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.
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.
AAMA has repeatedly won the Best of Columbia award from the U.S. Commerce Association, and
was voted, once again, Best Martial Arts School in Howard County in 2015 by Howard Magazine.
Owner and Master Instructor Julie Elrod has been teaching in Howard County since
1985. She has taught over 30,000 students over the last 31 years.
The Elrods 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" as the "Ninja Mom."
Julie Elrod was inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2008.