Best Martial Arts
Teachers in
Washington DC

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Washington DC 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.

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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.

Bartman Mixed Martial Arts and Self-Defense

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.

Silver Spring, MD 20906


Be Ryong Martial Arts

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.

Alexandria, VA 22305


Capital MMA & Elite Fitness

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.

Alexandria, VA 22306


Double Eagle Fitness

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.

Washington, DC 20008



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


Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do

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.

Falls Church, VA 22046


Jung Do Kwan Martial Arts

Jung Do Kwan Martial Arts is an independent martial arts school that serves the community of Arlington, Virginia. Keeping independent allows the school to design their own curriculum based on the diverse backgrounds of school owner Dave Sanchez and his staff. Dave and his team consider their students to be like family and connect with their students on a personal level, striving to help kids shape their confidence in not only martial arts but in their lives. The school offers classes for age groups 4-5 years, 6-12 years, 13-16 years, and 16 and up. Jung Do Kwan Martial Arts specializes in providing instruction in Taekwondo and Hapkido and is associated and affiliated with USA Taekwondo, World Taekwondo Federation, Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters, and Dollamur Swain Sport Surfaces.

Arlington, VA 22207


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


Krav Maga CDK

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.

Chevy Chase, MD 20815


Krav Maga Maryland

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.

Columbia, MD 21045


Lead By Example Tae Kwon Do

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.

Maryland Systema

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.

7117 Maple Ave Studio 3
Takoma Park, MD 20912


Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts, LLC

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.

Arlington, VA 22204


Pure Performance Martial Arts Center

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.

Rockville, MD 20852


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


US Taekwondo College

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.

Arlington, VA 22204


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


Warrior Spirit Fitness

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.

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

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.

Washington, DC 20003


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