Founded in Burbank, CA, in 2016, Burbank Pa Kua Martial Arts & Health strives to offer a non-competitive atmosphere and welcoming environment for students to find unified learning with integrated techniques. Led by chief instructor Kyle Billingsley, the school uses progressive classes that build upon one another and routinely evaluates students to encourage their development. Their trained instructors create a family environment with group conversations often occurring after classes so that education continues. They specialize in multiple areas, including traditional Chinese archery, tai chi, and edge weapons, as well as reflexology, acrobatics, and kickboxing. They offer a free trial class for interested students, and the school provides a discount to members of the armed services.
Burbank, CA(818) 588-4995
Since 2011, Defiant Mixed Martial Arts offers their students an extensive array of martial arts and fitness training options and programs for both men and women. Centrally located near downtown Burbank, CA, and working with clients from neighboring communities in Los Angeles County, chief instructors Daniel Gutierrez, Marcos Bonilla, and Jeff Obar have years of experience as professional Muay Thai and MMA fighters. They specialize in training students in mixed martial arts, jiu-jitsu, and Muay Thai fighting, in addition to formal boxing lessons and classes in women’s kickboxing. Clients note the accessibility afforded amateurs and professionals alike, and how instructors work toward their student’s strengths. Defiant Mixed Martial Arts offers gift cards for purchase and accepts credit card payments for services rendered.
Burbank, CA(323) 524-3244
Founded in 2017, Ground Dragon Martial Arts seeks to provide training and guidance to their students for the benefit of personal development and self-defense. Located in Glendale, CA, at Griffith Manor Park, lead instructor Troy Schott utilizes a blend of modern and traditional training components to impart the Chinese internal martial arts of Xing Yi Quan and Ba Gua Zhang. By incorporating both forms into a unique style, Troy believes it increases an individual’s ability to practically defend themselves in modern situations while also aiding students looking for personal development. Troy is available via his website to answer any inquiry a potential student may have.
Glendale, CA(661) 645-2644
Based in Burbank, CA, and working with students from the surrounding communities, Inspire Martial Arts & Fitness emphasizes the importance of fun as a critical element in all of their martial arts classes by refusing to yell or shame students at any point. Founder Keith Winkle oversees and works with a group of experienced instructors that strives to develop confidence, focus, and physical fitness in all students. They offer classes for clients of all ages and backgrounds in a variety of martial arts styles, including karate, taekwondo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, practical self-defense, and yoga. Inspire Martial Arts & Fitness allows for registration on their website and provides a 100% money-back guarantee on web specials if a student chooses not to continue with the school.
Burbank, CA(818) 748-8989
A family-oriented school, KMA Black Belt Champions works with individuals in various styles of martial arts to increase personal fitness and development while reducing stress and self-doubt. Established in 2002 in Sherman Oaks, CA, co-founder, owner, and lead instructor Maria Turnhout is a USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame member, while co-founder Laura Welch earned a bachelor’s degree in childhood development and physical education. Together, they utilize experience, education, and martial arts training to instruct students in a unique blend of self-defense styles, including taekwondo, Muay Thai kickboxing, krav maga, boxing, and weapons training. Voted one of the top five best martial arts schools on local Fox television’s LA Hotlist for multiple years, KMA Black Belt Champions offers a discounted introductory session rate for students who sign up via their website.
Sherman Oaks, CA(818) 988-8358
Established in 2010, Kuk Sool Won Family Martial Arts emphasizes the importance of teamwork, integrity, and setting goals in all of their classes for children, teenagers, and adults. Located in Sherman Oaks, CA, and working with students from throughout neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley, owners and instructors Christopher and Christa Wilson strive to develop character and physical skills in their students. Both Christopher and Christa hold black belts in Kuk Sool Won and lead small classes geared toward their students’ goal, needs, and abilities. They also offer private lessons and group classes for students diagnosed with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and other learning disabilities. Members of the World Kuk Sool Association, they offer a complimentary trial lesson and a no-obligation 30-day introduction for interested clients.
Sherman Oaks, CA(818) 859-2670
Myung Kim Martial Arts endeavors to provide physical and mental conditioning to each of their students through a diverse variety of martial art styles and practices. Based in Sherman Oaks, CA, and training students from communities throughout the San Fernando Valley, founder and instructor Myung Suk Kim trains students multiple forms of self-defense in a welcoming and safe community studio. A former resident of Seoul, South Korea, Myung Suk Kim moved to the United States to continue his lifetime of devotion to martial arts by providing lessons in taekwondo, hapkido, judo, kumdo, and iaido. Named Best Martial Arts Studio In Los Angeles by California Readers’ Choice Awards, he takes pride in the relationship he establishes with students and is available by phone or email to answer any inquiry.
Sherman Oaks, CA(818) 909-9747
Studio City Martial Arts offers the traditional Japanese warrior style of training that believes in developing the body, mind, and spirit at the same time. With over thirty years of experience of instructing students, the studio was established in Studio City, CA, and provides programs that respect the history and tradition of martial arts. School director Chadwick Minge received his training in Japan under Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura and oversees a staff that specializes in Ten-Chi-Wa Tai-Jutsu. They specialize in lessons for joint manipulation, throwing, striking, and pressure points, in addition to tumbling, unbalancing, and restraints. Their instructors use these skills and others in combination to create practical self-defense skills for modern use. For all prospective students, Studio City Martial Arts offers a two-week free trial deal available through their website.
Studio City, CA(818) 769-5866