Laurels
Best Martial Arts
Teachers in
Jacksonville
2017

Why These Martial Arts Teachers?

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 analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best martial arts teachers in Jacksonville, FL.

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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.

Arnett Sport Kung Fu Academy

Arnett Sport Kung Fu Academy is a martial arts school in Jacksonville offering classes in sport kung fu, self-defense, and traditional Wing Chun. The academy is directed by Master Anthony Arnett, a 9th Generation Disciple of Grandmaster William Cheung. Master Arnett has competed in full contact and non-contact tournaments since 1974. He has won over 4,000 trophies and holds several division championships, including the 2004 Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame Martial Artist of the Year for Kung Fu. Anthony Arnett offers special events, workshops, and private lessons to martial artists of all styles anywhere in the world.

Jacksonville, FL(904) 910-7264

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Cooper's Self Defense

Cooper’s Self Defense is a martial art dojo with classes in Yoshinkan Aikido taught by Sensei Dewitt Cooper at two locations in Jacksonville. Afternoon and evening classes are available for children and adults at both places two days per week. Sensei Cooper holds certifications as a personal trainer from the International Sports Sciences Association, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and Expert Rating. He is also certified in AED and CPR.

Jacksonville, FL(904) 610-4218

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K Tiger Taekwondo

K Tiger Taekwondo is a martial arts training program in Jacksonville with group, private, and semi-private classes for children and adults. Grandmaster Kim holds a Seventh Dan Kukkiwon Black Belt, a Seventh Dan Ji Do Kwan Black Belt, and a Fourth Dan Hapkido Federation Degree Black Belt, and he is a Certified International Instructor Master and Referee. He was also five-time Korea National Champion and a member of the famous demo team, Korea Tiger. K Tiger Taekwondo also offers specialized training in competition sparring and competition Poomsae.

Jacksonville, FL(904) 647-9036

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Karate America

Karate America is headquartered in Jacksonville and offers martial arts training for students of all ages and levels at schools located throughout Florida. Classes for adults include karate, kickboxing, krav maga, and kali with weapons training. Classes for children focus on the traditional practice of Taekwondo with an after-school program for elementary school ages including daily transportation from school. The president and founder of Karate America, Chief Master Clark, holds a Ninth Degree Black Belt. Karate America is a member of the American Taekwondo Association.

Jacksonville, FL(904) 724-7544

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Karate Arts School

Karate Arts School specializes in a martial arts program based on the Lissajous Logic Systems incorporating all four fighting ranges into practical self-defense. Students learn throws, sweeps, joint locks, and extensive weapons training to develop balance, coordination, self-confidence, and more. Jacksonville classes are available for students of all ages and levels of ability. Karate Arts School also has an after-school karate program offering students a courtesy ride from their schools to the dojo at no extra charge. Parents described the program as “improved self-esteem, and affordable,” “more fun here than just about anything,” “homework gets done first,” and “more positive than daycare.”

Jacksonville, FL(904) 722-0110

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Knuckle Up Martial Arts and Fitness

Knuckle Up Martial Arts, Inc. has a free 10-day trial for new students to experience the training of skilled instructors in kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and self-defense for children. The academy in Jacksonville is a Jean Jacques Machado certified school promoting the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a larger assailant by using leverage and proper techniques. Knuckle Up Martial Arts also offer a no-contract payment option for classes.

Jacksonville, FL(904) 612-1424

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Mandarin Martial Arts

Mandarin Martial Arts offer training in the discipline of Cuong Nhu founded by O’Sensei Ngo Dong. The school has no annual contracts and offers a free week-long trial for new students. Classes are held at the Mandarin Church of God Gymnasium next to Burnett Park.

Jacksonville, FL(904) 838-8300

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Michael Lee's Dojo

Michael Lee’s Dojo provides martial arts instruction with classes held at private schools and preschools in the Jacksonville area. Kids classes focus on sport karate for recreational athletes or competitive karate students. Adult classes teach American Freestyle Karate based on Chinese Kempo and cover the four ranges of combat including kicking, boxing, trapping, and grappling. The adult program is only available for private or semi-private lessons.

Jacksonville, FL(904) 233-5605

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Pak's Karate Academy Mandarin

Pak’s Karate Academy Mandarin provides martial arts instruction in Jacksonville for students of all ages and levels of ability since 1986. The school offers a free introductory class for new students, and all classes are divided into age groups for children, families, teens, and adults. Pak’s Karate Academy also offers after-school karate programs on-site at several St. John’s County elementary schools and many schools open the classes to all students interested in participating without requiring membership. Customers reported “engaging staff, great family atmosphere,” “extremely happy at Pak’s Mandarin,” and “very positive on discipline, self-esteem, and helping others.”

Jacksonville, FL(904) 262-8200

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Smiley Academy of Martial Arts

Smiley Academy Martial Arts & Fitness offers classes to children as young as three years old and adults of all ages and levels for fitness, self-defense, and competition in Orange Park. The Kid’s Programs include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, mixed martial arts, and karate while stressing the importance of life skills including self-discipline, self-confidence, attitude, focus, integrity, and more. Adult classes are available in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, boxing, fitness, and more.

Orange Park, FL(904) 644-7571

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Watson Martial Arts

Watson Martial Arts offer a variety of training programs for students of all ages and levels of experience in Jacksonville. Classes for children welcome students as young as four years of age and offer a two-week trial membership with a free uniform. Adult fitness classes use a mix of high-intensity interval training and bag work in the FightFIT fitness program. Other adult classes focus on martial arts for self-defense or competition.

Jacksonville, FL(904) 636-0092

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Wing Chun Fight Club

Wing Chun Fight Club is a martial arts training program in Neptune offering training in the counter-fighting martial arts style of Wing Chun used for self-defense. Group and private lessons are available in traditional Wing Chun and Wing Chun weaponry, empty hand, anti-grappling, single and double stick, single and double knife, and old school boxing. Classes are held in different venues on a variety of surfaces for a more realistic training style to prepare students for real life and death situations. Wing Chun Fight Club offers new students a free introductory lesson. Students reported “takes the friend and family aspect of training to heart,” “very comprehensive understanding of the science and the art of Wing Chun,” and “a patient teacher with a deep knowledge.”

Neptune Beach, FL(904) 382-0778

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Women's Defense Company

Women’s Defense Company provides self-defense training skills designed specifically for women and children at their Jacksonville facility or on location at any business, school, or private venue. The company offers group classes and private lessons taught by highly trained and compassionate instructors. Their signature class is the Abduction & Rape Response Tactics course teaching women effective defensive tactics in response to an attempted assault, rape, or abduction. More advanced classes teach enhanced ground defense, dealing with multiple attackers, and defense against weapons. Other courses include an Active Shooter Seminar, Real Estate Professional Safety Training, and other corporate seminars on self-defense in the workplace.

Jacksonville, FL(904) 655-7772

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Yesha Ministries

Yesha Ministries uses free martial arts training to build physical, mental, and spiritual strength in disciples of Christ offering classes in churches, community centers, and other venues since 1983. The Jacksonville organization has memberships in the Tae Kwon Do Association, the World Tae Kwon Do Federation, and the Amateur Athletic Union. Training is available at both an educational and competitive level, and Yesha Ministries has multiple schools in the states of Florida, Maryland, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The founder of Yesha Ministries is 9th Degree Grandmaster Charles W. Coker, who holds Tae Kwon Do Dan grade certifications from the Korean Ji Do Kwan Association, USA Taekwondo Association, World Ko Am Mu Do Federation, and Kukkiwon.

Jacksonville, FL(904) 802-2774

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