Maryland's Award Winning Martial Arts Academy
Julie and Ron Elrod were inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2008
AAMA was voted "Best Martial Arts School in Howard County" every year since 2007
AAMA has won the "Best of Columbia" Award every year since 2009
Columbia / Ellicott City
8910 Route 108
Columbia, MD 21045
(Next to the Howard County Food Bank)
Maple Lawn / Fulton
11820 West Market Place
Maple Lawn, MD 20759
(Next to Harris Teeter)
At our Academy, we are dedicated to providing the utmost professional martial arts instruction in the safest and most caring learning environment possible. We do this by ensuring that we:
- Provide the most experienced, most positive, and most professional martial arts instructors who strive to be role models in the community.
- Teach a martial art that develops a student's mind, body, and spirit in a positive way.
Why The American Academy of Martial Arts
Everyone is special at the American Academy of Martial Arts! We take the time to get to know each and every student. Many of our students train with other family members, thus creating a very positive, family atmosphere. We offer lots of fun, family activities for the whole family - picnics, skating parties, and holiday events, just to name a few.
Our instructors know how to inspire! They're positive, success oriented, and help keep students on track with their progress and goals. We have the largest teaching staff in Howard County, helping us keep the instructor to student ratio very low. Our instructors practice what they preach and are positive role models in the community.
Our location in Columbia is an 11,000 square foot state of the art facility, which is one of the largest martial arts schools in the country. We have over 1,200 actively training students. Our training area is stocked with all the equipment needed for proper martial art training, from free standing heavy bags to hand held pads and mitts.
Master Instructors / owners of the American Academy of Martial Arts, Julie and Ron Elrod, have been teaching in Howard County since 1984. They have taught over 30,000 students in that time. They are direct students of Soke Hatsumi, the 34th generation Ninjutsu Grandmaster. Mrs. Elrod has written three best selling martial arts children's books, and appeared on the national television show "To Tell The Truth." The Elrods were inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2008.
The American Academy of Martial Arts Student Creed
- I will develop myself in a positive manner, and avoid anything that would reduce my mental growth or my physical health.
- I will develop self-discipline, to help myself and others.
- I will use what I learn in class constructively and defensively, to help myself and others, and never to be abusive or offensive.