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Aikido of Charlotte, Inc.

Huntersville, NC 28078
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Aikido of Charlotte, Inc. was established in Huntersville, North Carolina over 30 years ago, and their instructors have over 50 years of combined martial arts experience. The dojo is completely dedicated to the traditional teaching of Aikido, the peaceful resolution form of martial arts. The instructors at Aikido of Charlotte, Inc. teach their students the core values of culture, composure, and compassion. The dojo has 72 mats & is the largest aikido dojo in North and South Carolina. They are open to Aikido students from other dojos to come and go freely during their travels.

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Black Belt USA

Charlotte, NC 28262
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Black Belt USA is a martial arts academy located in Charlotte, North Carolina that was established in 1992. Students who attend learn how to grow their mind and body while learning self-defense. They offer many programs and classes, including Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, private lessons, and various kids' programs. Black Belt USA also hosts many events such as after school programs and summer camps.

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Charlotte Jiu-Jitsu Academy

704 W Tremont Ave, Charlotte, NC 28203
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Charlotte Jiu-Jitsu Academy is owned and operated by a team of trained martial arts teachers serving students in Charlotte. The company has been in operation for five years and seeks to make jiu-jitsu accessible to everyone including amateurs and professionals in competition. It offers beginner and advance classes from open trainings and fundamental classes to Gi Spar and open mat sessions. Its roster of instructors includes brown, purple, and black belters who have won in international Brazillian jiu-jitsu competitions.

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Concord Taekwondo America

Concord, NC 28025
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Concord Taekwondo America, located in Concord, North Carolina, was established in 1995. Master Instructor Sean Baxter is a sixth-degree blackbelt who has over 20 years of martial arts teaching experience. All instructors at Concord Taekwondo America believe that quality instruction fosters a positive change in all aspects of the lives of students. Families tell the instructors at repeatedly how much their children have grown under their instruction.

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Fight To Win

Charlotte, NC 28037
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Fight To Win, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a martial arts academy that was established by Jiu-Jitsu blackbelt, Jon Plyler. Their main focus is to teach viable self-defense lessons to children and adults in the form of Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Classes are taught in both group and private settings, and are geared to improve upon the student's stamina and flexibility, as well as to teach how to reduce stress levels.

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Gracie Barra

Charlotte, NC 28209
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Gracie Barra, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, was established in 2012, and focuses primarily on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. They are dedicated to becoming a community reference for Jiu-Jitsu training, physical education, character development, and self-defense training. The instructors truly value the attributes of wellness, respect, discipline, and martial arts mastery, and they strive to instill those values in each of their students.

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Great Grappling Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, LLC

Fort Mill, SC 29708
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Great Grappling Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, LLC, located in Fort Mill, North Carolina, is the recipient of the My Carolina Town's Where It's At Best of 2012 award. They have a keen focus on physical conditioning that helps their students increase their body composition, overall health, endurance, strength, and flexibility.

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Kinchen Martial Arts

Cornelius, NC 28031
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Kinchen Martial Arts is a dojo located in Cornelius, North Carolina that is centered around developing character, building physical fitness, and teaching self-defense. They believe that the spirit of martial arts is not in victory or loss, but rather in the character perfection of the martial artists themselves. Kinchen Martial Arts provides both children's and adult classes such as TaeKwonDo and kickboxing. Students who attend are not only taught how to protect themselves, but they also learn vital life skills including self-discipline, self-confidence, mental awareness, and leadership.

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King Tiger Tae Kwon Do

Charlotte, NC 28269
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King Tiger Tae Kwon Do is a martial arts dojo located in Charlotte, North Carolina that trains champions of life. Their programs teach not only traditional Tae Kwon Do, but are also designed to instill the importance of goal setting, character building, wellness, focus, self-confidence, and stress relief in each student. Owner and head instructor Terrance Evins is a sixth degree blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do, and a fourth degree blackbelt in Hap Ki Do.

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Leadership Martial Arts, LLC

Charlotte, NC 28273
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Leadership Martial Arts, LLC, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, teaches a variety classes for adults, kids, and teens with a mixed martial arts curriculum. They are recognized as the #1 martial arts school in Charlotte, and offer prospective students a free introductory class to see for themselves the expertise of their instructors. Leadership Martial Arts, LLC teaches many forms of martial arts such as boxing, Krav Maga, Judo, Karate, kickboxing, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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Lucas Lepri Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Fitness

Charlotte, NC 28270
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Lucas Lepri Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Fitness, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a premier training center and dojo that has a genuine dedication to excellence. The head instructor, Lucas Lepri, is one of the most decorated, respected, and experienced Jiu-Jitsu athletes alive today. He has won every major Jiu-Jitsu competition in the world and is a nine-time world champion. Lucas Lepri Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Fitness offers world-class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for all ages, including kids' martial arts, sub grappling, and private lessons.

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Metrolina Martial Arts Institute

Concord, NC 28025
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Metrolina Martial Arts Institute is a martial arts dojo whose three accredited instructors have over 50 years of combined experienced. They teach many forms of martial arts such as Jeet Kune Do, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Filipino Kali. Co-owner and chief instructor Ed Stahl has three separate certifications, and co-owner and Muay Thai instructor Bill Graff is a second degree blackbelt in TaeKwonDo. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor at Metrolina Martial Arts Institute, Matt Fior, has a blackbelt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and has been training to improve his skills for over 12 years.

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US-K Martial Arts

Charlotte, NC 28277
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US-K Martial Arts has been teaching traditional Korean martial arts to children, teens, and adults in the Charlotte area since 1995. The school is family-owned and operated, with a legacy of passionately teaching that dates back generations. US-K Martial Arts offers a wealth of teaching opportunities including classes, workshops, and special events. They teach Tang Soo Do (also known as Taekwondo), Korean sword, and cardio kickboxing; and offer an after school program and an anti-bully expert program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Whether you're a martial arts novice, or someone with a little more experience, a martial arts studio is the perfect place to improve your skills and get in a bit of extra exercise. There are many styles of martial arts, ranging from traditional forms of karate and tae kwon do, to more recently developed ones, such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts. No matter what style you're interested in learning, a reputable martial arts studio will provide you with an experienced teacher, proper equipment, and a class full of other students of varying skill levels.

What is martial arts?

The term martial arts refers to Mars, the Greek god of war, and includes the systems and traditions used for self-defense, military purposes, and physical and mental competition. Today martial arts are mainly practiced as sports, and the various styles have large followings across the world.

How many martial arts are there?

There are various forms of martial arts, many of which originated in East Asian countries, although there are styles that started in Brazil, Israel, the United States, and elsewhere. In total, there are more than 170 martial arts practiced today. Some of the most popular are aikido, judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, kung fu, karate, and kickboxing.

What is mixed martial arts?

Mixed martial arts is an extreme combat sport that dates back to the mid 90s, where participants are allowed to use the martial arts style of their choice to fight one another. This is in contrast to traditional martial arts competitions, in which masters of a single style are pitted against one another.

Is boxing a martial art?

Boxing is one of the oldest martial arts and has been practiced for thousands of years. It's considered a martial art because it fits the four main criteria: it can be used in a warlike setting, it can be codified in writing, it aids mental and spiritual development, and it preserves the history of a culture.

What martial art did Bruce Lee use?

In both his films and professional competitions, Bruce Lee was known for using a variety of styles including wing chun, tai chi, boxing, and street fighting. Over the years, he blended these traditions into a single personal style called jeet kune do, which translates to "way of intercepting the fist."

Can adults learn martial arts?

Adults can and often do learn martial arts, finding them to be an excellent way to improve their physical fitness and compete with those of similar skill levels. It's never too late to learn a martial art, and there are some styles, such as tai chi, that feature slow movements suitable for older adults.

What martial art should I learn?

Since there are so many styles of martial arts, you have an opportunity to a style that best suits your temperament. If you're looking for a fast-paced style that requires a lot of endurance, boxing or karate could be good options. On the other hand, judo is more passive.

What is the best martial art for self defense?

Krav maga is a more recently developed martial art created in Israel. It's known for its practicality in war-like situations and is used today by many defense forces, including the Navy SEALs.

What martial arts are airbending and firebending based on?

Airbending and firebending are fictional martial art forms featured in Avatar: The Last Airbender. However, despite their fictional setting, these forms are originally based on real-life martial art styles. Specifically, airbending is based on bagua, while firebending is based on Northern Shaolin.

What is the most effective martial art?

The most effective martial arts are often the most practical, eschewing the ornamental gestures found in kung fu and other traditional styles. Krav maga, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and karate have all been used with great success in mixed martial arts tournaments.

Is kickboxing a martial art?

Kickboxing is considered a martial art, as it involves combat-related practices that can be codified into a written system and used to preserve culture. While kickboxing is under-recognized in the United States, European countries such as the Netherlands feature it heavily.

Is cobra kai a real martial art?

Cobra kai isn't a real martial art. It's a fictional style created for the film The Karate Kid. However, it does borrow real-life elements from the Japanese martial art karate.

Can you teach yourself martial arts?

Like many sports, martial arts require others to practice with and compete against, so self-teaching isn't recommended. Martial arts also require an experienced teacher, not just to demonstrate the correct motions and posture, but to ensure you're performing them correctly.

How much are karate classes?

On average, karate classes cost $40 per hour. This can vary widely based on your location, the quality of the teacher, and the style of karate. In addition to the cost of classes, you can expect to have other less-frequent expenses, such as purchasing uniforms and padded training gear.

How much are martial arts classes?

The average cost of martial art classes ranges from $25 to $50, but this can vary based on where you live and the martial art style you want to pursue. Some martial arts such as kendo require expensive equipment, while others don't.

Which martial art is best for my child?

Karate has been a popular option for children since the eighties, as it does not use weapons and offers a healthy full-body workout. Children enrolled in Karate classes will learn not just to train their body, but their mind as well.

How much do kids\' karate classes cost?

Kid's karate classes generally cost the same as adult classes, running $40 on average, based on location and other factors. Private lessons are more expensive and can cost up to $100 for a 30-minute session.

Does Keanu Reeves know martial arts?

The fighting styles used by Keanu Reeves in the Matrix and other films aren't just for show, and come from years of training and practice. Keanu Reeves has formal training in karate, jiu-jitsu, wushu, boxing, krav maga, and aikido.

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