The Atlanta Martial Arts Center frequently hosts some of the outstanding martial artists throughout the year and is a member of several prestigious martial arts and self-defense associations. The Center is a certified academy for Master Rickson Gracie’s Jiu-Jitsu Global Federation. The instructors include Sifu Alan Baker, a recognized martial arts and self-defense expert with over 30 years' experience. Programs offered include Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Jeet Kune Do, Warriors Legacy Self-Defense, Civilian Tactical C-Tac, No-Gi Grappling, Women’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Filipino Martial Arts. Sifu Baker and his highly qualified team of instructors have classes for children and youth and several personal training programs.
Woodstock, GA(770) 926-3030
Martial arts training at Atlanta’s Traditional Okinawan Karate-Do Dojo promotes physical fitness and self-confidence through the endurance, strength, and flexibility gained from training. With an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual respect, studio instructors assist students in techniques for development of the intellectual, moral, and physical aspects of their life. Classes begin with foundation drills, then break down into smaller groups with an instructor, offering more personalized attention. Established in 1987, dojo owner Mark Moeller Sensei structures progression programs that are affordable and beneficial for students age six and up. The studio teaches two styles of Okinawan Karate-do, Shorin Ryu Karate-do and Shudokan Karate-do.
Sandy Springs, GA(404) 751-7453
In Georgia, the Canton Choi Kwang Do studio works with adults, kids, and families providing classes backed by more than 20 years’ experience in the martial arts. Master Cruzado is available for private or small group instruction, or students may choose classes in karate and self-defense. The classes for kids offer a path to a healthy and happy lifestyle as well as the knowledge and preparation they need to protect themselves from bullies. Choi Kwang Do uses modern advances in science for self-defense in sequential movements. Family classes build strong family relationships, and the environment puts kids at ease, building confidence and self-esteem.
Canton, GA(678) 525-6233
Driscoll’s ATA Martial Arts programs provide children, teens, and adults the opportunity to gain strength and confidence to be in their best physical and mental shape. Adults and teens, from beginner to expert, are welcome at Driscoll’s, in Woodstock, Georgia, where the martial arts program promotes balance and fitness. Styles such as Kempo Karate, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and self-defense are combined to make up an entire fitness package. Kids also enjoy the benefits provided through a martial arts practice. The new ATA Tigers program improves listening and social skills, and their team participation activities build self-esteem.
Woodstock, GA(770) 517-4443
Iron Dragon Martial Arts Grandmaster Mickens has earned black belts in Ho Shin Do, Tae Kwon Do, and Hapkido, and he recently received recognition of his achievements through induction into the Korean Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame. The tenets held by the Marietta, Georgia studio include courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit, the concepts of which pass honorably from instructors to students. For children, martial arts provides the physical benefits of balance, coordination, and flexibility as well as self-discipline, and improved concentration. Iron Dragon teaches traditional International Tae Kwon Do Federation forms. Classes are available from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays.
Marietta, GA(678) 354-0605
Kaikudo Martial Arts Academy is a dojo based in Dunwoody Village that enhances both physical and mental strength within kids, adults, and seniors. Kids classes are designed to increase muscle tone and flexibility, as well as demonstrate how to approach demanding obstacles with a proper mindset so that children learn the rewards of self-discipline and challenging themselves. Adult classes teach mind-body practices to help students master their emotions, overcome fear and negative-thought patterns, and become fit and healthy. Senior Tai Chi classes cater to all levels of activity and ability; those with ailments such as arthritis, Parkinson’s Disease, and balance issues benefit as much as healthier participants. Check the Kaikudo website for individual and group sessions, class times, pricing and specials.
Dunwoody, GA(404) 334-9558
Sinclair’s Kyuki-Do Martial Arts serves the Dallas and Acworth, Ga., areas, principled on the motto, “The family that kicks together sticks together.” It offers classes for tots, youth, adults, and families, as well as intensive self-defense for women. Sinclair’s is not a sport-oriented school that produces fighters; its goal is to help students fulfill their potential by building their physical and mental fitness, as well as confidence. All students first learn blocking, striking, and kicking techniques of Tae Kwon Do. Following instruction involves a combination of judo throwing and falling techniques, joint locks and control techniques of Hapkido, and jujitsu grappling techniques. Women’s defense classes consist of two-hour weekly classes that teach technique, mental reaction, and muscle memory.
Dallas, GA(770) 627-2578
Striker Fight Center is a state-of-the-art facility based in Kennesaw, Ga., serves all of the North Atlanta suburbs, and teaches in a high-energy, positive, and safe environment. The styles of disciplines Striker Fight Center offers include Brazilian jujitsu, boxing, Muay Thai kickboxing, Atienza-Kali, Wing Chun, judo, mixed martial arts and kids mixed martial arts, and all instructors are black belts in their respective arts. Among the benefits of Strike Fight Center’s classes weight loss and cardiovascular conditioning, learning self-defensive techniques, confidence-building, stress relief, and greater focus and discipline. Striker Fight Center strives to emulate the grit and atmosphere of old-school boxing gyms, has versatile class schedules to accommodate students interested in any of its disciplines, and provides free introductory instruction.
Kennesaw, GA(770) 926-0550
The One Taekwondo Center, in Woodstock, Georgia, gives families an opportunity to bond while they work at their own pace to achieve fitness and self-defense goals. It is not unusual to see three generations of a family in the studio. Pairing children with children and adults with adults puts everyone on one level while they are all working on the same type of exercise. Adults in the program have been able to build muscle, burn fat and gain flexibility, while children gain the ability to focus, build self-esteem, and learn leadership skills. The after-school program offered gives children a chance to interact with their peers while building their skills.
Woodstock, GA(770) 240-1833