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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 Lexington, KY.

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  • 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.

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AFS Academy

AFS Academy is a Richmond, Kentucky-based martial arts school. Their Director, Scott Elliott has studied and trained in martial arts and combat sports for more than 30 years. Established in 1994, the school offers classes that include kickboxing, Muay Thai, grappling/Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Kali-Silat, Mixed Martial Arts, and youth MMA. The school aims to provide the highest possible quality in instruction and training for all of their students.

Richmond, KY 40475 (859) 623-8023


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AKF Lexington Martial Arts

AKF Lexington Martial Arts is a martial arts school that is located in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Their martial arts instructor Joe Moniot has been practicing martial arts for well over 20 years and some of their programs include pre-k, family, community outreach, and birthday parties. The goal at the school is to help students develop inner focus, lose weight, and be confident. They also offer a free introductory lesson to any prospective students.

Nicholasville, KY 40356 (859) 474-0504


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Bluegrass Budokai

Bluegrass Budokai is a martial arts school based in Winchester, Kentucky. Their founder, Craig Caudill Sensei began his martial arts training in 1991. In 2001, Craig Caudill Sensei started Aikido training under Meido Moore Sensei of the Chicago-based Shinjinkai. Currently, Bluegrass Budokai is an associate dojo of Shinjinkai. They specialize in Budo martial arts and trains both adults and youth alike. They also provide instruction in the arts of Aikido and Judo.

Winchester, KY 40391 (859) 749-3846


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Crawford's Tae Kwon Do

Crawford's Tae Kwon Do is a Korean taekwondo school that serves the community of Lexington, Kentucky and was founded by Roy L. Crawford in 1969. The school has been providing instruction in taekwondo and self-defense to thousands of students throughout the years. They use a balanced approach when teaching students of all ages martial arts, tournament competition techniques, and street self-defense in the classroom. The instructors at the school strive to instill in their students the principles and values of discipline and confidence.

Lexington, KY 40503 (859) 420-0295


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Gin Ryu Martial Arts Academy

Gin Ryu (Silver Dragon) Martial Arts Academy LLC serves the community of Richmond, Kentucky. The school specializes in traditional Japanese Shotokan karate. Some of their classes include Little Dragons for ages 4-6, beginners or advanced for ages 7-11, beginners for ages 12 and up, and intermediate or advanced for ages 16 and up. The school provides affordable rates for their students and their families and there is no long-term commitment attached.

Richmond, KY 40475 (859) 582-8827


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Griswold Self Defense

Griswold Self Defense is a self-defense school that is located in Lexington, Kentucky. Founded in 1988, they specialize in Kiyojute Ryu Kempo, Tsung Shih Tai Chi Chua, and God's Fist. They provide martial arts class instruction in kempo, karate, jujutsu, aikido, judo, tai chi, and others. The school provides no-contract instruction.

Lexington, KY 40503 (859) 296-4699


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Kenpo Karate, LLC

Kenpo Karate, LLC is a Lexington, Kentucky-based school that specializes in private instruction. They provide one-on-one workouts and customized personal training and provides a youth program as well. The school is proud to feature certified instructors and flexible schedules and are happy to provide discounted rates to new students.

Lexington, KY 40503 (859) 266-3734


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Lion's Pride Martial Arts

Lion's Pride Martial Arts in Nicholasville, Kentucky offers children’s classes and adults’ classes and features an after-school program and evening classes. They provide class instruction in traditional martial arts, modern teaching methods, and practical self-defense. Their chief instructor holds a 5th-degree black belt and the school has been certified by the two national Tang Soo Do organizations.

Nicholasville, KY 40356 (859) 472-4066


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Martial Arts USA

Martial Arts USA is a martial arts school with locations conveniently in both the east and west areas of Lexington, Kentucky. The Grandmaster Jeon has been instructing martial arts in Korea and the United States for well over 30 years. The school offers an after-school program, kids taekwondo, summer camp, and adults and teenagers martial arts class instruction. They also host birthday parties and provide discounted rates for new students.

Lexington, KY 40514 (859) 224-0060


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Masterson's Martial Arts

Masterson's Martial Arts is a martial arts school that is located in Georgetown, Kentucky and was established in 2001. They specialize in karate and self-defense classes and some of their featured programs include ATA Tigers for ages 4-8 years, karate for kids for ages 9-13 years, adult martial arts for ages 14+, and Krav Maga for ages 18+. The school also handles birthday parties and summer camps as well. They provide a free trial class.

Georgetown, KY 40324 (502) 868-9897


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Moberly's Martial Arts & Karate For Kids

Moberly's Martial Arts & Karate For Kids in Richmond, Kentucky has been providing karate instruction in the central Kentucky area for well over 24 years. Some of their programs include Tiny Tigers, Karate for Kids, Adult Martial Arts, Warrior XFit KickBoxing, and Krav Maga. The school carefully screens their training staff. and aims to uphold the highest standards in their class instruction.

Richmond, KY 40475 (859) 625-1999


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Nelson's Taekwondo America

Nelson's Taekwondo America is a Lexington, Kentucky-based martial arts school that was established in 1990. They specialize in martial arts for kids ages 4+, martial arts for teens ages 12+, and martial arts for adults ages 20+. The school is happy to host birthday parties and also offers a free trial class to anyone interested in membership.

Lexington, KY 40509 (859) 263-0033


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Performance Edge Martial Arts

Performance Edge Training Center is a martial arts school in Lexington, Kentucky with classes that include mixed martial arts, combatives, an open gym, and private lessons. Their MMA classes focus on the core components of striking such as boxing and kickboxing, clinch such as freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, and ground fighting such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu. The school offers firearms classes as well and provides a free trial class.

Lexington, KY 40509 (859) 433-3406


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Reaction MMA

Reaction MMA is a jujitsu school that is located in Nicholasville, Kentucky. They provide martial arts class instruction in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing, Muay Thai, and a fusion or combination of the individual arts known as Mixed Martial Arts. Reaction MMA is a place to have fun, lose weight, gain self-confidence, relieve stress, and learn to defend one’s self.

Nicholasville, KY 40356 (859) 913-2013


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Richmond School of Karate

Richmond School of Karate is located in Richmond, Kentucky and serves both Richmond and Madison Counties. Established in 1989, the martial arts school offers classes in karate, Kobudo- Okinawan weapons training, American Escrima, and personal defense. The school has proudly taught and produced a myriad of local, regional, national, and world champions.

Richmond, KY 40475 (859) 623-4008


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Sin Thé Karate School

Sin Thé Karate School has been providing martial arts instruction to the people of Lexington, Kentucky since 1964. The school teaches techniques and skills in the ancient martial arts of the Shaolin temples in China. They provide a wide-range of classes such as both hard and soft style Shaolin-Do kung fu for adults and children alike. The instructors assert that they have something to instill in everyone, which are the values and principles of honor, loyalty, discipline, conditioning, and mental health.

Lexington, KY 40503 (859) 275-2148


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Tiger Kim’s Taekwondo Academy

Tiger Kim’s Taekwondo Academy is a Lexington, Kentucky-based school that was established in 2010. Some of their martial arts classes include their Little Tiger’s class, teen and adult class, and family class. In 2010 and 2011, Lexington Family Magazine recognized Tiger Kim’s Taekwondo Academy as the best martial arts school in the greater Lexington area.

Lexington, KY 40513 (859) 296-0088


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Wu-Tao-Di Academy

Wu-Tao-Di Academy is a martial arts school that is located in Lexington, Kentucky. Some of the unique disciplines the school provides training in include Taiji Quan, Bagua Zhang, Shaolin, Qi Gong and yoga, Chinese medicine, Taoist philosophy, metaphysics, Bingfa- arts of war, and natural studies. Students will learn the philosophy and values of hard work, discipline, dedication, loyalty, true honor, servant leadership, honesty, and humility.

Lexington, KY 40514 (619) 408-6120


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