Best Martial Arts Schools in Washington DC

Why These Martial Arts Schools?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Washington DC 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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DragonGateD.C. is a kung fu school that is located in Washington, District of Columbia and provides instruction in the traditional kung fu styles of Tai Chi Chuan-Taijichuan, Xing Yi Chuan, Bagua Zhang- Eight Trigram Palm Boxing, and Shaolin Kung Fu. The school offers adult tai chi classes, adult kung fu classes, and youth Shaolin classes as well. Their instructor, Sifu Alexander King, M.S. is a three-time USCKF grand champion of internal martial arts.

Washington, DC 20017


Dynamis Academy

Dynamis Academy serves the community Alexandria, Virginia and its surrounding areas. The martial arts school helps to develop intelligence and inspire potential. They are proud to bring decades of experience to their clients and their featured programs include kids martial arts for ages 6-17 years, adult martial arts for ages 18+, a summer camp for ages 4-12 years, and birthday parties for ages 5-12 years.

Alexandria, VA 22310


Kicks Karate - Your Family Martial Arts Academy

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.

Gaithersburg, MD 20878


Kim Karate Taekwondo and Learning Center

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.

Seabrook, MD 20706


Seichou Karate Dojo

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.

Alexandria, VA 22314


Virginia Okinawan Karate Dojo

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.

6416 Grovedale Dr
Alexandria, VA 22310


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