7:30p
6:45p – 7:30p
9:45a -10:30a
Academy Hours
3:00p – 9:00p
3:00p – 8:30p
3:00p – 9:00p
3:00p – 8:30p
3:30p – 8:00p
9:00a – 11:30a
Junior Classes
Mini Samurai
3:00p – 3:30p
3:00p – 3:30p
4:30p – 5:00p
Lil' Samurai (Parent Participation)
3:30p – 4:00p
3:30p – 4:00p
4:30p – 5:00p
Lil' Samurai (Independent)
3:30p – 4:00p
5:30p – 6:00p
3:30p – 4:00p
5:30p – 6:00p
4:00p – 4:30p
10:00a – 10:30a
Junior Beginners (White-Gold)
5:30p – 6:15p
6:15p – 7:00p
5:30p – 6:15p
6:15p – 7:00p
5:00p – 5:45p
10:30a – 11:15a
Junior Intermediate (Orange-Blue)
5:30p – 6:15p
6:15p – 7:00p
4:00p – 4:45p
4:45p – 5:30p
5:30p – 6:15p
6:15p – 7:00p
4:00p – 4:45p
4:45p – 5:30p
5:00p – 5:45p
10:30a – 11:15a
Junior Advanced (Red-Adv. Brown)
4:00p – 4:45p
6:15p – 7:00p
4:45p – 5:30p
4:00p – 4:45p
6:15p – 7:00p
4:00p – 4:45p
5:00p – 5:45p
10:30a – 11:15a
Junior Black Belt
4:00p – 4:45p
7:30p – 8:15p
4:00p – 4:45p
7:30p – 8:15p
Junior Sparring
11:15a – 11:30a
Junior Jiu Jitsu
4:45p – 5:30p
4:45p – 5:30p
Junior Black Belt Prep
7:15p – 8:15p
5:45p – 6:15p
Demo Team (Invitation Only)
5:00p – 6:00p
TNT (invitation only)
6:00p – 7:00p
Birthday Parties
By Appointment
Teen & Adult Classes
Teen (White-Adv. Brown)
4:45p – 5:30p
4:45p – 5:30p
9:00a – 10:00a
Teen (Black Belt)
6:00p – 7:15p
7:30p – 8:15p
6:00p – 7:15p
7:30p – 8:15p
9:00a – 10:00a
Adults (White-Adv. Brown)
7:00p – 8:00p
6:00p – 6:45p
7:00p – 8:00p
6:00p – 6:45p
6:15p – 7:00p
9:00a – 10:00a
Adults (Black Belt)
6:00p – 7:15p
6:00p – 7:15p
6:15p – 7:00p
9:00a – 10:00a
Adult Jiu Jitsu
8:00p – 9:00p
8:00p – 9:00p
Teen/Adult Open Mat
11:30a – 12:30p
Teen/Adult
Black Belt Prep
7:15p – 8:15p
5:45p – 6:15p
Teen/Adult TNT (invitation only)
7:15p – 8:15p
Academy Hours
3:00p – 7:30p
3:00p – 7:30p
3:00p – 7:30p
3:00p – 7:30p
3:00p – 7:00p
Junior Classes
Lil’ Samurai (all ages)
4:00p – 4:30p
5:15p – 5:45p
6:00p – 6:30p
4:00p – 4:30p
5:15p – 5:45p
6:00p – 6:30p
4:30p – 5:00p
Juniors (Beginners)
5:45p – 6:30p
3:45p – 4:30p
5:15p – 6:00p
5:45p – 6:30p
3:45p – 4:30p
5:15p – 6:00p
5:00p – 5:30p
Juniors (Intermediate)
4:15p – 5:00p
5:45p – 6:30p
3:45p – 4:30p
5:15p – 6:00p
4:30p – 5:15p
5:45p – 6:30p
3:45p – 4:30p
5:15p – 6:00p
5:00p – 5:30p
5:30p – 6:00p
Juniors (Advanced)
4:15p – 5:00p
5:45p – 6:30p
3:45p – 4:30p
5:15p – 6:00p
4:30p – 5:15p
5:45p – 6:30p
3:45p – 4:30p
5:15p – 6:00p
5:30p – 6:00p
Birthday Parties
By Appointment
Teen & Adult Classes
Teens/Adults/Jr. Black Belts
6:30p – 7:15p
4:30p – 5:15p
6:30p – 7:15p
6:30p – 7:15p
4:30p – 5:15p
6:30p – 7:15p
6:00p – 6:30p
Academy Hours
10:00a – 11:00a
2:30p – 9:00p
3:30p – 9:00p
10:00a – 11:00a
2:30p – 9:30p
3:30p – 9:00p
2:30p – 7:00p
8:00a – 12:00p
Junior Classes
Lil' Samurai
2:30p – 3:00p
5:45p – 6:15p
4:15p – 4:45p
5:00p – 5:30p
2:30p – 3:00p
5:45p – 6:15p
4:15p – 4:45p
5:00p – 5:30p
2:30p – 3:00p
Junior (All Ranks)
3:30p – 4:10p
5:45p – 6:25p
3:30p – 4:10p
5:45p – 6:25p
3:30p – 4:10p
10:00a – 10:40a
Junior (White-Green)
3:30p – 4:10p
5:00p – 5:40p
3:30p – 4:10p
5:00p – 5:40p
Junior (Purple-Adv Brown)
3:30p – 4:10p
4:15p – 4:55p
5:00p – 5:40p
3:30p – 4:10p
4:15p – 4:55p
5:00p – 5:40p
Junior (Black Belt)
4:15p – 4:55p
7:30p – 8:15p
4:15p – 4:55p
7:30p – 8:15p
4:15p – 5:00p
9:00a – 9:45a
Junior Black Belt Prep
5:15p – 6:00p
Demo Team Practice
10:45a – 11:30a
Birthday Parties
By Appointment
Teen & Adult Classes
Teen/Adult (All Ranks)
7:15p – 8:00p
6:30p – 7:15p
7:15p – 8:00p
6:30p – 7:15p
4:15p – 5:00p
9:00a – 9:45a
Teen/Adult (1st + Adv Degree Black Belt)
6:30p – 7:15p
7:30p – 8:15p
6:30p – 7:15p
7:30p – 8:15p
9:00a – 9:45a
Adult (All Ranks)
8:00a - 8:45a
8:00a - 8:45a
Teen/Adult Black Belt Prep
8:00p – 9:00p
Adult Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
8:15p – 9:15p
8:15p – 9:15p
TNT (Invitation Only)
11:45a – 12:30p
Academy Hours
2:30p – 9:45p
2:30p – 9:00p
2:30p – 9:45p
2:30p – 9:30p
2:30p – 8:00p
8:30a – 12:00p
Junior Classes
Lil’ Samurai (All Ranks)
3:45p – 4:15p
2:45p – 3:15p
3:15p – 3:45p
3:45p – 4:15p
2:45p – 3:15p
3:15p – 3:45p
3:15p – 3:45p
4:30p – 5:00p
10:15a – 10:45a
10:45a – 11:15a
Lil’ Samurai (Beginner)
5:45p – 6:15p
5:45p – 6:15p
Lil’ Samurai (Advanced)
6:15p – 6:45p
6:15p – 6:45p
Junior (All Ranks)
6:45p – 7:30p
6:45p – 7:30p (Z)
3:00p – 3:45p
6:45p – 7:30p
6:45p – 7:30p (Z)
3:45p – 4:30p
5:00p – 5:45p
9:30a – 10:15a
Junior Beginner & Intermediate (White – Blue)
4:15p – 5:00p
3:45p – 4:30p
5:15p – 6:00p
6:00p – 6:45p
4:15p – 5:00p
3:45p – 4:30p
5:15p – 6:00p
6:00p – 6:45p
Junior Intermediate & Advanced (Orange – Adv. Brown)
4:30p – 5:15p
4:30p – 5:15p
Junior Advanced & Black Belt (Red – Jr. Black Belt)
5:00p – 5:45p
5:00p – 5:45p
Junior Black Belt
4:30p – 5:15p
4:30p – 5:15p
Birthday Parties
By Appointment
Teen & Adult Classes
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
8:30p – 9:30p
11:15a – 12:15p
Demo Team - Kicking Class
6:45p – 7:30p
Demo Team Practice
7:30p – 8:15p
Teen (All Ranks)
4:30p – 5:15p
4:30p – 5:15p
Adult (All Ranks)
6:45p – 7:45p (ZD)
6:45p – 7:45p (ZD)
Teen & Adult (All Ranks)
7:30p – 8:15p
7:30p – 8:15p
5:45p – 6:30p
8:30a – 9:30a
Teen & Adult Black Belt
7:45p – 8:15p
7:45p – 8:15p
Z – Class is offered on Zoom only
ZD – class has both Zoom and Dojo Option

Ready to see the benefits of martial arts for yourself?

Sign up for our 2-week trial
1

Fill Out The Form

Click any button on this page and complete the 2-minute form.

2

Purchase Trial

After submission, you’ll be taken to the checkout page to purchase your trial.

3

Schedule Orientation

Once checkout is complete, you’ll be redirected to our scheduling page to book your orientation.

4

Attend Your First Class

At orientation, you’ll meet your Program Director, who will share more about Kovar’s and introduce your child to their instructor and classmates.

Ready to start your martial arts journey?

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Address & Phone

9168 Franklin Blvd. Ste. E

Elk Grove, CA 95758

(916) 684-3283
@KovarsLaguna
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