The fun, exciting (and very cool) art of Chung Do Kwan!

You may have never heard of it, but it's been around in it's purest form for over 75 years, and the classical arts it's derived from, have been around for much longer (some of them for over a thousand years).

More complete than Krav Maga or Jeet Kun Do, and easier to learn than Sistema or Tai Chi, Chung Do Kwan is actually designed to promote long life, and healthy joints. It has been clinically proven to improve blood-pressure, blood-sugar and serotonin levels, in addition to giving you better balance, endurance and focus. You'll find, after a while, that you have a new confidence in yourself, and are able to do things you never expected! And - you'll realize that you feel better than you used to!

Whether you're looking for the fast spinning, kicking and aerial work of Tae Kwon Do, the low strikes and kicks of Shotokan Karate or Shorin Ryu Karate, or the low, smooth circular movements of Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi Chuan, you'll find aspects  of all those martial arts (and much more) in the true 'Old- School" style of Chung Do Kwan/Oh Do Kwan we offer!

This is such a great art, with so much to offer, that it can take many  years to master it. But, the truly great thing is that it is so well designed, that you'll be happily doing new stuff from the very first day, right up until the last!

We offer safe, fun and interesting self-defense / fitness training for all ages; from kids all the way into your retirement years! No matter what your age (or pretty much your condition, for that matter) we can offer you a great experience, at a great price!

Oh Do Kwan / Chung Do Kwan makes full use of the best and most useful techniques from all of these classical Asian martial art styles:





Jujitsu (Jujutsu)



Kwon Bop (Korean Boxing)

Okinawan Te

Shaolin Kung Fu (Southern Style, and Northern Style)

Shotokan Karate

Shorin Ryu Karate

Taekkyon (a kicking game, often mis-reported as an old fighting art)

Tai Chi Chuan (Yang style)

Northern Chinese (Mongolian) Long Fist

Wing Chun

(Muay Thai)   While not classically considered a source-art for Chung Do Kwan, you will see a number of Muay Thai moves in our art. Not too surprising, as they were possibly introduced through the Southern Style of Shaolin, centered in regions not too far removed from Muay Thai's home turf.

​Notes -

Krav Maga -   (created in 1938, based on Jujitsu). 

Jeet Kun Do - (created in 1965, based on Wing Chun and                           Tai Chi Yang)  

These two famous fighting systems share some of the same origins as Chung Do Kwan. However, Chung Do Kwan offers many additional moves not seen in them, and also features 'Hyungs' (patterns), or 'Katas', as they're called in Japanese arts. While the first two are considered 'fighting systems', Chung Do Kwan is categorized as a full, classical "style'. 

Jung Kwon Martial Arts Academy Asheville, is a non-commercial, formal martial arts academy. We offer authentic traditional training, but with modern teaching methods, to ensure rapid progress for our students. 

The instructors at JKMAA are fully dedicated to our academy's stated mission:

To hold a reputation for consistently providing the most effective training environment, most comfortable class atmosphere and the best 1-on-1 personal mentoring we can.  And to be known, far and wide, for producing the absolute best all-round martial arts students, instructors and black belts possible!

Black Belt, beginner, lifelong practitioner or weekend warrior, whatever level you achieve with us here, will be something you can be legitimately proud of, for the rest of your life!

  • No rookie 'instructors'!  All classes are taught by adults of Internationally Certified, 2nd Dan rank or higher!
  • Small, fun classes. That means one on one, personal attention for every student... in every class!
  • NO hidden fees, NO class limits!
  • No pressure to test.
  • Lifetime, Internationally Certified Rank.
  • No expensive add-on 'club' costs. You get it all for one price!
  • Free VIP Instructor classes.
  • Free specialty classes, AND free special seminars.
  • Easy arrangements. 'No-contract', and  'breakable contract' agreements, with no penalties.
  • Great discounts on martial arts uniforms and gear, including personal at-home training supplies.
  • Access to a wide range  of competition venues you won't find with ANY OTHER martial arts school in Asheville!
  • ​You don't ever have to compete if you don't want to. However, many Jung Kwon Academy students have enjoyed successfully competing in many local, regional, State, National and International Taekwondo,  Karate, and even Shaolin Kung Fu and Chinese Kuo Shu competitions!

Imagine earning your first black belts, as a family! That's an experience that you'll never forget, and a memory that will shape your relationships with your children for a lifetime!



5 full, regular classes - for a dollar each!

No uniform required!


Families that train together, are stronger, healthier and happier!

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PLEASE NOTE:  WE are the ORIGINAL, Asheville Self Defense  you're looking for! So how do you know you've got the right place... that you've found US?

We have THE BEST price/values in the region, with NO hard contracts!

Our awesome, red, white and gold tiger patch!

Our $5 Introductory Offer (5 full classes for $1 a class!)

Our Free VIP classes, Free Special Classes and Free Seminars!

Our Free Competition Training and Free Competition Team Support!

No "CLUB" memberships - that 'Black Belt' training and 'Masters' Training they want $400 for? We offer it for FREE!

So when you're shopping around, just ask a few questions... you'll know pretty quick if it's not us you're talking to!

Hours of Operation

Classes now being presented at Anytime Fitness, 805 Patton Avenue, West Asheville; check back in soon, as we are planning on adding more classes and another location!

2023 Current Training Schedule:

Monday - 3:30PM Open Mat

Tuesday - 6:30PM

Wednesday - 6:30PM

Thursday - 6:30PM

                  7:20PM Advanced Class

Saturday - 1:00PM


Monday - Temporarily Suspended

Saturday - Temporarily Suspended



Daytime Sessions -

Monday -      3:30PM Open-Mat Time

Tuesday -     3:00PM

Thursday -    4:00PM

Saturday -     1:00PM

Evening Sessions -

Tuesday -                        6:00PM

Wednesday -                   6:00PM

Thursday -                       6:00PM

Tai Chi Sessions -

Monday -                          5:30PM

​Saturday -       10:30AM

A message from our Head Instructor,

5th Dan Master Porter Hughes -

- First Time Beginners

- Experienced Martial Artists

- Veterans

- Leadership Training and Development

First​ Time Beginners:

If this is your very first time getting the nerve up to walk out onto a martial arts floor - we promise you that this is one of the best places you could ever find for it. There's no yelling here, there's no egotism, no bullying, no drama and no stress. We are a traditional, non-commercial academy, with better pricing, more personal attention, and more advanced training, so you will save 30-40% and still get more benefits. And the classes here are relaxed, interesting and fun. The training is serious and high quality - but you'll find yourself laughing in class pretty regularly.

There's something else we do very differently:

All of our instructors are adults, and all are internationally certified senior Black Belts of 2nd Degree rank or higher (usually much higher, most of our classes are taught by 4th and 5th Degree Masters. All our Black Belts (of all ranks) are humble and respectful, good humored and attentive. They have spent many hundreds of hours learning our art, and        then hundreds more, learning to teach it.

​You will be comfortable, safe and well treated! For backup, bring a friend, there's no limit on the $5 tryout package!

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To those of you who have practiced at other schools, we know you've heard it before... 'we're different!'.  We know, because we fell for it too. But you won't walk into a sale pitch here. Instead, we use palpable evidence - displaying candid class and testing photos/videos, allowing you to talk to our existing students without listening in... and letting you try 5 classes -  for a dollar a class. You'll find your own proof here, with no sales-slanted influencing, and no snarky art/style biases.

We have Color Belts and ranked Black Belts from numerous arts from all around the world who have all found a home here. Regardless of their previous background (Kempo, Jujitsu, Shaolin, Shotokan, Shorin Ryu, Aikido, ITF TKD, WTF TKD, Hapkido, Krav Maga...) all of them have found multiple reasons to stay here with us (sometimes for many years... in fact, our member retention is FIVE TIMES the US national average for martial arts schools).

Fortune 500 Survey Co. Fairchild Inc. found that the average martial arts student in the US stays at their school for 4 - 6 months. A number of our black belts have been with us for over 9 years, and 5 of our original 7 members are still active here, after 12 years! We have three ranked instructors who started with us as White Belt/Beginners, over a decade ago!

So we're doing something right.

We guarantee:

- Lifetime Formal Certified Rank (even for our 6-year olds). 

- Professional Ranking Boards (even for our 6-year olds).

- Yes! You read that correctly, even our 6-year olds go   through formal rank testing - and are issued formal rank.

- All classes are run by 2nd Dan, or higher, adult Black Belt Instructors (actually, most are run by 4-5th Dans). 

- Opportunities to train with 7th, 8th and 9th Dan Masters and   Grandmasters from various arts and systems... for FREE.

Your Existing Rank:

- You will not have to start over at White Belt, unless you want to. We use a system whereby after 5 classes, you and the Black belt staff discuss your training and decide where you'll come into our system. We have accepted many established Black Belts from numerous arts over the years, and each has chosen their own ranking path here. You have a say in it.             

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Go to the 'Veterans/First Responders' page on the menu for some no-BS, straight talk, Vet to Vet. And I also come from a family with a long connection to law enforcement (my uncle and my stepfather were on the critical roadblock involved in the infamous Brinks Robbery shootout).

It's for honest information you can uniquely relate to that others may not 'get'.  And it's important for you to hear it.

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To maintain the traditional status of 'Academy', all our classes are taught by certified, adult, black belt instructors.

But they had to be certified somehow! To get to that point, all adults, kids and teens of senior rank get formal training and hands-on experience in how to be mentors and teachers. They get lots of time to practice with actual students following their lead, and an instructor monitoring their actions.

Leadership Training actually begins early on, after 3 - 5 months of classes (depending on their age and abilities): they start by helping newer, younger students in class. Within a year, they will be helping to teach older students as well. As to the formal mentorship structure - If your child is 8 or 9 years old, reaches the required rank and demonstrates the necessary attitudes, they will start the same process the adults go through. They'll get every opportunity the adults have, and the progress our kids make here often completely amazes their parents, grandparents and friends.

We do our utmost to run a drama-free, injury-free, share-the-spotlight kind of training venue. If you're at all open to learning new things, or new ways to do old things - you will find our training curriculum to be full, rich and nearly infinite in scope. The facts that: our 6-year olds learn the same things as our 66-year olds, and our students who want to compete, do so in 10 different arts - are just a glimpse into how different we really are.

​Your opportunities here are literally wide-open!

Come in and visit, to see for yourself!

Porter Hughes, 5th Dan

Master Instructor

​Jung Kwon Martial Arts Academy Asheville​​