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Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored martial arts teachers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best martial arts teachers in Aurora, CO.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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Bushido Martial Arts Academy

Bushido Martial Arts Academy (Bushido Academy) offers martial arts classes to children and adults in Denver and Aurora. The academy’s karate program teaches practical self-defense techniques based on fundamentals passed down through its style, Matsumura Seito Shorin Ryu, for over 250 years. It strives to help students develop self-discipline, improve focus, and increase physical fitness. Bushido Academy is led by Sensei James Walker, who has studied karate since 1991 and has dedicated his life to teaching students how to protect themselves. He currently holds the rank of 5th Dan. The academy offers a start-up program for kids and adults at a discounted rate.

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JK United Taekwondo Center

JK United Taekwondo Center is a martial arts school that offers Taekwondo classes to both kids and adults in Aurora. The classes are divided into three groups: the Tiny Tigers class for ages four to six years old, the children’s class for ages seven to 12 years old, and teen and adult classes for ages 13 and above. The school is led by Master Jin Hyuk Kim, who holds a 5th degree black belt in Taekwondo and has attained the rank of Master in Hae Dong Kumdo. He won first place in poomsae at the Colorado State Taekwondo Championship for three consecutive years, from 2015 to 2017.

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Kicks Martial Arts

Kicks Martial Arts, owned by Master Victoria Wagner, offers an array of martial arts to children and adults in Aurora. The school teaches Taekwondo, American karate, boxing, kickboxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and mixed martial arts. It has a Little Ninja program for kids aged four to seven years old, a youth martial arts program for eight to 12-year-old students and a teen and adult program. Kicks Martial Arts also has a kickboxing program that is the perfect blend of boxing, kickboxing, cardiovascular exercise, and functional movements. Master Wagner started martial arts training at the age of seven and currently holds a fourth-degree black belt.

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National Martial Arts Academy

National Martial Arts Academy specializes in teaching ancient and modern Chinese martial arts techniques in an innovative new way. The Aurora-based school offers a high-energy martial arts program for kids, which consists of one-on-one martial arts training that concentrates on self-defense, fitness, safety, leadership, and respect. It also holds fitness kickboxing classes that combine modern and traditional mixed martial arts (MMA), a safe, highly controlled full-contact MMA program, and self-defense and wushu classes. The school provides a one-of-a-kind, high-endurance, MMA strength and flexibility training program. National Martial Arts Academy employs fully certified instructors who were trained by Master Jerry Silva, a 1995 U.S. Olympic Team member.

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Otomi Martial Arts

Otomi Martial Arts is a martial arts and fitness center that offers high-quality classes to families in Parker and the surrounding areas of Centennial, Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch, Castle Pines, and Aurora. The facility strives to promote physical fitness, mental wellness, and positive social interaction in a fun and supportive environment. It offers traditional karate and Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes to kids and adults of all ages and abilities. Otomi Martial Arts is owned by head instructor Ranulfo Gonzalez, who became a professional martial arts teacher in 1996. He is still an active martial artist working on several styles, including jiu-jitsu in which he holds the rank of brown belt.

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Parker Academy of Martial Arts

Parker Academy of Martial Arts (PAMA) is a martial arts school that serves families in Colorado through its facilities in Parker, Centennial, and Denver. With highly experienced master instructors, the school provides high-quality martial arts instruction that empowers its students with valuable life skills. PAMA offers classes for all ages and levels, from beginners to advanced students. Through its curriculum, the school strives to build confidence, self-esteem, self-discipline, respect, and concentration. PAMA is recognized by the World Taekwondo Federation and is a member of the Colorado Association of Martial Arts. Its black belts are recognized worldwide with their Kukkiwon certification from Korea.

Parker, CO 80134


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Parker Kung Fu

Parker Kung Fu is the only kung fu school in the United States that teaches eight of over 300 Shaolin styles of kung fu, including Tai Chi and the kung fu styles of Fuzhou White Crane, Shaolin Lohan, and Grand Ancestor Boxing. The Parker-based school accepts students of all ages, from four years old to adults. The classes for kids concentrate on the learning of self-control and focus that will carry over into every area of their lives. The school is led by Shi Fu Wayne Hinton who holds a 5th Degree Black Belt in Runes' family style of kung fu and Tai Chi called Lun Gar Pai.

Parker, CO 80138


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Tanny Academy of Martial Arts

Tanny Academy of Martial Arts (TAMA) is a family-friendly martial arts academy located in Aurora that offers programs for all ages. The academy offers martial arts programs for kids ages 4-12, a specialized parent and toddler martial arts class, as well as a teens and adults martial arts program. In its martial arts classes, the academy offers a low student to instructor ratio, allowing for more personalized attention. It offers traditional Taekwondo instruction, a high-octane, cardio- and bag-based fitness kickboxing program, and women's self-defense seminars. TAMA is a member school of the Colorado International Taekwon-do, the American International Taekwon-do Federation, and the International Taekwon-do Federation.

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U.S. Taekwondo Center

The U.S. Taekwondo Center teaches traditional martial arts and modern self-defense styles to both kids and adults in Aurora. The school has a kids’ martial arts program that helps children ages five to 12 years old to develop self-confidence, discipline, and respect for others at a young age. Its martial arts program for adults helps them to get fit while equipping them with the tools needed to lead a more balanced life. The U.S. Taekwondo Center combines techniques and principles from a variety of martial arts styles, including Kempo Karate, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Filipino martial arts, and combative self-defense. It was founded in 1988 by Grand Master Ki Soo Jung.

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Valkyrie Fitness and Nutrition

Valkyrie Fitness and Nutrition offers personal and group fitness training programs to individuals in Denver and the surrounding areas. The training programs include a corporate group program that is intended to improve work place productivity and employee wellness. It also provides nutrition plans for weight loss or for increasing athletic performance, and kickboxing lessons that are available for all ages. Valkyrie Fitness is led by Dana DeBoer who has trained clients from four years old to 75 years old, as well as collegiate athletes, Olympians, and pro athletes. DeBoer is a certified personal trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine, a certified fitness nutrition specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and a kickboxing instructor.

Englewood, CO 80112


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Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios Parker

Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios Parker provides private and group martial arts lessons in karate, kung fu, and jiu-jitsu for adults, teens, and kids. The Parker-based school offers its Ultimate Kenpo Karate System in a variety of age-specific formats. Its style of Ultimate Kenpo is a dynamic blend of karate, kung fu and jiu-jitsu, with a strong base from Okinawan Kenpo. The school uses its trademark Dynamic Mastery Method of Instruction, which allows customization of its programs to fit the age, skill, physical abilities and goals of its students. It is part of the Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios, LLC, which is one of the largest martial arts company of its kind, with locations in the Midwest and on the West Coast.

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