Best Martial Arts Schools in Charlotte

Why These Martial Arts Schools?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Charlotte Martial Arts Schools 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. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 2. Qualifications

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 4. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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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


Charlotte Jiu-Jitsu Academy

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.

704 W Tremont Ave
Charlotte, NC 28203

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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.

Concord, NC 28025


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


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


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


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


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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