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For Adults

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Our instructors are certified as Professional Martial Arts Teachers by the Martial Arts Teachers’ Association.

Welcome to Blue Ridge Martial Arts Academy

We Host Birthday Parties!

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We Teach Family Classes

We teach family martial arts classes at both of our locations.

Our martial arts curriculum is designed to be easy to learn and highly effective for the entire family.

Though we have a special Lil Dragons class for ages 3-5, the rest of our classes are for ages 6 and up, so you can train with your children.

We have a Lil Dragons class for 3-5-year-olds​ at our Bedford location.

We invite you to take advantage of our introductory trial offer and turn that vision into a reality. See you on the mat!

Little Dragons

Our Little Dragons program improves young lives physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially with age-appropriate games, drills and life skills.

Master Sidney Burns

Our Mission is to help you raise a confident, focused leader with the life-transforming​ experience that is Martial Arts, while we adults train to get in the best shape of our lives.

Hi, my name is Sidney Burns and I am the owner of Blue Ridge Martial Arts Academy. When I was a child, I began my martial arts journey and the positive impact it had on my life was remarkable.

It was always my dream to someday own my own school, and when I opened Blue Ridge Martial Arts Academy in 2012, I made a commitment to our community in Bedford to create an enjoyable environment for students to improve their fitness, while building confidence they can carry into their everyday lives.

Our School. Your Family. Let’s Get Them Together!

Blue Ridge Martial Arts for Kids

  • How to focus without distraction.
  • When and how to use self-defense.
  • Self-control, respect, and courtesy for others.
  • How to get into shape and make it a lifestyle.
  • How to stand up for themselves
  • Character, confidence and commitment.
  • How to develop a positive outlook on life.

Why Blue Ridge Martial Arts for Kids is a Great Choice

Go To Center

We are proud that our Martial Arts school has become a “go-to” center of learning and growth for children and teenagers in our area. At Blue Ridge Martial Arts, our goal is simple. Provide the best instruction, leadership, and guidance possible for your child.

How Do We Do It?

Though we uphold the martial arts traditions of respect, courtesy, and self-discipline, we are forward-thinking and action-oriented and stay on the cutting edge of martial arts instruction.

Though we are professional instructors, we see ourselves as lifelong students. That’s why we are proud members of the Martial Arts Teacher’s Association (MATA). MATA helps to keep us on the latest developments on teaching a strong, safe, and professional program.

Our Focus

Our focus on success for your child is second to none. We work hard and expect our students to do so as well. We believe children have a lot more in them than they know. Our mission is to help them realize their full potential physically and mentally.

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“Blue Ridge Martial Arts is great! The instructors are wonderful, encouraging, and really know what they’re doing.”
Jane Squire

Feeling Fit and Confident!

Blue Ridge Martial Arts for Adults

Martial arts has multiple benefits for adults, just as they do for kids and teens. In fact, adults are likely much more in need of the physical and psychological boosts that martial arts provides.


Everyone has the same excuses for not exercising. The truth is that when any adult finds an activity that is exciting, fun, and mentally engaging, the excuses go out the window.

Mind and Body

Few activities have the multiple benefits of mental and physical fitness as martial arts.

Left and Right Side

Every technique you learn is performed and perfected on both sides of your body. Obviously, you can’t ask an attacker to, “Wait, let me change sides!” Beyond the self-defense advantage, learning skills on both sides creates bi-lateral coordination and a healthy balance for your body.

Upper and Lower Body

In addition to the hand and elbow strikes, we will teach you, you will also learn how to kick. Kicking is fun and effective. Your leg is a longer, stronger weapon than your arm. You’ll learn powerful, effective kicks for self-defense, but you’ll also learn some kicks that are more based on a fun athletic challenge than a practical self-defense application.

Focus and Concentration

Martial arts requires a lot of concentration. You need to master the techniques and increase your mental awareness.

Balance and Coordination

Martial arts develops excellent balance and coordination. This is important for adults as they age. They may not be as steady as they used to be. You’ll hear about some active adults falling and hurting themselves. Martial arts is a great way to help you increase your balance and coordination.

Social Network

Moving up through the belt ranks with your classmates is a unique shared experience that often leads to lifelong friendships and professional connections.

Self-Defense and Fitness!

COBRA Self-Defense

Combining experience in law enforcement, close quarter combat techniques, martial arts and criminal psychology the COBRA ™ self-defense system is a 10 Week Academy designed to be highly effective if your survival is on the line.

Ex-street cop, sheriff and corrections officer COBRA™ founder Chris Sutton has written the book (literally) on the psychology of self-defense. COBRA is a complete system covering both the mental and physical aspects of self-defense with a unique emphasis on scenario training.

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COBRA-Defense Center
14805 Forest Rd. Suite 223
Forest, Va. 24551


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“This school is amazing!”

“Sensei Burns has been very considerate and understanding and has worked well with James. He has learned more than just kicks and punches. James has learned about respect, honor, friendship and being a good citizen.We feel very fortunate to have found Sensei Burns and Blue Ridge Martial Arts Academy!”
“Blue Ridge Martial Arts Academy in Bedford, Va. and Sensei Burns have been a blessing to our son James and our family. Our son James is 6 years old and has cerebral palsy; his left side is weaker than his right side, but after 1 1/2 years of karate it isn’t as weak as it was. He has improved and his body is more balanced. James started taking physical therapy at 18 months old. This past summer his physical therapist released him. She said karate twice a week was more beneficial than anything she could do twice a month.”

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Blue Ridge Martial Arts Academy – Bedford

Family Martial Arts and Lil Dragons Classes.

: 108 North Bridge Street Bedford VA

Blue Ridge Martial Arts Academy – Forest

Family Martial Arts & Self Defense

: 14805 Forest Rd. Suite 223, Forest, Va
: 434-386-1547