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Bartman Mixed Martial Arts and Self-Defense

Silver Spring, MD 20906
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Bartman Mixed Martial Arts and Self-Defense is a martial arts school that is located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Greg Bartman, the head instructor and owner has been training and teaching students Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, self-defense, and Thai Kickboxing for well over 20 years. Their programs include Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, KickAss Women's Self-Defense Class, Kid's Jiu-Jitsu Self-Defense Martial Arts Class, and Thai Kickboxing and MMA Striking Class. The school is devoted and committed to the continual growth of all of their students.

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3.8 / 5 (22)
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5.0 / 5 (9)

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Be Ryong Martial Arts

Alexandria, VA 22305
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Be Ryong Martial Arts is a martial arts school that is located in Alexandria, Virginia and is owned and operated by Master Seung Hum. Master Seung Hum, also known as Master Yun who is a 5th-degree black belt in TaeKwonDo and 6th-degree black belt in HapKido. The school provides an intensive and rigorous program for all students of any age.

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5.0 / 5 (24)
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4.8 / 5 (17)
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5.0 / 5 (5)

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Capital MMA & Elite Fitness

Alexandria, VA 22306
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Capital MMA & Elite Fitness is a martial arts school with dojos that are located in Alexandria, Loudoun, Fairfax, and Lorton, Virginia as well as Takoma Park, Maryland. The school was established in 2001, and some of the programs they offer include Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Elite Fitness Training, and Mixed Martial Arts. Capital MMA & Elite Fitness is affiliated with the Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Network.

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Double Eagle Fitness

Washington, DC 20008
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Double Eagle Fitness is a personal training facility in Washington, District of Columbia and, with fitness in mind, their services include personal and small group training, nutrition, and kids, teens, and adult self-defense classes. Their martial arts instruction helps clients cultivate their skills and inner strength in a controlled environment. Double Eagle Fitness offers a free consultation.

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Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do

Falls Church, VA 22046
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Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do is a martial arts school based in Falls Church, Virginia. In 1962, the Jhoon Rhee System of Tae Kwon Do was established by Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee, who is considered the father of American Tae Kwon Do. Their programs include Kneehigh Ninja for ages 4 to 7, junior program for ages 7 to 11, teen and adult program for ages 12 and up, Taiji One, birthday parties, camps, and a before and after school program. The instructors at the school aim to provide a safe and fun training.

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Kicks Karate - Your Family Martial Arts Academy

Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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Kicks Karate-Your Family Martial Arts Academy is a premier martial arts school that is located in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Founded by Master John Bussard, an 8th Degree Black Belt, the school was established in 1994 and in both Montgomery and Frederick Counties, they have over 4,000 active students. The school offers martial arts that are created for the specific needs of each age group. The school is also a popular host for fun-filled, adventurous, and exciting birthday parties. They provide special seasonal discounts.

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Kim Karate Taekwondo and Learning Center

Seabrook, MD 20706
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Kim Karate Taekwondo and Learning Center in Lanham Seabrook, Maryland has been providing master instruction since 1970. Their superior programs include adult taekwondo, children's taekwondo, after-school programs, and a summer camp program. The school aims to practice courtesy, integrity, perseverance, and self-control and they strive to instill those qualities in their students as well.

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4.0 / 5 (7)

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Krav Maga CDK

Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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Krav Maga CDK is a self-defense school that is located in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Since its opening, the school has been providing only the highest-quality of self-defense training for their valued students. They teach real combatives that work quickly and efficiently, escapes against chokes, bear hugs, and head locks, ground fighting techniques, gun, knife and stick defenses, and more. The school is proud of their professional facilities and rigorously trained instructors.

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Krav Maga Maryland

Columbia, MD 21045
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Krav Maga Maryland is a martial arts school with dojos that are located in Columbia, Maryland, and Washington, District of Columbia. Their fitness programs include Krav Maga classes, fitness classes, and kids Krav Maga classes. Their services include realistic self-defense training, functional fitness and conditioning, expert instruction, and community outreach with a goal to make the community safer. The school is a world-class facility where the trainers are nationally-recognized.

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Lead By Example Tae Kwon Do

Fairfax, VA 22030
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Lead By Example Tae Kwon Do is a martial arts school with dojos are conveniently located in Fairfax, Great Falls, Springfield, and Alexandria, Virginia. Some of their programs include kids, teens and adults, after-school programs and camps, an adapted taekwondo program, adapted special needs, and more. The school hosts birthday parties as well and their instructors are ready to help their students attain their personal goals.

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Maryland Systema

7117 Maple Ave Studio 3, Takoma Park, MD 20912
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For over a year, Maryland Systema has provided Russian self-defense training to students in the Takoma Pak and Silver Spring, Maryland, areas. The school is certified and its coaches are fully trained in the Russian martial art of Systema. Both men and women are welcome to participate in the school's classes, which are aimed at teaching self-defense, wellness, and personal development. Prior experience isn't necessary and the school offers classes without long-term contracts.

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Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts, LLC

Arlington, VA 22204
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Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts, LLC is a martial arts school that serves the people of Arlington, Virginia. Their adult programs include Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling, Women's Fitness Kickboxing, and Personal Training. Their youth programs include After School Program, Little Warriors, Young Warriors, Teen Warriors, and spring, summer, and winter Camps. They offer a free class for prospective students.

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Pure Performance Martial Arts Center

Rockville, MD 20852
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Pure Performance Martial Arts Center in Rockville, Maryland offers a diverse array of martial arts programs that include Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Judo, Kid's BJJ, Kids Judo, Kali, Submission Wrestling, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Kids Muay Thai, Women's only BJJ, and MMA. Pure Performance Martial Arts Center is a North American Grappling Association accredited school.

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Seichou Karate Dojo

Alexandria, VA 22314
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Seichou Karate Dojo in Alexandria, Virginia was established in 1971. Their Kids Programs include karate, juku, calligraphy, and birthday parties, among others. They offer classes to people of all ages and skillsets and strives to teach in relationship to the specific needs and circumstances of each student. The school was the recipient of the City Paper’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Best Martial Arts Classes- Best of D.C. Award.

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US Taekwondo College

Arlington, VA 22204
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US Taekwondo College is a martial arts school with dojos that are located in Arlington, Fairfax, and Falls Church, Virginia. The school was established in 1972 and some of their main programs include Little Kickers for ages 3 – 6, kids for ages 6 – 12, teens for ages 12- 18, adults for ages 18 +, and a family class. The school also offers a free trial class for any prospective students interested in learning martial arts.

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Virginia Okinawan Karate Dojo

6416 Grovedale Dr, Alexandria, VA 22310
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Alexandria-based Virginia Okinawan Karate Dojo is a martial arts school that specializes in teaching classes in Okinawan Karate. Their 8th-Degree Karate Master teaches students to defend themselves against all manner of attacks. While the dojo focuses on adult self-defense karate instruction, they also provide kids classes twice a week. Before students decide to join, they can try 3 free classes.

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Warrior Spirit Fitness

Fairfax, VA 22031
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Warrior Spirit Fitness is a martial arts school with dojos that are located in Bluemont and Fairfax, Virginia. The school provides not just a low impact fitness program but also a holistic performance development program for all. Students can expect to achieve physical fitness while also learning self-defense and the fitness program of the school enables students to achieve superior human performance. All of their instructors have undergone a rigorous selection and training process.

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Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan Academy of Washington D.C.

Washington, DC 20003
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Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan Academy of Washington D.C. is located in Washington, District of Columbia and opened its doors in February 2008. Their instructor, Master Sifu Larry Hawkins has been a practitioner of Tai Chi and other Chinese martial arts for well over 30 years and has been certified by the Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan Federation to teach Wu Style. The school provides traditional instruction for better health, serenity, and self-defense.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Whether you're a martial arts novice, or someone with a little more experience, a martial arts studio is the perfect place to improve your skills and get in a bit of extra exercise. There are many styles of martial arts, ranging from traditional forms of karate and tae kwon do, to more recently developed ones, such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts. No matter what style you're interested in learning, a reputable martial arts studio will provide you with an experienced teacher, proper equipment, and a class full of other students of varying skill levels.

What is martial arts?

The term martial arts refers to Mars, the Greek god of war, and includes the systems and traditions used for self-defense, military purposes, and physical and mental competition. Today martial arts are mainly practiced as sports, and the various styles have large followings across the world.

How many martial arts are there?

There are various forms of martial arts, many of which originated in East Asian countries, although there are styles that started in Brazil, Israel, the United States, and elsewhere. In total, there are more than 170 martial arts practiced today. Some of the most popular are aikido, judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, kung fu, karate, and kickboxing.

What is mixed martial arts?

Mixed martial arts is an extreme combat sport that dates back to the mid 90s, where participants are allowed to use the martial arts style of their choice to fight one another. This is in contrast to traditional martial arts competitions, in which masters of a single style are pitted against one another.

Is boxing a martial art?

Boxing is one of the oldest martial arts and has been practiced for thousands of years. It's considered a martial art because it fits the four main criteria: it can be used in a warlike setting, it can be codified in writing, it aids mental and spiritual development, and it preserves the history of a culture.

What martial art did Bruce Lee use?

In both his films and professional competitions, Bruce Lee was known for using a variety of styles including wing chun, tai chi, boxing, and street fighting. Over the years, he blended these traditions into a single personal style called jeet kune do, which translates to "way of intercepting the fist."

Can adults learn martial arts?

Adults can and often do learn martial arts, finding them to be an excellent way to improve their physical fitness and compete with those of similar skill levels. It's never too late to learn a martial art, and there are some styles, such as tai chi, that feature slow movements suitable for older adults.

What martial art should I learn?

Since there are so many styles of martial arts, you have an opportunity to a style that best suits your temperament. If you're looking for a fast-paced style that requires a lot of endurance, boxing or karate could be good options. On the other hand, judo is more passive.

What is the best martial art for self defense?

Krav maga is a more recently developed martial art created in Israel. It's known for its practicality in war-like situations and is used today by many defense forces, including the Navy SEALs.

What martial arts are airbending and firebending based on?

Airbending and firebending are fictional martial art forms featured in Avatar: The Last Airbender. However, despite their fictional setting, these forms are originally based on real-life martial art styles. Specifically, airbending is based on bagua, while firebending is based on Northern Shaolin.

What is the most effective martial art?

The most effective martial arts are often the most practical, eschewing the ornamental gestures found in kung fu and other traditional styles. Krav maga, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and karate have all been used with great success in mixed martial arts tournaments.

Is kickboxing a martial art?

Kickboxing is considered a martial art, as it involves combat-related practices that can be codified into a written system and used to preserve culture. While kickboxing is under-recognized in the United States, European countries such as the Netherlands feature it heavily.

Is cobra kai a real martial art?

Cobra kai isn't a real martial art. It's a fictional style created for the film The Karate Kid. However, it does borrow real-life elements from the Japanese martial art karate.

Can you teach yourself martial arts?

Like many sports, martial arts require others to practice with and compete against, so self-teaching isn't recommended. Martial arts also require an experienced teacher, not just to demonstrate the correct motions and posture, but to ensure you're performing them correctly.

How much are karate classes?

On average, karate classes cost $40 per hour. This can vary widely based on your location, the quality of the teacher, and the style of karate. In addition to the cost of classes, you can expect to have other less-frequent expenses, such as purchasing uniforms and padded training gear.

How much are martial arts classes?

The average cost of martial art classes ranges from $25 to $50, but this can vary based on where you live and the martial art style you want to pursue. Some martial arts such as kendo require expensive equipment, while others don't.

Which martial art is best for my child?

Karate has been a popular option for children since the eighties, as it does not use weapons and offers a healthy full-body workout. Children enrolled in Karate classes will learn not just to train their body, but their mind as well.

How much do kids\' karate classes cost?

Kid's karate classes generally cost the same as adult classes, running $40 on average, based on location and other factors. Private lessons are more expensive and can cost up to $100 for a 30-minute session.

Does Keanu Reeves know martial arts?

The fighting styles used by Keanu Reeves in the Matrix and other films aren't just for show, and come from years of training and practice. Keanu Reeves has formal training in karate, jiu-jitsu, wushu, boxing, krav maga, and aikido.

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