Martial Arts for the Modern World

Take a quick tour of our Blue Ridge Martial Arts School in Forest, VA where we also teach COBRA-Defense

This 2-minute video shows how Blue Ridge Martial Arts in Forest, VA is different from most martial arts schools.

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EMPOWER KICKBOXINGā„¢ has one of the most innovative martial arts programs ever.

While we maintain the important qualities of self-discipline, focus, and respect, we have reimagined the martial arts curriculum to be a perfect fit for the needs, interests, and goals of today’s student.

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Martial Arts

We focus only on the proven martial arts skills that areĀ easiest to masterĀ from all of the major systems, not just one style.

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Though our foundation is American Kickboxing, we also teach Savate, Muay Thai and other effective kickboxing skills.

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Self Defense

Unlike martial arts theory-based self-defense, we teach evidence-based self-defense from law-enforcement training.

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Learning a weapon increases a students’ coordination and dexterity. We use the Rubber Nunchucks for safety.

What you get in our classes

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Learn Faster

The most effective martial arts skills are the most basic. We help you master the basics quickly without the complexity, ritual, or padded curriculum in traditional martial arts.

Get in Shape Faster

Each class has strength, flexibility, and conditioning segments to make sure you’re improving your fitness level.

Learn ONLY What Works

We teach only what has proven to work in self-defense and sport martial arts. We do NOT teach traditional KATA and basics because they are performance-oriented, not reality-based.

Martial Arts Life Skills

We help shape the lives of students from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect, and perseverance through martial arts.




“I took tae kwon do in college, but this is a whole new world. The class structure is similar but the content is totally different. This is far more practical and easy to learn than the forms we had to do. I love it!”

Patricia James

“At first I joined just for the self-defense class, but once I got going I really liked all of the different areas. It’s a great workout and energetic atmosphere that’s really motivating for me.”

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