Best Martial Arts Studios in Utah

Looking for an amazing studio in Utah? Something to increase your fitness, and your ability to defend yourself? Martial arts is a great way to develop many skills, and has many benefits.

The Top Ten

1 Absolute MMA

I've actually trained at 3 different gyms over the past 10 years. How can I describe my experience? Have you ever been skiing and your buddies take you to the top of the double-black-diamond run and as you flop off the ski lift they shout, "See you at the bottom! " Well at the other gyms they tended to cater to the advanced members and I felt that I was left to flop on my face and be the punching bag for the other guys that knew what they were doing. When I walked in the doors at Absolute MMA there was a definite different feeling. The gym is bright, clean and welcoming. As I workout there, the coaching is first and foremost welcoming and I actually feel comfortable to ask the advanced guys for pointers and they are awesome at taking the time. The other gyms seemed to have the feeling everyone was walking around sizing everyone up and grumpy all the time. Rob Handley and Pedro Sierra are running a very upbeat and inspiring gym. I signed my 11 year old boy up because I appreciate the ...more

I can't talk about the life changing experience yet, since I barely started at absolute MMA. But what I can say is that I felt like home the moment I entered the gym. Pedro is a great guy, and the crew is amazing, humble and supportive. I actually fell on my bottom in first 5 minutes of being there. We did a shadowing and I threw a knee and my back leg followed and I landed pretty hard :) but you know what nobody was laughing at me. One of the guys just said you're OK get up, it happens to everyone.
Wow what else is there to say. by the way they treat ladies as equal so don't expect to be spared of hard work if you're a female. I can talk only for my self, and I felt welcomed and respected and in that kind of environment you can only give the same. I hope this is a beginning of a long and beautiful friendship for me. Come, see, stay

I've been coming to Absolute MMA for a little while now and I notice that the instructors and the members are always positive. I'm new to martial arts and don't know a whole lot yet Everyone makes me feel like I'm an important part of the team. It's not just the instructors who make an effort to teach me, all of the people I work with here try to show me things to improve what I do. Absolute MMA is a great place to get a killer workout and be surrounded by awesome people.

At Absolute everyone works together to improve. The instruction is top notch and as a beginner you are never left out.

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2 Ultimate Combat Training Center

Amazing place - I joined about a year and a half ago with no previous martial arts experience. The trainers were great at helping me get going, and the other members were welcoming and friendly. I've since lost about 35 lbs, gotten significantly stronger and more confident, signed up my son and my husband, tried a wide variety of classes, and made going to the gym one of the high points of my day. Love these people!

Awesome classes and awesome instructors! There are a wide variety of times of classes offered, it’s definitely easy to get your training in no matter what time of day! Instructors are kind and helpful, very approachable and willing to assist with any and all your needs. The environment there is one of a kind! Other members are extremely friendly, great place to meet friends. The gym also has a lot of fun activities and events outside of training. Very clean facility packed with everything you need for training. There are plenty of opportunities to advance in your martial arts training. Many trainers and other members travel to Thailand to train Muay Thai and they also attend a lot of competitions. Highly recommend this amazing gym!

Best gym around. I have bee with them for over 2 years. Lost 35 lbs and am almost to the lean physic I want. I've traveled to Thailand with them to train Muay Thai, I'm actually back there now on my own. Wether you want to get fit or train to fight this is the gym for you if you are willing to put in the time.

No other gym in Utah has the schedule availability that the UCTC does! Great trainers and classes to choose from! Been training here for a little over 6 years, classes for almost all ages and experience. If you feel like you have maxed out or hit a dead end in your current training, check out the classes here!

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3 World Class Martial Arts

Master Andy and Moses took everyone to perform at the Utah Jazz Halftime show. It was such a great experience, even though it was a bit scary. Thank you for helping us overcome our fears and face that crowd! This is perfect for our whole family.

They are the best! They support and back up parents helping my children be more respectful and in control of their tempers. I recently started myself and they are so encouraging, helpful, and push me beyond anything I think I could do!

We love Master Moses and Andy.. they have helped my son with his focus and have taught him how to be respectful and do his best. If you want your children to learn from the best World Class Martial Arts is the place to go!

World Class Martial Arts focuses helps their students be better in every facet of their lives.

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4 Tony Martinez Kenpo Karate

Master Tony is the the Best of the Best! His heart is beautiful! , His passion and skill are unmatched, the true eye of the Tiger, He loves all his students and does not favor one over the other at all. I am honored to be in his Kenpo family, I been training for 35 years and I have met some amazing instructors, he is by for the best of the best! Why isn't Utah Self Defense and Fitness on the list?

Always puts his students first always tells them I want you to be better then me
Report card is a must and helping the family is a must show your love and respect to friends and family
When a student gets up to green belt then testing for there brown I blind fold them to see how they response
Tell them all want you to leaRN TO DEFEND yourself build confidence and make a goal to be a good black belt at this stage they are at a learning process where they will master the moves

Grand Master Tony is an excellent teacher. He cares about his "kids". I felt valued as a student and enjoy the lessons learned from him and other dedicated black belts. Other shops I have been with seemed dedicated about my learning but I feel like Tony's shop is more like family.

Experience and form really matter.

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5 Kim's Academy of Tae Kwon Do

My son and I both reached black belt and became assistant instructors. Almost all of the assistant instructors are "home grown. " They earned their black belts and Kim's, and have stayed with it, progressing to 2nd and 3rd dan. Discipline is positive, not negative. Things needing correction are addressed promptly and kindly, followed by positive reinforcement. It's a great place for kids, and for their parents.

Grand Master Kim is one of the best. Kim's Academy has been around for a long time, and is a great way to get fit.

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6 Shaolin Arts

One of the best priced martial arts studios for the content. Teaching Kung-Fu, Tai Chi, Karate, and fitness classes, this is a great place to study if you are interesting in martial arts, especially in Kung-Fu.

The most complete system of self defense I have ever found. Amazing instructors teaching traditional, family style, martial arts. I have checked into other places but never had such a positive experience.

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7 Amys Martial Arts

Specializing is Tae Kwon Do, this family owned martial arts studio offers personalized training, and have great classes for kids.

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8 Hidden Valley MMA

I really appreciate the fact that the website gives me all the info I need. I just want to know where I will be traveling to and how much I need to budget per month. Almost every other martial arts website I've been to is very cagey about their pricing and many don't even have an address in plain view on the website. It's been frustrating. I appreciate that Hidden Valley seems very upfront with all their information. For that reason alone I'm more likely to consider this dojo.

Excellent place to train, the level of knowledge and skill of the instructors there is incredible. They take the time to make sure you understand the techniques and that you can apply them effectively but safely. This place is family oriented, so happy to call them my family.

Great place to train. The students and teachers are very friendly and truly care about you. This Gym has National, Pan-American and world champions teaching.

qualified instructors, clean, no big egos like most martial arts gyms in utah

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9 Beyond Sports Taekwondo

Top place to nurture values, confidence and self esteem. Master Always invested in the students going beyond expectations. When you read about rare people that truly make a difference, inspire and influence in a life changing way, one only can wish to cross path with them. Well you find them at Beyond Sports. And not only influence youngsters but adults to. For me and my kids, we just can't let pass the opportunity to be around and learn from all Beyond Sports have to offer.

Beyond Sports has changed my life! It has helped me become more confident in myself and my abilities! I don't know what I would have done without Beyond Sports Taekwondo in my life!

I love beyond sports! Were all friends their! I especially love the group activities we do together! Beyond sports has changed my life and am not leaving until I leave for Collage!

I think beyond sports taeknowdo is awesome is because it has awesome teachers and great games and activities to play I also learned a lot new work outs to do.

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10 Arrowhead Martial Arts

I spent a lot of time researching and trying to figure out which striking art I wanted to learn. It is a big commitment to pick one, because that choice sets the long course for your future growth. I didn't want to waste time on something that wouldn't keep me engaged longterm. Kenpo really makes sense to me; there is a lot of emphasis on refining movements and building efficiency, speed and power into your strikes. I love learning the "why" behind movements in contrast to just learning the "how". Mr. Wheaton is an amazing teacher! He is patient, extremely skilled, humble, and just an overall good guy. He maintains a very good balance of seriousness, and a healthy lightheartedness. I really like that, while the atmosphere is focused, it is also fun and comfortable, which promotes better connections with the rest of the class (I always look forward to going to class, which makes the commitment even easier). Come and check it out and you will see what I mean. I am ...more

I have been around the world and around the States and Arrowhead is by far the best studio I have attended. I have been attending for almost two years and I love it. I have tried five different martial arts including the Olympic Training Center. This is a great studio regardless of your level. The instructors are fantastic and adaptive to your needs and skill level. I don't have to learn with children and teens. It's just adults. The atmosphere is wonderful.

Specializing in teaching adults exclusively, and giving you a more personalized look into martial arts.

Over 10 years ago I walked into the free trial as a total newbie to martial arts. Life conflicts have taken me away from the studio, but I still love the art and I will always be grateful for Mr. Wheaton's teaching style and intimate knowledge of the art. He is not just a top notch martial artist, but a great person in general. I've referred several people to the studio and all of them have thanked me. Some have progressed further than others, but none have regretted going.

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The Contenders

11 Wasatch Kenpo
12 Muay Thai Institute

I have lost 45 pounds doing muay Thai and have had an incredible experience at the muay Thai institute. Everyone is very welcoming and positive, and have helped me make amazing improvements in my technique.

One of the foremost schools of Muay Thai in Utah.

13 Black Diamond Taekwondo

Home of multiple state and national champions. The staff is highly skilled and always very helpful. A great environment for adults and kids alike.

14 Booth's ATA Black Belt Academy

Out of all the ATA instructors in the state, the Booth's have given me the most effective and relevant Taekwondo training considering my individual background, experience, personality style, and learning style. For those near American Fork, Utah try it out! It is worth a shot! It may be one of the most positive experiences of your life! You never know until you try and I believe it is better to live life saying "oh well..." rather than asking "what if?..".

I love that the Booth's can run a whole class while still focusing on everyone's individual needs all in a positive and friendly environment. They are wonderful with all ages and all levels of experience. Great place to train!

Over 13 years experience in training some of the best martial artists in the world. Personal approach and individualized training no matter the class size.
Traditional Art that trains discipline and respect.

15 Draper Kenpo

The classes are taught by Gator Conley a 6th degree black belt in Kenpo. The classes are for people of all ages. It's a fun environment for the whole family. The dojo location is in Riverton.

16 Krav Maga Reborn

Not so much Martial Arts as real-life self-defense. Everyone here is very supportive as they teach you things that may save your life someday in a bad situation.

17 Salt Lake Aikikai
18 Omega Martial Arts

It's one of the best

19 Champion Karate West

This school is a family owned business located at 3224 N University Ave Provo Utah. Master Barker is a 5th degree black belt teaching Taekwondo, Hapkido, Jiu-jitsu ad self-defense to ages 3-adult. Call 801-709-6011. Sensei Jordan diaz a 3rd dgree black belt teaches 2 days a week. Also Ms. Rivera is a new black belt assisting in classes.

20 Bushi Kai Taylorsville

The Instructor is a well rounded marital artist. He will always put your views and the things you want to accomplish before his own to help you succeed. He is great with all ages and works well to accommodate every individual! The level of skill varies from each student but as time goes on, each student betters themselves in many ways. I have seen this first hand as a student of his and a life long friend.

21 Champion Karate West
22 Toyama Ryu Iaido

Classic Japanese Swordsmanship.
This is samurai swordfighting, from the glass smooth draw-and-cut, to partner practice and sparring, to training in how to move and respond to an attack.
The sensei is a wonderful martial artist and an excellent teacher. At $35 dollars a month, it is quite the deal.

23 Shiba Taekwondo
24 IMA Budokan Shotokan Karate
25 Diversity Martial Arts

Located in Cedar city Utah. They offer American Kenpo Karate and a diverse curriculum that includes many other styles. They also have a world class competition team

26 Aikido Mountain West

Aikido Mountain West is a fantastic dojo with a diverse group of teachers, specializing in Aikikai style, as guided by Doran and Hayashi Shihan and World Aikido Headquarters. Friendly and warm, AMW welcomes visitors from all styles. Also offered is iaido, traditional Japanese swordsmanship, by an outstanding instructor.

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