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

Aikido of Charlotte, Inc.

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.

Huntersville, NC 28078


Black Belt USA

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.

Charlotte, NC 28262


Concord Taekwondo America

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.

Evolution Fitness & Self-Defense

Evolution Fitness & Self-Defense is both a gym and a martial arts studio that is located in Concord, North Carolina. They combine boxing, kickboxing, cardio, and MMA techniques to create the most effective workout experience. Evolution Fitness & Self-Defense is a North American Grappling Association-accredited school specializing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts classes. Other classes offered include submission grappling, personal training, self defense, and strength and conditioning.

Fernando Loor Vera

Fernando Loor Vera is a martial arts school located in Charlotte, North Carolina that was established in 2011. Professor Fernando Loor Vera and his staff provide classes for children ages six to 14 of all skill levels. It is their mission to instill in their students the values of respect and hard work. Fernando Loor Vera specializes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which is a form of martial arts that was created four centuries ago in Northern India as a way for Buddhist monks to protect themselves.

Charlotte, NC 28273


Fight To Win

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.

Charlotte, NC 28037


Gracie Barra

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.

Charlotte, NC 28209


Great Grappling Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, LLC

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.

Fort Mill, SC 29708


Kinchen Martial Arts

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.

Cornelius, NC 28031


King Tiger Tae Kwon Do

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.

Charlotte, NC 28269


Leadership Martial Arts, LLC

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.

Charlotte, NC 28273


Lotus Martial Arts Academy

Lotus Martial Arts Academy, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, teaches a form of martial arts known as Lotus, which is a specific blend of Aikido, Judo, Chinese Kenpo Karate, and Muay Thai kickboxing. Their focus however, is to teach students the values of body, mind, and spirit. Students at Lotus Martial Arts Academy can also learn women's self-defense and fitness training in either a group or private setting.

Charlotte, NC 28269


Lucas Lepri Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Fitness

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 six-time world champion. Lucas Lepri Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Fitness offers a variety of classes including fight fitness, kid’s martial arts, mixed martial arts, and world class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Charlotte, NC 28270


Metrolina Martial Arts Institute

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.

Concord, NC 28025


Mooresville Martial Arts

Mooresville Martial Arts is a dojo located in Mooresville, North Carolina that specializes in Krav Maga, self-defense, and overall fitness. Their classes are taught like no other in their area. They have the area's most experienced instructors, their programs start for children ages five and up, and they offer adult classes for knife, gun, and ground defense. Classes at Mooresville Martial Arts can range in duration from 30 to 60 minutes depending on the skill level of the class, and the form of martial arts being taught.

Mooresville, NC 28270


Robert L. Kitchin Academy of Self Defense

Robert L. Kitchin Academy of Self Defense, located in Gastonia, North Carolina, is a Christian-based, family-friendly self defense and martial arts studio. They offer a comprehensive training regimen designed to develop anyone’s ability, no matter their initial skill level. They pride themselves on their clean, safe, and fully equipped studio that is sure to meet each client’s training needs. Grand Master Robert L. Kitchin founded the Golden Dragon Kung Fu Federation in 1976. Robert is a third generation Jeet Kune Do instructor under Bruce Lee, and the academy is JKD accredited. They offer a wide variety of classes, including Kung Fu, Sil Lum Pai, Jeet Kune Do, Wing Chun, MMA fighting training, Northern and Southern Chinese Boxing, pressure points training, and tournament and competition training.

Gastonia, NC 28054


Scott Sheilds Martial Arts Academy

Scott Shields Martial Arts Academy, located in Matthews, North Carolina, is a premier martial arts dojo that is dedicated to not only teaching martial arts, but to also helping students improve their physical and mental fitness. They teach many forms of martial arts including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Filipino martial arts, Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, cardio kickboxing, and kid's martial arts. Their programs are taught with underlying themes of self-confidence and discipline. New students are also eligible to receive their first class free as a chance to find the program that is right for them.

Matthews, NC 28105


Shock Factor MMA

Shock Factor MMA is a mixed martial arts school located in Charlotte, North Carolina that has been featured on the Fox news channel, MSNBC Charlotte, and on Charlotte Today. They teach many forms of martial arts such as boxing, kickboxing, Judo, free-style wrestling, Aikido, Hapkido, Karate, and Jiu-Jitsu. Co-owner John Savage has been studying and competing in martial arts competitions for over 32 years, and is also a UFC veteran. Their innovative facility also hosts events including Christmas Cage and MMA fighter speeches with Ken Shamrock.

Charlotte, NC 28273


Sparks Martial Arts

Sparks Martial Arts was established in Stallings, North Carolina, and was the 2016 recipient of Stalling’s Best of Award for martial arts. The main instructor and founder, Sensei Sparks, is a third degree blackbelt in kickboxing, and has nearly three decades of martial arts training. Sparks Martial Arts provides many classes and programs such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, adult kickboxing, kids' martial arts, and various after school programs.

Stallings, NC 28104


US-K Martial Arts

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.

Charlotte, NC 28277


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