Adult Martial Arts Programs


Feel a great sense of pride as you work your way towards earning a black belt at the United States Academy of Martial Arts. This rewarding journey will introduce you to a unique approach of martial arts instruction.

Located in San Luis Obispo, the US-Academy of Martial Arts is unique as we offer two training pathways for students to choose, the Longevity pathway and the Standard pathway.

  • The Longevity Pathway is designed for students who want to learn martial arts but cannot afford even the slightest risk of injury associated with sparring and take-downs. This program involves scripted self-defense training, striking targets and devotes more time to training karate forms.
  • The Standard pathway explores multiple systems of traditional martial arts and includes combative training, forms, striking targets, as well as stand-up sparring and grappling with other students.

US-AMA offers a diverse curriculum, exposing each student to a variety of martial arts disciplines from around the world.  While our base style is Karate, other great arts such as Aikido, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Judo, Kung-Fu and Taekwondo are introduced providing each students with a wealth of knowledge and the ability to have success in a variety of self-defense situations.

Most martial arts styles emphasize techniques from one particular range (the distance between opponents).  A martial art usually consist of one or two of the following ranges: kicking range (long range), punching range (mid-range), trapping range and grappling range.  While most arts touch on all ranges of self-defense, each discipline tends to have one range in which they specialize.

Karate – Karate specializes in mid-range, blocking, punching and kicking

Aikido – Aikido is a soft style utilizing blending and harmonizing techniques to re-direct the attacker’s energy and use their aggression against themselves

Judo – Judo focuses on close range to execute throws, sweeps and grappling techniques

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) – Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) Specializes in takedowns, grappling and submission techniques

Kung-Fu – Kung-Fu is a very diverse martial art.  At or dojo, we utilize Kung Fu models that specialize in trapping range. (The range between punching and grappling)

Taekwondo (TKD) – Taekwondo (TKD) specializes long range by utilizing dynamic kicking such as jumping and spinning kicks

The blending of styles provides US-AMA adult students with an unlimited resource of effective self defense techniques. Rather than molding the student into one particular style, US-AMA has designed training programs that maximize the abilities and potential of each student.

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