8910 Rt 108, Columbia, MD    (410) 964-AAMA   11820 West Market Place, Maple Lawn, MD


Maryland's  #1  Choice  In  Martial  Arts  And  Kickboxing  Fitness  Instruction Since 1985

 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 won the Best of Columbia award from the U.S. Commerce Association, and

was voted Best Martial Arts School in Howard County by Howard Magazine.

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)


Mission State

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 the 1980s. 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

  1. I will develop myself in a positive manner, and avoid anything that would reduce my mental growth or my physical health.

  2. I will develop self-discipline, to help myself and others.

  3. I will use what I learn in class constructively and defensively, to help myself and others, and never to be abusive or offensive.