Best Martial Arts Teachers in Nashville

Why These Martial Arts Teachers?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Nashville 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. 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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American Karate Academy

American Karate Academy is a martial arts school with convenient locations in Nashville, Franklin, and Brentwood, Tennessee. The school is spearheaded by Grandmaster Danny Chapman, a 9th Dan/Soke and they provide instruction in karate and martial arts. Their programs and classes include options for both children and adults and clients will learn fundamentals of different styles including kicking, blocking, punching, self-defense, sparring, and weapons, depending on their interests.

Brentwood, TN 37027


Bad Wolf MMA

Bad Wolf MMA is a martial arts school in Goodlettsville, Tennessee that provides programs for people who are novices to pro fighters. Some of their programs include mixed martial arts, Gracie jiu-jitsu, boxing, Muay Thai kickboxing, and self-defense. Their state-of-the-art facility has over 5,100 square feet of training area and it is complete with a full-size octagon and over 3,000 square feet of zebra mats.

Goodlettsville, TN 37072


Bushido Dojo Joelton

Bushido Dojo Joelton is a martial arts school that is located in Joelton, Tennessee and is the direct descendant of the 1961 Bushido School of Judo and Karate of Shihan Cecil T. Patterson. The school specializes in providing instruction in Wado Ryu Karate Do. Their programs include Wado Ryu Karate, Mixed Martial Arts, and Advanced Wado Ryu Kata. Bushido Dojo Joelton is the oldest traditional karate school in Tennessee.

Joelton, TN 37080


Gray Dragon Martial Arts Society

Gray Dragon Martial Arts Society is a martial arts school that is located in Hendersonville, Tennessee. They train students who reside in Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Hermitage, Mount Juliet, Lebanon, Green Hill, Gallatin, Springfield, Goodlettsville, and Hendersonville, Tennessee. The school offers world-class instruction in kung fu, children’s Shaolin, tai chi, and weapons training, among other disciplines. They offer a free and private 1-hour introductory class.

Hendersonville, TN 37075


Nashville Kung Fu

Nashville Kung Fu holds Wing Tsjun Kung self-defense training classes for martial arts enthusiasts and adults in Nashville and surrounding areas. Its martial arts classes are kept to a limited size, and these are conducted in a semi-private environment. It offers Kung Fu classes for adults ages 18 and above, and each class is limited to 12 students or less. Nashville Kung Fu also provides personal training sessions that will help students achieve their specific goals.

405 42nd Avenue N
Nashville, TN 37203


O'Riley Karate Centers

O'Riley Karate Centers is a martial arts school with dojos that are located in Antioch, Tennessee and Smyrna, Tennessee. The school was founded on October 1st, 1994 and their instructors help to foster clients in developing their self-confidence, self-defense, physical fitness, and self-respect. They provide a special introductory offer where students can enjoy eight weeks of training for a discounted rate. The school was the recipient of the School of the Year Award in 2008, and the Dojo of the Year Award in 2012.

Antioch, TN 37013


Primm's Taekwon-Do

Primm's Taekwon-Do is a martial arts school that is located in Nashville, Tennessee and serves the mid-Tennessee area. Their instructor Master Frank Primm is a 7th-degree black belt that has been in martial arts practice for well over 30 years. He is a member of the International Taekwon-Do Federation and the American Taekwon-Do Federation International. The school offers no contractual agreements to their valued clients.

Nashville, TN 37206


Stevens Family TaeKwonDo

Stevens Family TaeKwonDo in Murfreesboro, Tennessee is a full-service, traditional martial arts studio.They conduct special family events, adult programs, and kids programs and also delivers an after school program. The instructors strive to provide their students with a safe, secure, disciplined, and fun environment. Master Stevens, the owner and chief of instruction at this facility has won the 2013 and 2015 CTF Coach of the Year Awards.

Murfreesboro, TN 37130


Success Martial Arts Center, LLC

Success Martial Arts Center, LLC serves the community of Lebanon, Tennessee and offers many services to serve the needs of their clients including birthday parties, adult and child martial arts, fitness classes, private training, training via Skype, and training camp programs. Their program is crafted through their dedication and the instructors at the school aim to create champions every day.

Lebanon, TN 37087


Tennessee Martial Arts Academy.

Tennessee Martial Arts Academy offers adult classes and kids classes to the people of Smyrna, Tennessee, and its surrounding areas. They specialize in teaching taekwondo and the Fit Way and offer an afterschool program. Their taekwondo classes include adults and black belt and the school offers traditional style taekwondo, as well as customized, adult fitness training.

Smyrna, TN 37167


U.S. Ju-Jitsu & Karate Center

U.S. Ju-Jitsu & Karate Center provides superior instruction in jiu-jitsu, karate, and martial arts in Nashville, Tennessee. The adult classes they specialize in include reality self-defense training, sport jiu-jitsu training, modern and traditional weapons training, and specialized firearms training. Their teen and children classes include self-defense training, sport jiu-jitsu training, modern and traditional weapons training, private and semi-private classes, and seminars. The school offers a free class to any prospective students.

Hermitage, TN 37076


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