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How Much Do Martial Arts Classes Cost?

 average costAverage: $50-$100 a month 

Common forms of martial arts classes include karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, Aikido and Judo. There is little cost variance among the different types, which are often offered for both children and adults.

Typical costs:

  • Martial Arts classes, like Tae Kwon Do, Karate or Jujitsu, average of $103 per month for studio members, with classes at community centers and gyms generally running $45-$99 a month, and private studios generally costing $75-$149 per month. The fee generally covers three classes or more per week, but some studios offer unlimited classes to members.
  • Some studios charge yearly membership dues as high as $100, and some require students to join a martial arts federation for an average of $60 annually.
  • Some studios that don't offer yearly memberships offer bundles instead, such as $200 to $250 for three months for unlimited classes.
  • Some sessions for children costs 20 to 50 percent less than adult classes, and rates are usually set on a sliding scale based on a child's age.
  • Some studios offer family rates of around 10 to 20 percent less for two or more members.
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What should be included:
  • Most schools offer sessions for different experience levels. Some studios offer up to a week of free classes if you are considering a membership.
  • Sometimes the uniforms included with membership dues. Dojos usually provide safety gear for sparring during class.
Additional costs:
  • Students may buy their own uniforms, shoes and protective items. Karate sells uniforms[1] for $17 to $50.
  • Depending on size and thickness of material, Tae Kwon do uniforms cost $17 to $40. Kung Fu uniforms cost $27 to $43, with jackets and pants often sold separately. Judo uniforms cost $30 to $50.
  • For sparring gear, it is often less expensive to buy protective items by the set[2] for $55 to $90, which includes headgear, gloves and leg guards and a mouthpiece.
  • Some dojos charge as much as $250 in promotion fees for each test, usually highest for the top ranking of black belt.
  • Martial Arts Mart often sells sparring gear[3] and clearance uniforms[4] online at a discount.
  • Some branches of the YMCA offer karate classes for $50 a month or less for adult members. Contact a YMCA near you to determine whether it offers a martial arts program.
Shopping for martial arts classes:
  • offers tips on choosing a type of martial art[5] . also provides background information[6] on 40 different martial arts styles.
  • recommends observing a class before committing to a membership, as well as other tips on choosing a school[7] . Beginning students should feel comfortable with the instructor's attitude and the experience levels of other students.
  • Once students determine what kind of class they're interested in taking,, a database powered by, offers a nationwide directory of schools[8] .
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Appalled and Horrified
Amount: $137.00 per month
Posted by: Appalled Parent in Mansfield, TX.Posted: July 14th, 2021 08:07AM
Type: KarateDojo or School: Troy Dorsey Karate
I sat in on a class with this Dojo and was horrified by the series of events that ensued within a single class. We would never recommend or use this facility and are looking for a new program.
It started with us sitting and waiting for the class to begin. There was a young 4 year old who was likely in his 2nd or 3rd class. The Dojo asked him what his name was and proceeded to call him everything but his name so that the child became exasperated not getting that it was a joke. During the class, too small of a space for class size so no room for kids to move, Dojo punched a kid in the face, randomly would grab a kid and push to ground and get on top trying to demonstrate "defense" no warning, but just randomly stop lesson and grab a kid, push to ground and get on top of them. Form wasn't actively corrected (instructor ratio to low for the number of kids) and warm up encouraged poor form for basic sit ups and push ups. Whole class was chaotic. No structure, control or discipline
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Amount: $85.00 per month
Posted by: Tony B in New Bedford, MA.Posted: April 25th, 2019 03:04PM
Type: Karate plusDojo or School: Dojo
Incredibly low family plan, as real a karate school you will get. Strong Shotokan katas, Shotokan, Kyokushin and kickboxing type sparring all practiced. Self defense and some ground. Proven dojo in tournaments and on the street. The day you join, you are family. Guys like Bill Wallace and Billy Blanks know the owner by name. What more can be said?
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great school, but you do pay for it
Amount: $197.00 per month
Posted by: MD Mom in laurel, MD.Posted: October 26th, 2018 12:10AM
Type: MMADojo or School:
top notch instruction, small class with young children. belt testing is extra. This is for 2 classes a week. i can only bring her on Saturday because of work. It is still worth it to bring her once a week
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Bells American Karate and fitness
Amount: $90.00 per month
Posted by: sensei in Fresno, CA.Posted: June 22nd, 2016 03:06PM
Type: American self-defenseDojo or School: dojo
No contracts or hidden fees, instructors are well versed in instruction of the arts.
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American Karate Studios
Amount: $155.00 per month
Posted by: Yada yada yada in Newark, DE.Posted: May 31st, 2016 02:05PM
Type: Dojo or School: School
$300 every six months
$155 monthly for 2x a week
1st uniform free
No level/rank up fees
All other activities, weapons classes, sparring cost extra
Insignificant discount for second child
Class sizes too large and class times to limited
New belt every two months even if standards aren't met
No way out of contract
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Martial Arts School
Amount: $60.00 per month
Posted by: Mary n. davis in Detroit, MI.Posted: November 29th, 2015 01:11PM
Type: Take Leon Do / Kung FuDojo or School: Fighting Dragons Martial Arts Club
Mixed class of children and adults. Was a little reluctant on that, but so for it is fine. There are skill individuals at different age groups. Test are us participating in demos and tournaments.
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Best Karate School Around
Amount: $105.00 per month
Posted by: birrdie in Lexington, SC.Posted: September 8th, 2015 11:09AM
Type: JKA ShotokanDojo or School: Shotokan Karate Center
This is real Karate. The instructor takes the time to work with every athlete. Every class I have something specific to train and work on. The classes are organized and intense! Great school!
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Ucelo Martial Arts
Amount: $85.00 per month
Posted by: Deanna Rhem in Glendale, AZ.Posted: August 17th, 2015 09:08AM
Type: Karate Do, Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, BJJDojo or School: Dojo -traditional
August of 2015. We are so happy with this Martial Arts school in Glendale, AZ the instructors are very prepared and patient, lot of indivudual attention to my girl Mia (8) and my son Kyler (4) , affordable, free uniforms and my kids have many different martial.arts skills now :) I recommend this school
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Karate in San Diego
Amount: $100.00 per month
Posted by: Gutierrez in San Diego, CA.Posted: February 3rd, 2015 09:02AM
Type: Shorin RyuDojo or School: Three Coral Dojo
Sensei does not have contracts and meets two times a week. The classes are small. does not charge for testing and belts are only $10 when your child passes the test. When children are tired he teaches them about the human body. He has three papers on the wall from his teachers in Okinawa which he is really proud of.
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Vietnamese Traditional Martial Arts
Amount: $120.00 per month
Posted by: VTMA in Pittsburgh, PA.Posted: February 2nd, 2015 01:02PM
Type: Vo Co TruyenDojo or School: Community centers
Weekend community classes, 90 min: $35/month.
Traditional classes, 90 min/course, 2 courses/week: $95/month
Traditional classes, 90 min/course, 3 courses/week: $120/month.
No other fees.
Equipment is not required.
Uniform: around $30 for one.
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Looking for and affordable martail art school in Dallas
Amount: $30.00 per month
Posted by: Joshua Thomas in Dallas, TX.Posted: January 20th, 2015 06:01PM
Type: ku fungDojo or School: dojo
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Awesome school, caring instructors!
Amount: $50.00 per month
Posted by: Tommy V. in garland, TX.Posted: October 15th, 2014 08:10PM
Type: tae kwon doDojo or School: Calico Kids
What originated as calico kids has a temporary location at a church in garland TX, but the instructors are amazing none the less! They truly arent about the money here, being the advancement tests start at $25.00 and only raise once you get to an advanced level. Even so, 50 is a great price for 3 days a week with 8 possible classes for you to join! Not to mention the head of the school requests report cards regularly for anybody that is in school to make sure that kids are on the right track with what comes first.
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martial arts
Amount: $60.00 per month
Posted by: cj jons in long island, NY.Posted: August 10th, 2014 09:08AM
Type: martial artsDojo or School: karate
loss of job cant pay for martial arts clasees in long island ny no kung fu karate aikijustu
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Wing Chun Classes
Amount: $40.00 per month
Posted by: Ray Van Raamsdonk in Victoria, Other.Posted: July 28th, 2014 06:07PM
Type: Wing ChunDojo or School: Victoria, BC, Wing Chun School
Once a week $40 a month
Private lesson $40 for 2 hours.
Learn at your own rate as fast as you can handle.
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Ninjutsu school in NJ
Amount: $70.00 per month
Posted by: John S in Clifton, NJ.Posted: July 7th, 2014 05:07AM
Type: NinjutsuDojo or School: Bujinkan Bukeyashiki Dojo
The school cost me a registration fee of $15 (not bad) and it's $70 a month (adult classes). No contracts pay as you go. No test fees and the instructor doesn't require you to purchase a uniform. I did because my t-shirts getting ripped, and that was only $35. Classes are 3 times a week for 2 hours. I have a lot of fun learning and training with everyone.
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good judo classes
Amount: $60.00 per month
Posted by: Benjamin Barrera in cottage valley, NY.Posted: May 14th, 2014 09:05AM
Type: judoDojo or School: Rockland judo at the Martial Way
Judo is an excellent sport. I found this great dojo that offers judo classes three times a week and each class lasts about 2 hours. Usually from 8:30 to 10:30 pm. There is no contract, no initiation fee. It is a small class so I get a personalize class all the time.
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How Much Do Martial Arts Cost
Amount: $50.00 per month
Posted by: John Davis in Detorit, MI.Posted: May 7th, 2014 09:05AM
Type: TKD, Kung-FuDojo or School: Fighting Dragons Martials Club
No contract. classes are 2 hrs sometimes longer. Uniforms extra around $60. Testing fees $40 every three months (only if ready). Black Belt test is $100 (new uniform and ceremony) Weapons and other accessories optional at various price ranges.
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leadership classes ATA
Amount: $150.00 per month
Posted by: rorey corey2dojo in not mentioned, MA.Posted: December 31st, 2013 02:12PM
Type: Tae kwon doDojo or School: karate
What do u think about $499year down (for equipment) plus $150/mo for ata leadership program? Concerned this is too high (not including $50 graduation fees)
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Never sign a contract. It traps you....and you almost always find a better school later on!
Amount: $140.00 per month
Posted by: Vince V. in Boca, FL.Posted: May 12th, 2013 04:05PM
Type: JKD and Krav MagaDojo or School: Progressive Self Defense
You dont need uniforms, and you dont sign any contracts. It is just month to month and taught by a policeman who was voted Instructor of the year by Black Belt. Yuh think this guy teaches what works in the street? NEVER EVER SIGN A CONTRACT! It is almost a sure sign you are getting trapped into something, and/or they are afraid you will find out that the teachers arent so "wonderful and top rated" after all. $140 a month is the going rate in South Florida. If you ever have to pay more than $150 for unlimited classes per month...ask why...and then run! Im 54 and its a struggle to keep up with the younger guys, but better to struggle here than stuggle on the street. Besides, a few guys are in their 60's. The 50's are really your last chance to get back your confidence, youth and vitality.
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Worst Tae Kwondo Dojo Imaginable
Amount: $119.00 per month
Posted by: Disappointed Customer in Katy, TX.Posted: February 15th, 2013 03:02PM
Type: Tae KwondoDojo or School: Dojo
Hwarang Tigers Taekwondo is a perfect example of a "McDojo." McDojos are dojos that only care about the money. They hand out black belts in a short period of time for a hefty price by forcibly passing you even if you do not know any of the material. the Promotion Test for all belts before black at my dojo are $60-$100. They take advantage of the promotion test fees by making 12 belts before black The black belt exam at the dojo I go to is $550 plus a uniform of $95. This equals to $645 for a measly belt that definitely does not signify the ability to perform in a real fight. Most of the students are between the ages of 5 and 10. I have even witnessed a student starting the class at 3 years of age and receiving his black belt at 5 years old. I regret ever enrolling in this dojo although I didn't think too much at the time since I was only 10 years old. In fact, it looks like I have to regrettably pay my black belt exam fee today.
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Good deal
Amount: $119.00 per month
Posted by: Karategirl in Vineland, NJ.Posted: February 1st, 2013 05:02PM
Type: Tang soo doDojo or School: Yi's Karate
A good deal for what you get. $150 sign up fee and a 12 month contract but you get uniform , sparring gear, mouth guard, patches,duffle bag. Then it is $119 a month for 3 classes a week that are 1 hr 15 min each... Awesome instructor and great classmates very happy with my investment
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Too expensive for 6yr old
Amount: $120.00 per month
Posted by: SUJANA in ORLANDO, FL.Posted: September 19th, 2012 05:09PM
Type: TaekwondoDojo or School: Viktory Martial Arts
There is a non-refundable registration fee of $250. Every month we have to pay $150. If we can pay for 6 months there is 10% off. so I paid $720(~ $120 per month) and uniform comes free. Again we have to buy equipment which is of $280 worth. So i have to pay $1000 at once. Does it worth that much ?
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WTF TaeKwonDo
Amount: $10.00 per month
Posted by: Todd Martin in Corona, CA.Posted: September 16th, 2012 03:09AM
Type: Traditional TaekwondoDojo or School: School
Outreach program RRYA offers the best martial arts featuring Taekwondo. Cost is $7, $6, $5, per class, class is usually an hour long. Only offered once a week at the location we go to, but can go to other locations on different nights. They are currently looking for a building they can lease, so they can offer everyday use, cost would be $50 per month and 4 days a week use of facility. Equipment packages are insanely cheap, $140 includes chest, head, shin, arm/hand, and gym bag. Uniforms are $35 and have custom screen printing on them. Instructor is very patient and very good with the kids. If your living in the area and are interested, I would definetly go there, they have a website, www dot rrya dot info, we have been going there for over a year now, and my kids love going, they can't wait till he gets a permament location.
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McDojo of King George VA - Muhammad's
Amount: $149.00 per month
Posted by: Disappointed MMA Student in King George, VA.Posted: August 28th, 2012 07:08PM
Type: Karate, MMA, Boxing, Martial ArtsDojo or School: Muhammad's
Inquired and took a few MMA classes for free at Muhammad's. The instructor was a great motivator and in very good shape. The students were awesome to get to know. All in all good place to spar but instruction was not as detail oriented as I had hoped. Given they don't advertise a MMA as a belt program I was not surprised.

When I inquired about pricing things got really weird. First, Muhammad's has not standard rate printed and it seems that the price was off the cuff $169 with a $200 sign up fee and a 12 month contract. If I signed up earlier, the rate was $149 and $99 sign up fee for a 12 month contract. I have 5 years martial arts experience and was applaud by these rates. This places screams McDojo, I strongly do not recommend practicing here. I enjoyed the MMA instructor as a sparring partner and the students but absolutely not a $149/month value.
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Rip Off
Amount: $75.00 per month
Posted by: KGray in North Little Rock, AR.Posted: May 9th, 2012 07:05AM
Type: TaekwondoDojo or School: ATA Martial Arts
They make you sign a contract. The initial one is 6 months, anything after that is usually 36 month long contract. Kids learn in the classes, however they push the purchase of really expensive weapons that must be ATA approved. This for kids as young as 3 years old. They never used the weapons when my kids were in class. They "test" the kids, which from my observation is no different from any other class. They test them for a higher level belt every 2 months and charge you $60 for the test and belt. My 3 year old was set to graduate to camo belt, but really seemed to not be any more advanced in taekwondo then when he was orange belt. This particular buisness is about the money first. Not friendly to military personell. They charged me a $100 cancellation fee when I recieved military orders forcing me to move away. They manager actually thought she was doing me a favor becuase she didn't have to "let me out" of my contract, obviously unfamiliar with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. She also thought that waiting 3 weeks to return my call only after I had an attorney call her was good, because she actually had 4-6 weeks to address my concerns, based on the "contract". I recommend that nobody sign a contract with this organization because they are only intended to trap you into paying them big bucks for the long term regardless of your personal situation.
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Amount: $50.00 per month
Posted by: Alexandrea in Staten Island, NY.Posted: May 6th, 2012 12:05PM
Type: NinjitsuDojo or School: Master Yuseff Mya Ru Ninjitsu Do
The $50 is for 3 months. You need to buy your own clothing and pads, but it is definitely worth it.
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