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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 Raleigh, NC.

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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.

Amerson’s Taekwondo and Fitness

Amerson’s Taekwondo and Fitness serves the community of Raleigh, North Carolina and its surrounding areas. Master Amerson carries over 25 years of experience in the arts of Taekwondo, Tang Soo Do, Karate, Arnis, and Kali. Some of their programs include Taekwondo, Little Dragons, and Women’s Self-Defense and the school is committed to developing martial arts so their students can procure and achieve fitness, self-defense skills, and personal growth.

Raleigh, NC(919) 307-5425


Bushiken Karate Saint-Cyr Dojo

Bushiken Karate Saint-Cyr Dojo serves the community of Raleigh, North Carolina and its surrounding areas. The school strives to pursue the true meaning of the martial way by specializing in teaching full contact karate. Their program includes stretching, Kihon Geiko, Ido Geiko, Kata, Yakusoku Kumite, Jissen Kumite, and physical fitness.The school was voted as the 2016 Indy’s Best of the Triangle.

Raleigh, NC(919) 526-0503


Carolina Self Defense & Krav Maga

Carolina Self Defense & Krav Maga, a self-defense school in Cary, North Carolina offers programs that include Krav Maga, champions, middle and high school Krav Maga, private lessons, seminars, and corporate team-building seminars. The age, fitness level, and experience of their clients do not matter, the school happily trains all students of all capacities, so long as they are eager to learn. The school offers special discounted rates for adults and children new to their services.

Cary, NC(919) 696-5626


Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts

Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts is a Japanese martial arts school that is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Their students mainly come from Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Durham North Carolina. Since opening their doors in 1998, the school has specialized in providing classes such as Adult Ninjutsu, Youth Ninjutsu, Mighty Dragons for ages 4-7, and their Quest Fit program. They also conduct private lessons and strive to cater their instruction to meet the needs of their unique clients.

Chapel Hill, NC(919) 489-8893


Fitness 4 Life

Fitness 4 Life Training Center is a physical fitness center in Raleigh, North Carolina that provides services to the community that helps people achieve their various fitness goals. Some of their classes include XFIT, Barbell Pump and Flow, CoreFit, Ninja Fitness, Karate, Glute Camp, and Cardio Kickboxing. The center offers a boot camp, group fitness classes, and self-defense classes and they have special discount offers as well.

Raleigh, NC(919) 787-2250


K.S. Lee's Best Martial Arts of North Carolina

Established in 1986, K.S. Lee's Best Martial Arts of North Carolina serves the communities of Cary, Morrisville, Apex, and RTP (The Triangle). The school conducts both taekwondo and hapkido classes and strives to help to bring out the black belt in everyone. The owner and principle instructor, Master Kang Seok Lee, also teaches Duke University's taekwondo academic program. He has a 7th-degree black belt in taekwondo and hapkido, has served four times as the US National Team's coach and manager, is a WTF International Referee, and has trained both US and Russian military. Master KS Lee is also a former editor of Worldwide TaeKwonDo Magazine as well as having appeared on its cover and been inducted into it's Hall of Fame as 2006 Instructor of the Year.

Cary, NC(919) 467-5239


Karate For Christ

Karate For Christ in Raleigh, North Carolina offer self-defense skills, physical fitness, and fun. Their karate class is offered to students 6 years and older and the school offers four 1-hour classes per month. They offer a diverse array of classes for people of all ages and skill levels as well as special group plans for families.

Raleigh, NC(919) 817-8350


Karate International

Karate International is a martial arts school with dojos that are located in Apex, Cary, and Raleigh, North Carolina. Established in 1974, their classes include preschool karate and martial arts for children from 3.5 to 5 years old, youth martial arts, teens’ karate, adults’ karate, families’ karate, and more. The school also provides instruction in self-defense, jiu-jitsu, judo, and kendo, the art of Japanese swordsmanship. For new students they offer a free introductory program.

Raleigh, NC(919) 876-8898


Krav Maga Raleigh and Wake Forest

Krav Maga Raleigh and Wake Forest is a self-defense school with dojos that are conveniently located in Raleigh, North Carolina and Wake Forest, North Carolina. Established in 2008, some of their unique fitness programs include Krav Maga self-defense, fitness, women’s self-defense, and law enforcement. The school is officially licensed by Krav Maga Worldwide.

Raleigh, NC(919) 602-3923


Ladd Family Martial Arts

Ladd Family Martial Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina offers classes for kids, adults, and families. They provide instruction in karate and also conducts classes in Zumba, Arnis, Tai Chi, and Yusool. The school focuses on supporting families in their community, encouraging students in their classroom, and building champions in and out of the ring.

Raleigh, NC(919) 606-3081


Master Chang's Martial Arts

Master Chang's Martial Arts in Cary, North Carolina serves Wake County and communities of Cary, Apex, and Holly Springs, as well as the neighborhoods of Lochmere, MacGregor, and Grey Hawk Landing. Some of their programs include adult martial arts, children's martial arts, after-school care, birthday parties, and summer camp, and the school specializes in taekwondo. The school offers a discounted rate for new students.

Cary, NC(919) 858-0333


Peck's Taekwondo America

Peck's Taekwondo America is a martial arts school that is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ms. Julee Peck, the martial arts school owner, is an 8th Degree Black Belt and became a certified instructor at the age of 14. The fitness programs available at the school include kids martial arts, taekwondo, fitness kickboxing, yoga, summer camp, birthday parties, and Little Dragons. Peck's Taekwondo America offers a free trial class.

Raleigh, NC(919) 846-6578


Raleigh Institute of Martial Arts

Raleigh Institute of Martial Arts has dojos that are located in Raleigh, and Morrisville, North Carolina. The longest running fitness kickboxing and MMA fitness center in North Carolina, some of their classes include Fitness Kickboxing, Tai Chi, Juniors Mixed Martial Arts, Hapkido, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The school offers a free and private introductory class to new students.

Raleigh, NC(919) 828-4447


Raleigh Shaolin Martial Arts

Raleigh Shaolin Martial Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina specializes in Shaolin Martial Arts but their curriculum encompasses a broad variety of styles including Praying Mantis, Black Tiger, Classical Hua Fist, White Crane, Monkey, Eagle Claw and much more. Their system also features Chinese internal arts including Bagua, Xing Yi, and Tai Chi. The rigorously trained instructors at the school strive to help people reach their full potential.

Raleigh, NC(919) 848-6666


Snap Kick Martial Arts, LLC

Snap Kick Martial Arts, LLC is a Garner, North Carolina-based school with programs that include introductory programs, Little Samurai for ages 3 to 5, Little Warriors for ages 6 to 7, Junior Warriors for school-aged children between the ages of 6 to 12 years old, teen program for ages of 13 to 17 years old, and adult for ages 18+. The school provides instruction in karate, Krav Maga, jiu-jitsu, and weapons and strives to instill discipline and self-confidence in their students.

Garner, NC(919) 772-1414


Triangle's Best Karate

Triangle's Best Karate is a Karate school that serves the people of Raleigh, North Carolina and they specialize in providing instruction in karate. Their fitness program includes group fitness classes and small group fitness and some of their community programs include anti-bullying, women's self-defense, and their Fit Family Challenge. The school proudly features experienced and rigorously trained instructors and they provide a 1-month free offer.

Raleigh, NC(919) 844-5555


United Tae Kwon Do Academy

United Tae Kwon Do Academy is a Taekwondo school with dojos located in Winston-Salem, and Carrboro, North Carolina. They teach taekwondo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, after school programs, self-defense seminars, birthday parties, parents night out, summer camps, and school’s out camps. The school offers a two-week trial and a uniform at a discounted rate for new students.

Carrboro, NC(336) 659-1853


Vision Martial Arts

Vision Martial Arts is a martial arts school with dojos that are located in Cary, Morrisville, Raleigh, Apex, and Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. Since 1992, the school has been offering programs in specialties such as firearm and self-defense training, women’s martial arts, men’s martial arts, Krav Maga, and karate for kids. The school offers a free private lesson and three group classes for new students.

Apex, NC(919) 367-8500


World Champion Taekwondo

World Champion Taekwondo is a taekwondo school that is located in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. Their Grand Master Kim began studying taekwondo at the age of 5 and graduated from the Korea National Sports University as # 1 in their graduating class. The school conducts martial arts themed parties which include invitations, martial arts lessons, music, and fun activities. They strive to teach the principles of respect, patience, humility, honesty, and self-control and they offer a free trial class for any prospective students.

Fuquay Varina, NC(919) 567-2090


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