​​​​​​​​Jung Kwon Martial Arts Asheville  

​​​​​If you want to train in karate, kung fu, hapkido, Te, jiu jitsu or other arts - CDK has them all! It is the most complete martial arts training program ever devised!​​​ martial arts classes reviews on yelp Arden Candler Asheville

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​​Your age and physical condition are almost irrelevant! Give our program a try, you may be amazed at what you'll be able to accomplish!

Our program is designed so that each person is able to develop and progress in their own way, at their own pace. It's important to remember this: when he was 35, Master Hughes had been told that by several different doctors that due to his Navy-related injuries, by the age of 50, he wouldn't be able to work anymore. 

He's now 20 years into his martial arts practice, and he's still going! He credits Chung Do Kwan for that experience, and fully expects to still be practicing the art into his 70's!​

​A final thought:

There's more than one reason why people travel from all over the WNC region to practice here. Come in to visit on any particular day, and you may meet people from Arden, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Mars Hill, Fairview or Canton. That might not surprise you, but we also have members from as far away as Sylva, Marion and Forest City! When someone who has practiced at 2-3 schools in their career is willing to drive an hour and 30 minutes (past other schools) to be HERE... that should say something to you!


The first question is almost always 'am I too ________  (fill in your word) ... to do this?'

And our answer is almost always ''NOPE!".

That's Mrs. Hughes below, at 56 years of age, testing for her 3rd Degree Black Belt. Now, 10 years later, she's 66 years young and still practicing!

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​So how does this all work; how do I get started? 

It's easy! Just call, email or text us and arrange to come in for a visit. You can watch a class, talk to any of the students you'd like to and get a quick, free intro for you or your entire family.

Do I need to have money with me, to come in?

No! Lots of people come to visit first, to check things out. You will not get a sales pitch, you won't be rushed or pressured. We never push people to join, we want you to be entirely happy with it all, up front. So we guarantee: no hidden fees, no add-on costs, no bait-and-switch tactics. 

When can I come in?

We welcome visitors at any time. We're always here for about 20-30 minutes before and after every class. All we ask is that you let us know you're coming by, in case someone else is visiting too. That way we can have extra help on hand to make sure you get the attention you deserve. 

Is this expensive?

Absolutely not! At Jung Kwon Martial Arts Academy Asheville, we pride ourselves on being the regional leader in a new concept: We set out, from the beginning, with the intention of offering folks better access to world-class training, international competition venues, and a staff of fully certified, intensely trained adult Black Belt instructors, all at a good, basic price, with no traps.

The absolute MOST you can ever pay here, is $99 per month! And that's for an open-ended session, with unlimited classes, and all the free bennies we offer! With a 1, 2 or 3 year (Breakable, no penalties) contract, you will pay even less than that! And our Family Plans are the best price-value in the County, hands down!

Do I need a uniform?

Not during your tryout sessions. Once you are a regular member, yes. We wear authorized traditional workout uniforms in class for several reasons: they're made differently than your street clothes and won't get damaged; they ensure a safe co-ed environment, and your uniform actually identifies what school you belong to, and even what art you practice. But, no worries!  We offer pro middleweight training uniforms at a great price: about 35% off retail!

What if I already have a uniform, can I use it?

Possibly. Different styles of martial arts use different types and colors of uniforms, and many have different kinds of embroidery or silk-screening on the back. Bring it with you so we can check it out.

I'm a little worried, is this martial art hard to do?

NO! Our youngest student just turned 4, and our oldest is over 60! One of our students came to us with a recent, serious shoulder injury (post surgery), and another joined while undergoing physical therapy for nerve damage in his feet. Some of our students deal with Diabetes, Cerebral Palsy, Aspergers' and even MS. 

We specifically tailor each person's training to their own physical capabilities and condition. You can do class right next to everyone else, and feel comfortable in what you're doing and how you're progressing. And if you want to challenge yourself, say, to lose weight, build muscle or improve your endurance and flexibility... don't worry! Your training will change gradually, as your body does, pretty soon, you'll be doing things you never thought were possible!

There's a contract, right?

Not if you don't want one! We do contracted and non-contracted arrangements, and, anyway, all our contracts are breakable with a 60-day written notice! Like we said, EASY!

Do I have to join any add-on clubs if I'm in Jung Kwon Academy?


"Clubs" such as "Black Belt Club", "Master's Club", "Tournament Club/Team", "Instructor's Club", "Demonstration Team", and so on, are a modern sales-tool... and nothing else. So people pay extra to get a class with the Master of the school, or they pay extra to get a special class once a month, or maybe a seminar once a year, or to do weekly classes with Black Belts. Not here.

They didn't exist in the traditional schools, and we don't have them here. You pay one price - and you get everything for that price! All VIP Instructor classes are FREE. All IJTF/JTF sponsored seminars are FREE. All special classes, taught by professional martial arts friends of ours from around the world, are FREE.

Remember that word - "FREE" - it's only here, and it's only from us!

Is Jung Kwon Martial Arts Academy Asheville, accredited or certified in any way?


Jung Kwon Academy was formally recognized in 2016 by the US Kido Federation as being the only authentic source of old-school Chung Do Kwan in the State Of North Carolina, and is a USKF Black Belt Hall of Fame School. 5 members of our staff hold USKF Hall Of Fame status.

JKMAA was designated as the WNC Regional Headquarters School for the International Jun Tong Traditional Taekwondo Federation (IJTF) from 2012-2022 and Master Hughes was the SE USA Regional Director for the IJTF from 2015-2022. We have also had a long-term working relationship with the WTSA (Intl. Hapkido Association) since 2014, and Jung Kwon Academy has been formally recognized by the United Kingdom/Great Britain Taekwondo/Hapkido Federation, as a traditional Chung Do Kwan school, since 2017.

On top of that, all JKMAA instructors are internationally certified, and we have one of the very few female 4th Degree Master Instructors in all of Western North Carolina on staff. We are the only regional school to guarantee in writing, that all classes are taught by, and all ranking panels are presided over by, adult, 2nd Degree Black Belts, or higher!

Our senior Black Belts are required to meet stringent standards to be allowed to assume and hold 'instructor' status here. In fact, you will find that to be certified, our people accomplished more than twice the amount of training usually required anywhere else, to earn their 'Instructor' title.

All belt ranks issued by Jung Kwon Martial Arts Academy Asheville, are lifetime-certified ranks.

I'm worried that I am too old, or too stiff, or maybe I just can't do this. What can your program do for me?

For starters, if you're older, or have past injuries, consider this: Master Hughes suffered several debilitating injuries during his military service (to name a few, 3 compressed discs, torn ligature that wasn't treated in time and healed improperly, and pinched nerves that cause periodic numbness and pain in one shoulder and one leg), all of which which affect him on and off, for several months out of the year.

He credits his Chung Do Kwan martial arts practice with healing or reversing about 75% of the chronic pain issues, and for resolving 80-90% of his range-of-motion limitations. Additionally, his blood pressure has regulated itself to nearly 'textbook perfect' (by Doctor's diagnosis) for the past 12 years.

Prior to taking up traditional martial arts practice, he suffered pain and movement limitations on an almost daily basis, and in spite of trying many years' worth of accupuncture, massage therapy, dynamic stretching, chiropractic treatment and even Reiki treatments, had found little relief over the years, since leaving the US Navy.

His wife, Master Malinee Hughes, has early stage RA in her ankle and knee joints, and her fingers and wrists. Their oldest son - Michael Hughes (3rd Dan) has chronic life-threatening asthma, and their younger son - David Hughes (3rd Dan) suffered back injuries in an auto accident in the early 2000's. All of them practice regularly, and all of them agree, emphatically, that practicing 'Old-School' Chung Do Kwan has worked wonders for their physical abilities, strength and endurance. 

Many of our students have come to us over the years with physical issues that they thought might preclude them ever being able to practice. Some of them are Black Belts now!

On top of that... Master Hughes is 65, and Mrs. Hughes is 66! Age is irrelevant!

So, if you're over 35, and feeling a little slower, stiffer and less energetic than you used to be; or if you've suffered physical injuries/surgeries that have impacted your range of motion or your ability to enjoy life - this program could be the cure for you!

I have never done martial arts before. I'm worried about what I'm getting myself into! What does a class here really look like?

All the photos on our website are actual photos of real classes, and real belt tests. There are no professional marketing portraits here. Take a look here, every class is a little different from day to day - but the energy and the training are consistent, and have been for 11 years. This is what you'll see here when you come to visit: