Adult Programs

Go beyond self-defense, and look and feel better and more confident.  American Dragon Martial Arts offers many paths to martial arts success.


Learn about self defense while toning muscle and building confidence. Find out more about our Hapkido programs here.

Self-Defense for Women

This program teaches women practical skills designed to enable them to protect themselves in case of an attack. Learn more here.

Law Enforcement & Military

This unique program, offered at select schools by request, focuses on offering techniques to law enforcement and military members self-defense for their unique situations. Learn more here.

Black Belt Path

For long-term learners, progress through our 2-year program to earn your black belt.

Instructional Path

Take your learning one step further and impact the lives of others by pursuing your Instructor certification.


We believe that developing and maintaining a sound body and mind are critical to getting the most out of life. In our adult programs you will experience a unique approach that benefits the body and the mind.

To strengthen your body and increase flexibility, classes begin with deep breathing, isometric and dynamic tension exercises. You will find that the breathing and concentration exercises sharpen your senses and reflexes while allowing you to relax from the stress of daily life.

Flexibility is enhanced through a gradual building process of safe and easy stretching techniques. This unique combination of using the power of the body and of the mind is the key to increased energy, self discipline, and fitness for a longer happier life. These qualities are essential in recognizing and handling self defense situations, as well asmental stress.

The physical fitness and mental benefits are applicable to all students, but adults obtain unique and special benefits from our program:


Regular Exercise

Most people think of self defense when they think of martial arts. They aren’t aware that martial arts training is an ideal way to get in shape. After they discover the overall conditioning effect, they begin to understand that martial arts offers extraordinary value and advantages that cannot be achieved from the more traditional methods of getting in shape.



Self Defense

We employ a complete, integrated system that will teach you the techniques you need to defend yourself intelligently in threatening situations.

As you develop your self defense skills you will be able to cope with daily problems and situations. The sense of accomplishment and pride that is developed will carry over to every aspect of your life.



The discipline, concentration and physical skills that you will gain will lead to greater self confidence and self esteem. You will have the self-assuredness to cope with the hassles and aggravations that can occur in today’s hectic, frustrating and sometimes dangerous society.


Improved Appearance.

Regular exercise firms and tones muscles, burns more calories, and helps reduce your appetite. These factors will give you a trimmer, firmer, and healthier appearance.

What Our Students Are Saying

Don't just take it from us, let our students do the talking!

Dramatically Improves Confidence

"In the short time that I've been attending American Dragon Martial Arts Academies my self confidence has improved dramatically.

"As a police officer, I need to have effective self-defense skills.  The instructors here are the best I've ever seen.

"I credit their program for my success at winning the gold medal at the Police Olympics!"

Detective T. Underwood

Officer, Ocoee, Florida

The President of the Korean Hapkido Federation

"I have had the opportunity to personally work with many of the instructors from the American Dragon Martial Arts Academies and proudly recommend them to anyone considering training in the martial arts."

Grand Master Dong Kyun Kim

President, Korean Hapkido Federation, Kwang-Ju, South Korea

Martial Arts Celebrities Like Our Programs, Too

"I had a chance to work directly with Grand Master Richard Hackworth in Clermont, Florida, during the filming of the movie, Born to Compete.

"He is one of the most knowledgeable Taekwondo and Hapkido teachers I have ever seen. Anyone taking his classes is bound to benefit immensely from it."

Dominique Zaino

World Champion Martial Artist, Star of the movie, "Born to Compete" and member of Team America, USA

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose American Dragon Martial Arts?

Founded in 1955, we have been serving families in Florida and Texas since 1984.

We are the official branch of the Dragon Martial Arts Academy of Korea, giving us the longest martial arts school history in the USA.

We were the first Taekwondo and Hapkido school in America to be awarded the prestigious “School of the Year Award” from the Korean Martial Arts Instructors Association world headquarters in Korea, and are the only school in the world to have earned this award three times!

Our instructors are often featured contributors to leading martial arts magazines, martial arts radio shows, and martial arts shows and movies.

Additionally, each school director in our organization is a martial arts hall of fame award winner.

How are you different from other Martial Arts schools?

Over the years, more families bring their kids to our martial art school for so many other benefits totally unrelated to kicking and punching. The sad part is that there are too many karate schools out there who claim they can deliver what parents really want but fail miserably at actually making it happen!

We teach our students using a basic philosophy of positive reinforcement to build self esteem, self confidence, self discipline, positive attitude, and values. We realize that although the ability to defend oneself is important, there are many additional benefits to be gained from involving your child in a martial arts program. Our unique method of training is fun and is designed to:

  • Instill A Positive “Yes I Can!” Attitude
  • Build Self Confidence & Self Esteem
  • Teach the Importance of Strong Values & Good Character
  • Promote the Desire to Learn
  • Improve Effort & Motivation
  • Improve Concentration
  • Teach Self Discipline
  • Instill Respect for Themselves & for Others
Are your programs affordable?

At American Dragon Martial Arts we really try to make sure that all families can afford to take advantage of our programs.  We offer whole-family discounts because we believe that getting the whole family involved is the best way to ensure success.

Our prices are low, and all proceeds above what is needed to run the school go to helping local shelters that support women and children.

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