Best Martial Arts Schools in Hartford

Why These Martial Arts Schools?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Hartford Martial Arts Schools on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 2. Qualifications

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 4. Experience

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

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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Cromwell Martial Arts

For over twenty years, Cromwell Martial Arts has emphasized developing their students into a positive force in the community through discipline and a code of conduct. Founder Frank Shekosky holds a 7th-degree black belt in kenpo karate and a 6th-degree black belt in Okinawan weapons and was formerly a certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He leads an extensive staff of instructors that work with children and adults in a variety of martial art traditions. They specialize in Modern Arnis, kenpo karate, and general self-defense, along with training students in Okinawan martial arts weaponry. In addition to private lessons and group classes, Cromwell Martial Arts also holds birthday parties and demonstrations, offers gift certificates, and provides a discount for families joining.

Middletown, CT 06457


Thornton Martial Arts and Fitness, LLC

Thornton Martial Arts and Fitness emphasizes the importance of maintaining a welcoming environment for all students at their school in East Hartford, CT, and strive to keep lines of communication open between instructors, students, and families. Owners and instructors Ed and Lynda Thornton bring decades of experience with them to every class and program they teach. Ed is a 2nd-degree black belt in Tang Soo Do, which he earned under a grandmaster. Lynda holds a 4th-degree master belt in the same tradition and has over twenty years of experience teaching. In addition to Tang Soo Do instruction, the Thorntons and their team offer lessons in Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, mixed martial arts, and weaponry. As an incentive to prospective clients, they offer an introductory deal to all new students providing a complimentary month of classes after signing up for a month of lessons.

East Hartford, CT 06108


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