In addition to its uses as self defense, martial arts boosts self esteem, improves concentration, tones muscles and keeps you in great shape. With so many styles to choose from, most anyone can find a martial arts form to suit their interests and physical ability. From tai chi to Brazilian jiu-jitsu and everything in between, this list of top spots should have you kicking your way into action in no time.

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Spicar’s Martial Arts Taekwondo Karate
2120 E. Southlake Blvd., Ste. B
Southlake, TX  76092
(817) 488-6009

Price: $169 monthly unlimited/$199 beginner’s package with uniform/family discounts available
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri – 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At Spicar’s you’ll learn more than just mastering tae-kwon-do, the Korean martial arts style of blocks, kicks and punches. The owners and instructors at this school inspire students to excel in life by teaching respect, self confidence and overall physical health. Try it free for a week to see how these fun and lively classes will have the entire family competing in no time.

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Star Jiu Jitsu
3030 N. Josey Ln., Ste. 133
Carrollton, TX 75007
(214) 727-9550

Price: $100 to $130 monthly
Hours: Mon to Fri – 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sat – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.;Sun – 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Whether you’re a child or an adult, training for fun or to be a professional champion, coach Yousef and his instructors, most with champion titles under their belt, have you covered. Classes specializing in Brazilian jiu jitsu, wrestling takedowns, muay Thai kickboxing and mixed martial arts bring out surprising physical abilities. Flexible scheduling and a wide variety of group and private programs make this studio a real star.

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Freddie Poole’s Martial Arts
5757 W. Lovers Ln., Ste. 217
Dallas, TX 75209  
(214) 352-5425

Price: from $99
Hours: Mon – 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Tues – 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Wed – 9:15 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Thurs – 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Fri – 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Sat – 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Taking a mixture of the traditional infused with modern techniques, this studio’s unique approach to martial arts is perfect for everyone from age 4 to adults who never knew they’d love mixed martial arts. Offering Brazilian jiu jitsu, tae kwon do, karate, muay Thai kickboxing and judo, classes are taught in stages, giving every student the opportunity to master a technique before moving forward. Additionally, classes for self defense and total body conditioning use mixed martial arts with the kettle bell system to reduce back stress and pain.

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Oscar Steele Studios
150 S. Denton Tap Rd. 
Coppell, TX 75019
(972) 745-7507

Price: $119 monthly children/$149 monthly adults/$49 monthly sparring and weapons classes
Hours: Tues – 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Wed – 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Thurs – 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat – 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Oscar Steel offers a nurturing environment for students to acquire some of the greatest combat skills and techniques in martial arts. American kenpo karate is the predominant skill taught, however the studio curriculum incorporates several styles. Instruction in Russian Systema, Philippine Kali, kickboxing, sparring, fitness training, and self defense are held in small intimate classes taught by passionate instructors. At Steele Studio students are mentally and physically stimulated while they work to gain Steele bodies.

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J.K. Wong Kungfu Tai Chi Academy
1778 N. Plano Rd., Ste. 108
Richardson, TX 75081
(214) 878-4598

Price: $99 monthly unlimited
Hours: Tues – 5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Thurs – 5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Fri – 5:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.; Sat – 9:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Sun – 2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Become the next Jackie Chan at one of the premier places for learning truly authentic Chinese martial arts. The academy specializes in teaching Kung Fu and Tai Chi, but students may also take Chinese culture classes, learn how to perform lion and dragon dances, and play traditional Chinese musical instruments. Mind, body and health is the focus at the academy that offers classes for ages 5 to 70.

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With a passion for adventure, Ilene Jacobs has spent 25 years traveling around the globe. A native of Dallas,Texas, she has also lived in Europe working and pursuing degrees in International Relations and Marketing. Ilene is constantly researching interesting places to visit and enjoys sharing her findings with her readers. Her work can be found at

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