Regardless of your age, learning Taekwondo in Kansas City can be an exciting idea. While many younger kids sign up for this activity, it certainly isn’t limited to children. If you are ready to learn more about Kansas City martial arts, or sign yourself or your child up for a great family activity, then you are likely looking to enroll in one of the best Tae Kwon Do academies or martial arts schools in the KC metro area.

While the number of options can seem somewhat daunting, we have done some of the legwork to make the decision a bit easier. Here you will find our picks for the top 10 best Taekwondo academies and best martial arts schools in Kansas City. Learn more about our review process here.

The Best Kansas City Martial Arts Schools and KC Taekwondo Academies

Master’s Martial Arts Academy

editors choice top pickAll classes here are taught by Grand Master Tom Jang (Chong) who is an eighth degree black belt, originally from Korea. He has been teaching in the southern part of Johnson County since 2002 and provides a positive learning environment for students of all ages. Students unsure of if they want to participate can sign up for a three week trial course for just $19.99 that includes a free uniform. Master Jang is an outstanding instructor and is excellent with kids, providing a unique mix of discipline and fun in a special way.  This recent review sums up why this is the top ranked:  “I love this place. Master Jang is amazing with the kids. My son is in amazing shape, his confidence is growing and his self control is so much better. This mom of an ADHD son is thrilled. He knows each kid and truly cares.”  Wow.

Master’s Martial Arts Academy
7242 W. 151st
Overland Park, KS
(913) 681-1022

IXL Martial Arts

iXL Martial Arts owner, Noeu Chan, has been providing classes to children and teens in the Overland Park area for several years. The location offers several programs, each of which to suit a specific age and skill level. There are both kid and adult classes, and iXL Martial Arts offers a no obligation trail to see what the location has to offer. According to one customer, “iXL is home to some of the most caring staff and instructors. The equipment is state of the art and facility is clean.”

iXL Martial Arts
15049 Nall Ave
Overland Park, KS 66223
(913) 897-4282

FastKick Martial Arts & Sport Taekwondo

FastKick has been providing classes in the Kansas City area since 2001. The location earned Best of the Northland for five years in a row and provides classes for students of all ages. The school offers affordable prices and training from certified instructors. In addition to providing quality classes, customers can also book birthday parties at the facility.

FastKick Martial Arts & Sport Taekwondo
106 S Forrest Ave.
Liberty, MO 64068
(816) 781-3800

Kick Martial Arts

KiCK martial arts school, which is located in Kansas City, is completely unique from others in the area in that it is focused on leadership development through training in martial arts. It is a Christian based organization and believes that every child is capable of great things. According to one customer, “This is one of the best TaeKwon-Do programs I have ever experienced and am excited to be part of the family.”

KiCK Martial Arts
7683 NW Prairie View Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64151
(816) 746-1417

Elite Martial Arts

Owner and chief instructor, Shane Bedford, is a fourth degree black belt and the curriculum used was developed using over 40 years of research. The instructors are extremely motivating and positive, giving every student the best possible experience. The facility offers kids and adult martial arts classes, as well as summer camp options.

Elite Martial Arts
14108 W. 135th St.
Olathe, KS 66062
(913) 829-3566

AmeriKick Martial Arts

Owner and chief instructor Bob Leiker is a ninth degree black belt and teaches classes for ages three and up. The school offers unique mixes of martial arts classes that combine fast paced workouts, fun and the most cutting edge self-defense technologies available. Founded in 1967, the organization now has more than 26 locations across the nation.

AmeriKick Martial Arts
9534 Metcalf Ave.
Overland Park, Kansas 66212
(913) 432-2787

Glory MMA & Fitness

Owner and chief instructor, James Krause, is proud to offer quality, fun MMA and fitness classes in the Kansas City area. In addition to providing training for teens and adults, this facility also caters to younger children. After winning two national titles, Krause decided to take his skills and teach others. Today, he runs a successful gym in the area.

Glory MMA & Fitness
7932 N Oak Trafficway
Kansas City, MO 64118
(816) 997-9670

Gracie Humaita Kansas City BJJ & MMA

This BJJ and MMA facility offers a wide array of classes and training for men, women and children. The lessons are scheduled on a weekly basis and offers a competition team for those interested. According to one customer, “As soon as I walked into the facility, I felt at home. I have been to a number to gyms in the area, but this one is my favorite, by far.”

Gracie Humaita Kansas City BJJ & MMA
1827 McGee
Kansas City, MO
(816) 471-6191

Tiger Rock

For more than three decades, Tiger Rock Martial Arts has offered students quality martial arts training. Each class is designed to be ideal for students of all ages. Originally founded in 1983, this martial arts school offers a number of benefits, including four specialized programs and the ability for students to start at any time.

Tiger Rock
8645 W 135th St
Overland Park, Kansas
(913) 851-5050


Koma is a martial arts school that specializes in helping students reach their full potential in life. The programs are for much more than recreational purposes and serves as a stepping stone for the individuals to become the very best versions of themselves. According to the parent of a student, “My son, who is now 20 years old, began working with Master Ko when he was in middle school. Their excellent reputation is why I chose them and continued using their services.”

15030 Antioch Road
Overland Park, KS 66221
(913) 851-2400