Best Martial Arts Schools in Knoxville

Why These Martial Arts Schools?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Knoxville 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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David Church TaeKwonDo America

David Church TaeKwonDo America is a professional martial arts school with dojos in Knoxville and Maryville offering training in Korean Karate and kickboxing for students of all ages. The school also offers anti-bully and self-defense classes for children, teens, and adults. Adult classes are for students 16 years and older, and all training is by certified instructors in a modern training facility. Satisfied customers reported “the staff is all fantastic and very helpful,” “caring instructors who work to know and understand their students on every level,” and “the best money you can spend on your children.”

Tennessee, TN 37801


Fusion Martial Arts Club LLC

Fusion Martial Arts Club LLC is an adults only training facility in Knoxville with class sizes limited to 16 students of any adult age, gender, level of fitness, and physical size. Children’s classes are available from the affiliated Progressive Martial Arts Academy in Oak Ridge. The Chief Instructor, Bruce Corrigan, has more than three decades of martial arts experience and is the developer of the club’s signature system of training. Bruce holds Eighth Degree Black Belts in Kenpo and Hawaiian Kenpo and certification as a Senior Instructor in Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Kali. He also holds a Black Belt in judo, a Second Degree Black Belt in Filipino Kuntaw Lima Lima, and a Black Belt and Instructor certification in Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Assistant Instructor, Meg Corrigan, holds a Sixth Degree Black Belt in the FILKENJUTSU Method of Hawaiian Kenpo, certification as a Phase One Level Instructor in Cornada Eskrima, and a Purple Belt in Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Fusion offers group and private lessons in martial arts and three levels of self-defense workshops for women scheduled throughout the year.

Knoxville, TN 37922


GB Kids Martial Arts

GB Kids Martial Arts is a training facility in Knoxville providing classes in jiu-jitsu for children utilizing The Gracie Barra Future Champions Program. Classes are divided into three levels by age and students experience a range of social, physical, and mental benefits through the training process. The Chief Instructor, Samuel Braga, is a six-time world champion and holds a Second Degree Black Belt, and he teaches every class. New students are invited to sign up for a free week of training.

Knoxville, TN 37919


Knoxville Martial Arts Academy

Knoxville Martial Arts Academy provides a variety of training for students of any age, fitness level, or experience. Classes are available in kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and mixed martial arts. Fitness classes offer personal trainers for one on one instruction or group classes taught by a certified group fitness instructor. Children’s classes use the Play As the Way methodology integrating the martial arts skills of punching, kicking, and wrestling with valuable life skills in a fun way. Kickboxing classes include heavy bag work, calisthenics, pad work, and core strengthening exercises.

Knoxville, TN 37920


M.B.C. School of Karate

M.B.C. School of Karate is a traditional Isshin-ryu Karate school in Maryville offering martial arts training to students 13 years of age and older. The Head Instructor, Master Harold Nuchols, holds an Eighth Degree Black Belt in karate, and he has nearly six decades of experience. The school charges a monthly fee with discounts for each additional family member, and two training sessions are scheduled each week. The first class is free, and visitors are welcome to observe or participate in classes.

Maryville, TN 37803


Maryville TaeKwonDo

Maryville TaeKwonDo offers martial arts training for children in Maryville and the surrounding areas scheduled by age and skill level. The head instructor, Dustin Bolt, is a multiple-time USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee and holds many awards from competitions. The Executive Director and Director of Programs, Sigung Richard Clear, earned the title of Self Defense Master of the Year in 2007 and has extensive training in Old Hand Shao-lin, Internal Kung Fu, KUN TAO SILAT de Thouars, Pentjak Silat, Tai Chi, Chi Kung, and Si-Tai-Gung Street Kung Fu. He is also certified as an Instructor of Russian Martial Art Systema by Mikhail Ryabko and Vladimir Vasiliev.

Maryville, TN 37804


Progressive Martial Arts Academy

Progressive Martial Arts Academy is a family owned and operated dojo in Oak Ridge offering an innovative martial arts curriculum combining grappling and trapping concepts from several disciplines. The owner and chief instructor, David Corrigan, holds a Fifth Degree Black Belt in Kenpo, a Second Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and is a designated Full Instructor in Filipino Kali, Integrated Kickboxing, and Jeet Kune Do. He also is a Certified Personal Trainer, Level One Certified in Precision Nutrition, and a Total Body Resistance Exercise Suspension Training Instructor. Other staff trainers hold similar levels of experience and certifications. The Progressive Martial Arts Academy offers classes divided into age groups with group and private lessons available for all ages and skill levels.

Oak Ridge, TN 37830


Rocky Top Taekwondo

Rocky Top Taekwondo is a dojo in Knoxville offering classes in traditional taekwondo, and the school is a member of the Choong-Sil Taekwondo Federation. The owner and Chief Instructor, Mr. Sheah, is a Fifth Degree Black Belt, a Level I Certified Instructor in taekwondo, and he holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. His teaching experience also includes Han Mud Do and Krav Maga. Two classes take place each week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings with significant discounts for multiple students from a single family.

Knoxville, TN 37917


Serbatik Martial Arts & Fitness

Serbatik Martial Arts & Fitness is a training facility in Knoxville offering group and private lessons for children, teens, and adults. The children’s classes have three levels divided according to age, and students move into the adult classes at the age of 18. The Serbatik Personal Protection Program provides private instruction to students requiring personalized attention during training. Group classes for adults focus on the core disciplines of martial arts including boxing and kickboxing, close combat, grappling, weaponry, and combat cross training. Other options include the Gladiator program for combat training, combat cross training for fitness, and The Good Morning program to enhance wellness and mobility.

Knoxville, TN 37912


Tennessee Taekwondo Judo College

Tennessee Taekwondo Judo College headquartered in Knoxville offers martial arts training under the leadership of Grand Master Py K. Eun. He holds Eighth Dan Black Belts in TaeKwonDo and HapKiDo, a Seventh Dan Black Belt in judo and jujitsu awarded by the Korean Judo Federation and Kodokan. Master Eun is a former Korean National Champion, a former South Korean Presidential Bodyguard, and has extensive teaching experience. Three Grand students of Master Eun won Olympic gold medals in the Barcelona and Atlanta games.

Knoxville, TN 37922


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